The Base Business Initiative (BBI) helps business to navigate the complex defense contracting environment. The BBI team works with more than 2,500 partner companies through outreach and networking, to help position business to support critical defense missions, with a focus on Ft. Meade. The BBI tenets are transparency – support – connect.
Fort Meade's mission is to be the Center of Excellence in Information, Intelligence and Cyber. A large percentage of that mission is accomplished by contractors, and the Army post's continuing growth has increased the demand for contractor support. The contracting environment, however, can be challenging for businesses, as it requires institutional knowledge and sustained resources (time, money, people, and information) to succeed.
A common perception of federal contracting is that one must accept mountains of red tape. The BBI lends transparency to the contracting environment and empowers capable small businesses to support critical missions at Ft. Meade.