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Government Contracting Assistance

The South Carolina Small Business Development Centers help businesses find and compete for government contracts. Consultants are trained to assist clients in becoming prime contractors or subcontractors for the federal government, branches of the military, the state of South Carolina as well as counties, cities, special districts, colleges and universities located in the state.

The federal government is the world’s largest purchaser of goods and services (with CY2022 contract award work going to SC companies exceeding $8.6 billion). This ultimate consumer contracts for everything from screws and catering to airplanes and highways. South Carolina small businesses can get their share of these contracts, but often business owners are either unaware of opportunities or are unsure of how to proceed.

Doing business with the government doesn’t have to be daunting. Consultants are available to help. Consultants trained in the nuances of governmental contracting are available, free of charge, for one-on-one confidential consulting. They offer assistance with the steps necessary to do business with the government including:

  • Registrations (SAM, SBA Connect, MMO)

  • Certifications (HubZone, 8a, SDVOB, WOSB, DBE)

  • Looking for work (FedBizOpps, SCBO, subcontracting, bid-matching, simplified acquisitions under $25,000)

  • Marketing to the government (corporate profiles, small business specialists, site visits, networking strategies, procurement conferences)

  • Other procurement training (FAR, DIBBS, FPDS, IFBs, RFPs, GSA Schedules, RFID, teaming agreements, NAICS, PSC, specs and standards, iRAPT)

Selling in both public and private sectors can help offset market fluctuations and reduce overall business risk. Consultants are at the ready to help develop a company’s market base in the public sector. For additional information on expanding into the government market contact a counselor.

07.19.2023 - Introduction to the Federal Acquisition Regulations
04.27.2022 - Navigating
03.10.2022 - Government Contracting 101
12.01.2021 - Ready, Set, Sell: HUBZone, Veteran, and Service-Disabled Veteran Certifications
11.17.2021 - Ready, Set, Sell: Women Owned Certification
11.10.2021 - Ready, Set, Sell: Doing Business with the Government
11.03.2021 - Doing Business with the Department of the Navy
11.03.2021 - Ready, Set, Sell: Doing Business with the Government
03.11.2021 -
Government Contracting 101


Central/Midlands contact:

Scott Bellows
Government Contracting Consultant
Columbia Area SC SBDC
1225 Laurel Street.
Columbia, SC 29201

Upstate contact:

Sherry Pittinger
Government Contracting Consultant
Greenville Area SBDC
225 S. Pleasantburg Drive., Suite C-12, Greenville, SC 29607

Low Country contact:

Scott Poole
Government Contracting Consultant

6296 Rivers Ave. Suite 300

North Charleston 29406


Quick Start Guide for

Contract Registration

Agency Contact List

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