US Army Corps of Engineers
Honolulu District


To sustain the U.S Army Corps of Engineers as a premier organization in developing small businesses and maximizing their opportunities to participate in our procurement's, thereby ensuring a broad base of capable suppliers to support the Corps of Engineers mission and strengthen our nation’s economic development. 









About Us

Honolulu District fully supports the government policy of placing a fair proportion of the Corps contracts for supplies, design engineering, construction and support services with qualified Small, Small Disadvantaged, Women-Owned, HUBZone, Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned and Veteran-Owned business. In addition, such concerns are to be afforded the maximum practicable opportunity to participate as subcontractors in qualifying contracts awarded to large business.


Frequently Asked Questions

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The Department of the Army does not offer loans or grants to being or expand a small business. For loans or grants, please contact SBA.

SBA provides valuable information on applicable training resources and the Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) is also a valuable resource. PTAC offices can be located at
SBA provides valuable information on applicable training resources and the Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) is also a valuable resource. PTAC offices can be located at
The HUBZone, Small Disadvantaged Business (SDB), and 8(a) programs require certification from SBA; you must apply for those directly. Please visit for additional information.
A small business concern is a business, including its affiliates, that is independently owned and operated, not dominant in the field of operation in which it is bidding on contracts and qualified as a small business under the applicable size standards in 13 CFR Part 121 (FAR 19.102). The size standard is based on the North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) and is currently figured by either dollar revenue or number of employees. Please visit for additional information.
There are a number of differences including quality control plans, safety plans, specific payroll requirements, insurance, background checks, etc. Again, you must pay close attention to the specific requirements outlined in the solicitation. If you have any questions regarding the requirements, please submit them prior to submitting your proposal.
The 8(a) program is a business development program that offers a broad scope of assistance to socially and economically disadvantaged firms. SDB certification pertains to benefits in Federal procurements. 8(a) firms automatically qualify for SDB certification. Please visit SBA’s website at for additional information.
Small Business Participation Plan goals are based on the total contract value IAW DFARS 215.304. The Small Business Participation Plan is a rated factor. Small Business Subcontracting Plan goals/targets are based on total subcontracted dollars IAW FAR 19.701. Acceptable goals/targets are subject to negotiations between the Contracting Officer and the contractor.
Sources Sought notices are posted in FedBizOpps in order to determine if there is a reasonable expectation that offers will be obtained from at least two responsible small business concerns. If you don’t respond, we may not have enough small business interest and we will have to issue the acquisition as unrestricted (full and open). It’s important that you pay close attention to the information we request and provide a complete and detailed response as requested.

All federal agencies are required to publicize bidding opportunities on FedBizOpps when the purchase is expected to exceed $25,000, so anyone with Internet access can find out about these opportunities. You can register your firm with FedBizOpps. This allows you to set up filters to view and receive the information that is of interest to you. There is a tutorial on the homepage to help you navigate through FedBizOpps.

The Honolulu District U.S. Army Corps of Engineers publishes a fiscal year forecast.  To obtain a listing of upcoming projects click here. We update this forecast twice a year, once in the spring and early fall.  This is a snapshot of forecasted requirements for the current year. These requirements may or may not be executed and are contingent upon funding, real estate, etc. Dates provided are approximates only. You must still monitor FedBizOpps to see if and when these requirements are announced

Do your homework! Before we consider setting an appointment for a small business, we ask that you go to the Honolulu Districts Website and familiarize yourself with what we do in our district. You need to be able to communicate how your firm can be a solution provider for our district, and why we should consider you over other similar firms. Depending on the situation and schedules, we may recommend a project manager attend the meeting.

 The Honolulu District of the US Army Corps of Engineers does not require you to register your company with us. Instead, we recommend you register your firm in System for Award Management (SAM). If you plan to bid on Federal work this registration is REQUIRED in order to receive a DoD Prime contract. It is also a useful marketing tool that gives your company visibility. Large Businesses, Federal and other Agencies search for small business capabilities on CCR as well as Dynamic Small Business Search, which can be accessed from the homepage.

If you have never done work with the federal government, we strongly recommend you contact your local Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC). The PTAC’s role is to work with businesses to help them obtain and perform federal, state and local government contracts by educating the companies on the processes necessary for securing these contracts. They also help by connecting businesses with government agencies seeking competitively priced products and services. For a list of PTAC service centers in Hawaii click here.