Helpful glossary of terms




Air Force Mentor-Protégé Center of Excellence


Alaska Native Corporation (ANC) and Indian Tribes: One of 13 corporations organized under the laws of the state of Alaska in accordance with the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act. Considered a minority and economically disadvantaged concern regardless of size.     


Alliance of Supplier Diversity Professionals


Central Contractor Registration: As of December 2002, the CCR system eliminated the requirement to register separately within the Small Business Administration’s PRO-Net database. A vendor only needs to input business information in one database (CCR), which will automatically populate the SBA database.


Comprehensive Subcontracting Test: A test program for the negotiation of comprehensive Small Business Subcontracting Plans


Disadvantaged Business Enterprise


Defense Contracting Management Agency - an independent combat support agency within the Department of Defense (DoD) responsible for ensuring that Federal acquisition programs, supplies, and services are delivered on time and within cost, and that they meet performance requirements.


Defense Federal Acquisition Regulations

DFAR Clause 252.219-7003

Small, Small Disadvantaged, and Woman-Owned Small Business Subcontracting Plan

DFAR Clause 252.226-7000

Notice of Historically Black College or University and Minority Institution Set-Aside

DFARS Clause 252.226-7001

Utilization of Indian Organizations, Indian-Owned Economic Enterprises, and Native Hawaiian Small Business Concerns


Dynamic Small Business Search


Electronic Subcontracting Reporting System


Federal Acquisition Regulation: Was established to codify uniform policies for acquisition of supplies and services by executive agencies. It is issued and maintained jointly under the statutory authorities granted to the secretary of defense; administrator of general services; and the administrator of NASA, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. Statutory authorities to issue and revise the FAR have been delegated to the procurement executives in DOD, GSA and NASA.

FAR Clause 52.219-8

Utilization of Small Business Concerns

FAR Clause 19.102

Size Standards

FAR Clause 52.219-9

Small Business Subcontracting Plan


Historically Black Colleges & Universities and other Minority Institutions


Historically Underutilized Business Zone Small Business: Small business concern that appears on the List of Qualified HUBZone Small Business Concerns maintained by the Small Business Administration. These small business concerns are located in economically distressed areas.


Indian Incentive Program: The Department of Defense (DoD) strives to provide opportunities to Indian organizations and Indian-owned economic enterprises, by providing for the payment of 5 percent of the amount subcontracted to an Indian organization or Indian-owned economic enterprise at any sub-tier, when authorized under the terms of the contract. (FAR clause 52.226-1).


Individual Subcontract Report: Electronic Subcontracting Reporting for Individual Contracts; replaced the old paper form SF294


Large Business


Minority Business Enterprise


A Minority Business Enterprise or Women Business Enterprise


North American Industry Classification System: Beginning in 1997, the Standard Industrial Classification (SIC) was replaced by the North American Industry Classification System (NAICS). This six digit code is a major revision that not only provides for newer industries, but also reorganizes the categories on a production/process-oriented basis. This new, uniform, industry-wide classification system has been designed as the index for statistical reporting of all economic activities of the United States, Canada, and Mexico.


National Minority Supplier Development Council


National Women Business Owners Corporation


Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization: The OSDBU’s mission is to advise the Secretary of Defense on all matters related to small business, represent the secretary of defense on major small business matters addressed at the OSD level, develop DoD-wide small business policy and provide oversight to ensure compliance by all military departments and defense agencies, and provide military departments, defense agencies, and rocurement Technical Assistance Centers (PTACs) with training and tools to foster an environment that encourages small business participation in defense acquisition.


Procurement Marketing and Access Network: PRO-Net is the Small Business Administration’s database of Small Business concerns. You can search by NAICS, keywords, and numerous other data elements. Replaced by CCR.


Procurement Technical Assistance Center

Public Law 95-507

(1973) Provides the maximum extent practical opportunity for small and small disadvantaged businesses to compete

Public Law 100-656

(1989) Provides liquidated damages against prime contractors for not making goals and/or not making a good faith effort towards goals

Public Law 103-355

(1995) Provides for Women-Owned Small Business goals

Public Law 105-535

(1998) Provides for HUBZone goals

Public Law 106-50

(1999) Provides for Veteran Owned Small Business Goals (amended in 2001 to include Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business goals)


Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization


Small Business


Small Business Administration:U.S. SBA’s mission is to maintain and strengthen the nation’s economy by aiding, counseling, assisting, and protecting the interests of small businesses and by helping families and businesses recover from national disasters.


Small Business Concern: As defined pursuant to Section 3 of the Small Business Act and relevant regulations (typically under 500 employees or number of employees or average annual receipts do not exceed the size standard in 13 CFR Part 121). See the FAR Clause 19.102 Size standards.


Small Business Development Center


Small Business Innovation Research: A NASA program, the primary purpose of which is to meet NASA mission-related technology needs by tapping the capabilities of small, high-technology firms. The SBIR Phase I contracts last for 12 months with maximum funding of $100,000; Phase II contracts last for 24 months with maximum funding of $600,000.


Small Business Liaison Officer


Small Business Program Compliance Review


Supplier Diversity Advisory Council


Small Disadvantaged Business Concern: SDBs are at least 51 percent owned by one or more individuals who are both socially and economically disadvantaged. This can include a publicly owned business that has at least 51 percent of its stock unconditionally owned by one or more socially and economically disadvantaged individuals and whose management and daily business is controlled by one or more such individuals. SDBs are self-certified.


Service-Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business: Small business concern: (1) Not less than 51 percent of which is owned by one or more service-disabled veterans or, in the case of any publicly owned business, not less than 51 percent of the stock of which is owned by one or more service-disabled veterans; and (2) The management and daily business operations of which are controlled by one or more service-disabled veterans or, in the case of a veteran with permanent and severe disability, the spouse or permanent caregiver of such veteran.


Subcontracting Orientation and Assistance Reviews


Summary Subcontract Report: Electronic Summary Subcontract Report replaced the old paper form SF295


Small Business Technology Transfer


Veteran-Owned Small Business: Small business concern: (1) Not less than 51 percent of which is owned by one or more veterans (as defined at 38 U.S.C. 101 or, in the case of any publicly owned business, not less than 51 percent of the stock of which is owned by one or more veterans; (2) The management and daily business operations of which are controlled by one or more veterans.



Women-Owned Business Enterprise


Women's Business Enterprise National Council


Women-Owned Small Business: Small business concern: (1) At least 51 percent of which is owned by one or more women, or, in the case of any publicly owned business, at least 51 percent of the stock of which is owned by one or more women; and (2) The management and daily business operations of which are controlled by one or more women.