Start Working with the Government as a Subcontractor

The quickest way to get starting with working with the Federal Government is Subcontracting.

The Government is always seeking qualified small business owners, who are considering becoming Prime contractors or Subcontractors. This gives small business owners opportunities to have the largest consumer of products and services as a Client.

You have to learn the rules of the game and then you have to play better than anyone else”. – Albert Einstein

Where to begin

In order to begin working with the government as a contractor, there are a few requirements that your small business owners must meet.

Step 1. Apply for a D-U-N-S number, which is a unique nine-digit number for each physical location of your business.

Step 2. Register with the System for Award Management (SAM). SAM is the official website to register your small business to do business with the Government.

According to Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) Subpart 4:11, the database is to intended to increase the visibility of vendor records, including their geographical locations, for specific supplies and services, and to establish a common source of vendor data for the Government to locate these vendors.

Step 3. Create an account at to search for opportunities to sale your product or services to government agencies.  Keep track of pre-solicitations, Solicitations, and contract awards you are interested pursuing.

Note that the Small Business Act of 1953 states that small businesses should receive a fair proportion of federal contracts and that small business should have the maximum practicable opportunity to participate in federal contracting.

Small Business Programs

Women-Owned Small Businesses (WOSB)
Small disadvantaged businesses (SDB)
8(a) Business Development
Historically underutilized business zone (HUBZone) Program
Service-disabled veteran-owned small businesses (SDVOSB)

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Small Business Administration (SBA) the SBA is a Government Agency that provides great free resources for Entrepreneurs and Small Business owners. SBA will help find counselors, training and many more Services, check out all they have to offer.

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These resources are here to  help you along the path to winning a contracts with the Government. When you first begin thinking about working with the government it is a good idea to learn what is all involved. There is a many great resource of valuable information available to small business owners. We will continue to post the information on our site.

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