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Government Contracting News, Opportunities, and Resources

Business resources for veterans

The federal government’s goal is to award 3 percent of all federal contracts to service-disabled veteran-owned businesses (SDVOSB) each year. In fact, SDVOSBs received 4.28 percent of all federal contracting dollars in 2020.

Government contracting offers tremendous financial opportunities for veteran-owned small businesses, but it can be difficult to compete in the federal marketplace.

SBA and its local resource network help set veteran entrepreneurs up for success no matter where they are in their government contracting journey – whether they’re just starting out or ready to expand their services within the federal government sector.

Finding Government Contracting Opportunities

As they pivot in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, many small businesses are looking for new markets. The US government is the LARGEST single purchaser of goods and services in the world. Now is the perfect time to explore federal contracting.

If you are looking to identify Federal prime contractors, below you can see the ways to do your research:


Federal business opportunities for contractors are listed at utilized by all Federal agencies for solicitations over $25K

  • Look for set-aside contracts for which your firm qualifies​
  • Respond to Sources Sought and Pre-Solicitations​


FedConnect: utilized by DOE, DHS, HUD, DOI, EPA, SBA, & SSA

For Smaller Requirements:​ Visit Acquisition Central’s Business Zone for Federal agency small business information, business opportunities & contracting forecasts,

How to Do Business with the Federal Government

Government Contracting

As a business owner, do you want to sell your products and services to the Federal government?

Each year, the Federal Government awards about 10% of all Federal contract dollars, or roughly $50 billion in contracts, to Small Disadvantaged Businesses (SDB). To be recognized as an SDB by the Federal Government, you must register your business with the federal government. You can do this online.

Getting recognized by the state of CA as a Small Disadvantaged Business is different than with the Federal Government. The state of CA recognition/certification is called the Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) certification. You can do this online.

If you seek help with s Federal Government contracting or state of CA government contracting, including registrations and certifications, please contact the SBA’s local approved service-providers (see below).

  1. California Capital Financial Development Corporation 
  2. Monterey Bay Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) 
  3. Norcal PTAC

Program Benefits

National Veterans Small Business Week 2021

Veteran small business owners are resilient, disciplined, and mission-oriented, thanks to their military service and committed to serving our country and communities.


Contracting assistance programs

The SBA provides several programs to help small businesses win federal contracts. Participating in these programs helps small businesses:

  • Win a fair share of federal contracts
  • Qualify for exclusive set-aside and sole-source contracts
  • Partner with established contractors to win contracts
  • Get business mentoring and education to learn how federal contracting works



Upcoming Training

The training events listed below are being offered by SBA, SBA resource partners, and other organizations working to help you build your business by selling to the government.

  • How to Access Capital for Your Business w/ CalCap & SBA 11/2 at 9:30 AM REGISTER
  • How to Pivot Your Business & SBA Resources for Business Recovery 11/10 at 1:00 PM REGISTER
  • Acquisition.Gov 11/16 at 9:00 AM REGISTER
  • Federal Government Contracting: Did You Know? 11/23 at 9:00 AM REGISTER
  • How to do Business with the Federal Government - NVSBW 11/4 at 9:00 AM REGISTER
  • Federal Government Contracting – Did You Know? (WBC) 10/28 at 9:00 AM REGISTER

SBA’s participation or support is not an endorsement of any product, service, or entity.


Get the help you need

  • SBA Learning Center
    The SBA offers free online courses to help small businesses understand government contracting. You can find these video classes in the SBA Learning Center.
  • Procurement Technical Assistance Centers
    Procurement Technical Assistance Centers (PTACs) help small businesses that are interested in government contracting. PTACs can help you determine if your business is ready for government contracting, register in the proper databases, find and bid on contracts, and more.
    SCORE is a nonprofit association of thousands of volunteer business counselors around the country who educate small business owners. SCORE provides free in-person and online counseling, as well as educational workshops.
  • Small Business Development Centers
    Small Business Development Centers (SBDCs) offer free, one-on-one counseling and low-cost training services. Business owners can go to SBDCs for help with procurement and contracting, market research, 8(a) program support, and more.

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