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
- Know the Federal Supply Class or Service (FSC/SVC) codes and the North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) codes for your products or services.
- Prepare a capability statement in both printed and electronic versions with an emphasis on Government work.
- Identify current Requests for Information (RFI) and Requests for Proposals (RFP) at JPL.
- Identify current major procurement opportunities at JPL by checking the Federal Business Opportunities website, which can also assist you in identifying NASA requirements and send you e-mail notifications of released requirements.
- Request training and counseling on marketing, financial, and contracting issues at minimal or no cost from the Los Angeles County Office of Small Business Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC).
- Contact the Small Business Administration (SBA) Los Angeles District Office website for additional assistance and information.
- Get free and confidential mentoring by former CEOs through SCORE.
- Explore other small business programs, such as the JPL Mentor-Protégé Program, Product Demonstrations and Submitting an Unsolicited Proposal. See below
- Contact the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) for information on how to obtain a Federal Supply Schedule contract. Some JPL purchases are, in fact, orders on FSS contracts.
- Additional information about the NASA Office of Small Business Programs (OSBP) can be found on their website.
Small Business Programs Office (SBPO) Products and Services
SPBO Connection Corner: In October 2016, SBPO discontinued the hosting of "15 Minutes with the SBPO" on Thursdays without appointments. Instead, the new SPBO Connection Corner is taking appointments for any day of the week for 30-45 minute intervals. The SBPO will coordinate with the JPL technical personnel to also be in attendance to discuss the products or services being offered by the small businesses. We are hoping this new change will allow more interaction and communication within the small business community and potential JPL end users. To schedule a meeting please call the Small Business Programs Office at 818-393-8018 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
Please refer any questions you may have to: