Defense Industry Initiative


This initiative helps businesses diversify their revenue beyond Department of Defense (DoD) sources. Participating companies can receive a business assessment and subsidized consulting services to grow the business or retrain workers affected by reductions in defense contracts. Assistance is available to businesses in the 8 Counties – Berks, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Lehigh, Montgomery, Northampton and Philadelphia – that have been impacted by Department of Defense budget cuts. 

APPLY for a $25,000 Voucher for Business Consulting

View this flyer to find out if your business is eligible. 
Download Application forms:
Application Form 1 – Certify as  a Defense Supplier 
Application Form 2 – Data Confidentiality and Nondisclosure 

To apply or learn more, contact:
Trish Conti,
215-557-2593 office; 215-717-2020 fax

Additional tools to assess need for business consulting:
Business needs assessment tool 
Worker training application form

Resources from Employer Event “Trends in Defense Procurement” — July 8, 2016

More than 70 employers joined the Delaware Valley Chapter of the National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA), Philadelphia Works and our regional partners to learn about Defense procurement trends and more.  The event included a resource fair to support employers who have been affected by reductions in Defense spending, and want to diversify their business and/or build capacity.

Download Meeting Presentations:
Dept. of Navy Small Business Research and Technology Transfer programs 
Naval Surface Warfare Center Small Business Program
Lockheed Martin MST Division procurement advice 
PIDC Financial and Real Estate Assistance

Regional Partners 

Chester County Economic Development Council  

Kutztown University Small Business Development Center 

Lehigh University Small Business Development Center 

Lehigh Valley Workforce Development Board 

Temple University Small Business Development Center 

Wharton Small Business Development Center 

Widener University Small Business Development Center 

Pennsylvania Department of Commerce and Economic Development 

This program is funded by the U.S. Department of Defense, Office of Economic Adjustment & the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development.