Looking for a new source of business in this scary economy? If you haven’t explored doing business with the government, now may be a good time to learn more about it.
Here are the federal, state, and local resources you need to know about!
- Visit Federal Business Opportunities to find opportunities to work with U. S. Government agencies.
- Our local Small Business Development Center has experts to help you learn how to qualify & apply for federal business opportunities. Contact them at (843) 740-1607 or firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more.State of South Carolina
State of South Carolina
- Doing Business with the State of South Carolina is a great resource to learn about business opportunities, procurement laws and regulations, surplus property, and more in SC.
- Here’s one resource formerly found in print at your local library: South Carolina Business Opportunities. Produced by the SC Materials Management Office, this online publication lists procurement opportunities in construction, IT, supplies, and services throughout the state.
- Charleston County Contracts and Procurement department posts all current bids on their website. In addition to publicising County procurement opportunities, this department also administers the Small Business Enterprise (SBE) Program, created by County Council to help businesses compete for procurement opportunities. Contact the Department at (843) 958-4761 for more information.
- Berkeley County has its Bidder/Vendor application online as well as an overview of their procurement department process.
- Dorchester County posts their procurement ordinance, bid opportunities, and vendor registration form online.
Selected Local Municipalities
- City of Charleston Procurement Division has a program similar to the County’s SBE Program. The City works with business that qualify as disadvantaged or women-owned business. Their brochure describes the process as lengthy, but well worth the effort. The local contact number for W/MBE assistance is (843) 973-7247. If you’re ready to get certified, contact Margaret Woodson with the State of SC’s Office of Small & Minority Business Assistance at (803) 734-0657.
- Goose Creek’s Administrative Department provides purchasing services for the city.
- Same goes for the City of Hanahan.
- The Town of Mt. Pleasant’s Purchasing Division has links to the town’s procurement code and the online auction site.
- North Charleston’s Purchasing department has a copy of their vendor application online as well as their Current Bids/Proposals.
- Summerville’s Procurement department has a Minority Purchasing Initiative to help minority business owners compete for contracts. Their MBE form is available online.