Guide to Contracting

The Guide to Government Contracting for Alabama Small Businesses has been prepared by the Alabama Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) and the Alabama SBDC Network to help small businesses in Alabama win government contracts.  The Alabama PTAC Program and the Alabama SBDC Network provide confidential, one-on-one technical assistance to help small businesses in Alabama expand sales of goods and services and strengthen the state’s economy.

This guide will help you understand the world of government contracting, what is required to pursue this fascinating business opportunity, and if selling goods and services to the government is a viable option to grow your small business.  We strongly recommend that you work with one of our Procurement Counselors to avoid any missteps.

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Please note that this publication now contains some dated information.  While most of the resources and suggestions provided in the guide are still accurate, all companies are strongly encouraged to speak directly with a procurement counselor for more in-depth technical assistance.  A revised edition is expected in 2014.

This publication was made possible due to the cooperation between several agencies of the State of Alabama, including the Alabama Department of Commerce – the Office of Small Business Advocacy, the State Finance Department- Division of Purchasing, and the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs – Office of Minority Business Enterprises.  We express our sincere appreciation for their assistance with the publication, but moreover, their leadership and commitment to assist small businesses to expand.