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Another great thing about startups is that local, federal, and state governments offer help to small businesses looking for new and exciting opportunities to sell their products and services. The U.S. government invests 23% of the $500 billion in yearly contracts into startups and small companies, which makes Federal Contracts an amazing and must-try opportunity for all young and aspiring entrepreneurs.

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Applying for Federal Contracts will open many a new door on the market for your company. Should you be granted one of these, it will indeed help you:

  • Boost your revenue
  • Reach new markets
  • Grow and expand your company organically

Here are some of the basic steps you need to follow in order to certify your business as small, obtain registrations, and apply for Federal Contracts:

Register Your Startup In SAM

You are required to register your company with the federal government’s System for Award Management (SAM). SAM is the primary database of vendors that cooperate with the federal government, while it can also be used as a marketing tool since most government contractors and organizations use this database of vendors when they search for subcontractors.

They usually look at the following traits when looking for businesses:

  • Size
  • Location
  • Experience
  • Ability
  • Ownership

Get Your NAICS Code

You will typically need to acquire a North American Industry Classification System code (or NAICS code) for your startup in order to properly deal with all administrative, contracting and tax obligations. Via the NAICS code, your business will be classified into the following fields:

  • Economic sector
  • Industry
  • Country of your business

Obtain a D-U-N-S Number

A Dun & Bradstreet D-U-N-S® Number is also required. A D-U-N-S number is a nine-digit ID number unique to your company. If your business has multiple locations, you will need to get one for each physical location of your startup. You can get your own D-U-N-S number free of charge.

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