What are the steps for applying for and securing a contract?

Post Date: May 22, 2024
  • Get a Unique Entity ID number
  • Find your NAICS codes and Product Service Codes
  • Register with the System for Award Management (SAM)
    • Make sure the Dynamic Small Business Search (DSBS) is complete.
  • Work with a Procurement Specialist
  • Search bids
  • Go after opportunities
  • Seek sub-contracting or partnering opportunities
  • Build relationships
  • Attend training classes and networking opportunities


  • Beginning with a smaller contract, even if it is not your ideal size, is recommended as it helps establish a track record of successful performance. 
  • Take attainable steps. If your current sales are at $50,000, avoid committing to a $300,000 contract unless you are partnering with others or have prior experience at that scale. 
  • Do not stretch yourself too thin. Overextending yourself carries risks, including past performance records and depleting financial resources.
  • To find more government contracting resources visit: https://www.sba.gov/federal-contracting/contracting-guide/how-win-contracts 
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