Doing business with the government is systematic in all situations. Small businesses sometimes have difficulty during the early stages of pursuing government contract awards because they haven’t taken the time to really understand the rules and procedures.
As contractors, small business owners and government decision makers share work environments filled with laws and regulations. Each of these regulations are developed to protect the user, staff and personnel, as well as, the contractor. There’s no secret to these rules, they are specifically spelled out, and describe – not always clearly in some cases. They do however, refer the reader to links, which provide further detail defining what is expected, and what should and should not be done, should the company be selected to provide the required services or products.
To acquire, implement and maintain consistent and comparable measures, generally across all segments of small business with government. The SBA states ” Small businesses must meet certain qualifications, and government contracting officials use standardized procedures”.
If you are doing business with government or considering doing business with government, you no doubt know of or have heard of the Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR) System. The FAR is the authorized guideline for acquisition of supplies and services and they cover just about every aspect of doing business with government.
The good news is most FARs are accessible online for the reader to gain an understanding of the regulation’s intent. Just about every contracting document linked to working with government will contain a description, reference and the application requirements within the delivered and posted contracting documents.
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