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The United States Federal Government is the world’s largest purchaser of goods and services, spending over $536 Billion during FY 2011. The Federal Government is required to set aside at least 23% of all contracting dollars exclusively for small businesses. The only way businesses can take advantage of the many opportunities available in federal contracting is to become properly registered and marketing their company aggressively to government agencies.
If you want to take advantage of business opportunities such as selling to the government (a.k.a. “government contracting”), then you have to obtain some form of certification. Why? The federal government sets aside a variety of contracts for competition among small businesses, women-owned small businesses, service-disabled veteran-owned small businesses, and disadvantaged small businesses. To qualify for these “set-asides,” certification is a must.
So how do you go about certifying your small business to qualify to compete for the nearly $100 billion worth of goods and services that Uncle Sam buys from small businesses each year?