The Business-to-Government (B2G) market focuses on the biggest whale of a customer found anywhere in the world. Over 1700 different agencies spend $500 billion annually and Congress mandate 23% of all federal contracts be set aside for small businesses. In order to limit competition to small businesses, contracting officers require two qualified responses from small businesses. Get in the game and develop a B2G marketing plan.
The Business-to-Government (B2G) market focuses on the biggest whale of a customer found anywhere in the world. In business, whales are clients that can turn small businesses into large corporations through rapid growth, and the federal government has been the source of exponential growth for companies that understand the rules and how to play the B2G game. Currently, over 33,000 opportunities are active in the federal business database, FedBizOpps.gov, of which over 12,000 are set aside for small business. Small companies can compete in a national market throughout the United States, thus a business in Brevard County, Florida can compete for and win a contract in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania.
In order to limit competition, contracting officers require two qualified responses from small businesses, but contract officers cannot set aside an opportunity unless small firms respond. In addition to the government, large businesses with multi-million dollar federal contracts have small business set aside goals written into their contracts. This means corporations such as Harris, Lockheed Martin, and DRS, need small businesses as vendors to achieve those goals. The same requirements for the government are necessary to do business with large prime contractors. Get in the game with the appropriate registrations and market to government procurement officials in order to gain an advantage in the B2G market. At a minimum, small businesses should register in the Central Contractor Registration (CCR) and Small Business Administration (SBA) databases to position their company for opportunities presented in the federal market.
The government buys everything the small business community offers at one time or another. The federal government purchases about $500 billion worth of goods and services each year, from office supplies to aircraft carriers. The top five industries in 2009 were manufacturing, professional services, administrative services, construction, and wholesale goods. The Department of Defense is the largest federal buyers with over $350 billion in purchases each year, of which $100 billion went to small business in 2009. Over 1700 different agencies spend the remaining $150 billion where statutory goals set by Congress mandate 23% of all federal contracts be set aside for small businesses.
The time to get in the game and establish a foundation for working with the government is better than ever. Small businesses must be more active in the B2G market to provide prime contractors and government buyers services and products from the small business community. Registration is not enough to win contracts. Businesses need optimize database profiles and develop targeted one-page capabilities statements to pitch their business. The ticket to get in the game is to complete the basic registrations and develop a marketing plan using the same techniques from the commercial market where you determine the needs of the customer and provide solutions for those needs.