Small Business Certification Options

Useful Facts About Small Businesses & Government Contracting:

  1. 23% of Federal Contracting Dollars are Set-Aside for Small Businesses
  2. Federal Contracts $150,000 and under are commonly called “Small Business Set-Asides”
  3. Only 30% of these Small Business Contracts are found and won on FBO (FedBizOpps)
  4. Contracts below $25,000 are almost never posted to the public, commonly called “No-Bid Contracts”

The Federal Government has mandated that 23% of all Federal Contracts must be awarded to a Certified Small Business (Small Business Certification). Most people do not know that Federal Contracts under $150,000 are Set-Aside for Certified Small Businesses and Federal Contracts below $25,000 are not posted to the public (so how do you win these?). State level governments and large distributors/retailers follow similar rules in some categories (each state differs).  Contracting Officers have annual quotas they must meet for specific Set-Aside categories including:

Small businesses need to have an Official Certification from the proper certifying agency for that category (multiple agencies involved).  Then more importantly, once a business has obtained a Certification, it must be reflected accordingly so Contracting Officers are aware of it.   Contracting Officers use multiple databases when searching for, verifying, paying and working with vendors. We are still in the growth and organizational phases of Government Procurement and the procedures used online. It is imperative for Certified businesses to have the correct registrations, certifications, detailed profiles in multiple databases, registered with specific agencies (industry dependent) and have consistent profiles overall that have the most up-to-date detailed information listed across all government procurement platforms.

Contracting Officers do proactively call Certified Small Businesses to directly award “No-Bid Contracts” which are Federal Contracts below $25,000 or Small Business Set-Asides under $150,000 via Simplified Acquisition Procedures (70% of Contracts below $150,000 are not publicly posted on FBO). These “No-Bid Contracts” are not mandated to be posted to the public nor do they have to obtain multiple bids or check Past Performance. Small Businesses employ 80% of the U.S. workforce and that is the reason Small Businesses are protected and have regulations in place to ensure they receive 23% of Federal Contracting Dollars.  USBRI can help these Small Businesses to position themselves to be found for these Simplified Acquisition Contracts as well as locate and win contracts in all levels of the government. USBRI has a software program that automatically pulls ALL NEW CONTRACTS posted by ALL LEVELS of the Government from 5000+ sources including:

  • Local Municipalities
  • County Governments
  • Federal Government
  • All 3 branches of the Military

These notifications can be received in a daily email with ONLY the contracts that pertain to your industry, business size, classification, geographic area along with a few other search parameters we can establish for customized daily reports.

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