How do I form a small business?

Starting a small business can be a rewarding and stress-free experience if you have proper guidance.

To help you navigate your way through the process will require that you have specific organizational documents in place that must be filed with the appropriate state agency(s) and the IRS.

If you desire to conduct business with federal, state and/or a local government, an additional registration must be filed with D&B (Dun and Bradstreet) followed by a SAM (System for Award Management) registration. Please visit our documents store for a fact sheet on “How To Form A Small Business” for complete details.

What are small business certifications?

Small Business Certifications are unique benefits offered to small businesses who are considered to be economically and/or socially disadvantaged.

One big advantage of a Small Business Certification is that it positions your company to have access to federal, state and military contract opportunities on a ‘restricted or non-competitive basis’.

What are GSA schedules?

A GSA Schedule, also referred to as Multiple Award Schedules (MAS) and Federal Supply Schedules establishes long-term government contracts with commercial firms. As such potential customers have access to over 11 Million products and/ or services at volume discount pricing and a GSA Schedule provides a fast, flexible and cost-effective procurement solution to their customers.

How do I market my services to the federal, state or local government?

Marketing your services to federal, state and/or local governments will require you to, first, have your small business registration complete. Second, you must register your business in SAM’s (System for Award Management), or the local government of interest. Third, you must strategically identify the government organization that has a history of purchasing the goods and/or services you are promoting. Please visit our Documents Store for a Fact Sheet on ‘Government Marketing Contract Acquisition Strategy Plan‘ for complete details.