I hope everyone had a great new year. I know we did here at the Office of Small Business Programs (OSBP) and cannot wait to get started working hard with small businesses across the country in 2013.
On that note, I’m happy to announce that the NASA VendorData Base (NVDB) is back up and running. For those unfamiliar with this powerful tool, it is a database for both large and small vendors who wish to do business with NASA. The NVDB is accessible to all NASA employees to assist them in conducting thorough market research during the early phase of acquisition planning and is used to decide if the procurement will be a small business set-a-side or full and open.
Through the NVDB, businesses are able to post capability briefs for review, sign up for e-mail notifications regarding Sources Sought Notices, Requests for Information (RFI), and Request for Proposals (RFP). A quarterly newsletter is also sent out to all those with an account.
OSBP uses the database as a tool to reach out to small businesses on a regular basis. Upcoming outreach events, including industry days and conferences, are often announced to members of the NVDB. Other pressing information regarding small business at NASA may be sent out as well.
I highly recommend that any small business interested in doing business with NASA visit https://vendors.nvdb.nasa.gov/ and create an account. And for both new and old members, don’t forget to subscribe to the OSBP emails!