36.601-3 as there are some situations where this can differ. Market Research Glenn: Okay. I now have a better understanding of why market research is required and when it needs to be done. The missing piece for me is how? Where do I begin? Laura: There are many different tools and sources for market research information at the acquisition team’s disposal. Federal, State, Local Government Sources There are many Government sponsored sources you can use to identify potential small business sources as well as several organizations. Select each source to learn more; when finished, select Next to continue. Federal Procurement Data System–Next Generation (FPDS-NG) FPDS-NG is a repository of information on federal contracts over $25,000. Use it to find out which agencies have contracts and with whom, what products and services agencies buy, and to identify the contractors with contracts. Federal Business Opportunities (FedBizOpps) or (FBO) FBO is the Government Point of Entry specified by FAR 5.101 where Federal agencies must disseminate information on proposed contract actions to industry. This makes it a good resource for seeing what other agencies are procuring and the firms that respond to those opportunities. System for Award Management (SAM) SAM consolidates information from federal procurement systems. Companies that want to do business with the federal Government must register a business profile in SAM. This allows agencies to search based on a variety of factors including capabilities, size, location, and ownership.
Procurement Technical Assistance Centers (PTACs ) PTACs serve as a resource for businesses pursuing and performing under federal, state, and local Government contracts, and with other-than-small-business contractors. They are also a resource to Government agencies providing assistance with locating qualified companies. Small Business Development Centers (SBDCs) SBDCs provide a vast array of technical assistance to small businesses and aspiring entrepreneurs. SBDCs provide services such as procurement and contracting aid and market research services to small businesses and Government agencies. Dynamic Small Business System DSBS is a database of all small businesses registered with the Small Business Administration. It is a robust database that allows you to search using a variety of search criteria such as the NAICS code, socioeconomic status, geographical location, and key words to find potential small business contractors. Chambers of Commerce A chamber of commerce is an organization of businesses seeking to further their collective interests, while advancing their community, region, state, or nation. Business owners in towns, cities, and other territories voluntarily form these local societies/networks to advocate on behalf of the community at large.
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