If you own a small- or medium-sized business and do not have a government contract, you may be wondering, “What is government procurement, and how could it impact my business?” Government procurement is a term that refers to a government agency’s procurement of goods and services, typically from small- and medium-sized businesses that enter into contracts with the government agency. Sometimes government procurement is also known as government purchasing. In order to hire a business to provide goods or services, a government agency must go through a formal process that involves the following:
• Issue bid proposals
• Seek responses from businesses up until the closing date
When we refer to government agencies seeking businesses to provide goods or to perform services, we are referring to government agencies at all levels — local city government agencies, city departments, state government agencies, and federal government agencies. By law, in order to hire a business to provide goods or services, a government agency must go through the procurement process we have outlined above.