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Finding government procurement opportunities is easier than ever! Here are several tips to help you use our search.

The search function allows users to search our database of new and archived government contracts, government bids, government auctions, RFPs (RFP, request for proposal), RFQs (RFQ, Request for Quotations, Request for Qualification), RFIs (RFI, request for information), government projects, government surplus, and other government contracting and bidding opportunities published by all levels of government agencies in the US, including federal government, state government, county government, city government, municipal government, local government, community government, town agencies, and other government agency buyers such as college, university, school district, hospital, airports, correctional facility, water district, public utility, police and fire departments, and government authorities.

If you do not find your answers here and need additional assistance with search, please send an e-mail us at support@bidcontract.com. One of our experience research and customer service staff will assist you.

Simple Search

This simple search is designed to let you run keyword searches to find the matches in the Bid Contract database. To find information on a specific government lead, type a keyword, part of a word, or a phrase into the “Search Government Contracts and Bids?or “search?field and click on the “search?or “go?button (or alternatively, use the return key).

You will see a page featuring matches government contracts and bids from all 50 states in the United States. The search results may include archived government contracts and bids. All matching government leads are presented in order of release date, with the most recent item listed first.

Advanced Search

The advanced search offers a number of options for making your searches more precise and getting more relevant or useful results. You will have access to this feature once you become an active subscriber. With advanced search, you can search for items that:
  • contain ALL the search terms you type in, and/or
  • contain exact words or phrases you type in, and/or
  • contain at least one of the words or phrases you type in, and/or
  • do not contain any or all of the words you type in.

Search Term Selection

Choosing the right search keywords is the key to finding the relevant government bids and contracts. Our search engine is not case sensitive. Therefore, all letters, regardless of upper or lower cases, will be understood the same way and return identical result. The search engine does not distinguish word order, which means a combination of multiple words in a phrase will give the same search result regardless of their orders. If you want to look for items with exact phrase, simply put quotation marks around your search terms, such as “construction service? Keep in mind that the more restrictions you set on your search, the fewer will be returned.

When searching for government bids and contracts that match your business interest, it is important that you use specific search terms to describe what you are looking for. There is no need to include “and?between terms. If you use multiple words and phrases, separate them with a comma (?? such as environmental, toxic waste, construction, defense, IT, airport, security, professional service, professional services, contract law.

Avoid using keywords that are too general, as they tend to return a large number of irrelevant results. The following are a list of search words that might be too general which will give all items with the words related to government contracts regardless of the industry they are in: award, awards, awarded, b2g exchanges, b2g market, bid advertise, business opportunities, business opportunity, business to government market, business to govt, e-government, city government, commerce department, county government, e-gov, egov electronic government, egovernment, egovt, federal acquisition, federal business opportunities, federal government, federal government acquisition, federal government procurement, federal procurement, government, government agencies, government agency, government bid, government bids, government buyer, government contract, government contracting process, government contracts, government job, government notice, government notices, government procure, government procurement, government project, government purchase, government purchaser, government purchasing, government RFP, government RFPs, government RFQ, government RFQs, government seller, government supplier, government vendors, government work, gov't., local government, procurement programs, purchasing department, Request for Information, Request for Quotations, response to Request for Proposal, RFI, RFP, RFQ, sales lead, sealed bid, sealed bids,, Sell to government, small business, state government, United States government, woman-owned business.

In addition, avoid using the names of the state or cities, such as : (AL) Alabama, (AK) Alaska, (AZ) Arizona, (AR) Arkansas, (CA) California, (CO) Colorado, (CT) Connecticut, (DE) Delaware, (FL) Florida, (GA) Georgia, (HI) Hawaii, (ID) Idaho, (IL) Illinois, (IN) Indiana, (IA) Iowa, (KS) Kansas, (KY) Kentucky, (LA) Louisiana, (ME) Maine, (MD) Maryland, (MA) Massachusetts, (MI) Michigan, (MN) Minnesota, (MS) Mississippi, (MO) Missouri, (MT) Montana, (NE) Nebraska, (NV) Nevada, (NH) New Hampshire, (NJ) New Jersey, (NM) New Mexico, (NY) New York, (NC) North Carolina, (ND) North Dakota, (OH) Ohio, (OK) Oklahoma, (OR) Oregon, (PA) Pennsylvania, (RI) Rhode Island, (SC) South Carolina, (SD) South Dakota, (SW) Sweden, (TN) Tennessee, (TX) Texas, (UT) Utah, (VT) Vermont, (VA) Virginia, (WA) Washington, (DC) Washington D.C., (WV) West Virginia, (WI) Wisconsin, (WY) Wyoming, District of Columbia (DC), Albuquerque, Anchorage, Atlanta, Baltimore, Birmingham, Boston, Buffalo, New York, Charlotte, Chicago, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, Dallas, Denver, Des Moines, Detroit, El Paso, Fresno, Greensboro, Hartford, Honolulu, Houston, Indianapolis, Jackson, Jacksonville, Kansas City, Las Vegas, Little Rock, Los Angeles, Louisville, Memphis, Miami, Milwaukee, Minneapolis, Nashville, New Orleans, New York City, Norfolk, Virginia Beach, Oklahoma City, Omaha, Orlando, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Pittsburgh, Portland, Providence, Richmond, Rochester, Sacramento, Salem, Salt Lake City, San Diego, San Francisco, Scranton, Seattle, Springfield, St. Louis, Syracuse, Tampa, Trenton, Tucson, Washington, Wichita.


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