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Small Business Program

The Rock Island District Small Business Program ensures that small businesses have the maximum practicable opportunity to participate in Rock Island District acquisitions through contracts or subcontracts. The District's program provides outreach to inform small businesses on how to do business with us.

The Program also provides advice and assistance to the Rock Island District workforce on all aspects of the Small Business Program. The involvement of small business concerns in our military and civil works programs is vital to the mission of the Army and to the nation’s economic prosperity. Rock Island District is committed to developing small business concerns, providing procurement opportunities, training and counseling businesses for success, and establishing a broad base of capable suppliers to support the Army’s mission.

Small Business Items of Interest

IMPORTANT!  New requirements for System for Award Management (SAM) new registrants and updates/renewals as of 29 June 2018. Ensure you are in compliance:


Defense Cybersecurity Requirements - What Small Businesses Need to Know


Upcoming Events

October 11, 2018 - Cedar Rapids Industry Open House

Time: 2:30-4:30pm or 6:30-8:30pm

Location: Economic Alliance; 501 1st St. SE, Cedar Rapids, IA

Event Information: The event will provide industry top level information on upcoming construction and A/E opportunities for Cedar Rapids Flood Risk Management projects. The event will also provide industry with top level information on how the Corps of Engineers Rock Island District procurement process works and their roles within that process. Attendees will also learn about available resources and receive handouts/takeaways for general Government contracting processes.


October 18, 2018 - Associated General Contractors (AGC) Partnering Meeting

Time: 12:00-3:00pm (Lunch buffet available starting at 12pm, program to begin at 1pm)

Location: Arsenal Island Golf Course Clubhouse

Event Information: The intent of the meeting is to provide AGC members and non-members an opportunity to hear about projects and programs such as NESP, waterway navigation challenges and planned 2020 consolidated lock closures on the Illinois Waterway. The meeting will provide a forum to hear from USACE Rock Island District leadership as well as participate in Q&A on the programs. Attendees will also learn about benefits of AGC membership. The event would be most appropriate for those companies within the horizontal construction industry.

Registration: The meeting is no cost to attend, but lunch cost is on your own, to RSVP, email Beth White at


October 23, 2018 - Webinar: Understanding the Rock Island Corps of Engineers - Projects, Procurements and Processes

Time: 8:30-9:30am

Event Information: This webinar provides industry with basic information on the District's overall mission and historical contracted requirements. Participants will take away information on how to best do business with the District as either a prime contractor or a subcontractor, as well as recommendations and tools for growing their Federal Government business with the Corps of Engineers, and specifically the Rock Island District.

Registration: To register and for log-in information contact Beth White at and reference the webinar RSVP in your subject line.

October 25, 2018 - Subcontracting and the Federal Government - Presented by the USACE Rock Island District and Iowa Procurement Technical Assistance Center

Time: 9:30-11:30am

Location: Davenport Public Library; 6000 Eastern Ave., Davenport, IA

Event Information: Join us at this event in coordination with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), Rock Island District Office of Small Business to discuss subcontracting in the federal market. The event will include an overview by Ms. Elizabeth White, Deputy, Small Business Programs, USACE of subcontracting in the federal government and discuss subcontracting requirements and goals from an agency perspective. This event is appropriate for both large and small businesses.



October 31-November 2, 2018 - SAME National Small Business Conference

Location: New Orleans Morial Convention Center; New Orleans, LA

Event Information: USACE Rock Island District is participating as an exhibitor and for roundtable networking



November 15, 2018 - USACE Rock Island Industry Outreach Workshop

Time: 9:30am-2:30pm

Location: Davenport Public Library (Large Meeting Room); 321 N. Main St., Davenport, IA

Event Information: This face-to-face industry engagement event will provide contractors with the opportunity to learn about various contracting topics and network with other contractors and Rock Island District employees from Contracting, Project Management, Engineering, Construction and Small Business. Format will provide a venue for educational material (topics determined by industry), Q&A and direct interaction, as well as one-on-one marketing opportunities with the District. The purpose of the event is two-fold: (1) It allows the contractors that have identified the Rock Island District as a potential Government customer to learn about various Government contracting topics as well as provide direct marketing information to the district and (2) it allows the Rock Island District to engage directly with potential contractors, determine capabilities available within various industries supporting the overall mission, to assist with market research for larger buys and to identify sources for smaller buys.

Registration: To RSVP email Beth White at and ensure that you include the event name in your subject line. The event is free to attend, but space is limited.

February 28, 2019 - USACE Rock Island District Industry Day hosted by SAME Rock Island Post

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Doing Business With Us

Doing Business with the Rock Island District - Basic "how to" guide

FY18 Procurement Forecast - Apr. 2018

Rock Island District's Top 10 North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) Codes

Current IDIQ List - Apr. 2018

Available Partners/Subcontractors - The following list of potential partners/subcontractors is being provided as a courtesy by the Rock Island District which is updated monthly. These companies have done business with the District and/or have actively marketed the District, however the District does not endorse any contractors on the list. These companies can be used to help fulfill subcontracting plan requirements, provide a comprehensive proposal on an agency's procurements or to build your network for Rock Island District or other agency projects. If you would like to be included on the list, and would like to discuss your capabilities, please contact the Deputy, Small Business Programs at

Contact Information

Deputy for Small Business
Rock Island District, Clock Tower Building
P.O. Box 2004
1500 Rock Island Drive
Rock Island, IL  61204-2004
(309) 794-5205