Have you ever wondered how to do business with VA? No matter how large or small your business is, this federal department can be your potential client.
Are you wondering how to do business with FEMA? If so, read this article carefully and take note of the steps you need to take to achieve it.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) organizes responses to catastrophes and turns to federal contractors to offer products and services before and after a disaster. Basically, its goal is to contract with local businesses in the affected areas to give these companies an opportunity of doing business with the Government and help communities impacted by emergencies of any kind.
According to the FEMA, its contracts can be for short-term and long-term products and services lasting years, and you, as a small business owner, only need to take the following steps to do become one of its providers.
Steps to qualify for FEMA contracts
1) Understand FEMA’s mission
Main focus of small businesses working for or with FEMA is to help people before, during, and after disasters; hence, when a major emergency occurs, this federal entity connects you with the affected communities by coordinating efforts and collaborating with federal, state, local, and tribal agencies.
To see if you qualify for FEMA contracts, review the following list of goods and services that are useful for its purposes:
- Infant/Toddler Products
- Durable Medical Equipment Kits
- Consumable Medical Supplies Kits
- Plastic Sheeting
- Comfort/ Hygiene Kits
- Forklift Rentals
- Cargo Vans
- Security Guard Services
- Joint Field Office Kit
- Leased Copiers
- Leased Generators
- Office Supplies
- Shredded Bins
- Portable Toilets
- Sign Language
- Temporary Labor
- Janitorial Services
2) Register in SAM
If you offer any of the previous items or services, then you can move to the next step: A System for Award Management (SAM) registration, which is required to do business with FEMA. In order to do so, you will need to have pertinent information ahead, including your company´s DUNS number and tax identification number.
There is no fee to do a SAM registration and, during the registration process, you must indicate that you want to be included into the Disaster Response Registry.
3) Monitor contracting opportunities
Once you have your SAM registration, you are ready to look for contract opportunities, which are available on beta.sam.gov. Entities within the Federal Government publish notices on proposed contract actions valued at more than $25,000. For more information regarding this topic, you can call to the Federal Service Desk at 1-866-606-8220.
To access a fully managed online marketplace connecting sellers to federal and commercial opportunities, you can visit unisonglobal.com, since FedBid is now Unison Marketplace. You will have to access this portal in order to know the federal contracts available for you. In case of any doubt or questions, you can call to (877) 933-3243 or fill out their customer support form, by clicking here.
To view anticipated contract actions above $250,000, you can access the Department of Homeland Security Acquisition Planning Forecast System, a portal for small business vendors like you.
4) Submit your vendor profile form
In order to give more visibility to your interest on working for or with FEMA, you can also complete a vendor profile form, which is considered a secondary market research or vendor presentation meeting resource.
You can complete your form here, but if you prefer a personalized advice on this, you can contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at (888) 595-6221. We have helped many small businesses with their SAM registrations, vendor profile forms, federal branding materials, and federal contract opportunities, among other specialized services; plus, first video consultation is free. Don’t wait any longer. Contact us today!