Small Business Office


The Small Business Office develops small businesses and maximizing their opportunities to participate in Corps procurements, ensuring a broad base of capable suppliers to support the Corps' mission and strengthen our nation's economic development.

The Small Business Program seeks Women Owned, 8(a), Historically Underutilized Business Zone Empowerment (HubZone) and Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned businesses, as well as Historical Black Colleges and Universities, and Minority Institutions with which to do business.

Steps to doing business with the Corps

Tips for selling/marketing to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers:

  1. Visit the web site for the District(s) with which you desire to do business in order to learn about the districts’ missions and the types of services/supplies each procures. Call, write or visit the Corps of Engineers Deputy for Small Business with each district.
  2. Discuss your capabilities, interest and capacities to perform with the Deputy for Small Business.
  3. Review the Federal Opportunities at site. All routine procurement proposed by the Army must be publicized by certain prescribed methods. The Federal Business Opportunities can be accessed via the internet at   The most common method of announcement is publication at the beta.SAM site (formerly FedBizzOpps). There you will find a record of upcoming procurements, awarded contracts, and sources sought announcements. The beta.SAM site is an excellent source for possible subcontracting leads. The winners of competitively awarded, large contracts are published  on the beta.SAM site .
  4. Review the Pre-Solicitation Notices and Invitations for Bids, with plans and specifications for construction work which are furnished to organizations such as the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC), minority contract associations, and construction industry associations. These organizations maintain plan display rooms for the benefit of contractors, subcontractors, and material suppliers at no charge.
  5. Be alert to the announcements of Business Opportunity Conferences, Trade Fairs and other federally attended or sponsored liaison meetings in your area. Make it a point to attend whenever possible. The Corps of Engineers is represented at most such meetings. This is an excellent opportunity to meet on a person-to-person basis with procurement and small business specialists who can assist small and small disadvantaged businesses with the selling of their services or products.
  6. Visit the Corps of Engineers web sites. The Headquarters site is located at . The Norfolk District web site, located at , contains information about upcoming Norfolk District projects, solicitations, contract awards, plan holders/bidders mailing lists and other general information of interest to firms seeking business opportunities with the federal government.    
  7. DUN and Bradstreet (DUNS) numbers and Contractor Entity Codes (CECs) can be obtained by calling 800-333-0505 (8am-6pm EST). Both the call and service are free.
  8. Firms who feel they have been unfairly treated should contact:

    Regulatory Enforcement Fairness,
    Office of the National Ombudsman, 
    U.S. Small Business Administration
    409 3rd Street, S.W.,
    Washington, DC 20416

    Tel: (886) 734-3247

Norfolk District Small Business

Cherie Kunze
Chief, Small Business Office

803 Front Street
Norfolk, VA 23510

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Doing Business with USACE

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What does the Corps buy?

The Corps of Engineers buys a variety of supplies, services, construction and engineering services. Examples of some of these acquisitions are provided below:

Construction: Barracks, dining facilities, maintenance shops, hangers, hospitals, airfields, roads, levees, dams, hazardous and toxic waste remediation, and dredging.

Engineering Services: Concept studies, master planning, engineering studies, all types of surveying and mapping, engineering design and construction and inspection services.

Other Services: Trash collection, grass mowing, janitorial, oversee and maintain recreational parks, stenographic, and real estate appraisal.

Supplies and Equipment: Generators, turbines, heating, ventilation and air conditioning equipment, kitchen equipment, electronic gear, petroleum products, repair parts, lumber, cement, computers and peripheral equipment, and publications.