Subcontracting Opportunities

Identifying Prime Contractors
In accordance with Public Law 95-507, all contracts over $500,000 for supplies, equipment, and services and all contracts over $1,000,000 for construction must have a subcontracting plan. The subcontracting plan includes goals for subcontract awards to small, small disadvantaged, women-owned, HUBZone, veteran owned, and service disabled veteran owned firms.

To find potential subcontracting opportunities, locate names, product or service needs, and subcontracting requirements of federal prime contractors from the Contract Awards section of FedBizOpps; the Small Business Administration's (SBA) Subcontracting Network (SUB-Net); federal and agency lists of prime contractors from the agency Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDBU) Offices; and Federal prime contracting reports purchased from the Federal Procurement Data Center (FPDC).

Marketing to Prime Contractors
Some agencies have Subcontracting Directories that list the prime contractors and their Small Business Liaison Officers (SBLOs), in addition to the commodities and/or services they sell. SBLOs are representatives of the prime contractor who work with and seek small businesses interested in partnering with the company. Small businesses are encouraged to market to the prime contractor as you would any customer. Keep in mind that prime contractors have subcontracting goals to meet for small business participation. Contact prime contractors' small business offices and talk to the small business specialist or the SBLO about their buying needs for current and upcoming contracts.

Below is a partial list of links to federal government agency subcontracting directories:

Department of Commerce

Department of Justice

Department of Treasury

Kennedy Space Center


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