Business Resources

Public Contract Opportunities

statehouse “The US Government is the largest single purchaser of goods and services in the world, buying everything from armored tanks to paperclips. Every year the federal government awards more than $5 billion in contracts, and significant shares of those contracts are specifically allotted to small businesses.” - RISBA Resource Guide (

DC There are two methods the government uses to purchase goods and services, sealed bidding and negotiation. The first method, sealed bidding, involves issuing an invitation for bid by a procuring agency. Under the sealed bidding method, a contract is awarded to a responsible bidder, with the most government advantageous price the only consideration.

The second method, negotiation, involves issuing a request for proposal (RFP) or request for quotation (RFQ). The Business with the best proposal in terms of technical content, best value, price and other factors generally wins the contract.

Below please find organizations that will assist you in your efforts to secure private sector contracting:

Small Business Administration Rhode Island
SBA RI offers many no-cost, high quality programs and services to help guide you through the steps of government contracting. Their online resource guide ( has a section dedicated to government contracting protocols.

Mark S. Hayward, Director
380 Westminster Street Rm 511
Providence, RI  02903
RI Minority Business Enterprise Office
The Minority Business Enterprise Program is a State of RI Program that promotes the State's policy of supporting the fullest possible participation of firms owned and controlled by minorities and women in state funded and directed public construction programs and projects; and in State purchases of goods and services. MBE Program support includes providing assistance to MBE’s throughout the life of contracts with the State of RI.

One Capitol Hill, 2nd Floor
Providence, RI  02908
Green Government Opportunities (GGO)
The Green Government Opportunities web site (GGO) is a one-stop destination for all things green in small business. Its purpose is to provide a resource through which small businesses can gain access to green contracts, grants and partnerships with the Department of the Navy. Its primary feature is a consolidated search capability that allows small businesses to filter government opportunities using keywords important to them. The site also promotes sustainable environmental procurement practices and allows for the sharing of relevant green small business information and of third-party tools that facilitate green procurement.

409 3rd St
SW Washington, DC  20416
RI Procurement Technical Assistance Center
The RIPTAC is a Business Development Service from the Department of Defense and Commerce RI, and operates under a Cost Matching Cooperative Agreement administered by the Defense Logistics Agency’s Office of Small Business Programs. The RIPTAC plays a vital role in assuring the growth in sales by RI businesses to the government, thus supporting both the creation of high wage jobs and promoting further technology innovation.

315 Iron Horse Way
Providence, RI  02908
401-278-9100 ext 187
Rhode Island Department of Transportation
The U.S. Department of Transportation's Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) program provides a vehicle for increasing the participation by DBEs and Minority Business Enterprises (MBEs) in state and local procurement. DOT DBE regulations require state and local transportation agencies that receive DOT financial assistance, to establish goals for the participation of DBEs. Each DOT-assisted State and local transportation agency is required to establish annual DBE goals, and review the scopes of anticipated large prime contracts throughout the year and establish contract-specific DBE subcontracting goals.

2 Capitol Hill
Providence, RI  02903
Women-Owned Small Business Federal Contract Program
US SBA program aimed at expanding federal contracting opportunities for women-owned small businesses (WOSBs). The Women-Owned Small Business (WOSB) Federal Contract program authorizes contracting officers to set aside certain federal contracts for eligible: Women-owned small businesses (WOSBs), or Economically disadvantaged women-owned small businesses (EDWOSBs).

1-800-U-ASK-SBA (1-800-827-5722)
Rhode Island Small Business Development Center
The Small Business Development Center provides entrepreneurs with best fit resources to create, transform and grow their businesses. RISBDC promotes entrepreneurship and strengthens small business in RI by: providing broad-based and high-quality, "No Fee" one-on-one counseling and low-cost group educational services; connecting university, government, banking, private sector and other community-based resources to support small businesses and to promote economic development.

National Contract Management Association
NCMA leads and represents the contract management profession. NCMA’s vision is that enterprises will succeed through improved buyer-seller relationships based on common values, practices, and professional standards.

Rhode Island Chapter PO Box 4347
Middletown, RI  02842
Dept. of the Navy: Office of Small Business Programs
A dynamic advocacy program that provides training, advice, guidance and innovative strategies for Navy and Marine Corps acquisition teams to maximize opportunities for small businesses.

720 Kennon Avenue
Washington, DC  20374-5015
RI Department of Administration - Division of Purchases -...
The State Purchasing Division’s goal is to streamline the procurement process to provide more opportunities to the vendors, especially small businesses, women owned businesses, and minority owned businesses.

One Capitol Hill
Providence, RI  02908
Historically Underutilized Business Zones (HUBZone)
The Historically Underutilized Business Zones (HUBZone) program helps small businesses in urban and rural communities gain preferential access to federal procurement opportunities. These preferences go to small businesses that obtain HUBZone certification in part by employing staff who live in a HUBZone. The company must also maintain a "principal office" in one of these specially designated areas.

U.S. Dept of Defense: Office of Small Business Programs
Advises the Secretary of Defense on all matters related to small business and are committed to maximizing the contributions of small business in DoD acquisitions. The Office of Small Business Programs provides leadership and governance to the Military Departments and Defense Agencies to meet the needs of the nations' Warfighters, creating opportunities for small businesses while ensuring each tax dollar is spent responsibly.

4800 Mark Center Drive
Alexandria, VA  22530