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Government Contracting – Resources to Help You Succeed

By kmurray, Contributor and Moderator
Published: December 12, 2013 Updated: January 3, 2014

If you’re just getting started in the world of government contracting, you’re not alone if you’re feeling a bit overwhelmed! Entering the federal marketplace is one unlike any other – but there are specialized resources to help you succeed. A great one to take advantage of is a Procurement Technical Assistance Center.

Procurement Technical Assistance Centers

Administered by the Defense Logistics Agency, Procurement Technical Assistance Centers (PTACs) provide local, in-person counseling and training services to businesses that want to sell products and services to federal, state and/or local governments.

PTACs are hosted by organizations such as universities and local chambers of commerce, and the training and assistance they provide is usually free. Located in 49 states, Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico and Guam, their expertise can help you…

Determine if your business is ready for government contracting
Pursuing government contracts can be challenging, especially if you’re unfamiliar with the particulars of the landscape. If you don’t have the resources to handle a contract, you may find that you’re in over your head. A PTAC representative can sit with you one-on-one and determine if your business is ready, and help position you for success.

Register in the proper places
There are numerous databases to register with to get involved with the government marketplace, including the System for Award Management (SAM), GSA Schedules and other government vendor sites. A PTAC representative can help you sort through the databases, provide insight about where you need to register and provide guidance about how to proceed with the registration process.

See if you are eligible in any small business certifications
Some government contracts are set aside for certain businesses with special certifications, such as woman-owned, small disadvantaged businesses and HUBZone. A PTAC representative can help you determine if you’re eligible for any and then let you know how to obtain these certifications.

Research past contract opportunities
A PTAC representative can look into past contracts to see what types of contracts have been awarded to businesses like yours. In addition, a PTAC can help you identify and bid on a contract, and if you are awarded the contract, measure your performance and help with contract audits.

 

PTACs offer a wealth of information, experience and insight into government contracting, so find your nearest one today so you can make the government your business’ next customer! For additional information, you can also check out the site for the Association of Procurement Technical Assistance.

About the Author:

Katie Murray

Contributor and Moderator

I am an author and moderator for the the SBA.gov Community. I'll share useful information for your entrepreneurial endeavors and help point you in the right direction to find other resources for your small business needs. Our ongoing goal is to improve this site to meet your needs, so we're happy to receive your feedback and participation. Thanks for joining our online Community here at SBA.gov!

Comments:

Hey - wanted to give a shout out to the PTACs. These are very good resources and staffed by helpful people. Also, wanted to point out that SAM.gov has replaced Central Contractor Registration (CCR). And if you want to do business with GSA, simply contact GSA's OSBU office - www.gsa.gov/osbut - to find out how.
I wonder what I should do if there is no technical Assistance Centers in my area? Is it really neccesary for my business?
Hi there - You can also get in touch with your district office or Small Business Development Center to learn about other resources that may be available to help nearby. Enter your zip code on the local assistance page to find the resource closest to you: http://www.sba.gov/tools/local-assistance
its very helpful for us to join government sector because it provide us facalities for the whole life.i also wants to go in the government sector.
Knowing the ins and outs for getting contract from the government is very helpful. Thanks for the insight.
Ms Murry? Do you know if there is a software that tracks all these resources already? Either an online version or one I can install one my computer? This would help even more. Thanks, Bill
I would love to know the answer to this question or if you got one. Thanks.
Hi Kmurray, You have written a good and informative article on government contracting. It will help to get a contract from government. People will know the procedures, eligibility for any small business certification for getting contract, place of registration etc. Thank you for sharing.
Ms Murray, Thanks for the article. I am not currently involve in doing government contracts, but might in the future. Is there a mailing list of what contracts are available and if so, what do I need to do to get those emails. Thanks very much!
In order to monitor the opportunities, you should register for government contracting. Check out this page for more info: http://www.sba.gov/content/register-government-contracting

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