Subcontracting can be a great way for a small business to get started in federal contracting.
All large businesses who are awarded a federal contract over $650,000 ($1.5 million for construction) must submit an acceptable subcontracting plan to the agency before the award. The subcontracting plan sets goals, and must demonstrate the contractors’ best efforts to subcontract to small businesses (including disadvantaged/8a, HUBZone, service-disabled veteran-owned, and women-owned small businesses).
Prime Contractors Directory
The DLA’s directory lists information on their prime contractors, including:
- the name of the prime contractor
- the major product/service code (PSC) provided to the agency
- the major NAICS of the company
- the name, telephone number and email address of the company’s point of contact
- the contract number, effective date and completion date
- the ultimate contract value, and obligated dollars.
Click on the “Prime Contractors with Subcontracting Plans” section of the website, to download the spreadsheet.
Small Business Liaison Offices help small businesses to market their products and services to the agency. They provide information and guidance on:
- Defense procurement procedures
- How to be placed on the solicitation mailing lists
- How to identify prime contract and subcontract opportunities
The Small Business Administration’s Sub-Net also a great resource for information on subcontracting opportunities. Solicitations or notices are posted by prime contractors, as well as other government, commercial, and educational entities.