South Carolina SBDC Government Contracting Assistance
The South Carolina Small Business Development Centers help businesses find and compete for government contracts. Consultants are trained to assist clients in becoming prime contractors or subcontractors for the federal government, branches of the military, the state of South Carolina as well as counties, cities, special districts, colleges and universities located in the state.
The federal government is the world’s largest purchaser of goods and services (with FY2016 contract award work going to SC companies exceeding $5.7 billion). This ultimate consumer contracts for everything from screws and catering to airplanes and highways. South Carolina small businesses can get their share of these contracts, but often business owners are either unaware of opportunities or are unsure of how to proceed.
Doing business with the government doesn’t have to be daunting. Consultants are available to help. Consultants trained in the nuances of governmental contracting are available, free of charge, for one-on-one confidential consulting. They offer assistance with the steps necessary to do business with the government including:
- Registrations (SAM, GLS, MMO)
- Certifications (HubZone, 8a, SDVOB, WOSB, DBE)
- Looking for work (FedBizOpps, SCBO, subcontracting, bid-matching, simplified acquisitions under $25, 000)
- Marketing to the government (corporate profiles, small business specialists, site visits, networking strategies, procurement conferences)
- Other procurement training (FAR, DIBBS, FPDS, IFBs, RFPs, GSA Schedules, RFID, teaming agreements, NAICS, PSC, specs and standards, iRAPT)
Selling in both public and private sectors can help offset market fluctuations and reduce overall business risk. Consultants are at the ready to help develop a company’s market base in the public sector. For additional information on expanding into the government market contact a counselor.