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Getting Your Small Business Ready for Federal Contracts

Did you know? The VA has an A rating on the SBA Small Business Procurement Scorecard for two consecutive years!

We buy over $500 million worth of products and services annually from hundreds of different industries. Depending on your line of business, opportunity may exist to do business with our Network. Although there are certain priority sources identified by Federal regulations, each facility purchases a considerable amount of its requirements from both local and nationwide sources.

Here are some of the top categories purchased from small businesses.

  • Surgical and medical instrument manufacturing
  • Medical, dental, and hospital equipment and supplies - Items not on prime vendor contracts are typically ordered against Federal Supply Schedule 65 and 66 (
  • Temporary help services
  • Professional, Scientific, and technical services
  • Maintenance and repair of medical and scientific equipment
  • Construction is typically set aside for veteran-owned business competition
  • Medical/Surgical Supplies are typically ordered against national prime vendor contracts (
  • Vending/Catering/Retail is under the purview of Veterans Canteen Service (
  • IT and Telecom: Acquisitions exceeding $150K are centralized through VA's Virtual Office of Acquisition The Small Business Specialist is Tony Owens at 732-578-6426,
  • Facility upkeep services (e.g.grounds maintenance, janitorial service, etc.)
  • Community Health Services (e.g. Nursing Home, Hospice, Adult Day Health Care, Homeless Shelters, Community Based Outpatient Care, etc.)
  • Prosthetics and Orthotics
  • Office Supplies are typically ordered against a mandatory GSA BPA, known as "Second Generation FSSI Office Supply BPAs"

For more about what we buy visit Office of Acquisition and Logistics.

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