Small Business Toolkit

The Air Force Research Laboratory Small Business Hub is focused on making sure that our clients have the resources needed to be successful in helping our nation’s warfighter. In that pursuit, we have assembled a small business toolkit, based on the level of knowledge and experience in businesses have in the space. Below are several resources based on your stage of business. In addition to this page, we are always available for one on one meetings, we hold regular events in our Collider series, and have the ability to make connections with other small business offices and people that can help.

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New Business

System for Award Management (SAM)

The System for Award Management (SAM) is the Official U.S. Government system that consolidated the capabilities of CCR/FedReg, ORCA, and EPLS. There is NO fee to register for this site.

System for Award Management
Dun and Bradstreet
Dun and Bradstreet

D-U-N-S is a business identification system used by businesses, banks and government to learn about your business. D-U-N-S maintains accurate and timely information on +250M global businesses. The DUNS# is unique identifier that stays with your business forever.

Small Business Administration

Make sure you meet your SBA size standard. Learn about the definition of – and qualifications for – a small business and why it’s important to know your status.

Small Business Administration
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Ohio Small Business Development Centers (SBDC)

The Ohio Small Business Development Centers Network is the premier technical assistance program for Ohio’s small businesses. The network is provided through a partnership between the Ohio Development Services Agency, the U.S. Small Business Administration and selected Ohio chambers of commerce, colleges and universities, and economic development agencies.

Procurement Technical Assistance Centers (PTAC)

The Procurement Technical Assistance Centers (PTAC) help Ohio’s businesses seeking to compete for federal, state, and local government contracts. The program is part of a nationwide network of Procurement Technical Assistance Centers created by the U.S. Department of Defense.

Procurement Technical Assistance Center

Established Business

Defense Contract Audit Agency (DCAA)

Learn about DCAA’s mission, services, and value to the warfighter and taxpayer with the Strategic Plan, Year in Review, and Report to Congress. Get information on career opportunities. Find out how to request an audit.

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Small Business Innovation Research Program (SBIR STTR)

The Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program is a United States Government program, coordinated by the Small Business Administration, and currently authorized through September 30, 2017, in which all federal agencies with extramural research budgets in excess of $100 million have a percentage reserved for contracts or grants to small businesses.

FedBizOpps

FedBizOpps.gov is your one stop online shop for finding Federal Business Opportunities. This site can be tailored to any SB need from posting dates, set-aside contracts, place of performance, type of contract, keyword search, and a specific agency you are looking to work with.

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Ohio Third Frontier

Businesses and entrepreneurs have access to a statewide network of resources through this nationally-recognized initiative. The network provides access to business expertise, mentorship, capital and talent to help turn great ideas into thriving companies and well-paying jobs.

Dayton Tech Guide

This “Hitchhiker’s Guide” is an early step in building a stronger tech & startup ecosystem and fostering that culture here in Dayton, OH. This guide will never be complete because as our community continues to grow and get stronger, this guide will grow with it.

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Experienced Business

Defense Contract Audit Agency (DCAA)

Learn about DCAA’s mission, services, and value to the warfighter and taxpayer with the Strategic Plan, Year in Review, and Report to Congress. Get information on career opportunities. Find out how to request an audit.

Defense Contract Audit Agency
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Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL)

In September 2017, Secretary of the U.S. Air Force Heather Wilson launched an initiative to update the Air Force’s science and technology strategy. Over the course of a year, the Air Force will listen and learn from the scientific community, higher education and business professionals through a series of conversations and outreach events.

Discovery

Discovery loads data from the Federal Procurement Data System (FPDS) to automatically provide you with a context-rich contract history for each OASIS vendor, including the amount of the contract, the primary NAICS code and the pricing type.

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OASIS

OASIS is not a GSA Schedule contract, so there is no continuously open application process. Getting on OASIS is a competitive process that we call “on-ramping.” On-ramps can be conducted as necessary at our discretion.

AFRL Small Business Forecast

This is your web connection for information on current business opportunities with the Air Force Research Laboratory’s technical directorates located at the Wright Research Site (WRS), Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio.

