Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDBU) is
responsible for advocating the use of small,
small disadvantaged, 8(a), HUBZone, veteran-owned,
service disabled veteran-owned, and women-owned small businesses.
involves promoting small business prime and subcontracting opportunities
in accordance with Federal laws, regulations and policies and the
utilization of products from the National
Industries for the Blind and services provided by NISH.
goals of the OSDBU are to institutionalize the use of small businesses
and to fully integrate them into the U.S. Department of Commerce's
competitive base of contractors.
DOC OSDBU itself is not a procurement office, but serves as a liaison
between the small business community and the DOC procurement offices.
The Small Business Act of 1953 as amended by Public Law 95-507 established
The OSDBU focuses on the following:
- To increase contract and subcontract awards to small businesses
- Share information via the Internet
- Identify potential small businesses for use by DOC, its
bureaus and prime contractors
- Negotiate Commerce contract goals with the Small Business Administration
in and effort to continually increase awards to small business
- To publish the annual 'Forecast of Contract Opportunities' which
lists upcoming procurements
- Review procurement requisitions to maximize small business participation
- Monitor small business legislation
- Establish partnerships with internal customers, and industry
to obtain feedback, improve customer service, achieve goals and
- Create awareness of the benefits of working with small businesses
through in-reach/marketing and training, and
- Give special recognition and awards to individuals and bureaus
that have made outstanding contributions to the success of Commerce's
Small Business Program