How GSA OSBU Helps Small Businesses

To help increase and maximize opportunities for small businesses, and help them be successful, the GSA OSBU:

  • Provides training and education to increase understanding of GSA’s contracting vehicles, the process for Becoming a GSA Schedules contractor, and how to successfully market a GSA contract to the federal community.
  • Hosts and attends monthly, quarterly and annual small business events, some targeted to specific socioeconomic groups, which helps small businesses navigate the federal procurement process. (i.e. matchmaking, industry days, seminars, workshops, etc.)
  • Conducts one-on-one counseling sessions, at the request of small businesses, to guide them on how to best to pursue federal opportunities and address specific questions and challenges they may have.
  • Explains and demonstrates how to conduct market research using tools such as the Federal Procurement Data System-Next Generation (FPDS-NG) - - for history on federal contracting data; and the Schedule Sales Query (SSQ) to assess the marketplace and your competitors.
  • Markets GSA programs and GSA small business stories, and develops new tools to assist the small business community and customer agencies:
  • Develops special resources for our Nation’s Veterans in line with Executive Order 13360;
  • Routinely reviews and monitors databases and uses the Federal Procurement Data System-Next Generation (FPDS-NG) to focus on achievements and to ensure that GSA is meeting or exceeding our prime and subcontracting goals.
  • Provides access for other agencies to Small Business Goal Achievements through the dashboard listed by fiscal year. Refer to the SBA News Release about historical achievements.
  • Identifies planned and current procurement opportunities to increase GSA’s utilization of small business sources to stimulate economic growth.

  • Reviews and approves internal acquisition strategies submitted by various offices, which ensures small business inclusion and maximum practicable opportunities to participate in procurement opportunities, contracts, subcontracts, task orders, etc.

  • Surveys external customers and our acquisition workforce to improve customer satisfaction and receive feedback;

Last Reviewed: 2019-07-10