Small Business Development Center hosted event about government contracting

MARQUETTE — Michigan is a hot spot for government contracts and this allows small businesses to change the game for themselves. This presentation helps small business owners gain a better understanding of what you need to do to get started in government contracting.

Today the Small Business Development Center hosted a speaker for their Step Up series who talked about small businesses starting government contracting.

This process involves what your business is required to have before registering for contracting. This includes being registered in the System for Award Management (SAM) which gives businesses the opportunity to do business with the U.S. government.

The federal government has goals to do a certain percentage of their purchases with contracts involving small businesses. The overall federal governments purchase goal overall is 23%. The speaker also highlighted on details about certain businesses that can get certified as special categories for government contracting to reach its goal.

“Within that goal, there are also special categories and those are certifications for Women-owned small business, Service Disabled Veteran-owned small business, even small disadvantage businesses which are minority-owned businesses and Native American-owned businesses,” said, Procurement Counselor for Northwest Michigan PTAC. “You also have something known as HUBZone’s which is Historically Underused Business Zones. So if you qualify for one of those categories there is a certification you can get and that would give you an advantage in government contracting.”

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