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Government Contracting Resources for Arkansas Businesses

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The list below offers a sampling of municipal bid opportunities in Arkansas but is not intended to be comprehensive. Check with other city and county offices for local postings. 

Arkansas Bid Network - The Arkansas Bid Network publishes procurement solicitations primarily from government agencies but also from some private organizations in Arkansas. 

If you see any state or local contracts that you want to bid on but can’t get access to the solicitation documents call your Arkansas PTAC counselor. 

Arkansas Bid Network is a paid site.

Arkansas's Business Emergency Listing (ABEL) - In order to better serve the agencies and the governing authorities of the State of Arkansas, the AR Department of Emergency Management, the Department of Finance and Administration, and the Office of State Procurement have prepared this emergency index to retain and use during the activation of a state declared emergency.

Providing an emergency listing of your business commodity does not establish a contract for purchasing through the State of Arkansas.

Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration - 

Register as a vendor with the State of Arkansas. 

View procurement opportunities with the State of Arkansas. 

Currently Advertised Projects & Announcements

Advertisement and availability of Plans and Proposals for projects authorized for each of these lettings will be four (4) weeks prior to the letting date.  The Proposal Holders List of prime contractors holding bid documents on projects for these lettings will be posted in the PRELETTING INFORMATION Questions pertaining to projects during the advertisement period should be addressed to the Program Management Division at pmd@ardot.gov or (501) 569-2261. 

  • City of Conway - View current bid opportunities for goods and services for the city of Conway.
  • City of Fayetteville - View current bid opportunities for goods and services for the city of Fayetteville.
  • City of Fort Smith - View current bid opportunities for goods and services for the city of Fort Smith.
  • City of Jacksonville - View bid opportunities for goods and services for the city of Jacksonville.
  • Jefferson County - View current bid opportunities for goods and services for Jefferson County
  • City of Jonesboro - View current bid opportunities for goods and services for the city of Jonesboro.
  • City of Little Rock Purchasing Division- The City of Little Rock Purchasing Division is a centralized purchasing office that has the responsibility to locate and secure materials, supplies, equipment, and related services as required by various Departments within the City of Little Rock.
  • City of Maumelle - View current bid opportunities for goods and services for the city of Maumelle
  • City of North Little Rock- View current bid opportunities for goods and services for the city of North Little Rock.
  • Sebastian County - View current bid opportunities for goods and services for Sebastian County.
  • City of Sherwood - View current bid opportunities for goods and services for the city of Sherwood.
  • City of Springdale - View current bid opportunities for goods and services for the city of Springdale.

beta.sam.gov - beta.SAM.gov is now home to all current contract opportunities formerly posted to FBO.gov. 

 

Local Resources

 

Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration - Office of State Procurement - The Office of State Procurement (OSP) has a primary responsibility and oversight for the State wide procurement of commodities, technical and professional services for all state agencies, boards and commissions and colleges and universities. 

Arkansas Division of Emergency Management - Veteran Small Business Enhancement Act - The Arkansas Division of Emergency Management Veteran Small Business Enhancement Act has been approved and Veteran Owned Small Businesses (VOSB's) are now eligible to partipate with the Arkansas Federal Surplus Property Program. 

Arkansas Economic Development Commission - The Arkansas Economic Development Commission provides assistance in many areas  of business growth, including providing minority business certification for the state of Arkansas. The Small and Minority Business division promotes the growth and sustainability of small and minority business enterprises by providing them with real world technical and professional assistance, certification, procurement, networking, capital and contracting opportunities.

Arkansas Economic Development Institute - The Arkansas Economic Development Institutes's mission and mandate is to provide community economic development research and analysis, technical assistance, and training to enhance and advance the economy and economic development throughout Arkansas and where appropriate, beyond.

Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center (ASBTDC) - The Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center is a university-based economic development  program that assists entrepreneurs, both new and seasoned. We help with every aspect of business creation, management, and operation.

Arkansas Women’s Business Center (AWBC) - Arkansas Women’s Business Center The AWBC is committed to providing technical assistance, training, and access to capital services tailored to meet the needs of women business owners. The Center is funded in part through a Cooperative Agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration.

Startup Junkie - Startup Junkie is in Northwest Arkansas and is a non-profit program that provides free consulting by professionals in their offices or via Zoom for starting a business or help growing your existing business covering all aspects of managing a business or opening one. We also provide hundreds of free business workshops and live events for entrepreneurs throughout the state all year long.

