As a federal contractor, you may be wondering how to do business with the Marine Corps bases, installations, and organizations across the United States. Here you will find the answer.
Since June 30, 1834, the United States Marine Corps (USMC) has been part of the U.S. Department of the Navy (DON). It is the maritime land force service branch of the U.S. Armed Forces responsible for leading expeditionary and amphibious operations through combined arms, implementing its infantry, armor, artillery, aerial, and special operations forces.
As the USMC is also one of the eight uniformed services of our country, it may seem impossible to do business with its units and facilities, nevertheless, it is perfectly possible if you, as a small business owner, take the adequate, basic steps.
Doing business with the Marine Corps
To do business with the Marine Corps, you must follow the same basic steps to provide your product or service to the Department of the Navy, which are the following:
- Identify your Federal Supply Classification (FSC) code.
- Obtain a Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number.
- Register in the System for Award Management (SAM).
- Obtain a Contractor and Government Entity (CAGE) code.
- Register in Online Representations and Certifications Application (ORCA).
- Register in Wide Area WorkFlow (WAWF).
- Familiarize yourself with Federal, DoD, Navy, and Marine Corps contracting procedures Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR).
- Identify the Marine Corps contracting activity that purchases your product or service.
- Identify current and future procurement opportunities.
- Consider a Federal Supply Schedule (FSS) contract.
- Review small business programs.
- Explore subcontracting opportunities.
- Seek additional assistance as needed.
If you want to see a detailed explanation of these basic steps, click here.
How to market your product or service to The Marines
Currently, there are 13 U.S. Marine Corps bases, installations, and organizations for you to do business with The Marines:
- Albany, Marine Corps Logistics Base (MCLB Albany) Georgia
- Beaufort, Marine Corps Air Station, South Carolina
- Blount Island Command (BIC) U.S. Marine Corps, Jacksonville, Florida
- Camp Lejeune, Marine Corps Base, North Carolina
- Camp Pendleton, Marine Corps Base, California
- Cherry Point, Marine Corps Air Station, North Carolina
- Hawaii, Marine Corps Base Hawaii
- Miramar, Marine Corps Air Station, California
- New River, Marine Corps Air Station, North Carolina
- Parris Island – Marine Corps Recruit Depot Eastern Region, South Carolina
- Quantico – Marine Corps Base Quantico, Virginia
- Twenty-nine Palms – Marine Air-Ground Task Force (MAGTF) Training Command
- Yuma – Marine Corps Air Station, Arizona
Through the USMC´s official website, you can access the Marine Corps Systems Command Office of Small Business Programs, which includes business opportunities for veteran-owned, service-disabled, HUBZone, small disadvantaged, and women-owned small businesses.
These programs promote acquisition opportunities where small firms can best support the needs of our Marines and Sailors and also include innovative funding opportunities, documents, links, and useful resources for you to better understand how to do business with the Marine Corps.
For more information regarding the Office of Small Business Programs, click here.
To obtain small business contracting information related to the aforementioned Marine Corps bases, click here.
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