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SMALL BUSINESS ADVOCATE SUCCESS STORY: Click on the image above to learn about DOE Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP) and Acting FEMP Director Leslie Nicholls’ support of small business contractors.

Small business owners have the opportunity to provide products and services to the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), which helps the U.S. Department of Energy meet its clean energy mission.

From administrative and facility support to technical consulting and trade show management, small businesses provide critical services to EERE.

To learn how your small business can work with EERE, check out the Qualifying for EERE Small Business Contracting Opportunities page.

Small businesses that contract with EERE can be assured that the agency is committed to obtaining the best value in goods, services, and equipment. EERE is dedicated to the highest standards of ethical conduct through the contracting process.

For a breakdown of the different small businesses socio-economic categories EERE supports, see the chart below. It shows the EERE obligations to small and socio-economic businesses for Fiscal Year 2016.

FY 2016 EERE Obligations to Small and Socio-Economic Businesses

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What Products and Services Do We Buy?

Currently, EERE contracts with small businesses that can be classified under the following North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) codes:

  • 541611: Administrative Management and General Management Consulting Services
  • 541330: Engineering Services
  • 541820: Public Relations Agencies
  • 541690: Other Scientific and Technical Consulting Services
  • 561920: Convention and Trade Show Organizers
  • 541618: Other Management Consulting Services
  • 561210: Facilities Support Services
  • 541513: Computer Facilities Management Services
  • 517911: Telecommunications Resellers
  • 337211: Wood Office Furniture Manufacturing.

For an example of which services EERE most often contracts out for, see the graph below. It shows the NAICS codes for the businesses EERE contracted with in Fiscal Year 2016. 

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How Do We Purchase from Small Businesses?

EERE procures acquisitions from small businesses in various ways:

  • Micro-purchases—less than $3,500 and typically processed using Government VISA Purchase Card.
  • Simplified Acquisitions—between $3,500 and $150,000.
  • Contract actions—exceed $150,000 in value.

Where are the Contract Opportunities for Small Businesses?

  • Look through the DOE Acquisition Forecast for future prime and sub-contracting opportunities within EERE, DOE, and National Nuclear Security Administration.
  • Register for a free account with the publically accessible web portals, FedBizOps and FedConnect, to see what federal contracting opportunities are currently available in your industry. Note that agencies are mandated to post opportunities on FedBizOps, whereas posting to FedConnect is optional.  

How Can Small Businesses Work with EERE?

What Does the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Do?

The Office of EERE supports research, development, and deployment activities for a variety of technologies. See the Office of EERE home page for more information.

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Other EERE Programs that Work with Small Businesses

Additional Resources

How Can We Help?

Lani Macrae

Small Business Program Manager

Small Business First

For more on characteristics of each program, check out our Small Business At-A-Glance.

2016 Achievements

  • The top 10 most awarded NAICS codes in 2016 totaled $90.9 million.
  • The most awarded NAICS code in 2016 was Engineering Services (541330), totaling $42.3 million.
  • Of businesses awarded by DOE EERE in 2016, over $91.6 million went to socioeconomic designations of woman-owned, small business, service-disabled veteran owned, small business 8(a), and other disadvantaged businesses.
  • The most awarded designation in 2016 was 8(a) small business, totaling $75.1 million.
  • Throughout 2016, the EERE Small Business Program participated in 8 small business conferences hosted by federal- and state-level entities.
  • Additionally, the EERE Small Business Program presented 5 different capability statement workshops throughout the year, assisting small business contractors with both putting together effective new materials and revising old ones.
  • In order to pass along pertinent contracting resources and opportunities to small business contractors, the EERE Small Business Program maintains a database comprised of over 950 small business contractors. To get your small business on this database, please contact Lani MacRae at