Creating a robust, diversified and resilient defense industrial base.
Are you a defense contractor based in San Diego County who is pursuing new commercial markets or looking to diversify your government contracts?

Then we encourage you to apply for the Defense Innovation Voucher Program (DIV) as part of the Propel San Diego grant initiative. This program, funded by the Department of Defense, will provide your business complimentary consulting services in one of the following categories to help your company become more resilient; marketing, strategic planning, accounting compliance, lean supply chain analysis & additive manufacturing, and certifications (ISO 9001, AS9100, AS5553, SDVOSB, etc).

Application Period    |   July 2 - August 20 2019 

San Diego Regional EDC will select 15 companies who will receive
three primary benefits through participation in the program.

1. Direct Assistance

Provided via a pre-approved contractor in one or more of the following service areas worth a total of $15,000.

Defense companies looking to pivot to commercial markets or target other non-defense government contracting need to rebrand existing sales and marketing material to their new audience. This could include graphic design for sales and marketing content, logo update, and website overhaul.
Accounting Compliance
Defense contractors are subject to a morass of complex regulatory and reporting requirements. Support can be provided to purchase new systems or update processes to improve the company’s ability to accurately and efficiently remain compliant with government contracting standards.


(SDVOSB, AS9100, AS5553, ISO 9001, etc)
There are a variety of manufacturing and defense related certifications that will improve a company’s ability to compete for government and non-defense work. Companies will request the type of certificate they would like to receive and then will be assigned a contractor to help them attain that certificate.
Lean Supply Chain &
Additive Manufacturing Tools

Companies could begin the process of adopting lean supply chain principles or exploring new advanced manufacturing tools that will increase their competitiveness.


Strategic Planning
Companies seeking to target a new defense or commercial market can use the support of contractors to develop a strategic plan.

2. Boot Camp

Enrollment in a six month long course designed to provide best practices to company leadership on strategies to improve their competitiveness.

San Diego Regional EDC will design a series of workshops for executives from selected companies. Guest speakers and subject matter experts will each lead a two to four hour workshop.

3. DIV Grand Prize - $25,000

Companies will be incentivized to remain active working with their contractor and engaged in the boot camp with a $25,000 grand prize competition. This competition will award a company based off their level of engagement in these activities and progress towards their goals with an additional $25,000 to work with one of the pre-approved contractors to perform new work with the company.


San Diego Regional EDC is launching the DIV program to provide $15,000 in complimentary consulting service to small defense contractors HQ’d in San Diego County. Companies awarded Defense Innovation Vouchers will not only receive complimentary consulting services but will also participate in a six month program (one day per month) designed to help company leadership understand key strategies to diversify their business and enhance their competitiveness. Companies accepted into the program will also have the opportunity to compete for an additional $25,000 grand prize at the conclusion of the program in a pitchfest style event open to the public.

Key Facts
  • Competitive Application process
    - Eligible businesses must be Small defense contractors (SBA definition)
    - Must be HQ’d in San Diego County
    - Must have five or more employees
    - Must have been in operation for 2 or more years
  • 15 companies will be awarded $15,000 each in consulting services
  • Companies selected will compete for an additional $25,000 grand prize at the conclusion of the program
  • In addition to the complimentary consulting services the companies will also participate in a six month course (one day a month) with industry experts providing briefings on strategies for small businesses to become more competitive.
  • Types of Service Available - Marketing, Strategic Planning, Lean 6 Sigma/Additive Manufacturing, Tax/Compliance – DCAA, DOD Relevant Certifications (ISO 9001, AS9100, AS5553, SDVOSB, etc)


San Diego Regional EDC is a sub-awardee of a grant to the City of San Diego known as Propel San Diego from the Department of Defense’s Office of Economic Adjustment (OEA). Propel SD seeks to support local efforts to assist defense contractors who have been or may be impacted by adjustments in defense spending.

City of San Diego has selected San Diego Regional EDC to launch the DIV program to enhance the competitiveness of small defense contractors. This pilot program will offer complimentary consulting services and curriculum to improve the competitiveness of small defense companies, selected through a competitive needs-based selection process. The program will help companies compete for government or defense contracts and/or explore pivoting products and services to commercial markets.



This project is funded in whole or in part with Community Economic Adjustment Assistance for Reductions in Defense Industry Employment funds
provided by the U.S. Department of Defense - Office of Economic Adjustment to the City of San Diego.