Small business government contracts can be quite lucrative. Many small businesses have gone from serving a handful of clients to being million-dollar companies just by contracting with the federal government.
Our government’s Small Business Administration (SBA) ensures that small businesses like yours have ample opportunity to be selected as contractors for government projects.
When you work with the government, you know you’ll be paid well and on time. You’ll follow proven processes and be given clear instructions on what to do. It’s a great way for new and old small businesses to ramp up.
Below, we’ve highlighted some useful resources that will help you become visible to government members who are in charge of selecting small businesses to contract project work to.
How to get selected for small business government contracts
These resources were taken from the SBA’s website. If you’re looking for more information on small business government contracts, we recommend you check out this page on SBA.gov.
System for Award Management (SAM)
Create and submit your small business profile to the System for Award Management (SAM), which the federal government uses as it’s primary avenue for locating contractors. Just fill out your business profile with correct information and federal agencies can begin searching for you based on factors like:
- Business capabilities
Dynamic Small Business Search (DSBS) Database
The SBA runs the Dynamic Small Business Search Database (DSBS). This database collects information from SAM (above) to fill out your small business profile. Federal contracting officers browse DSBS to look for contractors, and small business owners can use DSBS to team up and collaborate with other small business owners. It’s not just limited to communicating with federal agencies.
FedBizOpps: Federal Business Opportunities
Did you know that federal agencies are required to use FedBizOpps to publicly list small business government contracts and opportunities valued over $25,000? It’s wise to check here for opportunities for your small business that you may have missed.
GSA Schedules Program
The GSA Schedules Program lists government-wide contracts that allow federal agencies to access and acquire anything they need directly from small businesses and commercial suppliers. The GSA Schedules Program houses the largest government-wide contracts, so if your business could potentially handle the demand, it would be wise to get yourself on a GSA Schedule.
Federal Procurement Data System – Next Generation
The Federal Procurement Data System – Next Generation houses all federal contracts valued at or above $25,000. Viewing the data about past small business government contracts, knowing what federal agencies are buying and who they currently have contracts with can give your small business a real head start. With more than 50 reports you can run to attain data and specialized reports that enable you to request detailed information with 160 customized fields, you’ll be able to find an opportunity that looks like it could use your business’ help.
These are some great places to start your journey of landing small business government contracts. The government takes special care to ensure every opportunity is equally available to small business vendors nationwide. Even if your business is smaller than others that contract with the government, there may be a pressing need a federal agency has that you can fill. How will you be selected if you don’t list your small business on the databases above?