Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDBU)
Wonzie L. Gardner, Jr.
Telephone: (703) 292-8100
The National Science Foundation (NSF) Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDBU) helps increase contract and subcontract awards to small and disadvantaged businesses, and identifies potential businesses to support the NSF.
OSDBU also serves as an advocate for small and disadvantaged businesses. It creates internal NSF awareness of the benefits of working with small businesses through marketing and training. OSDBU monitors and reports data regarding NSF's subcontracting program. Additionally, OSDBU develops annual goals for contracting and subcontracting with small business concerns. OSDBU participates in outreach activities (i.e., exhibiting, one-on-one counseling, and serving on panel discussions) at local, regional, and national events.
Small and disadvantaged businesses interested in working with the NSF may review the Contracting Opportunities page at https://www.nsf.gov/about/contracting/.
To see a list of NSF's projected contractual actions for the current fiscal year with an estimated value of $250,000 or above or above, visit the Forecast of Contracting Opportunities at https://www.nsf.gov/about/contracting/forecast.jsp.
NSF also attends small business outreach events each year to speak about opportunities for small and disadvantaged businesses. Below are a list of events we typically attend:
- MEGA Maryland Small Minority Business Conference for AEC: http://www.same.org/Get-Connected/Find-a-Post/Baltimore/Calendar/MEGA-MD-SBC
- Federal Small Business Procurement and Technology Plus Expo: https://www.uspto.gov/about-us/vendor-information/federal-small-business-procurement-and-technology-plus-expo
- National HUBZone Conference: http://www.hubzonecouncil.org/clubportal/ClubStatic.cfm?clubID=528&pubmenuoptID=29484
- ChallengeHER: https://challengeher.us/challengeher-with-treasury-dept/
- US Women's Chamber of Commerce National Small Business Federal Contracting Summit: https://uswcc.org/events/natl-small-biz-summit-fall-2017/
- GovConectx Fall Showcase: http://www.govconectx.com/fall-showcase.html
- GovConectx Maryland Outreach: http://www.govconectx.com/maryland-outreach.html
- Government Agency Procurement Outreach event: http://www.thebusinessservicecenter.com/
- 28th Annual Government Procurement Conference: https://www.fbcinc.com/e/PROCUREMENT/default.aspx
- Third Annual HUBZone Small Business Conference: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2018-hud-hubzone-small-business-conference-registration-42477648791
EDUCATION AND TRAINING RESOURCES FOR SMALL BUSINESSES
RESOURCES FOR SMALL BUSINESSES
- Small Business Vendors Information
- FBO.gov Search Guide
- Using FPDS.gov to research business opportunities with NSF
- U.S. Small Business Administration
- Virginia Procurement Technical Assistance Program (VA PTAP)
- Procurement Technical Assistance Centers
- System for Award Management (SAM)
- Women's Business Centers
- Small Business Development Centers
- National Women's Business Council (NWBC)
- Small Business & Entrepreneur Council
- Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA)
- Veterans Affairs Webpage for VOSBs and SDVOSBs