How to Become a Small Business Supplier

XBD9910-02340-05.jpgThe following information is provided for small businesses interested in becoming Berkeley Lab suppliers. Here is an overview of how to do business with the Laboratory, followed by supplemental information you may find useful.

  • Get to know our Procurement Teams.
  • Make sure you have the appropriate certifications from the Small Business Administration.
  • Register online by submitting your company information using the Berkeley Lab Supplier Registration form. When you register, your company information will be included in our Berkeley Lab Supplier Directory, which is available to the Lab community.
  • Email a one-page capabilities statement of qualifications to the Small Business Liaison Officer at to better acquaint us with your company and your goods or services.
  • View construction related opportunities in our Projects and Infrastructure Modernization Division here.
  • If you’re interested in becoming a supplier for our online catalog and ordering solution, eBuy, register here. Your information will be reviewed by our program staff.

Note: Completion of any of the above items does not guarantee the right to bid on all LBNL procurements or receipt of a contract.

Get Certified

Generally speaking, the Laboratory accepts self-certification for business size. Small disadvantaged, 8(a) and HUBZone business enterprises must, however, comply with certification requirements, criteria and size standards for these types of businesses as determined by the U.S. Small Business Administration, and specifically defined in the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR).

Mentor-Protégé Program

The Laboratory’s Mentor-Protégé Program is based on a U.S. Department of Energy initiative designed to encourage and assist:

  • Small disadvantaged firms certified by the Small Business Administration (SBA) under Section 8(a) of the Small Business Act (8(a))
  • Other small disadvantaged businesses, women-owned small businesses
  • HUBZone small businesses
  • Historically Black Colleges and Universities
  • Other minority institutions of higher learning, and small business concerns owned and controlled by service disabled veterans in enhancing their capabilities to perform contracts at any tier for U.S. Department of Energy and other Federal agencies

The program is established and is consistent with U.S. Department of Energy Acquisition Regulation (DEAR) 919.70. It is designed to provide developmental assistance to the protégé companies in an effort to enhance their capabilities in the fundamental aspects of building a solid, established, and successful business.

The Berkeley Lab, Mentor Protégé Program is a two year program with the possibility of three one year options, total time in the program will typically not exceed five years. Small businesses interested in applying for the Mentor Protégé Program will complete the Berkeley Lab Application for Prospective Protégé. Contact the Small Business Liaison Officer at for a copy of the application and/or for further information about the Mentor Protégé Program.

NOTE: This program is developmental in nature and is intended for small businesses to develop/improve their capabilities. This program is not intended to be a quick path for obtaining contracts. While participating in the program, companies should take the advice of the mentor(s) to improve their processes, policies, procedures, etc., in order to better position themselves to be a successful government contractor after graduating from the program. Small businesses with the primary purpose of obtaining non-competitive contracts while in the program are discouraged from participation.

See DOE’s Mentor-Protégé Program website for more information on this exciting program.