Meridian West’s expertise lies with helping clients through the proposal process and
the development of their business, but we have been known to help kickstart small
businesses and get them set-up and self-certified. Selfishly of course, because
we want to get you eligible for specific set-aside federal contracting opportunities!
While we have extensive experience working with reputable large companies; and
most of our current clients are established small businesses, we love the grass roots
of our business and yours. Here are a few initial steps and starting points for you
newbies to help get you underway.
1. Request a Tax Identification Number (TIN), also called an Employer
Identification Number (EIN).
2. Apply for a Dun & Bradstreet’s (D&B) Data Universal Numbering System
3. Certify your set-aside on the System for Award Management (SAM) Website.
Within SAM you can certify your business a specific set-aside based on your company’s ownership type, structure, or financials. Visit the SAM website to determine if your company qualifies for any of the following set-asides.
8(a) Business Development
Women-Owned Small Businesses (WOSB)/Economically Disadvantaged WOSB
Historically Underutilized Business Zones (HUBZone)
Service Disabled Veteran Owned (SDVO)
4. Create a relationship with a bonding agent (insurance broker) to get bonded and start building your bonding capacity.
5. Connect with your local Small Business Administration (SBA) office.
6. Start tracking opportunities on FBO.gov.
Federal Business Opportunities (FBO) is the main job board where government agencies place their available solicitations for bid. With FBO, you can track solicitations you are currently bidding for changes or amendments. You can also track and be notified of upcoming solicitations that you are interested in bidding.
Or, you can contact Meridian West and we’ll get you set up with our complimentary
opportunity tracking services, where you can find out about all upcoming and issued contracts for state and federal government contracts.