Grow Your Business

Help expand your business by selling to the government and more.

Small Business Resources

It can sometimes be hard figuring out how to expand your business. From financing programs to hiring and exporting, these resources can help you grow and manage your small business:

Loans, Grants, and Other Assistance

Search for a wide range of financing programs offered by federal, state, and local governments:

  • Low-interest loans - Designed for business owners who may have trouble qualifying for a traditional bank loan.
  • Venture capital - The Small Business Investment Company (SBIC) Program works with private investment funds licensed as SBICs to provide growth capital to U.S. small businesses.
  • Scientific and economic development grants - Unlike business loans, grants come with the advantage of not having to be repaid—but grant funding is generally restricted to very specific audiences.

The Small Business Program from the U.S. Department of the Treasury also provides assistance to help grow your business.

BusinessUSA

This resource ties together business-related information from government agencies into a one-stop platform for businesses looking for services to help them expand:

  • To determine if your business is ready for exporting and to guide you to the appropriate resources, use the Exporting Wizard.
  • Need help with growing your business? Go to the Grow Your Business section.

More Small Business Resources

You can also find small business resources covering other important topics:

  • Taxes - Find information on filing and payment of small business taxes.
  • HiringLearn how to hire and retain employees.
  • Market and industry data - Access business information and trends.
  • International outreach - Find opportunities for small businesses to engage directly via webcast with U.S. Ambassadors overseas.
  • Patents and trademarks - Access information and services to assist your small business in the patent and trademark process.

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Conduct Business with the Government

Federal, state, and local governments, as well as the military, offer businesses the opportunity to sell billions of dollars worth of goods and services. Learn how your business can secure a government contract.

Federal Government

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), Department of Commerce, and the Federal Service Desk (FSD) offer resources to help small businesses sell goods and services to the federal government:

As the acquisition arm of the federal government, the General Services Administration (GSA) plays a vital role in connecting the private sector with federal agencies to fulfill their business needs:

State and Local Government

Learn how your business can sell goods and services to state and local governments:

Military

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

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Sell to the 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). Find out how your business can provide goods and services to the federal government through GSA:

GSA Schedules/Multiple Awards (MAS) Program

When commercial businesses sell goods and services to the federal government through GSA, different kinds of contracts are used for different purposes. The primary contract vehicle is the GSA Schedules, or Multiple Award Schedules (MAS), program. To become a GSA Schedule contractor, you should follow these steps:

  • Complete a number of registrations and certifications. Read Getting Started With GSA Schedules for more information.
  • Determine the appropriate GSA schedule number for your product or service. You can do this by reviewing the information at the GSA Schedules Solicitations page.
  • Respond to the solicitation schedule at eOffer/eMod.
  • Visit Federal Business Opportunities, or FedBizOpps, and register to be notified of newly posted opportunities in your industry.

More Resources for Businesses to Work with GSA

  • Doing Business with GSA: Quick Guide 2013 has information about GSA's electronic resources for companies to find business opportunities.
  • For questions about the Schedules program or conducting business with GSA, please contact the Multiple Award Schedules (MAS) Helpdesk by email at mashelpdesk@gsa.gov or by phone at 1-800-488-3111. The MAS Helpdesk is part of GSA's National Customer Service Center (NCSC).
  • The Vendor Support Center offers educational information that includes online training, links to vital acquisition websites, and tips for success in the GSA Schedules program.
  • There are professional services available to assist small businesses in preparing proposals for GSA Schedule contracts—but make sure you research the companies offering these services.
  • Although the GSA Schedules program is the premier contract vehicle for government sales, it is not the only option. How to Sell to the Government offers a high-level overview of federal purchasing programs and the different ways vendors can participate.

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Offices 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: October 20, 2016

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