Small Business Procurement

If you are selling it, the U.S. Government and UGA are buying it.

Join us for one, or all programs to expand your market by doing business with the federal government, GDOT, and/or with the UGA.

Government Contracting & Small Business Certifications

Diversify your Customer Base with Public Sector Procurement.

There is federal, state, and local procurement.  The federal government alone typically purchases $400+ BILLION in goods and services — from light bulbs to PR, and from landscaping services to food products. Last year, over $100 billion was awarded to small businesses. So, the opportunity here is tremendous. However, new small business entrants to government contracting in general face significant time-consuming and costly challenges.

Considering government contracting? Is your business ready for the shift to B2G? Learn how to gain a strategic foothold in public sector procurement and how certifications can help. We look at federal contracting for small business as an example.

Attend this introductory program to understand the typical procurement process and how you can more efficiently gain a foothold in federal contracting. Also, learn about related small business certifications and how to leverage them.

COST: $39.00

Doing Business with GDOT

Routine Maintenance Contractors

Small Business Contracting with the Georgia Department of Transportation

Learn how to qualify with GDOT to become a Routine Maintenance Contractor.  This session is facilitated by GDOT supportive services representatives. The informational objectives for small business owners:

  • Learn about the projects funded by Georgia’s H.B. 170
  • Meet the GDOT District EEO Review Officer
  • Meet the GDOT District 3 Engineer
  • Understand the Process to become eligible to apply for Maintenance Projects with GDOT
  • Learn how to Register with “Team Georgia Marketplace”
  • Learn about the Supportive Services available to DBEs, Small Businesses and Veterans on State Funded Projects

Registration is required.


SBA HUBZone & 8(a) Programs

U.S Small Business Administration Forum: Access To Government Contracting

Did you know over $6 Billion in contracts were awarded to eligible small businesses in Georgia by the federal government last year? Here are some related small business programs:

SBA HUBZone Program facilitates contracting assistance to small businesses in Historically Underutilized Business Zones (rural and urban) to promote job growth, capital investment, and economic development.

SBA 8(a) Business Development Program helps empower small disadvantaged businesses to operate at greater capacity via ‘set-aside’ and ‘sole source’ federal contracting opportunities.

  • Learn benefits of HUBZone and 8(a) BD Programs such as possible “set-asides” and “bid offsets” on federal procurements.
  • Using HUBZone and 8(a)BD Program participation to team or partner in joint ventures.
  • Overview of the application process for HUBZone and 8(a) BD Program participation.

Space is limited for this NO COST workshop! Register today! Find the location closest to you!

Registration is required.


Doing Business with UGA

At this session, UGA Procurement staff members will provide small business owners with information on how to build a purchasing relationship with UGA, information on its DOAS eSource system, and much more. Registration is required.


All about Certifications

Each year, governments and corporations set aside millions of dollars in contracts for certified small businesses.  In order to successfully compete for these contracts, your company may need to obtain a small business certification.

Are you a woman? Are you a minority? Are you a veteran? Are you located in a hub zone? Are you certified? Attend this workshop to learn how becoming certified can give you a competitive edge and help grow your business.  Expert business consultants will provide vital information about 8A, MBE, WBE and other certifications, how to qualify, and what you need to do to get them.

COST: $59.00

In collaboration with the UGA SBDC Office of Minority Business Development.


Join us for one or all sessions to diversify your customer base and grow your business through procurement.

Upcoming Courses

Georgia DOAS Procurement Readiness Workshop
Procurement (Online)
August 17 | August 24 | August 31 | September 07 | September 14 | September 21 | September 28
09:00 AM to 12:30 PM

All programs of the UGA SBDC are open to the public on a non-discriminatory basis. Reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities will be made if requested at least two weeks in advance.