What is the Microsoft Small Business Program?

At Microsoft, we see not only the value that small businesses bring to our company; we also see how small businesses promote continued innovation and growth of our economy. We are committed to working with small business suppliers to help you increase the scope of your company and become a trusted partner with us. Microsoft’s mission is to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more—including small businesses like yours.

Whatever the size, scale, or background of your company, we encourage small businesses to take a closer look at becoming a trusted partner with Microsoft.

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Program overview

The Microsoft Small Business Program is a US-based initiative that focuses on supporting Microsoft’s commitment to partner with small business suppliers in all areas of our company. Having a range of supplier sizes in our ecosystem allows us to quickly scale to meet business needs while supporting our pledge to continually seek year-over-year (YoY) growth with small businesses.

The program has a strong commitment to find the best, qualified small businesses to bring into our network. We place special emphasis on working with businesses that are minority, woman, disabled, and veteran-owned and/or located in a Historically Underutilized Business Zone (HUBZone).

As a program within Microsoft Procurement, we strive to highlight the unique skills and accomplishments of our program members throughout the Microsoft organization. To achieve this, Microsoft Procurement works to ensure that small businesses are included in all applicable requests for proposals (RFPs) and partners with business groups throughout the company to promote the program members.

Who qualifies as a small business for Microsoft?

Any US-based business must self-certify that they meet the federal requirements for a small business. If you are uncertain whether you meet the federal requirements, please visit US Small Business Administration for more information.

You may also self-certify that you are a diverse-owned small business. These businesses must be owned by a US citizen or permanent legal resident of the United States and meet at least one of these diversity categories:
  • Business located in a HUBZone: operates and employs individuals residing in a HUBZone, as defined by the US Small Business Administration (SBA)
  • Disabled business owner
  • Disadvantaged business
  • LGBT business owner
  • Minority business owner
  • Veteran business owner
  • Woman business owner

Registering your interest

If you are a small business supplier interested in becoming a Microsoft supplier, please register your interest below. This information will be used to create an account at the Microsoft Procurement Supplier Portal site. Once registered, you will have access to the registration web site and may update your profile at any time. Registering does not guarantee that your company will become a supplier for Microsoft, however, by registering, you alert Microsoft buyers of your interest and provide them with information to help them determine whether your company is appropriate for consideration.

Also, if you are a diverse-owned small business, we recommend you also review the Supplier Diversity Program to learn more about this program and to understand how it may benefit your business.