Getting Started

By completing the following steps, you can ensure your small business is prepared to respond to contracting opportunities from Argonne:

  1. View what Argonne is buying to determine whether there is a need for your particular product or service.
     
  2.  Determine whether your company is a small business. Check the North American Industrial Classification System (NAICS) codes for your industry and the related size standard and gross revenue standards.
     
  3. Obtain the appropriate certifications to validate your specific type of small business (woman-owned, service-disabled veteran, HUBZone, etc.).
     
  4. Obtain a DUNS Number from the commercial company Dun & Bradstreet (D&B).
     
  5. Register in the System for Award Management (SAM). All government contractors must be registered in this FREE database prior to the award of a government contract.
     
  6. Contact your local Office of Small & Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDBU) for information and assistance on securing government contracts.
     
  7. Use FedBizOpps and Fedbid for information on upcoming federal contracting opportunities.
     
  8. Fill out a Supplier Information Form or create a one-page capabilities summary of the products and/or services you want to sell, and send to the Small Business Office.
     
  9. Follow up: Contact the DOE Small Business Program Manager or Argonne’s Small Business Liaison Officer to see if they received your supplier information form or capability statement, and request to schedule a meeting.