Subcontracting and Other Partnerships
There are multiple ways to partner with other contractors to maximize your chances of selling to GSA. OSDBU provides guidance on the process of forming a partnership but does not provide direct oversight.
Subcontracting allows small businesses to sell to the government by partnering with a large business prime contractor. Use GSA's Subcontracting Directory and the GSA eLibrary to find potential large business prime contractors. Small businesses must contact prime contractors directly.
If you need more information about opportunities listed in the directory, reach out to your local OSDBU small business advocate. For more information on subcontracting, visit the SBA website.
The General Services Administration (GSA) obtains the names and addresses for this listing from the Federal Procurement Data System (FPDS) when a large business receives a federal contract over $750,000 ($1.5 million for construction contracts).
Please note that GSA does not have the authority to require a prime contractor to use a particular small business. However, GSA’s Small Business Technical Advisors (SBTAs) can provide assistance to small businesses on how to market their products and services to the prime contractors in this directory. Locate an SBTA.
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A joint venture is formed for the sole purpose of pooling resources of separate businesses to support the mission of a government agency successfully and cost-effectively. It is considered a new legal entity that requires approval by the Small Business Administration (SBA), a separate federal identification number, and a new SAM user account. OSDBU does not oversee any part of the joint venture process. For further details on joint ventures, refer to the SBA website.
Contractor Team Arrangement (CTA)
Under a CTA, two or more GSA Schedule contractors work together to meet the needs of an ordering activity (e.g., those agencies and organizations that can order from GSA Schedules). A CTA is an arrangement between the two companies, not the formation of a new company. For further details on CTAs, refer to the CTA page.