Working with the federal government can provide many opportunities to small businesses. To help business owners work effectively with government, the Office of Government and General Contracting works with Government Contracting and Business Development (GC/BD) program offices and others to develop policies, regulations, and statutory changes. This effort is focused on creating an environment where maximum participation by small business&mdash;including disadvantaged and women-owned businesses&mdash;can be achieved through support such as financing, training, counseling, communication, and procurement and legislative policies.</p>
To gain an understanding of how your business might apply, explore the programs within this section.<br />

Executive Summary of the Final Report 

[E]nsuring small businesses can thrive is about more than economic success. It's also about who we are as a people. It's about a nation where anybody who's got a good idea and a willingness to work hard can succeed. That's the central promise of America."

President Barack Obama

The Historically Underutilized Business Zones (HUBZone) program helps small businesses in urban and rural communities gain preferential access to federal procurement opportunities. These preferences go to small businesses that obtain HUBZone certification in part by employing staff who live in a HUBZone. The company must also maintain a "principal office" in one of these specially designated areas.

The Federal Government has strict guidelines regulating its purchase of goods and services. Small businesses must meet certain qualifications, and government contracting officials use standardized procedures. As a small business owner seeking to sell to the government, you first have to understand how the contracting process works, determine whether your business qualifies, and decide whether government contracting is right for you.

Government contracting is a great way to help grow a business, as well as a way to open the door to new and exciting opportunities for a small business. Determining the size standard of a business is a must for government contracting, and can help establish appropriate procurements for a small business. Once a size standard is determined and all other registrations are complete, a small business is ready to enter the government contracting market. Visit Register for Government Contracting for more information.

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