Doing Business with the Federal Government | Houston Center SBDC

1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Location: Houston Center SBDC, 1455 West Loop South, Suite 900, Houston, TX 77027
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The Federal Government purchases more goods and services than any other buyer in the world, close to $700 billion each year. Of this amount, agencies have a goaling requirement to set aside 23% annually for small businesses. This session will provide an overview of key federal programs including eligibility requirements and how to apply. You’ll also learn how to register your business in, how to search for federal opportunities, the importance of marketing, and support services offered by SBA Resource Partners and Apex Accelerator.


  • SBA 8(a) Business Development Program
  • Historically Underutilized Business Zones Program (HUBZone)
  • Women-Owned Small Business Certification Program (WOSB)
  • Economically Disadvantaged Women-Owned Small Business Certification Program (EDWOSB)
  • Veteran Small Business Certification (VetCert) Program
  • Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business Program

This session is intended for small business owners who want to find out more about key Federal Government set aside programs.


Ida Benson, Business Opportunity Specialist, SBA Houston District Office

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Please Note:

Each person attending an event must have their own account. Multiple people may not register under one account.

The SBDC reserves the right to cancel a class for insufficient enrollment, weather emergencies, and other unforeseen circumstances. Should a cancellation occur, we will use the email you provided to contact you.

Preregistration is highly recommended. If an event is canceled or postponed and you have not preregistered, we will not be able to contact you.

If you choose to register at the door, you will need your mobile device to complete your registration otherwise you will not be allowed to attend.

Satisfactory meeting room temperatures are difficult to maintain. Always bring a sweater or jacket to ensure comfort.

No children under the age of 16 are allowed in the workshop.

Only service animals allowed - If you need to bring a service animal with you to a workshop please contact us ahead of time.

Reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities will be made if requested at least two weeks in advance. Contact the Houston Center SBDC at (713) 752-8488 for accommodations, or if you have questions about this class.


Ida Benson

Ida Benson has been with the US Small Business Administration (SBA) for over twenty 20 years.  She has extensive experience working with the small business community and understands in great detail the different federal certifications and contracting programs. 

Currently, she is assigned to SBA’s Houston District Office as a Business Opportunity Specialist (BOS).  Ms. Benson responsibilities include: promoting SBA programs and services through outreach and marketing; the recruitment, training, education, and development of small businesses interested in doing business with federal, state, and local government entities. She consults with small businesses and collaborates with SBA’s Procurement Center and Commercial Market Representatives (PCRs/CMRs) to assess the requirements of government organizations and their prime/sub-contractors. Through business matchmaking and targeted outreach, she facilitates connections between the needs of these entities and the capabilities of small businesses, aiding in the achievement of their small business goals. 

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