Top 5 Myths about doing business with the federal Government

Myth #1 – “Only Big Companies Win Contracts”

Fact – Preferential treatment is actually give to small, minority, woman, handicapped and service disabled owned business. Small businesses get awarded more than 25% of all federal contracts.

In FY 2009: Small businesses were awarded 92.7 billion dollars in contracts with an average award of $27,000 per contract. Better yet:

In FY 2009, 8a Certified businesses were awarded 16.2 billion dollars in contracts with an average award of $158,000 per contract. That is 7 times the size of a federal contract that is awarded for all other small set-aside business types.

Myth #2 “The Federal Government Does Not Buy My Product or Service”

Fact – The federal government buys nearly every product and service you can imagine.

In FY 2009 the federal government awarded over 61,000 contracts totaling more than $16.6 billion dollars just for Commercial Construction projects. For IT companies, they awarded over 20,000 contracts totaling more than $5.5 billion dollars just for Custom Computer Programming projects. If you would like to know exactly how much the federal government spent on your products or services, visit https://www.fpds.gov

Myth #3 “There Is Too Much Red Tape To Do Business With The Federal Government”

Fact – The federal government has procurement methods such as the SBA 8(a) Program which actually shorten the time it takes to be awarded a contract and the amount of paperwork and red-tape required to do so.

An 8(a) contract typically takes about 1/10 the time to be awarded vs. a full and open competition contract. You can even help in writing the actual statement of work and 8(a) Contracts are not subject to protests.

Myth #4 ” I Am Not Located In Washington, DC Or Near A Military Base So I Can’t Do Business With Them”

Fact – There are federal facilities located in every state, city and country. This being said, you are not limited by your geographical location.

Myth #5 “It’s Difficult To Get Started Doing Business With The Federal Government”

Fact – Again, the federal government has procurement programs that simplify the processes of doing business with them, such as the SBA 8(a) Program, if you are minority, woman, handicapped or service disabled veteran owned business.

If you are looking for a company to assist in the process of getting your business 8(a) Certified, contact us today to discover what Cloveer can do for you.

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