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Preferential Procurement Programs

The OPPM provides counseling and advice to inquiring small businesses regarding their possible eligibility for special consideration under preferential procurement programs with the Smithsonian. Some of these are:

• The Small Business Set-Aside Program under which the Smithsonian permits competition on certain solicitations only among small businesses;

• The Section 8(a) Program under which the Smithsonian enters into contracts with the Small Business Administration (SBA) for supplies, services, and construction, and the SBA subsequently subcontracts noncompetitively for these requirements with approved socially and economically disadvantaged firms;

• The Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) Program under which contracts are awarded on a competitive basis with minority business;

• The Women's Business Enterprise (WBE) Program under which the Smithsonian takes affirmative action to ensure that businesses owned and controlled by women are offered an opportunity to compete on contracts awarded by the Smithsonian. 


Awards for Minority Museum Professionals

Begun in fiscal year 1984 by the OMP with matching funds provided by the OEO, the awards provide opportunities for minority museum professionals to attend specialized workshops and to conduct individual study using Smithsonian collections, expertise, and facilities. The awards are given to minorities working in museums and related institutions to help defray travel and per diem expenses. The usual amount of $500.00 is increased for those residing outside the contiguous 48 states. In addition, the OMP waives the $85.00 to $115.00 workshop fee. In residence at the Institution for a two week period, award recipients benefit from meeting with professional staff, behind-the-scenes tours, visits to laboratories and observations of specialized research and conservation techniques.

Native American Museums Program

The Native American Museums program provides staff training and information to those who work closely with the study and preservation of Native American heritage in the United States and indigenous cultures in other parts of the world.


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