Federal Business Opportunities for Veterans

Veterans mulling business with the government might start with the want ads. More precisely, the E-Gov office maintains a searchable database of contract solicitations at the Federal Business Opportunities (FBO) site. FBO is less about education and more about organization, but perusing “live” content can often help interactive learners just by providing real-time examples of what’s out there: the kinds of jobs agencies need done, how they advertise them, and how contractors respond to them.

The site allows users to register and create a profile, but you can achieve instant gratification just by searching from the home page. For example, a search for the keyword “Hubble” returns an award notice where NASA discloses that it has chosen a contractor for a project. An earthlier search might include choosing your preferred place of performance (e.g., District of Columbia) and selecting the set-aside for Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Businesses (SDVOSBs). If you decide to filter results by set-aside code, remember that SDVOSBs and VOSBs are different codes, so check both if applicable.

Although geared toward experienced users, FBO does provide some instructional material. It has an extensive list of FAQs, a calendar for small-business events, user guides, demo videos, and more. It generally presumes visitors have at least a basic familiarity with the terminology. However, the pages connect logically and intuitively, so most everyone can still benefit from a quick visit.

For more information, please visit: http://www.fbo.gov.

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