Use DSBS to Survey Local Competition


The Dynamic Small Business Search (DSBS) is a website procurement officers use to locate qualified government contractors. Thanks to the Small Business Act of 2008, every procurement officer in the United States must spend 23% of their contracting funding on businesses certified as small and/or economically/socially disadvantaged, or meet specific set-aside qualifications, such as HUBZone, 8a, WOSB, etc.

IMPORTANT: Businesses must create a DSBS profile in System for Award Management (SAM). Once a business completes its SAM registration and DSBS profile, it will receive an email. This email includes information about any certifications and/or set-asides relevant to the business.

Some Benefits of Using DSBS:

  • Procurement officers use it to conduct market research and confirm eligibility for SBA’s procurement preference programs
  • Great tool to identify small- and minority-business enterprises
  • Generate “client lead” lists
  • Identify business enterprises by industry and other classifications
  • Teaming arrangement leads
  • Custom searching and sorting by capabilities

To find a business, go to the DSBS site and enter your search criteria. The Quick Market Research section will return an aggregate number of profiles in the following socio-economic categories: HUBZone, 8(a), Small Disadvantaged Business (SDB), Woman-owned, Veteran-owned, and Service-Disabled Veteran-owned.

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