Oregon's Procurement Technical Assistance Center

Getting Started

Certifications, Registrations & Verifications

•Be cautious that you are dealing with the correct websites, especially if you “Google” them - federal government websites will end in “.gov” or “.mil” – never “.com”.

•There are many for-profit companies posing as government entities on search engines, especially for the SAM registration and they have paid to be at the top of these lists!

Government Contract Registrations

Step One: Register in SAM

The System for Award Management (SAM) must be completed to do business with the federal government. It is a FREE online database that collects, validates, stores and disseminates data. The Federal government utilizes the information found in the SAM database to find potential vendors and to process contract payments electronically. GCAP has created a worksheet to make the SAM registration easier. To receive this worksheet please contact GCAP.

Step Two: Complete an SBA Profile for DSBS
The Dynamic Small Business Search (DSBS) is a database that is searchable for contracting officers and members of the general public alike. It builds information included in your SAM. Businesses can enter a capabilities statement, keywords, references and much more to help market your business. Also, unlike SAM, this database is only for small businesses.

Please contact GCAP at 541-736-1088 for assistance

Small Business Set-Aside Certifications & Programs

Small Business Set-Aside Certifications & Programs

Our counselors will work with your business and the certifying agency to determine which certifications apply, and assist your business in pursuing these certifications. If you have questions please contact us and we can provide additional information.

Government wide procurement goals encourage opportunities for small businesses. Al least 23% of all government buys are intended to go to small firms. This includes goals for awarding subcontracts to:

Finding Government Contract Opportunities

Finding Government Contract Opportunities

Federal Business Opportunities - System for Award Management SAM

Federal agencies use this site to communicate their buying requirements to potential suppliers. All federal contract solicitations with a value of at least $25,000 are published on System for Award Management SAM. Government agencies publish the solicitations on SAM and provide detailed information on how and when vendors should respond.


OregonBuys provides access to procurement and contracting information issued by the State of Oregon, local governments, and political subdivisions.

Government Contract Opportunities Match - GCOM

GCAP's Bid Matching Service. The bid match service can automatically match your company's product or service with daily bid notices that show you exactly what the federal, state and local government is buying or planning to buy.