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Frequently Asked Questions

The Marine Corps Systems Command (MCSC) and its affiliated Program Executive Officers (PEOs) Office of Small Business Programs is dedicated to supporting the needs of small businesses. The following questions are the most frequently received inquiries from small businesses to our office.

The MCSC Office of Small Business Programs (OSBP) is the gateway for small businesses. This includes veteran-owned (VOSB); service-disabled veteran-owned (SDVOSB); historically underutilized business zone (HUBZone); small disadvantaged (SDB) and women-owned small businesses (WOSB). Over the last five years, the Command has met or exceeded nearly all of its federal small-business targets. Small business and a competitive, healthy industrial base are vital to the long-term success and affordability of the Department of the Navy and Marine Corps as well as to our national security.

If you have additional questions, please call (703) 432-3944 or email

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 What is the role of Marine Corps Systems Command Office of Small Business Programs?

The MCSC OSBP role is to support the Commandant’s mission of supporting the warfighter while ensuring that the Command maintains a successful Small Business Program by providing prime and subcontracting opportunities to Small Businesses to assist the Marine Corps meet its warfighting missions.

The Command Small Business Program promotes acquisition opportunities where small businesses can best support the needs of our Sailors and Marines. Through policy, advocacy and training, we foster industry innovation, technology development, and the acquisition of quality products, services, and solutions from small business providers. Our vision is to ensure small business is the first option in the acquisition planning process.

 Does the MCSC OSBP award contracts?

No. We do not award contracts directly, but we can provide you with small business training, guidance and connect you with the resources you need in order to bid on and win contracts with MCSC and our affiliated PEOs.

 What does Marine Corps Systems Command buy?

Marine Corps Systems Command outfits United States Marines with literally everything they drive, shoot and wear. The focus of MCSC is the Marine in harm's way, protecting him or her, and providing the Marine warfighter the wherewithal to execute the mission. MCSC's team of professional civilian Marines and active duty Marines equips the warfighter to win. They listen, learn, research, develop, test, procure and sustain – whatever it takes to get Marines what they need, when they need it efficiently and for the best value possible.

Using highly effective, streamlined and innovative business processes, the Command works hard to be timely and consistent in providing quality systems and equipment to the operating forces, and then expertly manages systems and equipment during their entire lifecycle. The technological advantage MCSC provides helps Marines to shoot straighter, move faster and communicate more effectively so they can continue our Marine Corps proud and valorous tradition of winning battles in every clime and place.

Marine Corps Systems Command has nine Program Managers (program portfolios of contracting activities). We also support acquisition for Marine Corps Tactical Systems Support Activity (MCTSSA), Program Executive Office Land Systems, and Program Executive Office Enterprise Information Systems. You can find the projected needs of each group in the Projected Services Forecast and Command Briefs to Industry.

 How do I do business with Marine Corps Systems Command?

The MCSC OSBP has developed Recommendations to Small Businesses as well as a Small Business Training Program that enables small businesses to learn about the Marine Corps Systems Command and its affiliated PEOs and “how to do business with the Marine Corps.” Additionally, the Department of the Navy OSBP has created a "Ten Steps to Success" online module. The 10 steps are designed to assist small businesses with obtaining the required information necessary to do business with the Department of the Navy and Marine Corps Systems Command. Click here for "10 Steps to Success".

 How is a small business defined or categorized?

The Small Business Administration (SBA) defines a small business concern as one that is independently owned and operated, is organized for profit, and is not dominant in its field. Depending on the industry, size standard eligibility is based on the average number of employees for the preceding twelve months or on sales volume averaged over a three-year period.

The small business size standard is based on the North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) codes and is currently based on average revenue or average employment. Click here to determine your company's NAICS code(s).

 What are NAICS and SIC codes?

The United States has a new industry classification system, the North American Industry Classification System (NAICS), which replaced the U.S. Standard Industrial Classification (SIC) system. NAICS is the first-ever North American industry classification system. The system was developed by the U.S., Canada, and Mexico to provide comparable statistics across the three countries. For the first time, government and business analysts are able to directly compare industrial production statistics collected and published in the three North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) countries.

