Opportunities for Small Businesses

Our procurement programs offer great ways for small businesses to partner with the agency. The Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDBU) helps provide access to these opportunities by pointing out the steps to success.

First Steps

Businesses interested in selling products and services at both a prime- and sub-contractor level should:

  • Register your business in the System for Award Management (SAM). A vendor must be registered prior to the award of a contract. By April of 2022, entities doing business with the federal government will use a Unique Entity Identifier (UEI) created in SAM. For more information visit the UEI Update page.
  • Identify the size of your business — visit the Small Business Administration website for complete information about what size qualifies a business as "small" and therefore eligible for federal programs and assistance.
  • Get a NAICS code. It is a business classification identification obtained from the North American Industry Classification System, which defines the business classification schema used by the federal government. The NAICS code is often used by federal agencies in procurement and regulatory applications.
  • Visit SAM.gov Contract Opportunities often and register there to be notified of newly posted opportunities.
  • Browse the GSA Subcontracting Directory for opportunities to subcontract with existing GSA Prime Contractors;
  • Visit the GSA Forecast of Contracting Opportunities to view anticipated contracts.

Businesses who have never done business with GSA before should:


At any stage in the process, small businesses can contact their local small business advocate with any questions or concerns.

Last Reviewed: 2021-07-01