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Are There Specific Programs or Opportunities For Minority or Disadvantaged Businesses in SAM?


Yes, there are specific programs and opportunities within the System for Award Management (SAM) that support minority-owned, disadvantaged, and underrepresented businesses. These programs are designed to promote diversity and inclusion in federal contracting and grant opportunities. Here are some of the key programs and initiatives:

  1. Small Business Administration (SBA) Programs:
    • The SBA offers several programs to support minority-owned and disadvantaged businesses, including the 8(a) Business Development Program, which provides access to federal contracts for small businesses owned by socially and economically disadvantaged individuals.
  2. HUBZone Program:
    • The Historically Underutilized Business Zones (HUBZone) program encourages economic development in historically underutilized areas by providing federal contracting preferences to businesses located in these zones. This program can benefit minority-owned businesses located in designated HUBZone areas.
  3. Women-Owned Small Business (WOSB) Program:
  4. Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business (SDVOSB) Program:
    • The SDVOSB program supports businesses owned by service-disabled veterans, including minorities. It provides procurement opportunities and contracting preferences for these businesses.
  5. 8(m) Program (Women-Owned Small Businesses in Nontraditional Industries):
    • The 8(m) program, administered by the SBA, focuses on providing contracting opportunities for women-owned small businesses in industries where women-owned businesses are underrepresented.
  6. Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA):
    • The MBDA, part of the U.S. Department of Commerce, offers resources, business development services, and access to federal contracts for minority-owned businesses. They can assist in accessing opportunities in both federal and private sector markets.
  7. Mentor-Protégé Programs:
    • Some federal agencies have mentor-protégé programs that pair large businesses with small or disadvantaged businesses, including those owned by minorities. These programs provide mentorship and contracting opportunities.
  8. Subcontracting Opportunities:
  9. Federal Set-Asides:
    • Certain federal contracts are set aside exclusively for small businesses, and some of these set-asides are specifically designated for minority-owned or disadvantaged businesses.
  10. Federal Grant Opportunities:
    • In addition to contracts, federal agencies offer grant opportunities that may be accessible to minority-owned and disadvantaged businesses, particularly in areas related to economic development, community initiatives, and research.

To participate in these programs and access opportunities, businesses often need to meet specific eligibility criteria and may be required to self-certify or obtain third-party certifications, depending on the program. It’s important for businesses to research and understand the requirements of these programs, leverage available resources, and actively pursue opportunities that align with their capabilities and goals.

Keep in mind that the landscape of federal programs and opportunities can change, so businesses should regularly check official government websites, such as those of the SBA and SAM, for the most up-to-date information and guidance related to minority and disadvantaged business initiatives.


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