Before you can start to conduct business with the federal government your business must obtain the proper certifications so you make maximum use of regulatory preferences under the Federal Acquisition Regulation.
Small business certifications are like professional certifications; they document a special capability or status that will help you compete in the marketplace. Unlike permits and licenses, you do not need to obtain certifications to legally operate.
However, in order to take advantage of business opportunities at the federal level, such as government contracts, you may need to obtain some certifications. Federal, state and local governments offer businesses opportunities to sell billions of dollars’ worth of products and services.
Many government agencies require that some percentage of the procurements be set aside for small businesses. Certifying your business can definitely help you successfully compete for government contracts. We will discuss the eligibility and places to register as well as free assistance available to help you complete the process.
Presenter: Ed Ramos is a Senior Area Manager with the U.S. Small Business Administration assigned to Central Florida.