Getting Started as a Contractor

  • Qualifying as 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.

  • Determine Your NAICS Code

    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.

  • Make Sure You Meet SBA Size Standards

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

  • Get a D-U-N-S Number

    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.