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Getting Started

Getting Started

There are several basic steps every company should complete to increase their ability to contract in the marketplace. Follow these links to prepare for doing business with the government.
  • Am I a Small Business?

    You may take it for granted that your company is a "small business". The distinction is important if you wish to register for government contracting as a small business.

  • SBA's Role in Government Contracting

    Find out how SBA works with federal agencies to help small businesses win government contracts.

  • NAICS Codes

    The North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) classifies business establishments for the purpose of collecting, analyzing, and publishing statistical data related to the U.S. economy.

  • Small Business Size Standards

    Learn about the definition of – and qualifications for – a small business and why it's important to know your status.

  • D-U-N-S Numbers

    Before you can bid on government proposals, you need to obtain a Dun & Bradstreet, or D-U-N-S, Number, a unique nine-digit identification number for each physical location of your business.

  • Register for Government Contracting

    Once you have classified your company based on the established size standards, you are ready to begin registering to do business with the government.