Registering to Bid on Federal Contracts

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Hi again, been pretty swamped organizing the Business Acceleration and
Advanced Training Workshops for various cities across the country.

More on that later, but today we’re going to quickly go over the necessary
steps to get your newly formed corporation registered with the U.S. government
so you can start bidding on federal contracts.

As I mentioned in my last post, even if you already have a company, I
recommend forming a new corporation that will work exclusively with the
federal government for liability, segregated cost pools and tax reasons.

Once you have formed your company, here are your next steps:

  1. Register in CCR –
  2. Register in ORCA –
  3. Complete a Business Plan, Safety Plan and Affirmative Action Plan
  4. Register on and Ideas-EC
  5. Get General Liability Insurance

You can do an Internet search to find out more about these steps, or visit to watch a short video and download
our eBook “Getting Started” – Part 1 of How to Become a Federal Construction
which explains in detail everything you need to do to form a
corporation and get it registered with the federal government.

If you have any trouble along the way, just leave a comment on this website,
and we’ll see what we can do to help. Go ahead and bookmark this page
(or add it to your “favorites”) so you can find it when you need it.

Also, I recently gave a presentation at the Construction Expo in Dallas, Texas,
and we’ve made some clips available on the GCExperts website.

Check it out, there’s some great free information.  Useful for both the public
and private sectors:

That should be enough to get you going.

Next time, I’ll tell you about some real contracts we’ve recently completed to
give you an idea of the federal construction workflow.

Don’t forget to post your questions, problems or concerns in the comments!

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