Resource Guide

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Federal Resources

ASSIST is a robust, comprehensive web site used by standardization management activities to develop, coordinate, distribute, and manage defense and federal specifications and standards, military handbooks, commercial item descriptions, data item descriptions, and related technical documents prepared in accordance with the policies and procedures of the Defense Standardization Program (DSP). 

Contract opportunities are procurement notices from federal contracting offices. Anyone interested in doing business with the government can use this system to search opportunities.

The official DSP website that identifies, develops, manages, and provides access to standardization processes, products, and services.

Grants provided to state, local, tribal, and territorial jurisdictions that can be used for training, exercises, planning, personnel, and equipment to prepare for many threats and hazards through DHS.

The official website to search, view, and submit quotes on Requests For Quotes, Request For Proposals, Invitations For Bids, Awards, etc., for Defense Logistics Agency items of supply.

Responsible for all pricing, contracting, and procurement policy matters, including e-Business, in the DoD.


Primary regulation for use by all executive agencies in their acquisitions of supplies and services with appropriated funds.

Grant funds available for pre and post emergency or disaster related projects.

Guide to doing business with FEMA

FPDS serves Federal government contractors by; providing greater transparency and visibility into government contracting, providing a powerful business decision-making tool for the contracting community, creating a foundation for standardizing contracting processes and enabling a self-service web accessible reporting tool

Whether this is the first time your company has done business with the federal government or if you have a portfolio of contracts, you can find resources here to help your acquisition-related needs at this General Services Administration site

Guide to doing business with GSA.

Federal government spending website.

Program to award at least 3% of federal contracting dollars to historically underutilized business zones.

The IAE program is a part of the Office of Systems Management, operated by FAS, which manages, integrates, and unifies the federal award process for the United States government acquisition workforce, its business partners, and the assistance communities. The IAE supports GSA's objectives by modernizing the award experience through innovative and user-friendly systems.

Previously known as Wide Area Workflow (WAWF) Procurement Integrated Enterprise Environment is a secure, web-based system for electronic invoicing, receipt and acceptance.

The official website of the U.S. Government, to include: contracting opportunities, contract data, wage determinations, federal hierarchy, assistance listings, etc. 


State Resources

The Columbia Technology Incubator helps innovative businesses grow through education, mentoring, and an established sense of community, serving the Midlands of South Carolina

OEE is the single convergence point for industry, researchers, entrepreneurs and government officials looking to engage with UofSC. OEE cultivates innovative technologies, champions entrepreneurship and builds partnerships that drive economic and workforce development in South Carolina. 

SC Chamber of Commerce is a statewide organization that promotes pro-job and pro-business policies at the state and federal level, bringing together businesses across the state through coordinated strategies, training opportunities, and networking events. 

A valuable resource to start or grow a SC business, source locally-developed materials and services, and export opportunities to reach global markets.

Connects minority and women owned small businesses to state contracting and procurement opportunities.

The state office for business filings for corporations, nonprofits, limited partnerships, limited liability partnerships, and limited liability companies.

Advertisement website listing solicitations on behalf of state, county, and local government entities.

The state office for business filings for corporations, nonprofits, limited partnerships, limited liability partnerships, and limited liability companies.


Small Business Resources

Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Transfer programs dedicated towards startups in the creation of  innovative, disruptive technologies into the commercial market. Learn how to register here

Program to award at least 5% of all federal contracting dollars to small disadvantaged businesses each year.

Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification is a Cost-effective and affordable cybersecurity certification designed to protect small businesses from cyber threats.

The Exchange serves soldiers, airmen and their families around the world, selling products across 12,000 Exchange facilities worldwide, in catalogs and online. 

SCORE Midlands, as a resource partner of the U.S. Small Business Administration, is a nonprofit association dedicated to educating entrepreneurs and helping small businesses start, grow, and operate succesfully. It has been providing free Mentoring services to small businesses in the Midlands area of South Carolina since the 1970s.  The Chapter's all volunteer mentors use their years of real-world practical business experience to assist clients addresss their business issues.

Provides free business counseling, SBA-guaranteed business loans, home & business disaster loans, and contracting assistance programs.

Designed to help eligible small businesses (proteges) gain capacity and win government contracts through partnerships with more experienced companies (mentors).

The US Small Business Administration guide to determine whether or not your business qualifies as small.

Highly competitive programs that encourage domestic small businesses to engage in Federal Research/Research and Development with the potential for commercialization.

This platform is available to help connect South Carolina business with in-state suppliers, vendors, and manufacturers.  As such, it is beneficial for companies to be SourceSC members not only for exposure but to be informed of upcoming supplier outreach events and B2B opportunities to meet with companies one-on-one. 

Provides small business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs FREE face-to-face business consulting and at-cost training by helping local businesses start, grow and thrive.

Program designed to increase the number of women-owned small businesses being awarded federal contracts.

Provides the US Dept. of Veteran Affairs with unique authority set-aside and sole source contracts for Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business (SDVOSB) and Veteran-Owned Small Business (VOSB).

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