Getting Started

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Once you have identified the VT PTAC counselor for your geographic area and have completed your client profile you are now ready to identify proper codes and appropriate contracting options for your company.

Determining Your Business Size

Small Business Size Standards: Your VT PTAC counselor will assist you with the size determination that used by the Small Business Administration to determine whether you are a small business and eligible for competitive advantages in the bidding process.  Click here for more information. 

North American Industry Classification System Codes (NAICS): You may also find that you need a North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) code for administrative, contracting and tax purposes. The code classifies the economic sector, industry and country of your business. For Federal contracting purposes, you will need to identify in SAM all the NAICS codes (industries) applicable to your business.  Read Identifying Industry Codes for more information.

Federal Registrations

Dun & Bradstreet D-U-N-S® Number:  This is a unique nine-digit identification number for each physical location of your business. The assignment of a D-U-N-S Number is free for all businesses required to register with the federal government for contracts or grants.

System for Award Management (SAM): SAM is the primary database for vendors doing business with the federal government. The SAM streamlines processes, eliminating the need to enter the same data multiple times, which enables process efficiency when doing business with the government.

Bid Opportunity Registrations

BidMatch: This online service provides assistance in searching databases to help you company find customized bid opportunities for your business. Your VT PTAC procurement counselor can enroll you in our Outreach Systems (Bid Match & eCenter).

DLA Internet Bid Board System (DIBBS): DLA sources and provides nearly 100 percent of the consumable items America’s military forces need to operate, from food, fuel and energy, to uniforms, medical supplies, and construction and barrier equipment. For a list of opportunities go to

Federal Business Opportunities website (FEDBIZOPPS): To research over 27,800* active federal opportunities click here.

General Services Administration (GSA): The federal government either buys through issuance of formal bids or through a simplified procurement process for small purchases (usually under $2,500).  For purchasing that falls in-between the formal bid process and small purchases, the federal government will typically use a pre-approved vendor list.  The General Services Administration (GSA Schedules) maintains the largest pre-approved vendor list. If having your business listed on a GSA Schedule would help to position your product or service in the federal market place, a VT PTAC counselor will assist you with the GSA Schedule application process. 

These are only a few of the websites our VT PTAC counselors search in order to assist your business in finding the right opportunities. We can help you through every step of registering to do business with the government and customize a strategy that’s right for you.

Contact Us

Joanne Spaulding, Director

One National Life Drive
Deane C. Davis Building, 6th Floor
Montpelier, VT 05620-0501

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