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How Small Businesses Win Big with GovTribe

Is your small business struggling to break into the world of government contracts? You're not alone. Navigating the complex government procurement process is tough for everyone and uniquely challenging for small businesses.

But don’t worry. As a company that’s helped countless small businesses win big in the govcon market, we’re excited to share some steps that have helped other businesses like yours.

  1. Understand your market.

    Understanding your market seems like an obvious or even inconsequential step, but it’s absolutely essential. The foundation of a successful small business contracting strategy is an understanding of:
    Once you understand your market, you can identify which agencies are likely to work with you and what opportunities are available to you (e.g., opportunities through the 8(a) program).
    [Hint: We have a free guide to help you define your total addressable market]
    With GovTribe Reports, you can easily analyze and visualize comprehensive market data in three intuitive formats.

    1. With the treemap view,  you can instantly visualize how much funding is available and where it is going.

    2. The stream graph view, on the other hand, allows you to track broad trends and changes over time. This enables you to see not only where funding has gone and is going now, but also where it might go in the future.

    3. Finally, the table view provides an exportable format, allowing easy access to detailed information about awards, awardees, federal grant programs, agencies, set-asides, and more.

    By leveraging all three views, you can gain a full understanding of your market, stay ahead of upcoming opportunities, and position your small business for success in the government contracting market.

  2. Identify opportunities that promise the highest ROI.
    Now that you understand your market and all of the opportunities available to you, it’s time to identify which specific opportunities promise the highest return on investment (ROI). With limited time and resources, the opportunities you choose to invest in can make or break your business, and that's why pinpointing where you can achieve the highest ROI is pivotal.

    When scouting for contracts and projects, consider factors like Contract size Project duration PWin (likelihood of success) (400 x 200 px)Reviewing past performance data can also provide valuable insights into which types of contracts have been successful for similar businesses, helping you prioritize opportunities with a proven track record of ROI. 

  3. Research opportunities and document your pursuits.
    Once you understand your market and know the opportunities you want to go after, it’s time to research and pursue. To win a federal contract opportunity, a small business needs to consider the following:
    • Scope of Work: Understand the requirements and objectives of the contract. This includes the services or products needed, project timelines, and any specific deliverables.
    • Evaluation Criteria: Know how the government will evaluate proposals. This includes factors such as technical approach, past performance, price, and small business participation.
    • Budget: Understand the allocated budget for the contract and ensure your pricing is competitive while still allowing for a reasonable profit margin.
    • Contracting Vehicle: Determine the type of contract (e.g., fixed-price, cost-reimbursement) and any special considerations such as set-asides for small businesses or socio-economic programs.
    • Contracting Officer Information: Identify the contracting officer responsible for the procurement and establish communication channels for inquiries and clarifications.
    • Competition Analysis: Research potential competitors, including their capabilities, past performance, and pricing strategies.
    • Proposal Requirements: Review the solicitation thoroughly to understand the required format, content, and submission instructions for your proposal.
    • Past Performance Data: Gather information on your past performance relevant to the contract requirements to demonstrate your capability to deliver.
    • Teaming and Subcontracting Opportunities: Identify potential teaming partners or subcontractors that can enhance your capabilities or help meet contract requirements.
    With GovTribe, you can access all that information and manage your team’s pursuits in one place.

    [Limited time and resources? Chat with AI Insights, your on-demand govcon assistant, for quick answers to your questions.]

Want more personalized help for your small business?

For personalized guidance, our customer success team is always available via chat for standard and enterprise subscribers. Just click on the chat icon in the bottom right corner of your screen on the GovTribe platform. We're also happy to schedule a call with you because we know that all the data in the world is useless if it's not clear to you.

"Small pieces of data can make a big difference in winning contracts, and we help you find them better than anyone else,” explained GovTribe's Head of Customer Success, Paige Elmore. “We typically respond within five minutes and provide what you need within the hour. I worked closely with one small business for years. Now they’re a major player in their market.”

I worked closely with one small business for years. Now they’re a major player in their market. - Paige Elmore, Head of Customer Success at GovTribe

Get started with the right plan for your business

As a small business, finding the right tool for your stage of growth is crucial. Check out our various plans tailored to meet the needs of businesses like yours. Whether you're just starting out or looking to scale, our plans are designed to provide the insights and support you need to succeed in government contracting. With our risk-free trial, you can explore GovTribe and see how it can benefit your business.

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More resources for small businesses

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Government Procurement Conference

Want to get your small business in front of government agencies and prime contractors? Mark your calendar for June 12, 2024, and we’ll see you there.

Play-by-Play Webinar

Want a free tactical roadmap to winning more federal contracts? Watch this four-part webinar series as experts walk you through the govcon process.

Small Business Guide

Want to learn what the federal government offers to small businesses and how you can leverage those opportunities? Download our free guide.


What else is new in GovTribe?

  • Quickly assess opportunities, partners, and competitors with AI Summaries.
  • Stay ahead of your competitors with Forecasts.
  • Explore profiles of key government contracting players with Personas.
  • Easily manage your pursuits from start to finish with Pipelines.
  • Chat your way to the perfect contracting strategy with AI Insights.
  • Discover fresh opportunities with our newest state and local data.