Department of the Navy Office of Small Business Programs "Small Business - The First Option" Thu, 04 Oct 2018 19:29:10 +0000 en-US hourly 1 DON OSBP Road Show: 2017 Navy Weeks Thu, 04 Oct 2018 17:22:12 +0000 The Department  of the Navy’ (DON) Office of Small Business Programs has continually supported the DON’s Navy Week program since 2016, by conducting small business workshops as apart of the bigger Navy Week schedule.  The workshops, are designed to educate small businesses on how to do business with the Navy and Marine Corps. The workshop will cover how to find out about upcoming contracting opportunities and how small businesses can contribute to the war-fighter mission.

Every year, America’s Navy comes home to approximately 15 cities across the country to show Americans why having a strong Navy is critical to the American way of life.

Since 2005, the Navy Week program has served as the Navy’s principal outreach effort into areas of the country without a significant Navy presence, with 210 Navy Weeks held in 74 different U.S. cities.  The program is designed to help Americans understand that their Navy is deployed around the world, around the clock, ready to defend America at all times.

Navy Weeks focus a variety of outreach assets, equipment and personnel on a single city for a week-long series of engagements with key influencers and organizations representing all sectors of the market.  During a Navy Week, 75-100 outreach events are coordinated with corporate, civic, government, education, media, veterans, community service and diversity organizations in the city.


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QED Systems and Mills Marine & Ship Repair win 2017 DoD Nunn-Perry Award Thu, 04 Oct 2018 16:37:54 +0000 ORLANDO – The Department of Defense (DoD) awarded the 2017 Nunn-Perry Award to QED Systems, Inc.  (QED) – Mentor and Mills Marine & Ship Repair, LLC (MMSR) – Protégé, in a ceremony on August 16. 2008.  MMSR is a 8(a), HUBZone, Veteran Owned Small Business (VOSB) specializing in naval engineering and technical services, manufacturing of shipboard components and advanced shipboard installations.

The award, named in honor of former Senator Sam Nunn and former Secretary of Defense William Perry, was first awarded in 1995 and recognizes mentor-protégé teams that have excelled in technical developments, cost effectiveness and increased business opportunities for small disadvantaged firms.


The Nunn-Perry Awards Dinner is held at the Rosen Center Hotel in Orlando, FL., Aug. 16, 2018. (U.S. Army photo by Joseph B. Lawson). Pictured left to right: Lauren Troyan (Mentor-Protégé Project Manager, Q.E.D.); Judy Romano (Mentor-Protégé Program Analyst, Q.E.D.); Mark Jones (President, Q.E.D.); Emily Harman (Director, DON OSBP); William “Bill” Earnest (Director of Strategic Development and Special Assistant to the President for Q.E.D.); Kurt Nelson (Director, Proposals and Development Services for Q.E.D.); Carlton Hagans ( Mentor-Protégé Program Manager, DON OSBP); Donald “Donnie” Mills (President & General Manager of MMSR); Earnestine Mills (Vice President/Financial Manager of MMSR); Jerome Nixon (VP of Development/Strategic Planning for MMSR).

The above Mentor-Protégé Agreement has been recognized by DoD to have substantial gains to the protégé company and significant Returns on Investment to the Department of the Navy (DON) and DoD.

This agreement has resulted in 300% protégé personnel growth, increased annual gross revenues of 118%, $1.4M in subcontracting opportunities in FY17 alone which was 128% over the annual goal of $100,000, and considerable achievements in business development and technical expertise such as the development of the welder development program and implementation of the DCAA approved Job Cost Accounting System.

MMSR has supported the DoD warfighter in such areas as providing improved production capabilities which support a full spectrum of repair, overhaul, alteration and maintenance for shipboard Hull, Machinery & Electrical (HM&E) systems for the Military Sealift Command (MSC) and Army Watercraft as well as providing highly experienced advanced Planners and Planning Support personnel to develop Navy ship work specification packages; which help to ensure timely and cost effective equipment repairs and alteration installations.

MMSR has greatly improved its position to respond quickly to customer requirements and provide their services with the low overhead structure which reduces costs to the customer.

The DoD Mentor-Protégé Program assists small businesses to successfully compete for prime contract and subcontract awards by partnering them with large companies under individual, project-based agreements. Successful mentor-protégé agreements provide a winning relationship for the protégé, the mentor, and the DoD by building the business capabilities of the protégés.







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Maintaining Industrial Capability: A Naval Aviation Equipment Readiness Challenge Tue, 13 Feb 2018 14:57:42 +0000 COMFRC Industry Day Event

Commander, Fleet Readiness Centers (COMFRC) is sponsoring an unclassified “Maintaining Industrial Capability: A Naval Aviation Equipment Readiness Challenge” Industry Day event on March 6th and 7th 2018.  The event will be hosted by Fleet Readiness Center Southwest (FRCSW) in San Diego, CA.  The purpose of the Industry Day event is to provide the opportunity to dialogue with Industry on COMFRC’s current and anticipated equipment readiness challenges, and inquire into Industry’s technical capabilities.

