Resources for Success

Not sure where to get started with Government Contracting? The links below will connect you to information and resources that will provide clarity and connections so that you can be a successful government contractor. Many of these topics are discussed at Alliance Procurement Fairs and we strive to have representation from all of the organizations listed at each event.

US Small Business Administration -

Whether you are up and running or just getting your business started, the U.S. Small Business Administration can help. Click on the link for “Contracting” to see an overview of Government Contracting, resources available to you, and programs designed to help you succeed

8(a) Business Development Program -

Learn how SBA's 8(a) Business Development Program helps small, disadvantaged businesses compete in the marketplace. Find eligibility requirements, the 8(a) application, and learn more about the SBA’s Mentor-Protege program.

GSA -

As the centralized procurement arm for the federal government, GSA offers products, services, and facilities needed by federal agencies for serving the public. In turn, GSA offers businesses the opportunity to sell billions of dollars worth of products and services to those agencies. Click the link to “How to Sell to the Federal Government for tips on how to get started.

FEDBIZOPPS -

Register here to find Federal Business Opportunities for your industry. FedBizOpps provides a comprehensive database of all major government solicitations, contract awards, subcontracting opportunities, surplus property sales, and foreign business opportunities with the federal government.

SAM.gov -

The System for Award Management (SAM) is an official website of the U.S. government. There is no cost to use SAM. You can use this site for free to: Register to do business with the U.S. government, update or renew your entity registration, check status of an entity registration, search for entity registration and exclusion records

Register for a D-U-N-S Number -

Created in 1962, the Data Universal Numbering System or D-U-N-S® Number is D&B's copyrighted, proprietary means of identifying business entities on a location-specific basis. Assigned and maintained solely by D&B, this unique nine-digit identification number has been assigned to over 100 million businesses worldwide and is a must for businesses planning to do Government Contracting.

PTAC -

Procurement Technical Assistance Centers - Provides free confidential counseling, training, and technical resources to assist small businesses navigate the procurement process.  Through individual counseling, workshops, seminars, and webinars, the PTACs provide advice, guidance and counseling on SAM registration, 8(a), HUBZone, WOSB/EDWOSB, VOSB/SDVOSB and state certifications; GSA Schedules; Government Procurement Regulations; government buying processes; marketing to prime contractors and government entities; solicitation assistance and review; and proposal preparation and review.  To find your local PTAC, go to:  www.aptac-us.org

Federal Procurement Data System -

The Federal Procurement Data System - Next Generation (FPDS-NG) is the authoritative source for government wide contract award data.

SCORE -

SCORE is a nonprofit association dedicated to helping small businesses get off the ground, grow and achieve their goals through education and mentorship.

Women Business Centers -

Women's Business Centers (WBCs) represent a national network of over 100 educational centers throughout the United States and its territories, which are designed to assist women in starting and growing small businesses. WBCs seek to "level the playing field" for women entrepreneurs, who still face unique obstacles in the business world.

SBA’s Office of Women’s Business Ownership (OWBO) oversees the WBC network, which provides entrepreneurs (especially women who are economically or socially disadvantaged) comprehensive training and counseling on a variety of topics in several languages.

Small Business Development Centers -

Small Business Development Centers (SBDCs) provide assistance to small businesses and aspiring entrepreneurs throughout the United States and its territories. SBDCs help entrepreneurs realize the dream of business ownership and help existing businesses remain competitive in a complex, ever-changing global marketplace. SBDCs are hosted by leading universities and state economic development agencies, and funded in part through a partnership with SBA.

NAICS -

The North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) is the standard used by Federal statistical agencies in classifying business establishments for the purpose of collecting, analyzing, and publishing statistical data related to the U.S. business economy. If your company is interested in participating in the federal marketplace, you should select four to five NAICS codes that best reflect what your company does. These codes do not have to complement each other; pick NAICS codes that represent each facet, or the largest facets, of your business.

USA.gov -

Learn the steps to start a small business, get financing help from the government, and more. Click here for more specific information and steps on how to do business with the Government.

Grants.gov -

Grants.gov is your source to find and apply for federal government grants. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is proud to be the managing partner for Grants.gov, an initiative that is having an unparalleled impact on the grant community.