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Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization

Our Mission

The Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDBU) ensures that all legislatively specified categories of small businesses in prime contracts and subcontracts are effectively utilized to the maximum extent possible. We champion U.S. small business interests in the Department's acquisition process and provide to the small business community training and counseling about doing business with the Department of State in order to expand the base of small business firms selling to the Department. We provide training and counseling to our internal customers about contracting with small businesses and assist them in identifying resources that result in increased opportunities for small businesses. Our customers are the U.S. small business community, State Department personnel serving domestically and overseas, large business prime contractors and small business trade associations. We accomplish our mission through outreach, communication with our customers and teamwork.

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