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Federal Contracting Opportunities

October 16th, 2011 by

So you’re convinced that contracting with the federalgo vernment is a smart way to grow your business. But how do you find out about available contracts in the first place? This section lists the information you need to get started, including ways that you can gain an advantage over your competition.

Sub-Contracting

For some small businesses, subcontracting to a Prime Vendor is a great way to “get a foot in the door” of government contracting. In this  arrangement, you can provide goods or services that support a larger initiative.

Federal Business Opportunities

If you are ready to bid on federal contracts, there are a couple of ways to get started. One is to submit your business profile to a database that federal agencies use to locate contractors.

GSA Schedules

Many government agencies establish government-wide contracts, which simplify the procurement process for federal agencies by allowing them to acquire a vast array of products and services directly from commercial suppliers.

Green Contracting Opportunities

Various laws, executive orders and procurement regulations now require federal agencies to purchase green (bio-based, recycled content, and energy efficient) products.

State Government Certifying Agencies

Your state government offers a wide variety of opportunities for small businesses to compete for government contracts. Here you will find a list of state procurement agencies, and information on how to register as a contractor.

Federal Procurement Database Systems – Next Generation

Federal Procurement Data Service – Next Generation is the repository of all federal contracting data for contracts in excess of $25,000.

USA Spends

USASpending.gov is your source for information about government spending through contracts awarded by the U.S. government. The website is searchable and available to the general public at no cost. It contains a wealth of information.

Contracting of Manufacturing

If you own a manufacturing business, you could be missing out on a great opportunity: selling to the U.S. government. Although bidding on government contracts can be quite different than your normal sales approach.

Contracting Opportunities for Energy Efficient Businesses

As you probably know, the U.S. government is a huge purchaser of services and products. You may also know that there are special provisions in place to help small businesses compete for and win federal contracts.

Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business Concerns (SDVOSBC)

The Veterans Entrepreneurship and Small Business Development Act of 1999 (Public Law 106-50) established an annual government-wide goal if not less than 3% of the total value of all prime contract and subcontract awards.

Natural Resources Assistance Program

The federal government sells large quantities of natural resources and surplus real and personal property authorized for sale in accordance with public law. SBA cooperates with other federal agencies.

Source: U.S. Small Business Administration

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