Fleet Readiness Centers (FRCs) provide depot Maintenance, Repair, Overhaul, and Upgrade (MRO&U), In-service Repair (ISR), and manufacturing services in support of fixed and rotary wing aircraft, aircraft engines, aeronautical components, and support equipment across the Naval Aviation Enterprise.  Three Fleet Readiness Centers, Centers for Industrial and Technical Excellence (CITEs), support Naval Aviation depot maintenance requirements: Fleet Readiness Center Southwest (FRCSW), San Diego, California; Fleet Readiness Center East (FRCE), Havelock, North Carolina; and Fleet Readiness Center Southeast (FRCSE), Jacksonville, Florida.

Across the industrial FRCs, product lines are challenged by obsolescence issues – materially-aged, and technologically-dated equipment negatively impacting the command’s capacity to support 4th and 5th generation weapon systems. COMFRC is hosting this market research event to seek commercial industry options for the procurement, replacement, upgrade, repair, or repair training of aged equipment used to maintain aeronautical systems: to include hydraulic, pneumatic, avionic, mechanical, manufacturing, and blasting systems. In addition, to assess commercial innovations that provide for the management of equipment databases that maintain the associated historical maintenance records, equipment status, equipment location, and other logistical requirements. The industrial FRCs will present examples of test benches which have been identified to possess aging components, outdated operational systems, or deficient capabilities (see high-level equipment list following this announcement). COMFRC is seeking innovative, cost-effective solutions from Industry to these aforementioned complex challenges as well as, opportunities for equipment consolidation, footprint reduction, and common solutions across multiple locations.

Vendors considering attendance to this event should submit a three (3) to five (5) page technical capability statement, via email to the POCs listed below, by 16 February 2018. Please note the cover/title page and table of contents (if provided) will not count against your three (3) to five (5) page limits. Each acronym used shall be spelled out in the text the first time it appears in your technical capability statement.

Attached hereto, you will find a list of vendor questions for consideration when preparing your technical capability statement. Please note Technical Capability Statement submits will not be evaluated for contract award. Lastly, clearly indicate any proprietary data in your responses.

Questions related to this announcement may be submitted via email to the POCs listed below.

POC #1: Thomas Kracinovich, NAVAIR 2.5.2 Contracting Officer,

POC #2: Kimberly Brockington, NAVAIR 6.1.3 Senior Acquisition Planner,

The final agenda, security requirements, and administrative details, such as location, directions, parking information, etc., will be posted in a forthcoming announcement.

THIS IS NOT A REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL. The Government is not obligated to and will not pay for any information received from potential sources as a result of this posting. The Government will not reimburse the attendees for any cost associated with participation or attending the Industry Day, and is under no obligation to award any related contract associated with this event.  Additionally, this announcement in no way commits the Government to issue a solicitation.  The requested information is to assist the United States Navy in conducting Market Research.  (

I fight for the underdog Thu, 01 Feb 2018 19:48:11 +0000 “I get my fulfillment with helping people. I fight for the underdog.”

Dakeyah McFarlin, a small business advocate for the western region of Marine Corps installations was awarded a letter of appreciation on January 11, 2018 by Brig. Gen. Kevin Killea,Commanding General, Marine Corps Installations West – Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, for her support to Marine Corps Installations West. Photo by: Lance Cpl. Haley McMenamin

Dakeyah McFarlin is a small business advocate for the western region of Marine Corps installations. She came to Camp Pendleton and established a new program in 2008. On January 11, 2018 Brig. Gen. Kevin Killea awarded her with a letter of appreciation for her support to Marine Corps Installations West. She is a Law school graduate who previously worked for the naval yard in Washington D.C as a contract specialist.

Her job is to advocate for small businesses so they can receive maximum practical opportunities to compete in all federal government contracts.
“They threw me in the deep end of the pool and said swim,” said McFarlin.

She has grown her department immensely in the past ten years. Her supervisor explained to her that she has excelled and exceeded their expectations.

Being a small business advocate enables her to have a connection with the community. There are more opportunities for small businesses out there besides local and state, such as federal; it is her job to help these small companies make that happen. McFarlin has assisted several small businesses to obtain a federal contract. Whether its musical instruments, cable, or tactical gear, small businesses help to offer anything that Marines may need.

“It opens my eyes, there is a bigger picture here. In the end you are just wanting to help one another and see how we can make the world a better place,” states the small business advocate.

McFarlin is happy that on a day-to-day basis she is able to help the community and small businesses compete with the larger businesses. She fights for the “underdog” because she believes small businesses deserve a fair chance in competing with much larger businesses especially on military installations. Her goals for the upcoming years are to help increase industrial strength in the historically underutilized business zones.


