Edwards AFB, CA 93524 
Phone:  (661) 277-3640
The AFTC Small Business Office manages all small business requests and opportunities associated with with developmental test and evaluation of air, space and cyber systems. Work is carried out at three primary locations across Air Force Materiel Command, including: 

Steps to Doing Business with the Air Force Test Center
1. Classify Your Product or Service 
2. Obtain a Unique Entity Identifier (UEI)
3. Check the SBA Size Standards 
4. Get Registered in SAM 
5. Become Familiar with the FAR 
6. Monitor Federal Opportunities 
7. Seek Assistance from the PTAC 
8. Send a capabilities statement to AFTC Small Business Office
Classify Your Product or Service 
DoD acquisition professionals use the North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) to identify products by manufacture type. To find the NAICS code for your product, visit
Obtain a Unique Entity Identifier (UEI) 
Unlike NAICS numbers that identify your products or services, UEI issued by, uniquely identify vendors. UEI’s can be obtained (at no charge) by visiting
Check the SBA Size Standards
The Small Business Administration (SBA) establishes size standards for each NAICS code based on either the number of employees or the average annual receipts over the past 3 years. A potential vendor should check the size standard to confirm whether it is considered a small business for a particular NAICS code at
Get Registered in SAM
Registering, free of charge, with the System for Award Management (SAM) at is a MUST! 
To register in SAM, a company needs to have a Tax Identification Number (TIN). Check (TIN) for more information.
When a firm first registers in SAM, a Commercial and Government Entity (CAGE) code is automatically assigned.
This is the most important step in doing business with the Federal Government since registration in SAM, with very limited exceptions, is mandatory prior to award!  
Become Familiar with the FAR 
The Federal Government’s procurement activities are governed by a standardized body of rules known as the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) which is supplemented by the Department of Defense and its agencies. Often clauses and provisions of the FAR and its supplements are incorporated into contracts. For this reason, all potential Government contractors should understand the FAR. Visit for more info. Monitor Federal Opportunities is retired! It is easy to find out which agencies have purchased the types and products a company sells. Select "Contracting Opportunities" at is the Federal Government’s designated portal for advertising government-wide information about Federal contract solicitations and awards estimated over $25,000.
Seek Assistance from the APEX Accelerators
Funded by the Department of Defense, APEX Accelerators (formerly PTAC) are a nationwide network of centers developed to providing practical, hands-on assistance for small businesses seeking government contracts.
APEX Accelerators provide assistance at every stage, from identifying potential customers and developing a marketing plan to understanding the bid process and complying with applicable regulations. For a list of APEX Accelerators and for more information, visit today!

For further assistance, contact an Air Force Small Business Specialist near you! 


Visit for more information on the following types of small businesses: 
  • Small Business (SB)
  • Small Disadvantaged Business (SDB)
  • 8(a) Business
  • HUBZone Business
  • Veteran Owned Small Business (VOSB) Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business (SDVOSB)
  • Woman-Owned Small Business (WOSB) Economically Disadvantaged Woman Owned Small Business (EDWOSB) and more!