Ever wonder how many available government contracts there are up for bid? Well, there is a website that can show small businesses all of them. To date, there currently over 31,700 available government contracting opportunities to large and small businesses onFBO.gov (FebBizOpps) this month. FBO.gov is the single, government point-of-entry for federal government procurement opportunities over $25,000. All of these contracts are organized by North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) codes. These NAICS codes are broken down by industry and trade. The beauty of this database is that a business can save a specific search that is tailored to a business type, location or even federal set-aside like 8(a), HUBZone, or Woman-Owned. The registration is a very easy and straightforward process:
1. Load up the website http://www.fbo.gov in your browser and scroll to the middle of the page where it says “Vendors / Citizens”. Click the “Register Now” link to navigate to the registration page.
2. Next, a business will need to enter their company’s 9 digit DUNS number near the bottom of the page and click “Proceed”.
3. On the next page, notice that a business’s “Company Information” has been filled in automatically. If any of the information needs to be updated, make corrections as necessary. If a business’s information was not automatically filled in, just type it in manually. Press the “Proceed” button again when finished.
4. Now a business will be asked for “Personal Information”. Enter contact information and select a username and password. Keep in mind that a business’s password must be between 8 and 14 characters and will need to contain at least one of each of the following:
lower case letter
upper case letter
special character (!$, %, ^, etc.)
Once you’ve finished, click the “Proceed and Review” button.
5. Carefully review the registration information to make sure there are no errors. If it is correct, click the “Submit” button at the bottom of the page. If not, click “Go Back” to return to previous pages and correct the information.
Every business picks out their NAICS codes when they first register in System for Award Management (SAM). SAM is the mandatory database that all contractors must be properly registered in to bid on available contracts and awards. In order to bid on and work government contracts, businesses must obtain a DUNS number and must complete their SAM registration. Successful contractors also develop aggressive government marketing plans, which include the creation of a profile on government websites such as the SBA’s Dynamic Small Business Search and automated bid notifications to their email from FBO.gov.