 What entity established the size standards within a certain industry?

The SBA is responsible for establishing size standards for the different industries in the economy. Click here to determine your company's size standard. (Additional business size standard information can be obtained from SBA's Office of Size Standards).

 How can I certify my company as a small business (Small, Small-Disadvantaged, Woman-Owned, Veteran-Owned, Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned, HUBZone)?

The HUBZone, Small Disadvantaged Business, and 8(a) programs require official certification from the Small Business Administration; you must apply for those certifications directly. The remaining categories are self-certifying and no formal certification is required. Self-certification is not questioned until a competitor or other interested party protests. You must complete your self-certification within your SAM.GOV ( profile as well as your SBA Dynamic Small Business Search ( profile.

 What is the difference between 8(a) certification and SDB certification?

The 8(a) program is a nine year business development program that offers a broad scope of assistance to socially and economically disadvantaged firms. SDB certification pertains to benefits in Federal procurement. Certified 8(a) firms automatically qualify for the SDB certification (see

 Who do I contact regarding my goods and/or services?

Contact your nearest Small Business Professional. Refer to OSBP's online Location Map to obtain the contact information for any Department of the Navy and Marine Corps Small Business Professionals.

 What is the role of a Small Business Professional?

The role of the small business professional is to act as an advocate for small business in order to maximize small business opportunities in support of the warfighting missions of the Marine Corps Systems Command and its affiliated PEOs.

 How can I contact a Small Business Professional in my state?

Our small business website provides hyperlinks to the DON OSBP Small Business Professional Location Map which includes the contact information for all of Department the Navy and Marine Corps Small Business Professionals.

 How do I find out about upcoming conferences and events?

The DON OSBP posts upcoming events of interest for small business vendors to our Small Business Conferences and Industry Events that the DON Small Business Professionals participate.

 How can I view the opportunities available within Marine Corps Systems Command and the Department of Defense (DoD) for small businesses?

You can identify current procurement opportunities in your product or service area by checking the Federal Business Opportunities website To find Marine Corps Systems Command-specific contracts, use the Unit Identification Code (UIC) M67854 in your "Keyword/Solicitation #" search. To find Marine Corps Tactical Systems Support Activity (MCTSSA)-specific contracts, use UIC M68909 in your search. Visit the DoD Small Business website to learn about Doing Business with DoD and to view DoD's Subcontracting Opportunities. Also, view the DoN Commands mission, requirements and contracting opportunities.

 How do I identify subcontracting opportunities?

Regardless of your product or service it is important that you do not neglect our very large secondary market, Subcontracting Opportunities with DoD Prime Contractors, which is available from our Doing Business with DoD page. This document lists all major DoD prime contractors by state and provides a point of contact (Small Business Liaison Officer) within each firm. We encourage you to investigate potential opportunities with these firms. Many also have websites that may be useful and we encourage you and them to team with each other.

The SBA's SUB-Net is a valuable source for obtaining information on subcontracting opportunities. Solicitations or notices are posted not only by prime contractors, but the SUB-Net is also used by other government, commercial, and educational entities.

 Who do I contact if I have questions about my contract?

For questions about your contract, contact the Contracting Officer assigned to the Command that awarded the contract. Vendors may also contact the Small Business Professional. Note: Have the contract number available prior to calling the Small Business Professional!

 Where can I find DoD contracting procedures and clauses?    

These are contained in the Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR) and the Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS).

 How can I obtain assistance or training to prepare bid proposals?

The Small Business Administration (SBA) provides valuable information on applicable training resources to include their 7(j) training program. Another resource is the Procurement Technical Assistance Centers (PTACs). PTACs are located in most states and are partially funded by Defense Logistics Agency to provide small businesses with resources, information, and “how to do business with the Department of Defense and the Federal Government.” The PTACs provide training and counseling on marketing, financial advice, including SBA Lending, and Government contracting issues at minimal or no cost.

 How do I contact other small businesses?

To locate a small business in your area, refer to the Small Business Administration (SBA) Dynamic Small Business Search website.