Government Contracting Opportunities For Small Businesses

What is FAR?

The FAR is a standardized set of regulations employed by all federal agencies in making purchases. It provides procedures for how to maneuver in the procurement process. It takes you through the need for the product and service to the award of the contract.


As of 2001, the United States Federal Government began to utilize Federal Business Opportunities (FedBizOpps) to list all procurement opportunities expected to exceed $25,000. FedBizOpps is how the government communicates its buying specifications to potential contractors. 

The specifications are quite exact for most of the products and services that government agencies buy regularly. Your contract will contain extremely precise specifications that must be followed meticulously. The specifications-which describe the government’s requirements were contained in the invitation for bids or requests for proposals on which you based your bid or proposal.

If your company is awarded a contract, you are bound to deliver the product or service described in the specifications. A company is bound by the terms of these specifications, as well as the basic specifications. Failure to deliver a product meeting these terms will result in the termination of your contract for default. So, it is extremely important to understand all specifications before bidding on a federal contract. The government prefers contractors that are reliable and pay attention to the smallest details.

The United States Government Is A Very Powerful Client With Deep Pockets

The Federal government usually spends around 500 billion dollars a year on goods and services. This makes the U.S. government an extremely attractive client. There are few other organizations with this type of spending power and clout.

The government also tends to buy goods and services in bulk. If your business has the infrastructure to handle large orders, then the government can help you grow substantially at an accelerated pace.

Government agencies also buy goods and services in large quantities. Large orders can be a double-edged sword for small businesses. However, if managed correctly, they can help you grow substantially and rapidly.

Can a Small Business hope to compete for federal government contracts?

The Federal Government is required to reward a certain amount of its contract to small businesses. Last year the Federal government awarded 25% of its contracts to small businesses.

In 2018 the U.S. Small Business Administration announced that the Federal government awarded a total of $105.7 Billion worth of contracts for goods and services to small businesses. This marks the first time that more than $100 billion dollars have been awarded to small businesses and marks a 5 million dollar increase from the previous year.

The following facts are also very enlightening:

  • In FY18, the federal government exceeded the service-disabled-veteran-owned small business and small disadvantaged business goals and the prime contract dollar awards in all small business categories increased from previous years.
  • The federal government also exceeded its subcontract goals for awards to small businesses and women-owned small businesses and awarded more than $79 billion in subcontracts to all small businesses.

Small Businesses Are Given Special Consideration When It Comes To Government Contracts

In many markets, small businesses are often outcompeted by larger organizations that often have access to almost unlimited resources. This set aside actually might increase a small business’s chances of winning a lucrative bid.

The federal government is required to set aside at least 23 percent of its total spending specifically for small businesses. Several small businesses have made a fortune just on federal government contract awards.

The Federal Government Has Government Personnel That Are Strictly Utilized to Help Small Businesses Be More Competitive In Securing Government Contracts

Here are some examples:

  • SBA Procurement Center Representative (PCR): Procurement Center Representatives are often located at a major government buying office, even though they technically work for the Small Business Administration. They will identify items and services that could be produced or provided by small businesses and try to get them “set aside” for small businesses, which means that only small businesses can bid for the contracts. 
  • Competition Advocate: This person is responsible for promoting full and open competition at high management levels in the major buying offices. They are supposed to challenge overly restrictive statements of work and contract clauses that can prove to be burdensome. They also try to expand competition for items by offering challenges to requirements that are not deemed necessary for the performance or essential physical characteristics. 
  • Small Business Specialists (SBS): The law requires that every government buying location must have a Small Business Specialist. These specialists work specifically with small businesses to help them to business with that office. Larger government offices might have full staff while smaller offices might only have one part-time employee assigned to this role. Major government buying offices have full-time staff, while smaller offices have a part-time person assigned to that task. 
  • SBA Commercial Marketing Representative (CMR): Commercial Marketing Representatives keep track of large companies doing work for their departments. These representatives are often the go-to person for fantastic subcontracting opportunities for small businesses. 

SAM Directory Can Help

SAM stands for System Award Management.

To do any business with the federal government, you must register your business in the System for Award Management directory. The government will not hire any type of business (large or small) that has not registered in the SAM directory.

Remember, registering for the SAM directory gives a business automatic entry into the extremely lucrative marketplace of the federal government. It is also a crucial step for applying for rewarding government grants that can help your business reach its full potential.  Let us, the professionals at SAM Directory, make sure that you do all that is needed to not miss out on this important opportunity. We will make certain that your application is processed quickly and efficiently so you can start being a federal contractor as soon as possible. We remove this hassle so you can go about the important mission of running your company. Stay tuned for this next article in this series.