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Federal Procurement Data System (FPDS) - Description: Public data related to acquisitions, spending and contracts. Website:

FedBizOpps.Gov - Description: Search federal procurements. Website:

Professional Assocations

Air Force Association (AFA) - Description: The Air Force Association (AFA) is a non-profit, independent, professional military and aerospace education association promoting public understanding of aerospace power and the pivotal role it plays in the security of the nation. AFA publishes Air Force Magazine, conducts national symposia and disseminates information through outreach programs. It sponsors professional development seminars and recognizes excellence in the education and aerospace fields through national awards programs. AFA presents scholarships and grants to Air Force active duty, Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve members and their dependents; and awards educator grants to promote science and math education at the elementary and secondary school level. Website:

Armed Forces Communication & Electronic Association (AFCEA) International - Description: AFCEA is a professional association that connects innovative people, great ideas and vital solutions to advance global security. We do that by developing networking and educational opportunities and providing them in an ethical forum. This enables military, government, industry and academia to align technology and strategy to meet the needs of those who serve. Website:

National Defense Industry Association (NDIA) - Description: The National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA) is America’s leading Defense Industry association promoting national security. NDIA is proud to provide a legal and ethical forum for the exchange of information between Industry and Government on National Security issues. Our members foster the development of the most innovative and superior equipment, training and support for our warfighters and first responders through our divisions, local chapters, affiliated associations and events. Website:

Women in Defense (WID) - A National Security Organization, is a proud affiliate of the National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA). WID’s mission is to cultivate and support the advancement and recognition of women in all area of national security and the defense industry. WID provides many educational programs, professional networking opportunities, awards and scholarships. WID has nearly 4,000 members and now prides itself on having 20 Chapters in key geographic locations. Contact us today to learn how WID can benefit you professionally., (703) 247-2551,

Government Agencies

U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) - Description: The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) was created in 1953 as an independent agency of the federal government to aid, counsel, assist and protect the interests of small business concerns, to preserve free competitive enterprise and to maintain and strengthen the overall economy of our nation. We recognize that small business is critical to our economic recovery and strength, to building America's future, and to helping the United States compete in today's global marketplace. Although SBA has grown and evolved in the years since it was established in 1953, the bottom line mission remains the same. The SBA helps Americans start, build and grow businesses. Through an extensive network of field offices and partnerships with public and private organizations, SBA delivers its services to people throughout the United States, Puerto Rico, the U. S. Virgin Islands and Guam. Website:

Procurement Technical Assistance Centers (PTACs) - Description: Ninety-eight Procurement Technical Assistance Centers (PTACs) – with over 300 local offices – form a nationwide network of dedicated procurement professionals working to help local businesses compete successfully in the government marketplace.   PTACs are the bridge between buyer and supplier, bringing to bear their knowledge of both government contracting and the capabilities of contractors to maximize fast, reliable service to our government with better quality and at lower costs. The Procurement Technical Assistance Program (PTAP) was authorized by Congress in 1985 in an effort to expand the number of businesses capable of participating in the government marketplace. Administered by the Department of Defense, Defense Logistics Agency (DLA), the program provides matching funds through cooperative agreements with state and local governments and non-profit organizations for the establishment of Procurement Technical Assistance Centers (PTACs) to provide procurement assistance. Website:

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