Important Links You Should Visit

Business Portland http://www.portland4biz.com/

Greenlight Greater Portland http://www.greenlightgreaterportland.com/

The gateway to all the information the U.S. Small Business Administration can provide www.sba.gov

The SBA’s almost encyclopedic listing of links in and out of government of interest to small business owners app1.sba.gov/hotlist

PRO-Net – The U.S. Small Business Administration, the Department of Defense, the Office of Management and Budget and the General Services Administration have taken steps to simplify the federal contracting process by creating an integrated database of small businesses that want to do business with the government.

The integration of PRO-Net and DOD’s Central Contractor Registration (CCR) databases has created one portal for entering and searching small business sources. This integration assists small businesses with marketing their goods and services to the federal government. pro-net.sba.gov

Direct link to the SBA’s Small and Disadvantaged Business program and certification process and documents www.sba.gov/sdb

Business.gov guides you through the maze of government rules and regulations and provides access to services and resources to help you start, grow, and succeed in business. Its “Regional” listing gives in-depth information by state, and its “Industries” section gives information and links to in-depth information on a range of different industries. www.business.gov

Everything you’ll want to know about NAICS codes including a helpful resource for looking up specific codes www.census.gov/epcd/www/naics.html

Everything you’ll want to know about the United Nations Standard Products and Services Code® (UNSPSC®), including a helpful resource for looking up specific codes www.unspsc.org

Links to the small business offices of virtually every federal agency www.osdbu.gov

FedBizOpps is the single government wide point-of-entry for federal government procurement opportunities over $25,000. www.fedbizopps.gov

The entry portal to all government information and web sites www.firstgov.gov

The entry portal to the Federal Government’s General Services Administration (GSA) www.gsa.gov

Direct link to the GSA’s Office of Small Business Utilization www.gsa.gov/Portal/gsa/ep/home.do?tabId=0

The Commerce Business Daily, (CBD) lists notices of proposed government procurement actions, contract awards, sales of government property, and other procurement information. Each edition contains approximately 500-1,000 notices. cbdnet.gpo.gov

The gateway to information about the Federal government’s expanding Electronic Government initiative www.whitehouse.gov/omb/egov

A gateway to government information, managed by the National Technical Information Service (NTIS), as part of its information management mandate www.fedworld.gov

GovLoans.gov is your gateway to government loan information. It directs you to the loan information that best meets your needs. Five Federal agencies – Department of Agriculture, U.S. Department of Education, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, U.S. Small Business Administration have come together to create this single point of access for Federal loan information on the Web. www.govloans.gov

A complete and constantly updated list of all government sales and auctions www.firstgov.gov/shopping/shopping.shtml

The GSA’s Federal Supply Service (FSS) provides a central source for virtually every commercial product or service a federal buyer might need. It can be used as a definitive reference to meeting the government’s needs. www.fss.gsa.gov

GSA Advantage: Where federal purchasers go to shop. Will tell you what the government is buying, and from whom. www.gsaadvantage.gov

The GSA’s Federal Technology Service (FTS) buys all technology related products and services for the Federal government. www.fts.gsa.gov

The SBIR (Small Business Innovative Research) and STTR (Small Business Technology Transfer) programs were mandated by Congress to provide research and development support to small businesses (with 500 or fewer employees) to stimulate the conversion of prototype technologies into commercial products. www.dodsbir.net

Tax information for small business www.irs.gov/businesses

SCORE, the Service Corps of Retired Executives – “Counselors to America’s Small Business” – provides entrepreneurs with free, confidential face-to-face and online business counseling. Counseling and workshops are offered at 389 chapter offices nationwide by experienced business volunteers. www.score.org

The SBA’s Women’s Business Center www.sbaonline.sba.gov/financing/special/women.html

A specific gateway for women owned businesses who want to sell to the federal government. www.womenbiz.gov

The Department of Veterans Affairs’ “Center for Veterans Enterprise,” which includes links to Veterans Business Development Officers nationwide and to Veterans Business Outreach Centers nationwide www.vetbiz.gov

The Veterans Corporation, a government funded private entity which provides a source for current and prospective Veteran business owners, and for companies interested in working with Veteran-owned businesses. www.veteranscorp.org

Links to government small business publications available from GSA’s Federal Citizen Information Center www.pueblo.gsa.gov/links/sb1links.htm

Dun&Bradstreet – the site to obtains a “DUNS Number” the starting point in doing business with the Federal government www.dnb.com/us

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