The Conductor - The Conductor is an entrepreneurial support organization that offers free resources through one-on-one consultations, webinars, events, and more. 

The Generator - The Generator is an innovation hub powered by Go Forward Pine Bluff. The Generator houses a coworking space, a makerspace and a digital space with the latest in technology. It is a space that creates a fun environment where risk-taking, imagining, problem-solving, discovery, collaboration, and exploration brings the community of Pine Bluff together to learn and grow.

SCORE - SCORE is the nation’s largest network of volunteer, expert business mentors, with more than 10,000 volunteers in 300 chapters.

Transparency.Arkansas.gov This site may be used to view previously awarded contracts for the State and to research award amounts and contract length. In addition, users may view current contracts and research possible subcontracting opportunities with the Prime Contractor.

U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Arkansas District Office- The Arkansas District Office offers business development services and training to help small business start and grow.

 

Federal Resources

 

D&B D-U-N-S Number - A DUNS number is a unique, non-indicative 9-digit identifier issued and maintained by D&B (Dun & Bradstreet) that verifies the existence of a business entity globally.  This is required to perform work with the Federal Government.

DFARS – Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement -  A supplement to the FAR that provides DoD-specific acquisition regulations that DoD government acquisition officials – and those contractors doing business with DoD – must follow in the procurement process for goods and services.

DHA - Defense Health Agency - The official website of the Military Health System (MHS). This site provides information about the Directorate of Procurement that supports the MHS through award and administration of health services and information technology contracts.

DIBBSis a web-based application that provides the capability to search for, view, and submit secure quotes on Requests For Quotations (RFQs) for Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) items of supply.  DIBBS also allows users to search and view Request For Proposals (RFPs), Invitations For Bid (IFBs), Awards and other procurement information related to DLA. 

DLA ASSIST - ASSIST is a comprehensive web site used to develop, coordinate, distribute, and manage defense and federal specifications and standards, military handbooks, commercial item descriptions, data item descriptions, and related technical documents prepared in accordance with the policies and procedures of the Defense Standardization Program (DSP). 

Dynamic Small Business Search (DSBS) - The Dynamic Small Business Search is a marketing site as well as the location for SBA Certifications for the 8a Business Development Program and HUBZone Program.

FAR Supplements for each Agency- This page links to the FAR and key agency FAR supplements and related documents.

FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) The Federal Emergency Management Agency coordinates the federal government's role in preparing for, preventing, mitigating the effects of, responding to, and recovering from all domestic disasters, whether natural or man-made, including acts of terror.

FPDS (Federal Procurement Data System) - Federal Procurement Data System can be used to research detailed procurement activity data on 60+ federal departments.  On October 17, 2020, the FPDS reports transition to beta.SAM.gov will be complete. The FPDS reports module will retire and beta.SAM.gov will be the only place to create and run reports on contract data. 

HUBzone Map - Is your business in a HUBzone? Find out. 

The government limits competition for certain contracts to businesses in historically underutilized business zones (HUBzone). It also gives preferential consideration to those businesses in full and open competition.

Read more about the program's benefits, qualifications, and certifications from the U.S. Small Business Administration.

North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) - The North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) is the standard used by Federal statistical agencies in classifying business establishments for the purpose of collecting, analyzing, and publishing statistical data related to the U.S. business

SAM – System for Award Management - The System for Award Management (SAM) is an official website of the U.S. government. There is no cost to use SAM. You can use this site for FREE to: Register to do business with the U.S. government, update or renew your entity registration, check status of an entity registration or search for entity registration and exclusion records. 

SBA Size Standards- NAICS 2017- This table lists small business size standards matched to industries described in the North American Industry Classification System (NAICS), as modified by the Office of Management and Budget, effective January 1, 2017. The latest NAICS codes are referred to as NAICS 2017.

Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) & Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programsSBIR is a federally funded program that provides more than $2 billion annually to research-capable small businesses that are developing new solutions to agency-identified needs. STTR is similar to SBIR, but funds cooperative public/private R&D projects involving a small business and a non-profit research institution.

Standard Industrial Classification (SIC) Search - This page allows the user to search the 1987 version SIC manual by keyword, to access descriptive information for a specified 2,3,4-digit SIC, and to examine the manual structure.

U.S. Small Business Administration Contracting Guide
Government contracts are a tremendous financial opportunity for small businesses. The SBA works with federal agencies in order to award 23 percent of prime government contract dollars to eligible small businesses.

 

 

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