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Contracting Support for Small Businesses

The government offers many tools to help small businesses build their potential to successfully compete in the federal sector.
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    Determining Business Size

    One of the first steps in becoming a government contractor is to accurately determine if you can qualify as a small business under SBA size standards.

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    8(a) Business Development Program

    The 8(a) Business Development Program helps small, disadvantaged businesses compete in the marketplace. Explore the links below for more information about the program.

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    HUBZone Program

    The Historically Underutilized Business Zones (HUBZone) program helps small businesses in urban and rural communities gain preferential access to federal procurement opportunities.

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    Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Businesses

    This program provides procuring agencies with the authority to set acquisitions aside for exclusive competition among service-disabled veteran-owned small business concerns.

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    Small Disadvantaged Businesses

    Firms that are considered to be small disadvantaged businesses can compete for certain federal contracting opportunities.

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    Women-Owned Small Businesses

    The Women-Owned Small Business (WOSB) Federal Contract program authorizes contracting officers to set aside certain federal contracts for eligible women-owned small businesses.

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    Certificates of Competency

    This program allows a small business to appeal a contracting officer's determination that it is unable to fulfill the requirements of a specific government contract.

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    Size Protests

    Find out who can make a size protest and what the rules are for appeals.

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    Natural Resources Assistance Program

    The federal government sells large quantities of natural resources and surplus real and personal property authorized for sale in accordance with public law.

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    Commercial Market Representatives

    Commercial Market Representatives are government contracting staff at the SBA stationed in area offices.

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    Procurement Center Representatives

    Learn more about procurement center representatives (PCRs) and how they help small businesses obtain federal contracts.

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    Report Fraud

    Learn how you may report fraud, waste, mismanagement or misconduct involving SBA programs or employees.

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    Bundling/Consolidation Hotline

    Use this form to alert SBA of Federal agency bundling or consolidation practices that keep a small business from successfully competing for a contract.