“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 (www.sba.gov/ri)
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: