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Great Lakes Office of Small Business Utilization

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GSA's Great Lakes Region Office of Small  Business Utilization (OSBU) serves as the regional liaison and advocate for small businesses within Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, and Wisconsin.  

As an advocate for small business owners, OSBU promotes increased access to GSA’s nationwide procurement opportunities. We have the responsibility to counsel and assist small business – including women-owned small business (WOSB), small disadvantaged business (SDB) {including 8(a) business development concerns}, Historically Underutilized Business Zone small business (HUBZone SB), service-disabled veteran-owned small business (SDVOSB), and veteran-owned small business (VOSB), as well as federally recognized Native American tribes and tribal organizations – on any problems they may have in understanding procurement regulations and practices, determining the appropriate buying office for their products, or acquiring pertinent data on present or future agency procurements.  

We also serve as technical advisors to contracting officers and have the responsibility for negotiating and establishing annual small business procurement preference goals with the Small Business Administration (SBA).

All federal agencies have procurement preference goals for contracting with small businesses (see the Federal Acquisition Regulation [FAR] Subpart 19 - Small Business Programs). Procurement preference goals are a performance measure that GSA strives to achieve through the following programs:

  • Small Business Program
  • Section 8(a) Program
  • Subcontracting Program
  • Woman-Owned Small Business Program
  • Historically Underutilized Business Zone (HUBZone) Program
  • Veteran and Service-Disabled Veteran Small Business Program

The procurement preference categories are small, small disadvantaged, Section 8(a), woman-owned small, HUBZone small, veteran-owned small, and service-disabled veteran-owned small businesses.

Our mission is to maximize contracting opportunities for small businesses by:

  • Implementing, monitoring, and protecting small business policies and regulations
  • Participating in outreach activities such as networking sessions, forums, events, conferences, workshops, and trade shows
  • Working with GSA contracting officers to highlight products and services from small commercial businesses for specific contracts
  • Collaborating with federal, state, and local agencies to assist potential vendors
  • Highlighting resources for agencies to meet their goals
  • Providing information and guidance regarding the agency’s procurement forecast, contracting opportunities, and programs to potential vendors
  • Promoting how OSBU can help small business

Vendors are notified of current GSA procurement projects electronically by registering on FedBizOpps (Federal Business Opportunities).  To request more information or schedule an appointment, please contact a GSA OSBU representative in the top right box on this page or call toll free (888) 353-5383.

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