Navigating the layers necessary to do business with the government can be both frustrating and rewarding. In West Anne Arundel County, it is particularly confusing, as Fort Meade is not a single entity – the installation serves as landlord to almost 100 tenant agencies, most with their own individual procurement processes.
The following links may be helpful for those interested in pursuing government contracting opportunities:
Maryland Department of Business & Economic Development Business-Government Guide
Business Resource Guide - Contracting with Maryland’s Federal Facilities
Federal Contracting Opportunities: FedBizOpps.gov
State Contracting Opportunities: eMDmarketplace
Fort Meade Mission and Installation Contracting Command
National Security Agency Small Business Office
National Security Agency Acquisition Resource Center (ARC)
DISA Office of Small Business Programs
DISA Contracting Opportunities
Army Office of Small Business Programs
DoD Office of Defense Procurement and Acquisition Policy
Other helpful websites:
System for Award Management (SAM) to register with the Central Contractor Registration, required of all government contractors. The System for Award Management (SAM) is the Official U.S. Government system that consolidated the capabilities of CCR/FedReg, ORCA, and EPLS.
Maryland Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAP) for free assistance on how to do business with federal, state, and local government agencies.
Small Business Administration for information about becoming certified as a small, minority, or disadvantaged business, and other resources.