Don’t neglect the very large secondary market of subcontracting. Prime contractors are encouraged to subcontract and team with small business concerns.
It is statutory that any contractor (other than a small business) receiving a contract with a value greater than the simplified acquisition threshold must agree in the contract small business, veteran-owned small business, service-disabled veteran-owned small business, HUBZone small business, small disadvantaged business, and women-owned small business concerns will have the maximum practicable opportunity to participate in contract performance consistent with its efficient performance.
Section 8(d) of the Small Business Act (15 U.S.C. 637(d)) requires the apparently successful offeror in negotiated acquisitions, and selected bidder in sealed bidding acquisitions to submit an acceptable subcontracting plan on contracts expected to exceed $700,000 ($1.5 million for construction) and that have subcontracting possibilities.
A small business can be profitable participating as a subcontractor if a prime contract job is not desired or if the focus is to gather experience and network with other companies. By contacting the Office of Small Business Programs at each installation; they can highlight subcontracting possibilities at their command including information on available current contracts along with the names and addresses of prime contractors business owners may contact directly to inquire about subcontracting opportunities.
Additional information on subcontracting can be found on the DoD’s Office of Small Business Programs Subcontracting website at https://business.defense.gov/Acquisition/Subcontracting/.
The SBA also offers a website to search for or post subcontracting opportunities that can be found at https://eweb1.sba.gov/subnet/client/dsp_Landing.cfm.