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NDIA Membership for Small Businesses

Helps you put together the pieces

Corporate membership brings benefits for your company, benefits for your staff:

  • Introductions
  • Visibility
  • Information
  • Advocacy

Corporate membership in the National Defense Industrial Association helps you in the competitive, complex defense marketplace.

By joining, your small business will be better positioned with introductions to decision-makers, increased marketing visibility, quality information, and advocacy on your behalf.

An introduction to decision-makers

Through NDIA membership, you can meet decision-makers in the defense industry community. NDIA events are effective ways to meet representatives of large contractors. For many contracts, the federal government requires prime contractors to use small business subcontractors. Thus, NDIA events can be the forum for introductions.

  • Make contacts, hear government and industry experts, and meet officers from major U.S. Army command at the two-day Army Small Business Conference. Plus, in a trade fair setting, prime contractors showcase business opportunities, and Army commands can talk one-on-one about your capabilities and their needs.

  • Get both a national and local perspective on contract opportunities with DoD and the Armed Forces at the annual National Small Business Conference. "Matchmaking" sessions introduce sellers to prime contractors and potential government buyers.

  • Military Service and industry requirements have been the focal point for periodic breakfasts with Washington insiders where key players brief small business participants about opportunities.

  • Through its affiliation with TRIAD, a small business advisory council, NDIA offers a yearly forum where defense contractors and government small business utilization officers can discuss procurement, contracting, certification, and more.

  • NDIA symposia, chapter events, and divisions offer venues for meeting decision-makers.

A Channel for increased visibility

Keep your firm visible before prospective prime contractors and military purchasers online, in print, and in person

  • Our web site enhances your web presence with a link from our site.

  • Corporate members list capabilities and contacts in the annual MegaDirectory of National Defense Magazine, a reference prized by decision-makers throughout the defense industry community. An index of small businesses points prospective partners to your firm.

  • Members with Washington, D.C.-area offices gain exposure through the Corporate Members Washington Offices Directory.

  • The association hosts about two dozen exhibitions yearly where you can show your products and services to military and government buyers. Members usually save hundreds of dollars on booth space.

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A source for information and services

To help you make sound business decision and anticipate trends, NDIA informs you in several ways:

  • Technical, war fighting and policy information  comes through symposia. Topics range from special operations to environmental management to homeland security. Many offer sessions geared to small business.

    Member rates make attending affordable. A list is a available on the website.

  • National Defense magazine, published monthly, briefs you on trends and issues in the Pentagon, the Administration, Congress, and industry.

  • With the Defense Acquisition University, NDIA offers an intensive five-day course to teach acquisition programs and requirements to acquisition managers. Through guided interaction and team exercises, managers apply requirements to the realities of industry operations.

  • Finding qualified employees can be easier by accessing, the NDIA employment website for defense industry. Members posting job openings receive a discount.

  • Group buying power helps companies save money. Life insurance with no war or terrorism clauses is available from Armed Forces Benefits Association Five Star Insurance. NDIA has partnered with travel brokers to help you stretch your travel budget.

An advocate in Washington

Small businesses working in defense-related areas need a friend in Washington, D.C., and NDIA champions small business utilization. Details are at

Through testimonies and written comments, NDIA ensures the Department of Defense, Congress, and other government entities hear the voice of small businesses. For example, the association commented to both the Federal Acquisition Regulation Secretariat and the Small Business Administration on the proposed rule to limit contract bundling and expand the access of small business to federal contracting opportunities.

By participating in coalitions such as the Acquisition Reform Working Group, the Fair Competition Coalition, and the Industry Logistics Coalition, NDIA airs small business views. 

Small business is represented, honored at NDIA

Volunteers from corporate members who are interested in enhancing small business participation in the federal market place make up a group within NDIA devoted to developing programs helpful to small businesses. Entrepreneurs, attorneys, and professional staff of the Small Business Division leverage the resources of NDIA.

Priorities include: teaming and subcontracting arrangements, financing, homeland security, and relevant legislation and acquisition policy. Details are at

To recognize small business achievement, NDIA bestows the annual Dr. Kathleen P. Sridhar Small Business Leadership Award on the member executive whose entrepreneurial success has helped strengthen the defense industrial base.

Individuals within your firm benefit

As a corporate member, employees you select receive individual benefits as NDIA nominees:

  • reduced rates at technical and policy symposia,
  • subscription to the monthly National Defense magazine,
  • and access to divisions, working groups where they can contribute to the body of knowledge in specific fields and stay well informed about technical and policy needs and developments.

Among those who benefit are senior executives, marketers, technical professionals, contract managers, and advertising and trade show managers. We encourage you to include staff at all management levels, especially those likely to attend our events.

You will be in good company

Nearly half of the association's members categorize themselves as a small business. At the same time, the majority of the top 100 defense contractors belong. Thus, you are among your peers and also increase your chances for access by being part of NDIA.

Membership brings value for your dollar

Dues are based on the amount of defense-related revenue your firm generates. With annual dues starting at $500, your membership could cost less than $2 a day. You will gain from introductions, visibility, information, and advocacy. Do your competitors belong?

Dues may be deductible as a business expense. Please consult your tax advisor to be sure. NDIA is a 501(c)3 organization.

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