Doing Business with the Government


United States

General Guides

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Government Contracting Classroom
A series of free online contracting courses from the Small Business Administration. Designed to help prospective and existing small businesses understand the basics about contracting with government agencies.
BusinessUSA: Find Opportunities
Search for federal government contracting programs and opportunities. May also browse Other Resources for information on grants and contracting information.
BusinessUSA
A centralized, one-stop platform for businesses to access services to help them grow and hire. Uses technology to connect small businesses and exporters to the services and information relevant to them, from various agency's websites.
Opportunities Don't Always Knock
A guide to finding information on federal government contracting, from the Library of Congress.

Specialized Resources

Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR)
FAR provides uniform policies for government acquisition of supplies and services by executive agencies of the United States government. It is issued and maintained jointly by the Department of Defense, General Services Administration, and NASA. Also useful is an explanation of FAR from the SBA.
FedBizOpps: Federal Business Opportunities
The "single government point-of-entry for Federal government procurement opportunities over $25,000." Government buyers advertise business opportunities in this one online location handy for commercial vendors.
Wage Determinations Online.gov
Department of Labor wage determinations under the Davis-Bacon Act. All Federal Government construction contracts and most contracts for federally assisted construction over $2,000 must contain Davis-Bacon wage determinations.
Export.gov
Intended as a "portal to all export-related assistance and market information offered by the federal government", includes sections on: export basics; market research; partners & trade leads; pricing, quotes, negotiations; shipping & documentation; finance; trade shows & events; counseling & advocacy; and help with trade problems.
GSA Schedules
Long-term contracts between the General Services Administration and commercial firms to provide supplies and services to government agencies. Includes links to the schedules and information for contractors on how to participate.
North American Industry Classification System (NAICS)
Searchable index of the North American Industry Classification System (NAICS). NAICS is scheduled to be reviewed every 5 years for potential revisions, so that the classification system can keep pace with the changing economy. So new NAICS codes may be created every 5 years.

Agency Guides

Doing Business with USDA
Includes procurement procedures and policies, special programs, types of products purchased, as well as directories of Web sites, offices, and people.
Doing Business with DOD (Department of Defense)
Intended to be a "one stop shop" for companies wanting to do business with the Department of Defense, Allows the user to search for specific solicitations, appropriate Web sites, and e-business resources.
Doing Business with the Department of Energy
Includes links to business opportunities, registration information, contacts, procurement information, etc. Also see the handy one-page overview.
Doing Business with EPA
Includes links to business opportunities, EPA acquisitions resources, procurement policies, contact directories, and other useful resources.
Doing Business with DOI (Department of the Interior)
Includes links to contact information, acquisitions information, electronic commerce opportunities, and other resources.
Business Opportunities (Department of Justice)
Includes procurement information, resources for small businesses, services and sales links, multi-user contracts, and procurement opportunities.
Resources for Partners (Department of Transportation)
Includes business opportunities, DOT acquisitions and grants information, the DOT Electronic Posting System, the DOT Electronic Grants Project, and other transportation related opportunities.
Federal Acquisitions Jumpstation
Organized by agency, the page provides links to various agency procurement Web sites.

Texas

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State Purchasing
Links to general information, bid opportunities, licenses and permits, resources for starting a business, and other business resources.
Texas Business Advisor
Information intended to help business start up, cope with regulations, and expand markets. Includes sections on business planning, registering your business, marketing leads, where to get help, where to locate, and links to reference materials.
Centralized Master Bidders List - HUB Directory Search
A master database used by State of Texas purchasing entities. Vendors must register with the CMBL to receive bidding opportunities.
Texas Taxes
Links to Texas tax rules, tax code, tax forms, sales tax information, seminars, and publications. Also includes the State Tax Automated Research (STAR) System which provides "a comprehensive online tax policy research system."
Texas Business and Commerce Code
The business laws of the state of Texas. Under drop-down menu for code, select "Business and Commerce Code." Use the Index to Sections Affected to update through the current Legislature.
Corporations Section (Texas Secretary of State)
Links to forms and filing information for businesses and non-profit organizations.

Panhandle

City of Amarillo
Services and Tools for Texas Local Governments
Local Texas governments purchase goods and services through vendors that are members of the State of Texas CO-OP.

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