Small & Disadvantaged Business Utilization Office

Welcome to the St. Louis District Office of Small Business Programs (OSBP). We are here to assist Small and Disadvantaged Business in doing business with the government by ensuring access to the St. Louis District’s contract opportunities. We provide businesses with the most current small business initiatives and project statuses.

New procedures implemented for U. S. Army Corps of Engineer solicitations require that all potential offerors register in SAM's which combined the former CCR system, CCR's Federal Registration (FedReg) module, the Online Representations and Certifications Application (ORCA), and the Excluded Parties List System (EPLS). Additional website links, along with a listing of anticipated fiscal year requirements can be found under the Contracting area of our homepage.

Upcoming Conferences, Industry Days, or Government Events Training: TBD

St. Louis District Small Business | FY24 Acquisition Forecast

Helpful Information

SBA Twelve Step Guide to Getting started in Federal Contracting.pdf

Mentor-Protege Relationship.pdf

Army and MICC Guidebook - List of Useful Resources and Weblinks.pdf  - This guidebook provides many useful links such as where to find multiple small business counseling and training programs (PTAC's, SCORE, SBDC, etc.)  The guidebook even provides a general example of a capability statement.

Helpful Links:

Headquarters Corps of Engineers web page:

The GSA hyperlink will show how to get started if you want to do business with GSA:

If you are looking for disaster response contract opportunities due to hurricanes Michael and Florence, go to 

Small Business Policy News

DA Policy Letter 15-01 SBREFA.pdf

NOTE: All Construction requirements awarded to Contractors by USACE must use the Resident Management System (RMS) and the Quality Control System (QCS).  The systems provide an efficient method to plan, schedule, and control all aspects of construction. Go to, to learn more about these systems and download the guide to become familiar with RMS.  The District provides our own Quality Management training through our Construction Branch. 

IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR Current SAM registrants who have a requirement to update data on your SAM record or new registrants:

The notarized letter is mandatory and is required before the GSA Federal Service Desk (FSD) will activate the entity's registration.  The Office of the Secretary of Defense and GSA realizes the length of time needed to transmit, receive, process, and approve the notarized letters presents a significant impact on the ability of the contracting activity to make timely awards, but in order to mitigate the concern of fraud, these steps and the time needed for processing, is unavoidable.  Make sure you follow the SAM notarized letter procedures at the SAM website: (, in advance of an anticipated award.