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The federal government devotes resources specifically to working with small businesses to assist them in finding federal contract opportunities.
If you are a small business, you may “self-certify” on the Small Business Administration website and then register to do business with the federal government on SAM.gov. You may then review open contracting opportunities at the Federal Business Opportunities website. An account can be created there to allow for your own custom home page.
Small Disadvantaged Business 8(a)
To provide a fair method for small businesses owned by socially and economically disadvantaged people or entities to compete, the government limits competition for certain contracts to businesses that participate in the 8(a) Business Development program.
Joining the small disadvantaged business (8a) program allows you to compete for set-aside and sole-source contracts in the program.You can also get help to navigate federal contracting, form joint-ventures, and receive management assistance.
Woman-Owned Small Business (WOSB)
The government limits competition for certain contracts to women-owned small businesses (WOSB) in industries where WOSB are underrepresented. Some contracts are restricted further to economically disadvantaged women-owned small businesses (EDWOSB).
Joining the women’s contracting program makes your business eligible to compete for these set-aside contracts.
Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business (SDVOSB)
The government limits competition for certain contracts to businesses that participate in the Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business program.
Joining the disabled veterans’ business program makes your business eligible to compete for the program’s set-aside contracts. You can still compete for contract awards under other socio-economic programs you qualify for.
HUBZone Small Business
The government limits competition for certain contracts to businesses in historically underutilized business zones. It also gives preferential consideration to those businesses in full and open competition.
Joining the HUBZone program makes your business eligible to compete for the program’s set-aside contracts. HUBZone-certified businesses also get a 10% price evaluation preference in full and open contract competitions.