Frederick's Federal Contracting Advantage (& 5 Resources to Harness it)

Home to Fort Detrick & five cabinet level agencies, within an hour’s drive of the nation’s capital, and with over 3000 acres of land designated within the HUB Zone incentive program, the City of Frederick offers unique federal contracting opportunities to businesses.

Frederick businesses and individuals interested in pursuing new economic opportunities at the federal level are encouraged to explore the following resources and programs: 

1. HUB Zone

The government limits competition for certain contracts to businesses in historically underutilized business (“HUB”) zones. It also gives preferential consideration to those businesses in full and open competition. Over 3,000 acres of the City of Frederick are currently eligible for this program.

Click here to explore applicable Frederick locations & other program requirements.

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2. Fort Detrick Alliance

The Fort Detrick Alliance is a Frederick-based non-profit that helps build relationships and communication between Federal agencies at Fort Detrick and the local community. Nearly 100 businesses, individuals, and organizations are currently members of the Fort Detrick Alliance. 

Learn how to become involved here.

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3. SMART PROC Conference

Hosted right here in Frederick in late fall, this two-day conference connects attendees with government, academia, and industry leaders to discuss trends in defense &civilian agency program priorities and upcoming requirements in the Mid-Atlantic region. In its 16th year, the event will host 35+ federal agencies, 50 exhibitors, and over 100 government/industry speakers. The 2018 event will take place on November 29th and 30th at the Clarion Inn.

More information and registration for the event can be found here.

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4. Military Health System Vendor Days

Hosted on base at Fort Detrick in Frederick, MHS Vendor Day is a free opportunity for vendors to showcase products to military medical logisticians and subject matter experts from the Defense Health Agency and six medical material agencies under the DOD. The event is held once a month, between March and November. Interested participants must register and receive approval online.   

For more information, click here.

5. Federal Online Resources:

  • FedBizOpps: Business opportunities solicited through Broad Agency Announcements, Requests for Proposals, and Requests for Quotes are posted to FedBizOpps. 

  • : Federal awards of financial assistance to carry out a public purpose can be found at 

  • USAMRMC New Products and Ideas Portal: The NPI offers a web-based mechanism to gauge MRMC interest in medical-related products. Submissions of new ideas or products are reviewed by USAMRMC experts, who evaluate their applicability and provide feedback. Feedback may include referral to an existing Program or Broad Agency Announcement or an invitation to exhibit at an upcoming Vendor Day in Frederick. 

  • Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer : As "America's Seed Fund," these programs are specifically designed to engage small businesses in the federal innovation research and development arena.