Government Contracting Assistance Center

UMW SBDC consultants can assist clients in registering to do business with the federal government and Virginia state agencies.  They can also assist clients in applying for SWaM (small, woman, and minority-owned) certification and applicable federal certifications, such as 8(a), HUBZone, and veteran-owned.

Additionally, the UMW SBDC hosts one-on-one personalized government contracting assistance consultations with advisors from the Virginia Department of Small Business and Supplier Diversity (SBSD) and the Central Virginia Procurement Assistance Center (PTAP). These advisors are able to answer questions for new and existing vendors doing business with the state or federal governments.  Guidance provided includes:

  • Identifying target state and federal agencies
  • Searching public reports on spending for various products and services
  • Determining the correct commodity codes
  • Marketing to state and federal agencies
  • Searching for upcoming opportunities
  • Identifying competitors and potential business partners


All consultations are free and confidential.  Consultations held at the UMW Center for Economic Development located in the Eagle Village Shopping Center at 1125 Jefferson Davis Highway, Fredericksburg, VA  22401.


To schedule an appointment with a UMW SBDC consultant, please call our office at (540) 654-1383.  If you are not already a UMW SBDC client, you must complete a Request for Consulting form on our home page prior to scheduling an appointment.

To schedule an appointment with an SBSD advisor, please contact the UMW SBDC office at (540) 654-1383.  An advisor is in our office on the first and third Tuesday of each month, and appointments are available in one-hour blocks between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

To schedule an appointment with a Central Virginia PTAP advisor, please register to a PTAP client at  A PTAP advisor will contact you to schedule an appointment.

Critical Resources for Federal Contracting

GSA Regions
Federal government bid notices and awards

GSA Tips for Marketing to the Federal Government

Getting on a GSA Schedule

Contracting Opportunities for Small Businesses Resources for Federal Contractors

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers