Get Ready to Make the U.S. Government Your Small Business' Next Customer
Did you know that the federal government is the world's largest buyer of goods and services? It's a lucrative market – and small businesses play a big part. The U.S. federal government buys nearly $100 billion worth of goods and services from small businesses each year. Learn how to get started or compete more successfully in the government contracting marketplace with these resources.
Step 1 – Register as a Government Contractor
Step 2 – Get a Contract Vehicle
Step 3 – Get Expert Advice from SBA Procurement Reps
Step 4 – Identify Your Target Market
Step 5 – Get Bidding
> Free Online Training – SBA’s Government Contracting Classroom offers a series of free courses to help you each step of the way. There are even specialized courses for women- and veteran-owned businesses. SBA's Learning Center offers additional courses, chat sessions and videos to help you learn more about government contracting.
> SBA Contracting Programs – SBA offers a range of programs designed to help small businesses sell to the government. These programs include small business assistance, as well as support for groups such as women- and veteran- owned businesses, disadvantaged businesses and those located in economically distressed areas.
> Specialized Local Resources – Procurement Technical Assistance Centers (PTACs) provide local, in-person counseling and training services for small business owners who want to sell products and services to federal, state and/or local governments.
In this video, small business owners will learn how to sell their products or services to the federal government:
Learn more about government contracting, the opportunities available for your small business and how SBA can help here at SBA.gov.