Procurement Preference Programs

What are procurement preference programs?

Procurement preference programs vary in each government sector (local, state, federal). All preference programs are specific to small business and have been put into place to assist small businesses with job creation, technical innovations, and access to government funding. The federal government programs are standardized across agencies; however, they vary among state and local agencies.

Identified below are current preference programs:


  • Small Business
  • Disadvantaged-Owned Business
  • HubZone Program
  • Small Disabled Veteran-Owned Business
  • Veteran-Owned Business
  • Women-Owned Business Programs (WOB, WOSB, EDWOSB)

State of Iowa:

  • Targeted Small Business
  • Disadvantaged Business Enterprise—Department of Transportation Program

Local Programs:

  • Varies in each city and county

What are the benefits of procurement preference programs?

  • Maximize your bidding advantage.
  • Related benefits of preference programs include mentor-protégé, teaming, joint ventures, SBIR, and subcontracting opportunities.
  • Access unique loan and technical assistance through programs such as 8(A) and Targeted Small Business programs.
  • Acquire contracts with set-aside government dollars specific to preference programs with associated agency goals.

What can CIRAS do for my company?

CIRAS provides customized training and one-on-one counseling to assist clients in all aspects of government preference programs. The team will help you to determine your eligibility, assist with the application process, and maximize the benefits associated with preference programs.

What is my next step?

Contact this staff member to see what CIRAS can do for you.

Julie A. Fagle319-310-8612


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Last updated: 9/23/2013