Both the Federal Government and the State of Iowa want to do business with high quality small business owners in Iowa. There are a variety of resources available (most at no charge) to help you get your foot in the door with one of the largest potential clients your business could have. Read below to learn more about opportunities available for your Iowa firm!
Procurement Technical Assistance
Procurement Technical Assistance Program (PTAP) provides assistance to businesses regarding marketing products and services to the federal, state and local governments. The services are offered at no cost or at nominal cost.
Download this excel spreadsheet to view federal contracting information for Iowa and other midwestern states, complete with contact information for specific federal departments and agencies.
Search federal business opportunities online.
The Historically Underutilized Business Zones (HUBZone) program assists small businesses in urban and rural communities to gain preferential access to federal program opportunities. Preferences are for small business that obtain HUBZone certification in part by employing staff who live in a HUBZone. The company must also obtain a “principal office” in one these specially designated areas. In order to qualify for the HUBZone program, your business must be located in an area designated as HUBZone. Use the online HUBZone map tool to see if your business qualifies.
State of Iowa Resources
Iowa Department of Administrative Services (DAS) How to Do Business with the State of Iowa has several useful links for small businesses to get connected to contracting opportunities across the state. It is important that you register your business with the Iowa Department of Administrative Services in order to electronically review and respond to bids that come up for jobs that are posted. View all bid opportunities via this link: State of Iowa bid opportunities and DAS contracts. The Iowa DAS also has a helpful FAQ for Iowa business owners.
Keep the following contacts below handy to assist in answering questions about bidding opportunities.
Procurement Technical Assistance Program (PTAP)
Iowa Department of Administrative Services Central Procurement Enterprise