Small Business Outreach


A Small Business (SB):

  • Is independently owned and operated,
  • Is not dominant in the field of operation in which it is bidding on government contracts, and
  • Meets any applicable criteria concerning number of employees or annual receipts established by the US Small Business Administration (SBA).

A Small Disadvantaged Business (SDB):

  • Is at least 51 percent owned by one or more individuals who are both socially and economically disadvantaged, or a publicly owned business having at least 51 percent of its stock owned by one or more socially and economically disadvantaged individuals, and
  • Has its management and daily business controlled by one or more such individuals. This term also means a small business concern that is at least 51 percent unconditionally owned by an economically disadvantaged Indian Tribe or Native Hawaiian Organization, or a publicly owned business having at least 51 percent of its stock unconditionally owned by one of these entities which has its management and daily business controlled by members of an economically disadvantaged Indian Tribe or Native Hawaiian Organization, and which meets the requirements of 13 CF 124; and
  • Is required to be certified by the Small Business Administration (SBA).

For more information and an informative PDF presentation summarizing the SDB Program and the different procurement methods, visit

A Woman-Owned Business (WOB):

Is a small business that is at least 51 percent owned by a woman or women who are U.S. citizens and who also control and operate the business. Office of Small Business/Women Owned

Good News for Small/Minority Businesses:

In yet another historic ruling, the United States Supreme Court declined to review or otherwise address its 1995 ruling in the matter of Adarand Constructors v. Mineta. The Adarand case is now dead. Ten years of litigation in this matter has been concluded.

This is posted on in the ALERTS section.

General Information/News:

Visit this web site for general listing of all federal grants and contracts.
Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA)/News

Visit this web site for NASA’s latest budget overview.

Changes in Funding Agencies’ Acquisition and Procurement Practices

There have been many changes in the way the funding agencies are managing their grant and contract awards. Please visit the specific agency’s web site for updates, changes in regulations, etc.

Grants Management System Change at NASA

There has been a change at NASA Headquarters in the processing of solicitations and proposals. NASA Headquarters has consolidated all of its Peer Review activities under one contract, and as part of this consolidation NASA Headquarters will now be using a single Internet proposal web site called SYS-EYFUS for electronic transmission of all Notices of Intent (NOI), proposal cover pages, and proposal reviewer evaluations.

In order to include the names of the principal investigator (PI), co-investigators (Co-I’s) and Authorizing Institutional Official in these web-based forms, the names must be in SYS-EYFUS as registered users. Therefore, it is necessary for you to add your name to the database to be able to submit any of the electronic forms. If your name is already in the database, it is necessary for you to update your personal information, as additional information is required for names converted to SYS-EYFUS from other databases to make them valid.

It is recommended that you add your name or update your personal information in SYS-EYFUS today, and that you encourage your colleagues to also add or update their information. Waiting until the deadline for submission of proposals is approaching to add or update names to the database will limit your ability to conform to the use of the web-based forms, which will be necessary for all future solicitations.

The SYS-EYFUS database can be accessed at

Grants Management System Change at HUD

Under the direction of the Chief Information Officer (CIO), HUD will be implementing the Departmental Grants Management System (DGMS) for its 103 grant programs, initiatives, and components. This system is the result of a major business process re-engineering effort for grants processing conducted over the past two years at HUD. The resulting common grant life cycle phases are as follows: Intake (Application/Plan Submissions), Evaluation, Award, Grant Administration and Drawdown, Performance Management and Grant Close-out.

The development of DGMS was reinitiated in January of 2001. DGMS is being developed using a modular systems development approach. The first module will cover grantee-specific functionality. This will include functionality in the Intake (Application/Plan Submission), Award, and Grant Administration and Drawdown segments of the system. Also, the initial development will cover 18 of the 103 grant programs, initiatives, or components. The second module of development will focus on the Evaluation and Performance Management/Close-out functions, as well as additional functionality in the initial segments of the system. The second module will incorporate approximately 20 additional grant programs, initiatives, and components.

Areas of Interest

Small Business Mentoring Program
Establishment of an HBCU-Small Business Mentoring Program
SBIR/STTR Opportunities

Mentor Protégé Program
PVAMU Incubator Project
WIP – What’s in Print
Periodicals for the business savvy.

Sub-Contracting Opportunities

General Resources:
Small Business Links – Starting and Managing a Business
The Knowledge Portal for Small Business
Tech-Net is an electronic gateway of technology information and resources for and about small high tech businesses. It is a search engine for researchers, scientists, state, federal and local government officials, a marketing tool for small firms and a potential “link” to investment opportunities for investors and other sources of capital.
Pro-Net is an electronic gateway of procurement information – for and about small businesses. It is a search engine for contracting officers, a marketing tool for small firms and a “link” to procurement opportunities and important information. The features of the former PRO-Net Web site are now (effective Jan 1, 2004) available only via the Department of Defense’s Central Contractor Registration ( via an integrated database of small businesses that want to do business with the government.
Restructuring Small Business Size Standards – Proposed Rule

Small Businesses Forum

What is your secret to your success?

What are the factors that are limiting your success/progress?

What types of access or information should be available so you can serve your customers better and receive a better return on your investment?

Impact of Enron collapse on small businesses- What do you think? (Email us)

Marketing Tips

Relevant Articles/ Reports:

Retail: The Wal-Mart Effect, by Bradford C. Johnson-

When the going gets tough…, Interview with Scott McNealy, CEO, Sun Microsystems Inc. (

Physics and Entrepreneurship, February 2001 issue of The Industrial Physicist

Innovative Ideas

Commercialization and Technology Transfer – What do they mean and how do you achieve them?