Almost every government contractor felt some sort of effect from the recent government shutdown that ran its course from October 1st to the 16th. However, despite the shutdown and the furlough of non-essential federal employees government contractors were still hard at work during that time. Even the government’s primary contracting bid board FedBizOpps was still pumping out solicitation after solicitation.
Now almost a full month after the government shutdown, FedBizOpps is starting to take on new heights adding even more contracts to its database. Currently there is over 27,000 available government contracts on FedBizOpps for properly registered government contractors. United States Veterans who are registered in System for Award Management (SAM) can also qualify for specialized set-aside contracts to further help their business as a government contractor. Other resources such as marketing and procurement outreach are also available from companies like US Federal Contractor Registration. US Federal Contractor Registration is currently helping businesses gain an
edge in the federal market despite the government shutdown.
Marketing is another valuable tool for contractors, especially small businesses that may be new to federal contracting. Both the Small Business Administration and the VETBIZ Resource Center advise small businesses to “aggressively market” their company’s products and services to the federal agencies who buy from their industries. GovernmentContractingTips.com’s “First Steps to Government Contracting” guide recommends that small businesses draft and distribute a capabilities statement, register their business in the Dynamic Small Business Search, launch a branded government-formatted website, and network with both contracting officers and other vendors to find prime and subcontracting opportunities.