Naval Supply Systems Command (NAVSUP) Introduction to Source Development Wed, 24 Jan 2018 17:31:07 +0000 NAVSUP Introduction to Source Development

The mission of the NAVSUP Weapon Systems Support Contracting Directorate is to procure systems, components, spare parts and overhaul/repair services in providing support of the worldwide aviation and shipboard operations of the U. S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps, other military departments and customers in foreign military establishments. Acquisitions are originated within 19 Contracting Divisions which are aligned to support specific major weapons systems or categories of equipment.


The Directorate strives to be a world class contracting organization with skills, knowledge, and integrity that are beyond reproach. It is aligned with its customer, using teaming as a primary means of understanding its customer’s needs and priorities. The Directorate continually seeks new and better business and contracting processes to improve the value of its service. It recognizes that its most important resource is its people. The Directorate ensures that its employees are certified to the level required for the position held, encourages continuous learning, supports workforce diversity, presents ample opportunity for advancement and self-improvement, and empowers individuals to make decisions within the realm his/her responsibility.


The below WEB site outlines the Navy Source Development Process with respect to becoming an approved source of supply.



Navy Electronic Commerce Online (NECO) – Website where NAVSUP WSS Business Opportunities are primarily posted.

.       Source Approval Process (SAR) – Maritime

.       Source Approval Request (SAR) Brochure – Spares (Aviation)

.       Source Approval Request (SAR) Brochure – Repairs (Aviation)

.       Commercial Item Identification Brochure

.       NAVSUP WSS Commodity List

Current and Upcoming Business Opportunities

.       Mechanicsburg Opportunities

.       Philadelphia Opportunities


Contact your Procurement Technical Assistance Center

for assistance with Government contracts. Also the Small Business Administration has Development Centers to assist small businesses in getting started:


Included below are links to both the NAVSUP Business Opportunities page and the Navy Office of Small Business Programs (NOSBP) website. The NAVSUP Business Opportunities page will provide additional information about the NAVSUP mission and its products and services. The NOSBP website provides point of contact information for the Navy’s eleven major buying commands. The site will also provide a brief description of what each activity procures.


It is also recommended that you visit the DLA Internet Bid Board System (DIBBS);

The DLA Internet Bid Board System (DIBBS) is a web-based application that provides the capability to search for, view, and submit secure quotes on Requests For Quotations (RFQs) for Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) items of supply.  DIBBS also allows users to search and view Request For Proposals (RFPs), Invitations For Bid (IFBs), Awards and other procurement information related to DLA.





Think Big, Start Small: Navy SBIR/STTR Program Can Help Advance Your Ideas Tue, 02 Jan 2018 16:50:51 +0000 By Sierra Jones, Office of Naval Research

ARLINGTON, Va.—Qualcomm. iRobot. You might have heard of these companies—one making a huge impact on your wireless technology, the other keeping your home clean. But what you may not know is that they have deep roots in the Department of Defense (DoD), via the Small Business Innovation Research, or SBIR, program.

And it’s these two success stories, among many others, that brought together SBIR and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) leaders from the Departments of the Navy and Defense—along with representatives from across government agencies—for the third annual SBIR/STTR Training Workshop, held recently in Baltimore, Maryland.

“All it takes is one entrepreneur and the right resource to turn an innovative idea into a solution to our technical challenges and an economic success story,” said Robert L. Smith, director of the Department of the Navy (DoN) SBIR/STTR program. “This training workshop ensures the naval and defense SBIR/STTR community is armed with the latest tools, knowledge and best practices, so we can be the resource that helps and encourages these small businesses as they look to engage in high-impact research and development.”

The SBIR/STTR program was established in 1982 by Congress, and is coordinated by the Small Business Administration (SBA). The SBA oversees 11 government agencies participating in the program, including the DoD—as well as the Navy program, based out of the Office of Naval Research.

The goal of the program is to provide funding, typically in the form of contracts, to companies with promising and innovative ideas to engage with federal research and development agencies through SBIR—or with colleges, universities and research institutions via STTR, on technologies that have dual-use potential in the military and commercial worlds. For the Navy, that potential technology should focus on critical naval acquisition program and operational needs.

“We serve as advocates for our naval technology customers and want to invest in technology that will make a difference to our Sailors and Marines in the field,” said Smith. “Secondarily, we also want to invest in, and provide small businesses with, opportunities to grow and succeed. The SBIR/STTR program allows us to do both.”

Advocates note that the Navy and Marine Corps benefit from the innovative ideas the SBIR/STTR office discovers and supports.

“If a naval program officer has a technological need, the SBIR/STTR office is a great place to start searching for a solution,” said Smith. “From battlefield robots to eyewear coatings to artificial intelligence, we’ve got a long history of technologies that have served as jumping off points for projects.”

Program officers can reach out to the SBIR/STTR office to discuss upcoming requirements. Three times a year, the DoN SBIR/STTR community releases topics, known as broad agency announcements, for small businesses to submit proposals. These research topics are based on mission-oriented needs and requirements of the fleet and force.

Topics typically open in January, May and September. The first fiscal year release for 2018 will occur on Nov. 29, 2017.

More information on the program can be found on the DoN SBIR/STTR website at