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Good Morning Gateway,
My company is based in the Washington D.C. area and about 80% of our business is in support of the Federal Government. We are a small business and we primarily are subcontractors. We are trying to posture ourselves to become a "prime" contractor. There are a number of programs geared towards assisting minority businesses win federal business.
What product or service do you provide? Also, maybe you can elaborate on what you would like to accomplish in the Federal contracting sector.
One of the first and easiest things is to contact the purchasing department (or visit the website) of any federal agency, facility, or prime government contractor in your area to which you could provide products or services. They all have mandates to buy from minority-owned businesses when possible, and many offer their purchasing agents some strong incentives for doing so. Those agents will probably go out of their way to tell you exactly what's necessary to do business with them.
Be prepared to adopt more stringent accounting practices than you may currently employ, to provide invoices and records in the formats they want, and to open your books for audit/inspection. The federal government is a terrific customer - they buy a lot, pay on time, and the check is always good. Gaining those benefits often means complying to their standards, as they (or we, the American taxpayers) understandably require elements of fiscal accountability that private sector customers do not.
A final thought -- in Texas, almost every sizable community has a Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, as well as other networking associations like Women in Business. Find and join one or more of those organizations in your area. They will be able to offer you more specific help and guidance than most of us in this community can.
You can also use a registration service that cuts out a lot of the paperwork and headaches by contacting us at One Solution, LLC. We are contracted with Fedcontracting.com to help small disadvantaged businesses get registered with the multiple agencies within the Federal Government so that you can be eligible to bid contracts or gain access to supllying the Federal Government.
If you go to the Startup businesses forum and look for "Ever thought of working with the federal government?" you can get a bunch of info there already, and I am available through this forum or through my office directly. We help businesses nationwide to get registered with the Federal Government.
And yes, there are great advantages to being a small, disadvantaged, diabled, minority owned and/or majority woman owed business when it comes to going after Federal Government work.
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