How to Obtain a Government Contract

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Federal and state governments offer billions of dollars to entrepreneurs. Learn to start contracting your products or services to a government agency.

Step 1: Visit the Federal Business Opportunities (FBO) website
Visit the Federal Business Opportunities (FBO) website run by the General Services Administration. Search their database to preview opportunities.

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The GSA also offers opportunities to sell your products or services to the military through its Federal Acquisitions Service.

Step 2: Register your company info at the CCR database
Register your company info at the Central Contractor Registration (CCR) online database. Get a CCR number.

Step 3: Apply for a DUNS number
Apply for a Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number at Dun & Bradstreet’s website. DUNS is required for FBO database vendor registration.

Step 4: Enter your DUNS number at the FBO database
Enter your nine-digit DUNS number at the FBO database for vendor registration. Then create a database password and enter your company’s information.

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Read the fbo.gov’s Vendor Guide available at their website, especially for first-time government contractors.

Step 5: Search the FBO database for opportunities
Search the FBO database for business opportunities. Click on an individual opportunity’s link and read details of products or services requested.

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Opportunity details can include the contract’s maximum bid amount and the required time period of performance.

Step 6: Submit an electronic response
Submit an electronic response if the opportunity includes a response link. Responses are typically entered via an online form or via a document upload. Click on an “interested vendors list” if the opportunity allows for this function. Click on “add me to interested vendors.”

Step 7: Visit Business.gov for state opportunities
Visit business.gov for links to state-specific vendor contracting agencies such as Georgia’s Department of Administrative Services. Now you’ve tapped a whole new opportunity for your business.

Did You Know?
Senator John McCain recently criticized the federal government for giving .8 million for a research project to study pig odors.
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