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  • Submitted on 07 May 2012

    EmployeesIf you hire employees there is information that you need to secure for your records and forms that you must complete.

    Eligibility to Work in the United States

    You must verify that each new employee is legally eligible to work in the United States. Have the employees you hire fill out Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification (PDF).

    Employee's Social Security Number (SSN)

    You are required to get each employee's name and Social Security Number (SSN) and to enter them on Form W-2. (This requirement also applies to resident and nonresident alien employees.) You should ask your employee to show you his or her social security card. The employee may show the card if it is available. You may, but are not required to, photocopy the social security card if the employee provides it. Record each new employee's name and social security number from his or her social security card. Any employee without a social security card should apply for one using Form SS-5, Application for Social Security Card (PDF). The Social Security Administration (SSA) offers social security number (SSN) verification and quick access to relevant forms and publications.

    Do not accept an ITIN in place of an SSN for employee identification or for work. An ITIN is only available to resident and nonresident aliens who are not eligible for U.S. employment and need identification for other tax purposes. You can identify an ITIN because it is a 9-digit number, beginning with the number "9" and is formatted like an SSN (NNN-NN-NNN). 

  • Submitted on 17 April 2012

    SelectUSA ScreenshotSelectUSA seeks to highlight the many advantages the United States offers as a location for business and investment. From a vast domestic market, to a transparent legal system, to the most innovative companies in the world, America is the place for business.

    Purpose: Client Resource, Business Assistance

    What you should know?

    • SelectUSA was created at the federal level to showcase the U.S. as the world’s premier business location

  • Submitted on 05 April 2012

    Trade.gov Screen ShotThe International Trade Administration (ITA) strengthens the competitiveness of U.S. industry, promotes trade and investment, and ensures fair trade through the rigorous enforcement of our trade laws and agreements.  ITA works to improve the global business environment and helps U.S. organizations compete at home and abroad.  ITA supports President Obama’s recovery agenda and the National Export Initiative to sustain economic growth and support American jobs.

    ITA is organized into four distinct but complementary business units:

    U.S. and Foreign Commercial Service — Promotes U.S. exports, particularly by small and medium-sized enterprises, and provides commercial diplomacy support for U.S. business interests around the world.

    Manufacturing and Services — Strengthens U.S. competitiveness abroad by helping shape industry-specific trade policy.

  • Submitted on 03 April 2012

    Top TipsSearching the web for contracts can be extremely frustrating. If you are not familiar with the process a simple search can present a list of contracts that can take days to review. How can you simplify the effort while still keeping it effective?

    Tip 1: Make sure you are listed on the Central Contract Registry (CCR) www.ccr.gov.  You cannot bid on solicitations unless you are listed on this website.

    Tip 2: Check out government agencies “Wish List”. The “Wish List” is just that, a list of project/contracts that, if the money is available, they would like to purchase. The wish list is also known as a Presolicitation List. The items on the wish list may or may not ever be let for bid, but by watching this list you can maintain an awareness of planed projects or potential contracts.

    There are many helpful web sites available. Acquisition Central lets you search forecasts by agency: https://www.acquisition.gov/comp/procurement_forecasts/index.html.

    Tip 3: Use www.FedBizOpps.gov. This site lists almost all contracts over $25,000 being solicited by the federal government. There are three or more ways to search on this site. The first method is to search “ALL”. You may do this once just to get a feel, but it can easily cause information overload, too much information to be useful.

    With experience you will find the best method is to search FedBizOpps by keyword and enter your product/service or zip code. Using this method you can find all solicitations for “cheese”, or “computers” or “socks” or “food services” or whatever you may wish to sell/provide to the government. You can most easily limit the listing of interested contracts by using the keyword search.

  • Submitted on 03 April 2012

    USA Government Businesses Information ScreenshotUSA.gov is a free on-line resource for the U.S. Federal Government with expansive index of content and resource for businesses.

    Purpose: Find resources on starting and managing a business, selling to and buying from the government, exporting, importing, and much more. Access online government services for businesses.

    Who should use USA.gov?

    • Any business or individual looking for sources of federal government information and business resources.

    Who can access USA.gov?

    • Publicly accessible via the web.

    What major resources are available?

  • Submitted on 29 March 2012

    Grants.gov Screen ShotGrants.gov is a free online source to FIND and APPLY for federal grants. Grants.gov does NOT provide personal financial assistance. Grants.gov is a central storehouse for information on over 1,000 grant programs and provides access to approximately $500 billion in annual awards.

    Purpose: Grants Opportunities

    Who should register in GRANTS.gov?

    • Organization: An individual responsible for submitting a grant on behalf a company, state, local, or tribal government, academia or research institution, not-for-profit or any other institution

    • Individual: A individual can register to apply for “individual eligible” grants

    What is required to register?

    • Complete a standard business profile that include, DUNS, CAGE, and MPIN numbers

    • Submit an Authorized Organization Representative (AORs) application

    • Have an E-Business point of contact (POC)

    • Detailed application can be found on grants.gov

    Who can access Grants.gov?

  • Submitted on 27 March 2012

    FBO Screen ShotFederal Business Opportunities commonly known as Fed Biz Ops or FBO is a free web-based portal which allows vendors to review Federal Procurement Opportunities over $25,000.

    Purpose: Federal Opportunities, Data Research

    Who should register in Fed Biz Ops?

    • Any business enterprise registered in the CCR that would like to search for federal procurement opportunities value at $25,000 or greater

    What is required to register?

    • Registered vendors should complete a standard business profile that include, DUNS, CAGE, and MPIN numbers

    Who can access Fed Biz Ops?

  • Submitted on 20 March 2012

    OCRA Screen ShotORCA is an e-Government initiative that was designed by the Integrated Acquisition Environment (IAE) to replace the paper based Representations and Certifications (Reps and Certs) process.

    Purpose: Client Research

    Who should register in OCRA?

    • A respondent to a government solicitation where a CCR registration is required

    What is required to register?

    • An active CCR registration
    • A Marketing Partner ID (MPIN) from the Active CCR registration (a personal pin that allows CCR registrants to access other government applications such as Grants.gov and FBO.gov)
    • Annual registration update is required

    Who can access OCRA?

  • Submitted on 19 March 2012

    8a Business Development Program CertificationThe 8(a) Business Development Program is a business assistance program for small disadvantaged businesses. The 8(a) Program offers a broad scope of assistance to firms that are owned and controlled at least 51% by socially and economically disadvantaged individuals.

    The 8(a) Program is an essential instrument for helping socially and economically disadvantaged entrepreneurs gain access to the economic mainstream of American society. The programs helps thousands of aspiring entrepreneurs to gain a foothold in government contracting.

  • Submitted on 13 March 2012

    DSBS is a free portal sponsored by the Small Business Administration, used for entering and searching small business sources that want to do business with the Federal Government

    Purpose: Client Resource, Marketing Businesses

    Who should register in DSBS?

    • Small businesses that want to do business with the federal government
    • Small businesses that meet the SBA size standards

    What is required to register?

    • Register in CCR and indicate “small business” to generate registration
    • Basic business profile, i.e. certifications, set-asides, ownership & capabilities
    • Generally self-certifying system

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