Looking to Expand Your Business? Become a Government Contractor
As the owner of a small or medium business, you are always looking for ways to get to the next level. A good strategy to grow your business is to advertise your products and services to the local, state, and federal governments.
It is well known that the Federal Government of the United States is the largest buyer in the world, which makes it an excellent client to consider. Similarly, state and local governments are also big buyers. For example, the Virginia State Government spends more than five billion dollars a year on the purchase of products and services.
Small and medium size companies are in an advantageous position when they become government contractors. Thanks to regulations implemented to help advance the economy, any company can become a qualified supplier through the U.S. government records and certifications program for small and medium enterprises.
Similarly, the U.S. government offers a number of benefits and competitive advantages to members of recognized minorities, such as immigrants, women, veterans and persons of Hispanic descent, to name a few.
Lets walk trough a few things that you will need to know in order to become a U.S. Government contractor.
Does your business qualify as a Small Business?
Your business is not small just because you think it is. The government maintains a “size standards” that defines the maximum size that a company (and its affiliates) can be to qualify as a small business.
Generally, most manufacturing companies with 500 employees or fewer and most non-manufacturing businesses with average annual receipts under $7 million will qualify as a small business. However there are exceptions by industry.
Certifying your Small Business
Now that you have figured out whether you qualify as a small business, you will need to get registered as a government contractor.
- Apply for a D-U-N-S number, a unique nine-digit identification number for each physical location of your business.
- Register in the government’s System of Award Management (SAM), the repository of all businesses that sell, or want to sell, to the government.
Certifying as a minority, women or a veteran-owned business
Businesses that qualify to government contractor programs under these categories follow the same certification process as small businesses described above. The only extra step is that when you register your business in SAM, you can self-identify yourself as belonging to one of these groups.
Although registering your business looks like a fairly straightforward procedure, it is important to note that an experienced consultant will help you gain the inside knowledge needed to navigate all the different applications and requirements.
At GBS Group we have a group of multidisciplinary consultants who have the expertise and resources to help you through the registration process for becoming a government contractor and turning your company into a certified supplier of the United States Government. Contact us today and we will help you reach the next level of growth in your company.