The DLA Office of Small Business Programs provides training, advice, guidance and strategies to maximize opportunities for small businesses to participate in DLA's acquisition program, both as prime contractors and subcontractors. Through this office, DLA administers the Department of Defense Procurement Technical Assistance Program.
Local offices at each DLA procuring activity advise and assist contracting, program manager, and requirements personnel on all matters affecting small businesses. Those local offices also assist their commanders with developing and implementing strategies that increase business opportunities for several types of socio-economic small business programs: Small Business, Small Disadvantaged Business, 8(a), Historically Underutilized Business Zone, Women-Owned Small Business, Veteran-owned Small Business, and Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business. The buying activity small business specialist is the primary point of contact for most small business related questions.
DLA is responsible for nearly every consumable item used by our military forces worldwide. DLA buying activities purchase aviation, land and maritime weapon systems parts, fuel, and critical troop-support items involving food, clothing and textiles, medical, and construction equipment and material. DLA procures depot-level repairables as well as the services that are necessary to support the enterprise mission. DLA Office of Small Business Programs can advise you on which buying activity is the best fit for your small business.