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Small Business Trend: A Guide to Start Selling to the Local Government

Small Business Trend: A Guide to Start Selling to the Local Government

Are you a small business owner in New York City interested in selling to the local government? Did you know that you can now do so without having to go through the hassle of contracts or bidding processes? 

As of 2021, there were over 240,000 small businesses operating in New York City (NYC), accounting for 98% of all businesses in NYC, according to the NYC Department of Small Business Services (SBS).

It is widely known that small businesses often face challenges when it comes to growing their business, especially if they aim to do business with the local government. Therefore, it's reasonable to assume that the vast majority of businesses in New York City encounter limitations and obstacles when attempting to sell their products or services to the local government.

For small businesses, selling their products and services to government agencies can be an arduous task. Often, they lack the time and resources to navigate the complicated bidding processes required to secure government contracts. Additionally, the stringent requirements for documentation and compliance can be a significant burden for small business owners who are already stretched thin. As a result, many small businesses miss out on valuable opportunities to work with government agencies, which can be a significant source of revenue and growth.

That's why we want to present an option that enables small businesses in NYC to connect with the local government, without contracts or bidding processes.

Glass Commerce is an e-commerce marketplace for compliant transactions between government buyers and verified small vendors. Glass Commerce has helped government agencies procure over 5.8 million items from local, small, and diverse businesses, leveraging procurement data and streamlining operations across more than 30 federal, state and local agencies, including the State of Illinois, the City of Seattle and the City of Miami.

Follow these 5 steps to start selling to NYC government agencies: 

1. Register as a vendor at and get government-verified.

2. Create your first government online store.

3. Onboard your products and services in a streamlined fashion.

4. Start selling to New York City’s government.

5. Track and manage your catalog, transactions, deliveries, reviews, and analytics.

New York City’s agencies are prioritizing buying their goods and services from small businesses. Here's your chance to enter the government market in the simplest and easiest way possible. Become a government vendor today.

Visit and learn more about it.


This blog was written by Gisela Montes, GovTech Community Lead at Glass.


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