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AFRL SB Hub Collider Series

Free and open business events, known as Colliders, are hosted by the Small Business Hub to drive opportunity discovery and identify supporting resources. Attendance allows for engagement with fellow community members from business, government and academic circles.

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Defense Innovation Marketplace
Defense Innovation Marketplace

The Defense Innovation Marketplace is a communications resource to provide industry with improved insight into the Research and Engineering investment priorities of the Department of Defense (DoD).

Small Business Innovation Research Program (SBIR STTR)

The principal goal of the Air Force SBIR/STTR programs is to serve the technology needs of the Air Force warfighter. These programs, together with the people who manage them, accomplish this as part of the Air Force’s technology development efforts to identify and provide advanced, affordable, and integrated technologies that keep our Air Force the best in the world.

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Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL)

In September 2017, Secretary of the U.S. Air Force Heather Wilson launched an initiative to update the Air Force’s science and technology strategy. Over the course of a year, the Air Force will listen and learn from the scientific community, higher education and business professionals through a series of conversations and outreach events.

Air Force Materiel Command Small Business Office (AFMC)

The mission of the Air Force Materiel Command Small Business Office is to create and deliver strategies that bring innovative, agile and efficient Small Business solutions to the Air Force to fly, fight and win in air, space and cyberspace.

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Partnership Intermediary Agreements (PIAs)

Wright Brothers Institute (WBI)

WBI reaches out to universities, small businesses, industry, federal, state and local government agencies, and international experts to solve complex problems in aerospace and national security. WBI also partners with AFRL, and regional, state and national economic development organizations to stimulate a vibrant industrial base by transferring technology from AFRL to businesses and the public sector.

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TechLink

TechLink is the Department of Defense’s primary national technology transfer partner. Our unmatched technology licensing expertise is grounded in over 20 years of partnership with DoD laboratories; whereby more than 1,000 inventions have been transferred to industry partners so meaningful products and services can be realized. TechLink reviews all DoD IP and strategically pairs those commercially viable technologies with capable industry partners. We’re committed to helping national investment in research and development come full circle, enabling positive economic impact and ensuring innovative capabilities reach the warfighter. View the database of all U.S. Air Force technologies with licensing potential or learn more at the link below.

DEFENSEWERX

Defensewerx is a neutral facilitator and trusted counselor, connecting a national network of individuals, businesses, educators and government organizations to enable creative and integrated solutions for our DoD customers.

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The Griffis Institute

The Griffiss Institute (GI) was established in 2002, by the State of New York, as an independent 501(c)(3) entity governed by a Board of Directors. The primary role of the GI is to advocate and facilitate the co-operation of private industry, academia, and the Air Force Research Laboratory Information Directorate (AFRL/RI), in developing solutions to critical cyber security problems. Another prime role is to build upon technologies under development at the AFRL/RI to further strengthen our nation’s security.

FirstLink

FirstLink helps the Department of Defense connect with private sector companies and entrepreneurs to advance technologies for our nation’s First Responders. As the nation’s first National Center of Excellence for First Responder Technologies, our services are provided through a partnership with the United States Department of Defense Office of Technology Transition and the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL).

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SOFWERX
SOFWERX

SOFWERX was created under a Partnership Intermediary Agreement between Doolittle Institute and the United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM). Located in Tampa, FL, SOFWERX has a very dynamic environment designed to create a high rate of return on collision for all participants. Through the use of our growing ecosystem, promotion of divergent thought, and neutral facilitation, our goal is to bring the right minds together to solve challenging problems.

MilTech

MilTech is a Department of Defense Technology Transition Partnership Intermediary and operates via Partnership Intermediary Agreement between Montana State University and the Air Force Research Lab at Wright Patterson Air Force Base. The mission of MilTech is to accelerate the transition of new technology to the U.S. Warfighter. Since 2004 MilTech has performed over 150 technology acceleration and transition projects for every military service and joint and special commands.

