The Business Matchmaking team has developed a list of key resources that will provide essential information, support and direction as you are growing your business. This section will continue to be updated with new resources available freely to small businesses that we think benefit your growth and expansion.
SBA - The U.S. Small Business Administration's (SBA) web site, www.sba.gov, is in invaluable resource to gain information about procurement, financing and certifying your business. Did you know that the SBA offers an extensive library of online training courses across 16 categories that you can view to get a better handle on budgeting, taxes, marketing, and other small business tactics. The information is free and accessible 24/7.
SCORE - As a partner in the Business Matchmaking program, SCORE provides small businesses with essential guidance, strategic direction and insights from its more than 16,000 counselor corps of retired and in some cases, still actively employed volunteers. SCORE's free online counseling module is one of the best we've seen, so ask a SCORE counselor your business question...it's free!
SBDC - Small Business Development Centers (SBDC) provide management assistance to current and prospective small business owners. SBDCs offer one-stop assistance to individuals and small businesses by providing a wide variety of information and guidance in central and easily accessible branch locations. The program is a cooperative effort of the private sector, the educational community and federal, state and local governments and is an integral component of Entrepreneurial Development's network of training and counseling services. Find the nearest SBDC.
PTAC - The Defense Logistics Agency, on behalf of the Secretary of Defense, administers the DoD Procurement Technical Assistance Program (PTAP). Procurement Technical Assistance Centers (PTAC) are a local resource available at no or nominal cost that can provide assistance to business firms in marketing products and services to the Federal, state and local governments. Find the nearest PTAC.
WIPP - Women Impacting Public Policy, Inc. (WIPP) is a national bi-partisan public policy organization that advocates for and on behalf of women and minorities in business in the legislative processes of our nation, creating economic opportunities and building bridges and alliances to other small business organizations.
Business Matchmaking is but one resource for connecting to procurement opportunities on a federal, state, local government level as well as with major corporations. There are many organizations dedicated to helping small business grow and succeed. Following are descriptions and links to crucial organizations that can assist you in expanding your business opportunities in procurement:
PRO-Net - The U.S. Small Business Administration, the Department of Defense, the Office of Management and Budget and the General Services Administration have taken steps to simplify the federal contracting process by creating an integrated database of small businesses that want to do business with the government.
The integration of PRO-Net and DOD's Central Contractor Registration (CCR) databases has created one portal for entering and searching small business sources. This integration assists small businesses with marketing their goods and services to the federal government.
Business.gov guides you through the maze of government rules and regulations and provides access to services and resources to help you start, grow, and succeed in business. Its "Regional" listing gives in-depth information by state, and its "Industries" section gives information and links to in-depth information on a range of different industries.
Everything you'll want to know about NAICS codes including a helpful resource for looking up specific codes
Everything you'll want to know about the United Nations Standard Products and Services Code® (UNSPSC®), including a helpful resource for looking up specific codes
Links to the small business offices of virtually every federal agency
FedBizOpps is the single government wide point-of-entry for federal government procurement opportunities over $25,000.
The entry portal to all government information and web sites
The entry portal to the Federal Government's General Services Administration (GSA)
The gateway to information about the Federal government's expanding Electronic Government initiative
A gateway to government information, managed by the National Technical Information Service (NTIS), as part of its information management mandate
GovLoans.gov is your gateway to government loan information. It directs you to the loan information that best meets your needs. Five Federal agencies - Department of Agriculture, U.S. Department of Education, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, U.S. Small Business Administration have come together to create this single point of access for Federal loan information on the Web.
A complete and constantly updated list of all government sales and auctions
The GSA's Federal Supply Service (FSS) provides a central source for virtually every commercial product or service a federal buyer might need. It can be used as a definitive reference to meeting the government's needs.
GSA Advantage: Where federal purchasers go to shop. Will tell you what the government is buying, and from whom.
The SBIR (Small Business Innovative Research) and STTR (Small Business Technology Transfer) programs were mandated by Congress to provide research and development support to small businesses (with 500 or fewer employees) to stimulate the conversion of prototype technologies into commercial products.
Tax information for small business
The SBA's Women's Business Center
A specific gateway for women owned businesses who want to sell to the federal government.
The Department of Veterans Affairs' "Center for Veterans Enterprise," which includes links to Veterans Business Development Officers nationwide and to Veterans Business Outreach Centers nationwide
Dun&Bradstreet - the site to obtains a "DUNS Number" the starting point in doing business with the Federal government
Federal Contracting 101 (PPT 420K)
Dan Sturdivant, U.S. Department of Homeland Security