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Getting Started as a Contractor

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U.S. Federal Government contracts represent a tremendous sales and revenue opportunity for small businesses.

Here are five steps to get started as a contractor:

  1. Qualifying as a Small Business
    You may take it for granted that your company is a "small business". The distinction is important if you wish to register for government contracting as a small business.

December 2016 Federal Contracting Webinar Series

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Did you know the federal government buys nearly $100 billion worth of goods and services from small businesses each year?

Government contracts can offer significant opportunities for small businesses, but selling to the government requires a very different approach than selling to the commercial sector.

Learn how you can leverage small business certifications to diversify your revenue stream and improve your bottom line!

December 2016 Federal Contracting Webinar Series

System for Award Management (SAM)
Monday, Dec 5, 2016 - 8:30am

Why December is a Great Time to Review Your Business Plan

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Bridget W. Pollack, SBA Guest Blogger

While December is a busy time for small businesses trying to end the year on a high note, it should also be a time for introspection and review. After all, December is National Write a Business Plan Month!

You might think this occasion is reserved for new, aspiring business owners. But a business plan is so crucial for success that it’s also a good idea to take time to review your plan on a regular basis. This month is a great time for that.

22 Holiday Marketing Ideas for Local Businesses

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Rieva Lesonsky, SBA Guest Blogger

Small Business Saturday is over, but it’s not the only opportunity for local small businesses to capture customers’ dollars this holiday season. Whether you’re a retailer, restaurateur or own a service business such as a hair salon, there are plenty of opportunities to market your biz for holidays. Here are 22 ideas to get you started.

Grow Your Business by Exporting to Mexico

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Eileen Sánchez, SBA Official

As you look to grow your small business, you might want to consider opportunities with our neighbor to the south, the largest market for U.S. small business exports: Mexico.

In October of this year, SBA Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet visited Mexico to discuss opportunities for expanding trade with Mexico. She forcefully advocated for encouraging women entrepreneurship, advanced innovation, and business partnerships; increasing access to capital; and improving bilateral regulatory cooperation.

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