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Resources to Help You Find Government Contracting Opportunities

Are you considering working with the Federal Government but aren’t quite sure how to get started? There are many benefits to contracting with the world’s largest purchaser of goods and services — out of the hundreds of millions of dollars it spends on government contracts, the Federal Government is required to allocate 23 percent towards small businesses. Therefore, if you qualify as a small business, contracting with the government can be advantageous; however, there are many challenges that come along with the process. It is imperative to familiarize yourself with the rules and regulations, research what the government is looking for, and seek a government mentor to assist you. Here’s how you can get started, and several resources to help you along the way:

1. Learn the Rules

Contracting with the Federal Government is different than working within the private sector. There are many laws and regulations that accompany a government contract award, and it is necessary to research and familiarize yourself with these before searching for opportunities. Neglecting to become well-versed can lead to fiscal and legal consequences. To get started, visit the Small Business Administration’s contracting regulations page for more resources.

2. Do Your Research

Once you have a better understanding of the additional rules that come along with government business, the next step is to find out what the government is looking for in contractors. Luckily, this information is open to the public — you can view what the Federal Government is intending to purchase from small businesses, allowing you to be strategic with your business efforts. There are several resources you can take advantage of when searching for opportunities — check out the Dynamic Small Business Search database or the Federal Business Opportunities page.

3. Find a Mentor

Partnering with a mentor in the government sector can yield numerous benefits. Having a mentor — especially earlier in your venture — can provide you with valuable insight to help advance your career. They can also help you navigate through your first steps as a government contractor. The Federal Government offers several resources for seeking out a mentor, but there are two main programs to acknowledge — the GSA Mentor-Protege Program and the SBA Mentor-Protege Program. For more information on finding a mentor, and other options specific to your business, reference our guide.

Getting Started as a Government Contractor

Breaking into the government contracting world can be an overwhelming process — there are rules to learn, opportunities to search, and mentors to find. Fortunately, there are a multitude of resources to help small businesses get started, and taking advantage of these resources can help you start the process on the right foot. Good luck in your search!

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