Best Resources For Small Business Government Contracting

There's A Ton Out There, Here's What You Really Need

Free Data Resources 

  • FPDS.gov  & USAspending.gov: These are both databases that track information about the historical spending of the US government
  • FBO.gov:  This contains information about the contracting opportunities that are currently available
  • Agency forecasts:  Each agency publishes a list of thing they are likely to buy

Paid Data Resources

There are many many paid resources that provide visualizations and integrations (some with original analysis also)

Business Mentoring

  • Procurement Technical Assistance Program/Center (PTAP/PTAC): Free counseling on federal procurement
  • Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDBU):  Offices run by each agency on how to work with that agency
  • SCORE/SBDC:  Free counseling from the SBA on starting any business

Networking Organizations

There are a wide variety of networking organizations that focus on different agencies (e.g. DEVex focuses on USAID) and different areas of government need (e.g. AFCEA focuses on government IT needs). The below is a NON-comprehensive list:

  • AFCEA  – Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association
  • NDIA – National Defense Industrial Association
  • PSC– Professional Services Council
  • ACT-IAC – American Council for Technology and Industry Advisory Council
  • DEVex – Do Good, Do It Well
  • SDVOSB Council – Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business Council

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