Empower to Grow

Formerly The 7(j) Program

Eligible small businesses can apply to obtain full access to a FedMap, a premier network for government contracting professionals, at no cost, through a generous grant from the SBA’s Empower to Grow (E2G) Program.
Eligible to businesses in OH, IL, IN, MI, MN, WI, AR, TX, LA, NM, OK, IA, KS, NE, MO

Our goal is to empower businesses to excel in federal contracting, whether as prime contractors or subcontractors. Our FedMap program, provided at no cost to eligible small businesses, has helped participants win over $2.98 Billion in prime contract awards, to date.

What is included in the E2G program?

One-to-One Training Sessions

Empower to Grow (E2G) Program (Formerly 7(j) program) eligible participants have the opportunity to request a private training session with one of our seasoned government contracting experts. While we do our best to accommodate all participants, there’s is a limited availability of these free one-to-one training sessions.

A Network of Professionals

As an eligible participant, you will have access to a network of government contracting processionals where you can connect with dedicated peers, fostering personal and professional growth. Companies in the FedMap network  are focused on building success through shared expertise and mutual challenges.

Live and OnDemand Events

With your FedMap access, you can join our monthly live events, each addressing topics crucial for government contractors. Make sure to participate and come prepared with your questions. We prioritize interactivity to address your specific concerns. Plus, you get full access to recordings of all of our past events.

Full Course Catalog Access

Explore our expanding collection of online, on-demand courses tailored for busy government contractors. Each course is designed to be straightforward and easily digestible, ensuring you quickly grasp the essential concepts required to excel in the government market.

Tools and Templates

Get access to practical tools and templates. Discover commonly used resources that not only save you time but also offer valuable guidance for conducting business in the federal market.

FedMap Target

Receive daily opportunities tailored to your skills and industry directly in your inbox. Target streamlines your search, allowing you to quickly identify, monitor, and secure high-probability winning (PWin) contracting opportunities

Eligibility Requirements

Before you apply for FedMap and the Empower to Grow program please ensure that you meet the following criteria:

  • Your SBA District Office is one of the following states: OH, IL, IN, MI, MN, WI, AR, TX, LA, NM, OK, IA, KS, NE, MO
  • Your company is based in the US
  • Your company is not a non-profit organization
  • Your company does not generate revenue from gambling
  • Your company is at least one of the following:
    • 8(a) Certified
    • SBA Certified HUBZone Small Business
    • SBA Certified EDWOSB
    • Located in areas of high unemployment or low income
    • Owned by low-income individuals

All Set?

SBA Disclaimer
SBA Cooperative Agreement contract #SBAGC7J230009-01-00. Funded in part through a Cooperative Agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration. All opinions, conclusions, and/or recommendations expressed herein are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the SBA. All SBA-funded projects are extended to the public on a nondiscriminatory basis.

SBA's Empower to Grow (E2G) Program Application

Formerly 7(j) Program, our FedMap program, provided at no cost to eligible small businesses

Frequently Asked Questions
Who is eligible to receive access to FedMap and services under the SBA Empower to Grow (E2G) Program?

Firms eligible to receive E2G services must meet one or more of the following:

Who should participate?

Eligible companies that are looking to grow their government sales. FedMAP supports those responsible for company’s business development success, which could include the business owner, company executives, program managers, capture managers, or business development leads. 

Can more than one person from a company sign-up?

Yes. Each person should submit their own application, but anyone in your eligible company can participate! 

Do I have to be a local firm to participate?

In order to participate at no cost, companies must meet eligibility and reside in the following locations OH, IL, IN, MI, MN, WI, AR, TX, LA, NM, OK, IA, KS, NE, or MO.  

If you are not eligible for SBA’s Empower to Grow program or if you are not located in these states and would like to access Fedmap’s premium membership  and services, reach out to support@fedmap.us. 


How much does it cost to participate?

No, SBA provides financial support so that so that eligible companies can have access to the beneifts of FedMap at no cost. 

If you do not qualify,  reach out to FedMap to sign up support@FedMap.us


Coley GCS was instrumental in creating and delivering a powerful capacity building curriculum with proven results.  This initiative gave a San Antonio small business firm the push they needed to win more than $70 million in contracts this year.  Thank you for your support!

 Nancy Alvarez
Supervisor, 8(a) Business Development
Small Business Administration

I would like to express my gratitude to the entire Coley Team. Your staff is amazing. The training that you provide makes learning government contracting much easier than any other platform I have obtained training from. The way each step is broken down, showing and providing format examples, is key to understanding the important concepts. You made me feel welcomed and encouraged. Thank you for the care you have put into your training program.

Connie D. Watson
President & CEO