First Steps in Government Contracting


  1. Register to become a HRPAC Client. Provide your business information. Your account will enable us to inform you of events and allow you to register for events and classes online.
  2. Put together a detailed business plan. Describe your business' products and services, marketing plan, operational plan, startup expenses and capital, owner's personal financial statement, management and organizational charts, and financial plan. There are many free online templates that are available at and
  3. Obtain an Employer Identification Number (EIN) from the IRS.
  4. Obtain a Dun & Bradstreet (DUNS) number. This is a unique identification number for each physical location of yoru business. Go
  5. Determine your business's North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) Code. Go to:
  6. Get a website and an e-mail address. keep the site simple yet functional and provide contact information.
  7. Determine your business type or set-asides:
    • Small
    • Small disadvantaged
    • Section 8(a)
    • Women-owned
    • Veteran-owned
    • Service- Disabled Veteran-Owned
    • HUBZone (Historically Underutilized Business Zone)
    • Alaskan- or Hawaiin- Native Owned
  8. Certification and Verification determination. For small business set-asides:
    • Women-owned businesses. Self-certify through the Small Business Administration (SBA)
    • 8(a) Business Development. Submit application through the SBA
    • Hub-zone. Apply through the SBA
    • Veterans. Apply throgh
  9. Register with the Central Contractor Registry (CCR). Through the CCR, your business will obtain a Commercial and Government Entity (CAGE) Code.
  10. While in the CCR, register on the SBA's Dynamic Small Business Search database.
  11. Register with the Online Representations and Certifications Application (ORCA)site.
  12. Register with the FebBizOps.