Small Business Programs Office (SBPO)

JPL is committed to the maximum utilization of small businesses; small disadvantaged businesses; women-owned small businesses; HubZone businesses; veteran-owned small businesses; service-disabled veteran-owned small businesses; and Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) and Minority Institutions (MI) in the subcontracting of services and supplies. The Small Business Program Office serves as the conduit between JPL and subcontractors and/or companies seeking procurement opportunities.

The Small Business Programs Office helps small businesses think BIG. We are passionate about developing successful partnerships between JPL and companies by:

  • Promoting and increasing awareness of the capabilities of small businesses
  • Matching small businesses to open and future procurement opportunities
  • Advocating for underutilized businesses and promoting supplier diversity
  • Providing outreach services which encourage growth and development

8 Steps to Doing Business with the Jet Propulsion Laboratory


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Register Your Business


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Identify Your Product or Service


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Identify Your Target Market Within JPL


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Identify Current JPL Procurement Opportunities


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Seek Additional Assistance as Needed for Los Angeles County Area


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Investigate the JPL SBPO Products and Services

  • Explore other small business programs, such as the JPL Mentor-Protégé Program, Product Demonstrations and Submitting an Unsolicited Proposal. See below

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Investigate Federal Supply Schedule (FSS) Contracts


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Additional Information on Doing Business with other NASA Centers

Small Business Programs Office (SBPO) Products and Services

Fifteen Minutes with SBPO: On Thursdays a member of the JPL SBPO will be available for a 15-minute walk-in sessionwith companies interested in doing business with JPL. The sessions will take place at the JPL Visitor Center, in office 249-113, during the hours of 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. No appointment is necessary. Companies should be prepared to discuss their products, services and capabilities. It is recommended to bring business cards, a line card and/or a capabilities statement.
More Information

Product Demonstration: SBPO will coordinate small business product demonstrations designed to provide prospective suppliers the opportunity to market their products and services to JPL end-users. Companies will be selected to participate in a demo based on the applicability of their products or services to the needs of JPL’s missions, research and institutional operations. It is an opportunity for companies with unique science and technology capabilities to present their products and services to the technical community.
Request a Product Demonstration

Mentor Protégé: The SBPO oversees the JPL mentor-protégé program. The goal of the program is to provide participants with exposure to the JPL technical community which could provide possible enhancements to their company.
JPL Mentor Protégé Guidelines

Submit an Unsolicited Proposal: The JPL unsolicited proposal process is defined as an opportunity to submit an innovative and unique idea, technology or perform work by a small or large business. It must be independently originated and developed by the proposer and must be submitted without JPL formal or informal solicitation. The proposal cannot be favorably considered if the work is already underway or planned. JPL is not obligated to award a contract even if the technical evaluation is favorable.
Submit an Unsolicited Proposal

Engineering & Science Directorate Project End Users: SBPO often works with JPL's Engineering & Science Directorate (ESD) when procuring products and services. In order to better understand where your small business service can be used within JPL, please use the following JPL ESD organizational charts to determine the division and/or section you wish to establish a partnership. Please let the SBPO know which section(s) you are most interested in. The SBPO may try to connect with them on your behalf.
ESD Organization Charts and Structure