Small Business Overview

Our commitment to small businesses: The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers remains committed to conducting business with qualified small businesses. The Wilmington District provides military construction (MILCON), operations & maintenance (O&M) construction and services to the Special Operations Command at Fort Liberty.  The District also executes dredging for the Military Ocean Terminal at Sunny Point (MOTSU), one of the largest military terminals in the world which serves as a transfer point between rail, trucks and ships for the import and export of weapons, ammunition and other military equipment for the U.S. Army.  Work at both Fort Liberty and MOTSU have proven to be promising opportunities for small businesses over the years.

The Wilmington District executes the planning, design, construction and operation and maintenance of various water resources throughout the entire state of North Carolina and select regions in Virginia.  This includes Coastal Storm Risk Management (CSRM), operation and maintenance dredging of seven shallow draft inlets, two deep draft ports and the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway (AIWW).  The District also oversees five multi-purpose lake projects that include flood risk management, hydropower, water supply and recreation.  Historically, small businesses have been successful at achieving contract awards for grounds and preventative maintenance at the lake locations as well as with some dredging requirements. 

The District’s regulatory program includes issuing permits while balancing commercial and residential development with the protection of the aquatic and overall environment.

Ultimately, small business opportunities exist in all the District’s mission areas.

Mission: To foster the development of small businesses by maximizing opportunities to participate in procurements, increasing the base of capable suppliers to support the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers mission while strengthening our nation’s economic development.

Wilmington District Annual Engagement Opportunities

Conference Title Sponsor Expected Dates
DOD or
Hampton Roads Post SAME SB conference SAME Hampton Roads Post 26 - 28 Feb 2024 Non-DoD Virginia Beach, VA
Charleston Post SAME SB conference SAME Charleston Post  Apr 2024 TBD Non-DoD Charleston, SC
Southeast Regional Federal Construction, Infrastructure and Environment Summit NCMB 16 - 18 Apr 2024 Non-DoD Wilmington, NC
National Small Business Federal Contracting Summit   28 - 29 May 2024 Non-DoD Charleston, SC
SAME JETC Conference   25 - 27 June 2024 Non-DoD Savannah, GA
DoD National Small Business Training Week OSBP 29 April – 3 May 2024 DOD Chicago, IL
Savannah Post SAME SB conference Savannah District June 2024 TBD Non-DoD Savannah, GA
ETEBA Savannah River Business Opportunities Forum SAME Savannah Post June 2024 TBD  Non-DoD Augusta, GA
2024 SAME Federal Small Business Conference SAME 20 - 22 Nov 2024 Non-DoD New Orleans, LA