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Small Business
We work to ensure that the Department’s purchasing agencies engage small businesses - the "engines that drive the Nation’s economy" - so that we have a dynamic, diverse and reliable small vendor pool.

“The reality is most people in America work in and with small business.  …That most of the work of building and supporting the economy is done by small business owners.  During the pandemic…it was small business that kept us afloat.”

USDA is working to ensure “a portion of the $8 billion in USDA expenditures can be identified and directed to small businesses.
… It’s our job to work with you (small business owners) to simplify the process.”

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack
USDA Small Business 201 Workshop opening remarks

Procurement Technical Assistance Centers

Procurement Technical Assistance Centers (PTACs) are staffed with counselors experienced in government contracting and provide a wide range of services including classes and seminars, individual counseling and easy access to bid opportunities, contract specifications, procurement histories, and other information necessary to successfully compete for government contracts.

Launch your government procurement success by contacting a PTAC Counselor near you.

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