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Office of Small Business Programs

OSBP Programs & Services

In Focus
In order to understand the importance of the programs and services provided by OSBP, please consult Laws Administered by OSBP.

Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization

The small and disadvantaged business program relates to small, socially, and economically disadvantaged (including 8(a) which is named for the authorizing section of the Small Business Act), and small women-owned businesses, and the minority bank deposit initiative. The program's thrust is to increase participation opportunities for small businesses in the Department's contract and grant activities; conduct outreach to increase awareness and availability of qualified providers; develop and issue information on the Department's procurement needs and procedures; train Department staff on program requirements and capabilities; and monitor, evaluate, and report results of the Department's efforts.

The Small Business Procurement Power Page is designed to assist small businesses interested in procurement opportunities with the Department of Labor.

Vendor Outreach Sessions are designed to provide one-on-one contact with DOL agencies and small businesses.

Minority Colleges and Universities

The minority colleges and universities program includes Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU), Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSI), and Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCU). OSBP promotes efforts to increase the involvement of such institutions in the Department's programs, including procurement; develops departmental policy and guidelines; establishes program plans; and monitors and reports on results achieved.

The Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU) works toward improving the quality of post-secondary educational opportunities for Hispanic students while meeting the needs of business and government industries through the development and sharing of resources, information, and expertise.

The National Association for Equal Opportunity in Higher Education (NAFEO) is the national umbrella and public policy advocacy organization for 116 of the nation's historically and predominantly Black colleges and universities

The American Indian Higher Education Consortium (AIHEC) is a cooperatively sponsored effort on the part of 31 member institutions in the United States and Canada that promotes accessibility of educational programs for Native Americans and Alaska Natives.

Grant and Contract Information

Compliance Assistance

The Department of Labor is committed to providing its customers — America's employers, workers, job seekers and retirees — with clear and easy-to-access information on how to comply with federal employment laws. OSBP has moved forward with several initiatives for small business compliance assistance.