Heres how to make your business eligible to compete for federal contracts.
If youre a business owner of Hispanic descent, or a woman, or a U.S. veteran, you might not have thought of that part of your identity as a bonus to your business. But it can be, if youre doing business with the U.S. government.
Thats why so many Hispanic-Americans, women and military veterans go after government contracts, to help get their businesses established or to give them a boost up to the next level.
The U.S. government designates a significant portion of its contract dollars for small business contractors. Whatever the government project may be, it gets the job done while injecting some needed cash into an important component of the American economy.
Moreover, a part of the overall budget for small business contracts is targeted specifically at businesses owned by Latino-Americans and other minorities, as well as women-owned and veteran-owned businesses.
A federal contract is defined by the U.S. Department of Labor as any agreement between a department or agency of the Federal Government and any person for the purchase, sale, or use of goods or services.
For the Hispanic business person looking to boost business, a minority contract could prove beneficial. Below, Latin Business Today provides a step-by-step guide on how to get ready to apply for a federal minority contract, or for any federal contract.
Register Your Business
Even if youre not planning to compete for a federal contract, it is important to register your business.
Registering a business involves filing paperwork with the government to obtain certificates, licenses and permits in order to legally operate. Business registration encompasses everything from obtaining a tax ID and naming your business to applying for local business licenses, according to the U.S. Small Business Association.
The registration process includes filling out an entry for the Central Contractor Registration (CCR) database, the official U.S. federal government registry. All businesses that operate in the U.S. register using the same process.
If you are a Hispanic business owner, you may identify your business as minority-owned in your CCR application.
About the author
Tatiana Sanchez is a freelance writer for Latin Business Today, reporting on Latino work, life and culture topics. Originally from San Francisco, Calif., Tatiana received a Master of Science from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism. During her time in New York City, Tatiana came alive as a reporter. Her work was featured in the Queen’s Chronicle, the Bronx Free Press, and the New York Daily News.Tatiana was named the 2011 Kaiser Media Health Intern- this past summer, she joined the staff at The Oregonian as a health reporter, where she produced a cover story on the growing obesity epidemic in Oregon.