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Do Business with the Government

Federal, state, and local governments, as well as the military, offer businesses the opportunity to sell them goods and services through contracts of different sizes.  Follow this guide to help your business work with the government.

Sell to the Federal Government

Learn the steps to prepare your business to compete for a federal contract:

These offices and tutorials can help your business with each part of the process:

Sell to the Federal Government Through GSA

The General Services Administration (GSA) connects the private sector with federal agencies to fulfill their business needs through its Federal Acquisition Service (FAS). It operates the largest government-wide contracts under the GSA Schedules program.

A GSA Schedule is a contracting vehicle, or method, for a business to sell goods and services to the federal government. Getting your business on a Schedule requires a few more steps than other federal contracts:

  • Obtain past performance evaluations of your business. After an independent audit of customer references, your rating is calculated based on a wide range of performance data and survey responses.  
  • Search for the appropriate GSA schedule number for your product or service. This includes professional services, supplies, information technology (IT), and other categories.
  • All submissions for a GSA schedule solicitation, or formal application, must be done electronically. Respond to the solicitation using eOffer/eMod.
  • Learn about managing a GSA Schedules contract, including compliance responsibilities, strategies for maximizing business opportunities, and more.

Sell to State and Local Governments

Learn how your business can sell goods and services to states, local governments, and U.S. territories:

Sell to the Military

Find out how your business can get a contract with the military:

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Find an Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization

Several federal agencies have a dedicated office to help small businesses prepare for selling to the government. These offices, known as either an Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDBU) or an Office of Small Business Programs (OSBP), hold trainings and events to help your business learn about contracting opportunities within the agency they represent. Some offices also provide contact information for asking questions about contracting with their agencies.

Explore this list to find an agency your business would like to learn more about working with:

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Last Updated: May 05, 2017

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