Office of Small Business
“To ensure that a fair proportion of purchases, prime contracts and subcontracts are placed with Small Business Concerns pursuant to established policies.”
The Office of Naval Research's (ONR) Office of Small Business Programs is a small business advocacy and advisory office responsible for insuring that small business, small disadvantaged business, historically underutilized business (HUBZone), veteran-owned small business, service-disabled veteran-owned small business and women-owned small business concerns, including Historically Black Colleges and Universities and Minority Institutions (HBCU/MIs), participate in ONR's acquisition program both as prime contractors and as subcontractors. The office is also responsible for facilitating achievement of the Small Business Program targets.
The office maintains an active outreach program to identify potential Small Business Program participants by attending and participating in government-industry conferences throughout the United States. In addition, the office provides individual and group procurement advisory counseling to the small business community. Procurement advisory counseling includes advice concerning acquisition procedures, information regarding proposed Acquisition, instructions on preparing proposals, interpretation of standard clauses, certifications and representations, obtaining payment, and obtaining financial assistance within the procurement regulations.
A major role in the implementation of the Small Business Program at ONR involves advising and assisting contracting officials and program managers in acquisition planning and reviewing all acquisition for possible Small Business Program set-asides, subcontracting opportunities and subcontracting administration. The office provides assistance to ONR's contracting officials regarding the determination of the acceptability of prime contractor subcontracting arrangements.
Point of Contact
2018 Navy Gold Coast Procurement Event, 7-8 August, San Diego, CA
The 30th Annual DON Gold Coast Small Business Procurement Event will be held 7-8 Aug at the San Diego Convention Center. Gold Coast provides an excellent opportunity for small businesses to listen, network and interact with Government Small Business Professionals, Contracting and Program Officials. The event attracts over 1500 registrants and hosts exhibitors from every Small Business /Socio-Economic Category with products and services such as,
IT, Cyber Security, Manufacturing, Program Management, Engineering and many more. Information regarding DON Gold Coast can be found at: https://www.navygoldcoast.org.
Busting Down Bureaucracy/Processes
The DON OSBP Director, Ms. Emily Harman conducted a live interview as part of the DON OSBP "Industry Talk" series via Facebook Live. The Director was joined by the Small Business Deputy Directors from Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC) Carderock Division Bethesda and NSWC Indian Head Explosive Ordinance Division to explain how to do business with the DON and be procurement ready. The video may be viewed at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_UblxvWQpjg.
CATAPULT June 5-6, 2018: Naval Technology Discovery-to-Deployment Forum and Expo
Calling small businesses with big ideas for the Navy and Marine Corps: Don't miss a chance to introduce your technologies to naval subject matter experts at the CATAPULT Forum and Expo in Virginia Beach, Virginia on June 5-6, 2018. This event is a two-day marketplace where new capabilities, emerging solutions and regional capacity are showcased to naval leaders across the Naval Research Enterprise and Fleet Forces Command. Participants from the Department of the Navy and the region's innovation, academic and business communities will collaborate in forging new opportunities to meet warfighter needs.
To learn more about this event, please visit http://www.catapultus.com.
Update on the Dept. of Navy Rapid Innovation Fund (RIF) program
Good news, especially for small, innovative companies who want to perform final development and testing and sell the resulting product to the DoD: Section 213 of the FY17 NDAA removed the RIF program sunset clause, providing permanent authority for the program. While the FY18 defense appropriation is still pending, and a RIF plus-up is necessary, OSD is gearing up for an FY18 RIF BAA in the Feb/March 2018 timeframe, which will include topics from all the defense services. Typical service-wide RIF funding available is $200-250M. The full BAA schedule and latest info is at http://www.defenseinnovationmarketplace.mil/rif.html.