Thursday, October 24, 2013

Certify Your Small Business by Registering as a Government Contractor

From the Small Business Administration:

If you’re a small business owner interested in making the federal government one of your next customers, you can benefit greatly from certifying your business first.

Many government agencies require that a certain percentage of its work is set aside for small businesses (and woman-owned, veteran-owned and more), so certifying your business can help you successfully compete for government contracts. These resources can help:

When and How to Register Your Business as a “Small Business” – Get the scoop on small business certification from this blog post, concerning D-U-N-S number and the System for Award Management (SAM)
Am I a Small Business? – Make sure you meet the qualifications for "small" before you certify and register your business.
Register for Government Contracting – As you register for government contracting, you'll also be "self-certifying" your business as small.

You can also read up on additional certifications that can give your small business a competitive edge when pursuing government work. These include programs designed to help small businesses in historically underutilized rural and urban areas (HUBZone Program), socially and economically disadvantaged businesses (8(a) Business Development Program), as well as Woman-Owned or Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned businesses.

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