Small Business Resource Center
6 Procurement Tips All Small Business Owners Need to Know
This resource provides six actionable tips for improving the procurement process. The article helps business owners identify the changes that will have an impact on their bottom line and streamline their procurement process for greater efficiency and cost-saving. The six tips include: being strategic when choosing vendors to avoid risks, maximizing cost-saving incentives from suppliers, hiring a procurement professional, streamlining the procurement process with the right technology, switching to a centralized supplier database, and building long-term strategic relationships with vendors to maximize mutual benefit.
The 4 pillars of procurement for small businesses
This article shares four pillars of small business supply chain management including understanding your place in the market and using it to develop procurement strategies, identifying strong suppliers and nurturing those relationships, developing quantitative and qualitative metrics to manage your suppliers, and managing risk in the extended supply chain.
Small business advice: 5 secrets to help you land contracts with corporate clients
Small business advice: 5 secrets to help you land contracts with corporate clients from The Washington Post
This article offers five pieces of advice for small businesses pursuing contracts with corporate clients, including having and working a plan, focusing locally first, being the brand architect, taking the road less traveled, and breaking the rules.
How to Boost Your Small Business By Becoming a Government Contractor
This article advises on pursuing and securing government contracts, focusing on determining the need for products and services, finding opportunities, looking for set-asides, preparing your bid, receiving an answer, what happens if you lose, obtaining a GSA Schedule contract, and considering subcontracting.
Introduction to Federal Government Contracting
This guide includes sections on common contracting terms, getting help with contracting, becoming a contractor, and searching for contract opportunities.
Find a Procurement Technical Assistance Center
Find a Procurement Technical Assistance Center from Association of Procurement Technical Assistance Centers
Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTACs) provides a wide range of government contracting help — most free of charge! Contact your local PTAC for government contracting help with topics such as determining suitability for contracting, securing necessary registrations, certifications, marketings, researching procurement histories, networking, identifying bid opportunities, proposal preparation, contract performance issues, and preparing for audit.
The US Small Business Administration’s Federal Contracting resources include a contracting guide, contracting assistance programs, and counseling and training.