Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization

The Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDBU) supports the Secretary’s priorities by enabling Veterans to gain access to economic opportunities by developing policies and programs, informed by customer feedback, that improve market research, increase direct access, and maximize the participation of procurement ready Veteran-Owned Small Businesses and Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Businesses in federal contracting.

VA small business goals and accomplishments

These programs implement the requirements to aid, counsel, assist, and protect the interests of small and Veteran business concerns.

Acquisition and contracting support

Become familiar with federal procurement policies, the management of VA small business goals, and the administration of VA contract awards supported through acquisitions.

Marketing and networking opportunities

Access procurement events, networking opportunities, training and resources geared for small, Women and Veteran-Owned businesses interested in doing business with VA.


Effective January 1, 2023, the VA Center for Verification and Evaluation will transfer responsibility for Veteran-Owned or Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business (VOSB or SDVOSB) verification function to the Small Business Administration.

Learn more about this transfer and how it impacts you.

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OSDBU is trusted by Veterans and VA staff to be responsive to customers’ needs with policies and programs that successfully leverage the federal procurement system to enable Veterans to gain access to economic opportunities.

Program Areas

The VA Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization gathers market research, oversees VA subcontracting, provides overall direction on small business program policies and procedures, and works with contracting staff to help small businesses maximize VA procurement opportunities.

Learn more about acquisition and support

The Direct Access Program (DAP) offers Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Businesses, Veteran-Owned Small Businesses, and other small businesses unique opportunities to develop partnerships, maximize networking, and secure connections at nationwide procurement events. Gain direct access to valuable resources to help build and grow a small business.

Learn more about the Direct Access Program


Strategic Outreach and Communications (SOC) provides awareness of VA small business programs and resources, small business goals, and training to firms interested in doing business with VA. We achieve this by providing a communications platform, education and training, and distribution of information through focused and targeted outreach to help promote understanding of VA small business programs and opportunities.

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