Preparation and Opportunity Yield Success

Supplier Training Excellence Program

The Supplier Training Excellence Program (STEP) is a virtual collection of educational and learning resources designed to help small enterprises navigate and succeed in the defense industry. You will find live webinars on a variety of topics, recorded webinars, videos, and links to collateral information on specific topics as well as webinar information from various affiliates in which as a small enterprise, you can take part in free of charge. Take a STEP in the right direction!
Select from the links below for available training. Come back and visit in order to register for upcoming STEP program webinars.

2021 Upcoming Live Webinars






  • SAM Registration (slides)
  • Commercial Item Determination (slides)
  • Indirect Corporate Agreements (slides)
  • Complying with DFARS 252.204-7020 and Preparing for CMMC (listen) & (slides)
  • Why You Need an Ethics Program (slides)
  • Anti-Corruption/Anti-Bribery (slides)
  • Understanding NAICS Codes (listen) & (slides)
  • Counterfeit Parts (listen) & (slides)
  • Direct Corporate Agreements (listen) & (slides)



Webinars Led by Affiliates

The Veteran Institute for Procurement (VIP) offers programs to help veteran small businesses and service disabled veteran owned small businesses increase their ability to win government contracts.

  • Are looking to become "procurement ready?"
  • Are you currently supporting federal customers either as a sub or prime contractor and are ready to scale?

VIP offers a three-day 27 hour training program in the Washington, D.C., area just 11 miles from the White House. Participants receive hands-on, market-based instruction that helps establish best business practices for federal government contracting. The program is offered at no cost to veteran owned small businesses nationwide. To learn more and to apply visit the company website.

Women Iimpacting Public Policy (WIPP) is a national nonpartisan organization advocating on behalf of women entrepreneurs—strengthening their impact on our nation’s public policy, creating economic opportunities, and forging alliances with other business organizations.

The NCAIED PTAC provides professional business consulting services and technical assistance to Native American-owned businesses regarding marketing and selling to the federal, state, local and tribal governments and large prime contractors. Assistance extends to all Native American businesses (American Indian, Alaska Native Corporations and Native Hawaiians) and includes tribes and individual businesses both on and off reservations.

Services are free and are provided from five office locations in Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, Virginia, and Georgia.

For more information, please visit the company website.

Government Led Training for Small Business

Office of Small Business Programs

The Office of Small Business Programs offers several training video resources. Please visit the following links for more information:

Procurement Technical Assistance Program

The Procurement Technical Assistance Program was established to expand the number of business capable of participating in government contracts. The program is administered by the Defense Logistics Agency's Office of Small Business in cooperation with states, local governments and nonprofit organizations. 

Under the program, Procurement Technical Assistance Centers (PTACs) help businesses pursue and perform under contracts with the Department of Defense, other federal agencies, state and local governments and with government prime contractors. Most of the assistance the PTACs provide is free.

PTAC support to businesses includes registration in systems such as the System for Award Management (SAM), identification of contract opportunities, help in understanding requirements and in preparing and submitting bids. Read reviews from businesses about the support they received from the PTACs.

The PTACs have a local presence in all 50 states, Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico and Guam. Other PTACs specialize in assistance to federally recognized Indian tribes and Alaska Native entities, their members and reservations throughout the country.  

The PTACs are funded through cost sharing cooperative agreements between DLA and eligible program participants, including states, local governments and nonprofit organizations. Details on the terms and conditions, funding opportunities and forms needed for PTACs can be found with DLA's PTAC resources.