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Small and Disadvantaged Business

Small and disadvantaged business

General

▶Agencies

Agency for International Development (USAID), Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDBU), 301 4th St. S.W., #SA-44, Room 848, 20024 (mailing address: 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. N.W., #SA-44, Room 848, Washington, DC 20523); John Watson, Director (Acting). Main, (202) 567-4730.

General email, osdbu1@usaid.gov

Web, www.usaid.gov/who-we-are/organization/independent-offices/office-small-and-disadvantaged-business-utilization

Counsels small and minority-owned businesses on how to do business with USAID. Identifies opportunities for small businesses in subcontracting with the agency.

Agriculture Dept. (USDA), Rural Development, Rural Business–Cooperative Service, 1400 Independence Ave. S.W., #5803-S, MS 3201, 20250-3201; (202) 690-4730. Fax, (202) 690-4737. Mark Brodziski, Administrator (Acting).

Web, www.rd.usda.gov/about-rd/agencies/rural-business-cooperative-service

Administers programs that provide the capital, technical support, educational opportunities, and entrepreneurial skills to rural residents to grow businesses or access jobs in agricultural markets. Promotes the use of cooperative businesses. Interests include ...

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