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The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA): Basics

The government buys many of the products and services it needs from suppliers who meet certain qualifications. It applies standardized procedures by which to purchase goods and services. That is, the government does not purchase items or services in the way an individual household might. Instead, government contracting officials use procedures that conform to the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR). Learning how the government buys, understanding the responsibilities of contractors and recognizing subcontracting and procurement opportunities are the first steps to navigating this complex world of contracting. Within Basic Contracting Topics we’ll review:

  • Defining the Market
  • How the Government Buys
  • Contractor Responsibilities
  • Identifying Your Business
  • Subcontracting Opportunities
  • Procurement Opportunities
  • Specific Training