Small Business Suppliers

Viasat strives to provide an inclusive environment and opportunities to small, disadvantaged, women-owned, veteran-owned, service disabled veteran-owned, lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT)-owned businesses and historically underutilized business zone (HUBZone) firms.

Viasat also seeks to provide an inclusive environment for historically black colleges, universities, and minority institutions to participate in the procurement of technical, engineering, and research services.

Steps to becoming a supplier

  1. Determine your target focus area, NAICS and size status
  2. Know your responsibilities regarding Federal Contracting
  3. Viasat recommends registering on www.SAM.gov
  4. Review Viasat's Supplier Quality and Environmental policies
  5. Review Viasat’s Terms and Conditions
  6. Register your small business firm

What is a Small Business?

A small business is defined as for profit and independently owned and operated (including its affiliates), has a place of business in the U.S.; is not dominant in the field of operation in which it is bidding on government contracts, and qualifies under the size standards defined by t NAICS codes (i.e. # of employees, or revenues, or both).

  • Small disadvantaged business (SDB)

    A SDB is small business firm that is 51% owned, operated and managed on a daily basis by individuals who are socially and economically disadvantaged.

  • Women owned small business (WOSB)

    A WOSB is small business firm that is 51% owned, operated and managed on a daily basis by individuals who are women.

  • Historically under-utilized business zone small business (HUBZone)

    A HUBZone is a small business firm that is 51% owned and controlled by US citizens. The principal office must be located in a HUBZone; at least 35% of the employees must reside in a HUBZone; and HUBZone certification must be obtained through the Small Business Administration.

  • Veteran owned small business (VOSB)

    A VOSB is small business firm that is 51% owned, operated and managed on a daily basis by one or more veterans. In the case of publicly owned businesses, at least 51% of the stock must be owned by veterans.

  • Service disabled veteran owned small business (SDVOSB)

    A SDVOSB is small business firm that is 51% owned, operated and managed on a daily basis by one or more service disabled veterans. In the case of publicly owned businesses, at least 51% of the stock must be owned by service disabled veterans.

NAICS table of size standards

Table of size standards can also be found online at the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) website and in the Electronic Code of Federal Regulations.

A size standard, usually stated in the number of employees or in average annual receipts, represents the largest size that a business (including its subsidiaries and affiliates) may be to remain classified as a small business for SBA and federal contracting programs. The definition of “small” varies by industry.

For more information about size standards, contact the size standards specialist at your nearest SBA Government Contracting Area Office.

Links to Small Business Related Information Sources