One Government Funding Source for Small Contractors

For the most part, the myth of free government money for small business funding is just that—mythology. But a handful of federal agencies contract with private companies to do research and development for new systems and products, primarily to aid the U.S. military. One is the Office of Naval Research, which is charged with contracting with small, disadvantaged business owners as defined by the Small Business Administration. Brenda Pickett, associate director of small business for the ONR, spoke recently with Smart Answers columnist Karen E. Klein about what she looks for from small business. Edited excerpts of their conversation follow.

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