Doing Business with the Government

The Government Wants What You Have

Federal, state and local governments spend more than $800 billion annually on various products and services — much of which is with small business.  Government buyers are looking for what you have — quality products at competitive prices from responsible suppliers willing to participate in contracts with the U.S. Army, Navy, Air Force, Defense Logistics Agency, Veterans Administration, General Services Administration and a host of other federal, state and local agencies.  There are literally billions of dollars in opportunities in the government marketplace.

Federal purchasing offices are required by the Small Business Act to “set aside” contracts or portions of contracts for exclusive bidding by small and/or minority owned businesses. Often major prime contractors are also required to subcontract a portion of their government contracts to small firms.

The Missouri Procurement Technical Assistance Centers (MO PTAC) assists businesses — including small, disadvantaged and women owned firms — in obtaining federal, state and local government contracts.

Procurement specialists will assist you in identifying opportunities and understanding the government contracting process so you can take advantage of government sales dollars. MO PTAC can help you compete for government contracts by accessing their computerized bid matching data bank.

Certification Assistance

Counselors can help determine if your business is eligible for various federal, state and local government certifications. If your business is eligible, MO PTAC counselors can assist you with preparing the certification applications.