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Procurement Center Representatives
SBA’s Procurement Center Representatives (PCRs) assist small businesses in obtaining federal contracts through six Area Offices across the US and its territories. See our map to find a PCR in your area.
What you Need to Know as a Small Business
PCRs view many acquisition and procurement strategies before they are announced. This enables them to influence opportunities that should be set-aside for small business concerns including all socio-economic categories of 8(a) (Small Disadvantaged Businesses), Women-Owned Small Businesses (WOSB), Economically Disadvantaged WOSB (EDWOSB), Service-connected Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Businesses (SDV), and Historically Underutilized Business Zone (HUBZone) small businesses. As a result of this privilege they fall under the Procurement Integrity Act (PIA) and cannot divulge pre-solicitation information.
Among other activities, PCRs increase the small business share of federal procurement awards by:
Initiating small business concern category set-asides;
- Conducting market research for small business sources to assist Federal buying activities;
- Assisting small business concerns with contracting issues or payment issues;
- Counseling small firms on understanding the Federal contracting process;
- Advocating for the breakout of items previously acquired under full and open competition to be set-aside for small business concerns.