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FINDING GOVERNMENT CONTRACTS

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Dynamic Small Business Search (DSBS)

The Dynamic Small Business Search (DSBS) is a database that government agencies use to find small business contractors for upcoming contracts. Small businesses can also use DSBS to find other small businesses to work with.

System for Award Management (SAM)

The SBA maintains the DSBS database. The information you provide when you register your business in the System for Award Management (SAM) is used to populate DSBS, so you should create a comprehensive business profile.

SEARCH CONTRACTING OPPORTUNITIES

There are a number of databases you can use to find federal contracts to bid on. There are also multiple databases that government agencies use to find contractors.

Federal Business Opportunities (FBO.gov)

Federal business opportunities for contractors are listed at FedBizOpps.gov. Government agencies are required to use FedBizOpps to advertise all contracts over $25,000.

GSA Schedules

If you want to sell to the government, securing a contract with the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) — the government agency that connects government buyers with contractors — is a great way to start. Securing a contract with the GSA is also called “getting onto the GSA Schedule,” which means you’ve been approved to do business with the government.

Past Performance Evaluation

If you’re interested in getting on the GSA Schedule, you may want to pay for a Past Performance Evaluation report from Open Ratings. The report assesses your performance relative to businesses in the same industry, and is often requested as part of a vendor bid process. Your company must register and provide the names and email addresses of six to 20 of your customers.

SubNet

The Small Business Administration's (SBA) Subcontracting Network System that bridges the gap between businesses seeking small businesses and small business seeking contracting opportunities.

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