Recovery Money for Consultants!

The federal government is pouring money in to several initiatives to rejuvenate the economy. This is creating many new opportunities for consultants. It certainly helps to have a small business certification, but it’s not required. Following are several key resources you should explore to find out how you can tap into the Recovery Act funds.

Small Business Administration (SBA)

The Small Business Administration (SBA) is committed to helping small businesses get connected with contracting opportunities created from the Recovery Act. SBA’s procurement center representatives are working with federal agencies to ensure that small businesses get their fair share of the prime and subcontracting opportunities stemming from the Recovery funds. The Recovery Act requires agencies to provide maximum opportunities for small businesses to compete for contracts, but it’s important that you understand what to do to apply for these opportunities. The SBA has developed a guide (http://www.sba.gov/idc/groups/public/documents/ca_fresno/ca_fresno_contractingqa.pdf) to answer questions about Small Business Contracting Opportunities in the Recovery Act.

Recovery.gov

At http://www.recovery.gov/, small businesses can get an idea of the areas that federal agencies are targeting for Recovery Act contracts, as well as opportunities at the state and local level. The site also includes information about securing registration and/or certification at the state and local levels.

FedBizOpps and eSRS

Federal agencies are expected to submit program-specific Recovery Act plans with contracting opportunities for small businesses by May 1, 2009. All federal government contracting opportunities over $25,000 will be posted to FedBizOpps (http://www.fbo.gov/). Small businesses can identify prime contractors for subcontracting opportunities through the Electronic Subcontracting Reporting System (eSRS) at http://www.esrs.gov/.

So what are you waiting for? Get started and share your success with other WIC members!

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