Congressman Sean Maloney

Representing the 18th District of New York
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Businesses Opportunities

The following information is for businesses, especially small businesses. Please contact our office for assistance with any questions or problems you may have.

Information and Training

Resources to help you sell your products and services to the Federal Government:

  • Small Business Administration (SBA): Provides a step-by-step guide for selling to the government, with tips on bidding, marketing, and competing for government contracts, and links to free online courses.
  • Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA): Provides an on-line system (Phoenix) that allows minority business firms to register the company with the MBDA’s database to access contract opportunities and other resources.
  • General Services Administration (GSA)
    As the government's chief acquisitions agency, GSA spends billions of dollars annually on products and services offered to all federal agencies.
    • Doing Business with GSA (scroll down, click to view or print out publication)
      Covers government procedures, marketing strategies, and bidding procedures for contracts. Also lists important contacts, such as the 11 GSA regional centers and technical advisors for small businesses.
    • Office of Small Business Utilization (OSBU)
      Through outreach activities in regional offices, promotes increased access to GSA’s nationwide procurement opportunities for small, minority, veteran, HUBZone, and women business owners.
    • How to Sell to the Government
      Describes how GSA buys from small and large businesses, including an explanation of how GSA advertises business opportunities locally and nationally, and lists a calendar of local workshops for businesses wanting to sell to the government.
    • GSA Training Programs
      Online and onsite courses for vendors and small business, for federal employees, and for state and local government officials.
  • Small Business Development Centers (SBDC): Located in every state, these advise and train businesses in financial matters, including certification procedures for small and minority businesses. An excellent first stop for any business, especially those with little or no previous experience in dealing with federal procurement.
  • Procurement Technical Assistance Centers (PTAC): Although the main focus is providing technical assistance on selling to the military, the centers cover marketing to all government agencies through counseling, training, and procurement programs.
  • GSA Regions Overview: The contracting officers are familiar with the procurement needs of the federal facilities located in their region.

Registration Requirements

Registration is required to compete for Federal Government procurement and contracts. The federal government's Business Partner Network (BPN) is the single source for vendor data for the Federal Government.

Federal Business Opportunities

FedBizOpps (Federal Business Opportunities)
Single point of entry for announcements of federal contract opportunities over $25,000, both civilian and military.

  • Serves both federal agencies as buyers and businesses as vendors.
  • For help navigating the website, call toll-free (877) 472-3779; or email fbo.support@gsa.gov.
  • Review the Vendors Guide to learn how to search for agency announcements, requests for proposals, classification codes, award categories.

Subcontracting Opportunities

A federal contract may be so large that a single company might have difficulty in providing the products or services required to meet the terms of the contract. A prime contractor may need to use subcontractors to complete contractual obligations.

  • SUB-Net (SBA Subcontracting Network)
    Identify subcontract opportunities by reviewing the postings of prime contractors.
  • Subcontracting Opportunities Directory (SBA)
    Identify prime contractors through a listing of contractors, with addresses and phone numbers, by state.
  • Subcontracting Directory (GSA)
    GSA contractors with subcontracting plans and goals. Companies are listed within each of the eleven GSA regions. For each, gives products and services offered, and the small business contact within the company.

Selling to the Military and Department of Defense

Many of the DOD contract announcements and registration requirements for businesses have been incorporated into FedBizOpps, with registration at System for Awards Mangement (CCR). However, there are often special requirements for selling to the military. The vast majority of DOD contracts are awarded by DOD field organizations, or specific mission-oriented agencies within an organization.

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