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NAVSEA
NAVSEA

The Naval Sea Systems Command is comprised of command staff, headquarters directorates, affiliated Program Executive Offices (PEOs) and numerous field activities. Together, we engineer, build, buy and maintain ships, submarines and combat systems that meet the Fleet’s current and future operational requirements. Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) is the largest of the Navy’s five system commands. With a fiscal year budget of nearly $30 billion, NAVSEA accounts for nearly one quarter of the Navy’s entire budget.

New Mexico Tech

NM Tech has promoted ideas, inventions, and technologies through a set of spin-on spin-off initiatives for shaping the AFRL Directed Energy Directorate and the Space Vehicles Directorate approach to T3. In addition, the NM Tech PIA continues to implement, develop, and mediates tech transfer agreements necessary to excel commercial viability. In addition, the Explora STEM Education and Workforce Development Center is a job-creation project, providing critical pathways to engage, educate, and employ New Mexico’s Future Science Leaders. This center is unique in that it is demographic/need blind, allowing underrepresented teens and young adults exposure to and opportunities in alternate learning methods and access to employers.

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Purdue Research Foundation
Purdue Research Foundation

The Purdue Research Foundation is a place where ideas turn into inventions and where inventions are used to propel the world forward/into new territories. Our technology transfer, business development and incubation program have not only earned numerous awards and recognition, but they have also strengthened economies by developing breakthroughs into deliverable products.

Doolittle Institute

The Doolittle Institute, an AFRL Innovation Institute, supports the Air Force Research Labs Munitions Directorate by working to license and commercialize AFRL/RW technologies in the private sector, enable rapid technology delivery to the warfighter, identify and foster new R&D partnerships and develop AFRL’s current and future workforce. The Doolittle Institute is a member of the Defensewerx Family.

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MGMWERX
MGMWERX

Located in Montgomery, Ala., MGMWERX was created under a Partnership Intermediary Agreement between DEFENSEWERX and the Air Force Research Laboratory to align with the education initiatives of Air University. MGMWERX augments ongoing Air University programs to enhance production of high-quality, innovative research and ideas that span issues of importance to the Air Force.

C-TRAC

The DoD Prototyping Guidebook lists C-TRAC as an example of a PIA – “public-facing intermediaries [that] help government organizations find, collaborate with, and contract with industry, labs, and academic partners to discover and develop innovative solutions to problems that the organization is trying to solve.”

C-TRAC has led the charge in this important work by facilitating Partnership Intermediary Agreements with Air Force CyberWorx and Air Force Research Labs, providing recruiting, teaming opportunities, business acceleration, commercial augmentation programs and much more. We are always in search of additional partners to leverage existing PIAs and establish new intermediary agreements.

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Rocky Mountain Innovation Partners
Rocky Mountain Innovation Partners

ocky Mountain Innovation Partners (RMIP), a 501c(3) corporation in Colorado Springs, CO, has an agreement with the United States Air Force Academy (USAFA) to coordinate leasing of its world-class laboratories to commercial firms. Potential users of the USAFA laboratories are aerospace primes and suppliers, architects and engineers, other universities, and other firms involved in research, development, and application of emerging technologies. RMIP will help commercial firms wishing to use the USAFA laboratories establish contact with the appropriate laboratory directors, write and obtain approval of the required commercial test agreements, and otherwise help assure successful testing of the commercial products.

Cyber Innovation Center

The Cyber Innovation Center (CIC), located in Bossier City, Louisiana, is the anchor of the 3,000 acre National Cyber Research Park and serves as the catalyst for the development and expansion of a knowledge-based workforce throughout the region. As a 501c3 not-for-profit corporation, the CIC fosters collaboration among its partners and accelerates technology, research, and development. One of its primary missions is to develop a sustainable knowledge-based workforce that can support the growing needs of government, industry, and academia.

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Find Solicitations

The Air Force Research Laboratory Small Business Hub created a search tool that pulls information from Federal Business Opportunities (FBO) and displays them on this site. To use the search tool just type in a keyword or business area and wait for the page to populate with opportunities.