I work in the R&D arm of a large engineering company. My team is highly skilled that supports the company's profit/loss units with services and R&D. We have occupy a certain niche in the company based on our skills. We are dependent on those profit/loss units funding us for our expertise and s/w technology development. Very recently a small business (SB) surpassed our capability on a particular s/w technology and now grabbed the attention of these business units. This could potentially shift their funding away from us and to the small business. This is a pity because funding us would keep capabilities within the company vs a contractor. Any ideas for next steps? Partnership with the SB? Work together somehow?