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Small and Small Disadvantaged Business Subcontracting Program (48 CFR Subpart 19.7)

Under Section 211 of Public Law 95-507, the successful offeror or bidder on contracts exceeding $500,000 must submit, before an award is made, an acceptable subcontracting plan setting percentage and dollar goals for the award of subcontracts to small and disadvantaged businesses. The OSDBU reviews all subcontract plans submitted by prime contractors to ensure compliance with the requirements of Section 211.

Women-Owned Business Program (48 CFR Subpart 19.9)

Executive Order 12138 directs all federal agencies to take action to facilitate and strengthen women- owned business enterprises and to ensure full participation by women in the free enterprise system. Although no set-aside authority exists, ED makes a special effort to advise women business owners of contracting opportunities and to encourage their participation in ED procurements. The Federal Acquisition Regulation also requires agencies to actively encourage their prime contractors to use women-owned small businesses as subcontractors. Contracts valued as $100,000 or more include a clause to achieve this objective.

HUBZone Empowerment Contracting Program

The HUBZone Empowerment Contracting program was enacted into law as part of the Small Business Reauthorization Act of 1997. It encourages economic development in historically underutilized business zones - "HUBZones" - through the establishment of preferences. It provides federal contracting opportunities to qualified small businesses located in these distressed areas to help empower communities, create jobs, and attract private investment.

Service-disabled veteran-owned Business Program

Public Law 108-183 provides technical, financial, and procurement assistance to service-disabled veteran-owned small businesses. This law expands existing and establishes new assistance programs for veterans who own or operate small businesses.

In addition to the above, there are three other sources listed below that small and disadvantaged firms should explore:

Small Business Administration

The Small Business Administration (SBA) offers assistance to small and small disadvantaged firms. Government contracting offices work closely with the SBA in seeking small business suppliers. Local SBA offices frequently can direct firms to agencies that purchase products they offer. Names and addresses of prospective military and civilian agency customers are available through SBA’s field offices. In addition, firms offering a variety of products should consult the U.S. Government Purchasing and Sales Directory, a comprehensive guide to the government’s purchasing and sales activities. This publication lists products and services purchased throughout the government, indicates which agencies buy what products, and explains how to contact appropriate contracting offices. Copies may be purchased from the Superintendent of Documents, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, D.C. 20402 (Stock No. 1978-0-247-747 or 378-8310-82-13).

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