Doing Business with DOI

The U.S Department of the Interior Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDBU) is an advocate for small business dedicated to maximizing contracting opportunities for small, small disadvantaged, 8(a), women-owned, HUB-Zone and service disabled veteran owned small businesses. Small businesses play a significant role in advancing the Department's goals and supporting Interior's contributions to the Nation's economy. When conducting your research, you should focus on the Department's mission as outlined below:

  • Protect the Environment and Preserve Our Nation's Natural and Cultural Resources
  • Provide Recreation for America
  • Manage Natural Resources for a Healthy Environment and Strong Economy
  • Provide Science for a Changing World
  • Meet our Trust Responsibilities to American Indians, Alaska Natives and Our Commitment to Island Communities

Marketing Your Capabilities

The best and most productive marketing approach for small businesses is to be proactive and find a suitable niche in selling your product or service to the Federal, state and local governments. Prepare a detailed capability statement for distribution to Federal agencies, and be specific in describing the capabilities of your firm. Be sure to indicate prior experience, successfully completed Government contracts, and references with contact information. As a business seeking contracts with the Federal Government, you must be registered via the System for Award Management (SAM) website. That website URL is www.sam.gov. Also, learn as much as possible about the Federal acquisition system by reviewing information on the Small Business Administration website at www.sba.gov.

Tips on Getting A Contract

  • Know your business inside out and articulate effectively what it is you have to offer
  • Know your advantages as a small business many contracts are set-aside just for you!
  • Stay connected to FedBizOps, solicitations and notices are posted on this site www.fbo.gov
  • Become throughly familiar with the Federal agencies, their components and their missions
  • Build positive relationships with government decision makers; attend outreach and networking events