Economic & Other Business Resources

If you are interested in securing a contract with, or working with, the Department of Defense, military, or a Prime Defense Contractor, please scroll down for more information.


As the innovation arm of the Department of
the Air Force and powered by the Air Force
Research Laboratory (AFRL), AFWERX brings
cutting edge American ingenuity from small
businesses and start-ups to address the most
pressing challenges of the DAF.

The four core arms of AFWERX – AFVentures,
Spark, Prime and SpaceWERX – serve to
expand the defense industrial base for
advanced technologies, empower Airmen and
Guardian talent, and drive faster technology
transition to operational capability.

AFWERX teams internationally across
academia, industry and government to develop
technology, expand talent and transition dualuse



The Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR)
program was established by Congress in 1982
to fund research and development (R&D) by
small businesses of 500 or fewer employees.
Eleven federal agencies participate in the
program, including the Department of Defense.

The Small Business Technology Transfer
(STTR) program was established in 1992 to
fund cooperative R&D projects with small
businesses and non-profit U.S. research
institutions, such as universities. Five federal
agencies participate, including the Department
of Defense. Both programs focus on projects
and services with the potential to develop into a
product for military or commercial sectors.


Independent Research & Development (IR&D) is a key source of innovation for the department. In 2010, under the Better Buying Power 1.0 initiative, DoD staff engaged with industry and government to learn about what we could to improve IR&D effectiveness. The key challenge identified was communication—industry wanted information about Department investment priorities to better help them plan their IR&D investment projects and DoD planning was hampered by limited insight into industry IR&D projects.

The Defense Innovation Marketplace website was created to be a consolidated resource for both DoD and industry to help enable this communication.


47G (formerly the Utah Aerospace & Defense Association) convenes, promotes, and advocates for companies competing in the aerospace & defense industry. We are building the world’s premier ecosystem for aerospace and defense companies in Utah.

Together with the Governor’s Office, the Utah System of Higher Education, and industry leaders, we work to promote and advocate for all aspects of business related aerospace and defense.

47G was established to solve the challenges associated with innovation, entrepreneurship, workforce development, and supply chains for companies in the intelligence, space exploration, aerospace, and defense sectors of Utah’s economy.


The Utah APEX Accelerator’s mission is to help Utah businesses successfully compete in the government marketplace by providing knowledgeable and outstanding customer service.

APEX Accelerator offices throughout the state are open and available for FREE IN-PERSON ONE-ON-ONE COUNSELING. To contact the APEX team’s regional manager nearest you, please scroll down to view contact information for our managers.

If we may be of any assistance, please get in touch with us at or 1-801-538-8655.

The Utah APEX Accelerator is funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the Department of Defense.


Civilian employment with the Department of Defense (DOD) offers an exciting opportunity to tackle the world’s greatest challenges. DOD’s Civilian team consists of diverse talent with a wide array of backgrounds and experiences that influence the world, applying innovation and expertise to produce cutting-edge results that have a long-lasting impact. Civilian employment with the DOD is a choice that presents boundless opportunities, from building ships to maintaining aircraft and from researching microorganisms to expanding missions in space. We have a position and place for you at the Department of Defense. Where will you find your fit?


Business Development | Economic Development | Social Impact | Logistic & Supply Chain Management.  LSI’s mission is to help government, commercial, private, public, and nonprofit clients solve their most complex challenges. Since our founding in 1972, LSI has been a trusted resource to Fortune 500 companies, federal agencies, and state and municipal entities.  LSI brings the vision, ingenuity, and expertise that clients seek. From the simple to the complex, LSI provides a solution development framework that has become the hallmark of our work.

Help LSI help you spend a $2T federal spending bill to create or expand your business plan before October 2024


The JAAW™ Group is a private Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business providing support to both Government and Industry contracts. The cornerstone of our Defense and Consulting Services is our ability to exceed customer expectations by providing innovative strategies, unmatched customer support and prompt deployment of solutions.

Veteran Business & Entrepreneur Resources


Utah Department of Veteran Affairs Business Resources

U.S. Veteran Affairs Business Grant Programs

Recruit Military Hiring Resource

U.S. Small Business Administration Veteran Resources

U.S. Veterans Magazine – Free Programs to Help Veterans Succeed As Entrepreneurs