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Executive Order on Ensuring Adequate COVID Safety Protocols for Federal Contractors

President Biden recently issued an Executive Order on Ensuring Adequate COVID Safety Protocols for Federal Contractors, mandating vaccines for all federal employees and covered federal contractor employees.

You can find additional guidance here: Vaccinations | Safer Federal Workforce

Finding Government Contracting Opportunities

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 beta.SAM.gov 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, www.acquisition.gov

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

Contracting Assistance Programs


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.

  • Paving Your Road to Success with Caltrans – A series of contracting and procurement training courses (WBC) 10/6 at 1:00 PM REGISTER
  • SBA Small Business Programs: Financing, Contracting, and Technical Assistance (SBA & BBB) 10/21 at 1:00 PM 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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