Office of Small Business Utilization
GSA’s advocates for small, small disadvantaged, veteran, service-disabled veteran-owned, HUBZone, and women business owners. Its mission is to promote increased access to GSA’s nationwide procurement opportunities.
- Forecast of GSA Business Opportunities: Learn about the GSA organization’s upcoming contracting needs.
- GSA’s Mentor-Protégé Program fosters long-term relationships between small businesses and GSA prime contractors. The goal: increase the number of small businesses that receive GSA prime contract and subcontract awards.
- GSA Subcontracting Directory: The GSA Subcontracting Directory is published as an aid to small business concerns seeking subcontracting opportunities with GSA’s prime contractors. This directory lists prime GSA contractors by GSA region who seek small businesses to fulfill their set-aside and small business requirements.
- FedBizOpps: Serves as the single government point-of-entry for federal government procurement opportunities over $25,000.
- Schedules and eBuy, a component of GSA Advantage!®, is an online Request for Quotation (RFQ) tool. eBuy is designed to facilitate RFQs under GSA Schedules and specific Technology contracts. Through eBuy, businesses can get an early snapshot of an agency’s needs.
- Indefinite Delivery, Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ): provide for an indefinite quantity of services during a fixed period of time.
- Blanket Purchase Agreements [BPA]: may be used to fulfill repetitive needs under GSA Schedule contracts.
- GWACs indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contracts that help agencies meet their technology requirements through a customizable solution. Specific vehicles are designed to work with small businesses.
- Schedules: GSA Schedules are open-ended, multiple award contracts that simplify the purchasing process for federal agencies and the businesses on schedule who serve them.
There are many methods available to businesses who want to sell to the federal government, from acquisition vehicles such as subcontracting, blanket purchase agreements, customized technology contracts as well as specific contract set-asides for specific categories of small businesses. GSA and the federal government also provide tools to research open business opportunities.
Learn the federal business ropes from marketing to promoting sustainability, through in-person and online training. GSA also offers a mentor-protégé program that facilitates self-selecting partnerships between small, disadvantaged businesses with seasoned GSA prime contractors; the goal: involve more small businesses in GSA contracts and subcontract awards.
Set-aside opportunities for small businesses make it possible for specific socioeconomic categories to get their fair share of government contracts. The categories include: woman-owned, HUBZone, veteran-owned small business, service-disabled veteran-owned small business and 8(a) (eligible small disadvantaged business entities).
- Find current government business opportunities on FedBizopps.gov. Once there, review the contracts. From there, go to the advanced search page, where it is possible to sort by set-aside codes.
- Review the qualifications for being certified as a specific type of small business by searching on the Small Business Administration’s website.
- Learn about GSA’s veteran outreach initiatives.
- Review the Subcontracting Directory to see which prime contractors have established plans to work with small business subcontractors.