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Seize the Sprint: Navigating the Year-End Rush in Government Contracting for Minority Business Enterprises

The MBDA Federal Procurement Center (MBDA FPC) in collaboration with the Louisiana MBDA Business Center, operated by the Southern University Law Center is committed to empowering Minority Business Enterprises (MBEs) to succeed in winning year end government contract awards. One of the most crucial periods in this sector is what has been piloted by the collaborative entitled, "The Year-End Sprint." Federal agencies are looking to allocate their remaining budget before the fiscal year closes. We have outlined information on what the Year-End Sprint is and have provided actionable tips for MBE's to capitalize on this opportunity.

Special Announcement: Year-End Sprint Matchmaking Event

Before diving into the details, we're excited to announce a special event designed to help MBEs make the most of the Year-End Sprint.  If you are either an MBDA Federal Procurement Center or Louisiana MBDA Center client, and have a minimum of $500,000.00 in annual revenue, we invite you to join our Year-End Sprint Matchmaking Event where you'll have the opportunity to meet with government agency procurement officers in a matchmaking session.

RegistrationYear-End Sprint Matchmaking Event. Don't miss this chance to connect, learn, and secure potential contracts!

What is the Year-End Sprint?


The Year-End Sprint refers to the last few months of the federal fiscal year, typically from July to September, and the first quarter of the fiscal year when government agencies rush to spend their remaining budget. (Generally, on or before September 30th).  During this period, agencies are more likely to award contracts to ensure that they utilize their full budget allocation for the year.

Why Does It Happen?

Federal agencies operate on a "use it or lose it" budgeting principle. If they don't spend their allocated funds by the end of the fiscal year, they risk having their budget reduced in the subsequent year. This creates a flurry of activity as agencies look to award contracts quickly.

Importance for MBE’s

Opportunity for New Contracts

For MBEs, the Year-End Sprint is a golden opportunity to secure government contracts. Agencies are more willing to take chances on new vendors, including minority-owned businesses, to meet their spending requirements.

Increased Visibility

By participating in the Year-End Sprint, MBEs can gain significant visibility and credibility, which can lead to more opportunities in the future.

Tips for MBEs During the Year-End Sprint

Be Prepared

  1. Register for September 20th online match making at https://diversifyla.com/event/iaeozsummitprecon 
  2. Documentation: Ensure all your business documentation, including certifications and available past performance records, are up to date.
  3. Financial Readiness: Make sure you have the financial capacity to take on new projects. This may include having a line of credit or sufficient cash reserves.


Network Aggressively

  1. Attend Industry Events: Use this time to network with key decision-makers in government agencies.
  2. Leverage Social Media: Use platforms like LinkedIn to connect with procurement officers and other stakeholders. 


Target the Right Agencies

  1. Research: Identify agencies that have a history of working with MBEs or have unspent budgets.
  2. Tailor Proposals: Customize your proposals to meet the specific needs of the agencies you are targeting.


Be Quick but Dont Hurry

  1. Quick Turnaround: Be prepared to turn around proposals quickly, but don't sacrifice quality for speed.
  2. Due Diligence: Even in the rush, make sure you understand the terms of the contract and that it aligns with your business objectives.



The Year-End Sprint in government contracting offers a unique opportunity for Small, Emerging, and Minority Owned Business Enterprises to secure new contracts and build lasting relationships with federal agencies. By understanding what this period entails and how to navigate it effectively, MBEs can significantly enhance their chances of success.

The MBDA Federal Procurement Center is here to support you through this exciting yet challenging time. For more resources and personalized guidance, feel free to reach out to [email protected].  And be sure to get ahead of the fiscal year 2024 by registering for www.iaeozsummit.com in person or virtually. Match Making sessions will be held in person October 18th-19th, 2023.

Let's make the most of this Year-End Sprint together!

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