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Technology companies may be able to land government contracts, without enduring the painful government contracting process, by taking advantage of the RFP-EZ Marketplace, a pilot program launched by the Small Business Administration.
October is National Women’s Small Business Month and the perfect time to spotlight the varied resources and benefits available to businesses designated as woman-owned.
The Small Business Set-Aside Program, Very Small Business Pilot Program, and Small Business R Funding Programs are some of the more important federal programs that are designed to benefit small businesses.
The government is generally required to pay you for work on a government contract within 30 days, and it usually requires the use of electronic fund transfers.
Before you submit your bid, go through our checklist to make sure all is in order.
If you contract with the government, you must meet certain quality standards which will vary based on the product or service that you are providing. International standards may apply and U.S. quality assurance standards are part of contract terminology. A Certificate of Conformance, instead of source inspection, may be permitted at the discretion of the contracting officer. And, the government makes use of industry-specific standards created in the private sector. Subcontractors, as well as prime contractors, must adhere to government-mandated quality standards.
When the government solicitation you are responding to is an Invitation for Bid, writing your proposal will basically consist of filling out the forms that the government provides. However, when the solicitation is a negotiated solicitation, such as a Request for Proposal or Request for Quote, you will need to create a proposal.
Once you have reviewed the bid, received the specs, gotten pricing history, and priced out the items or services, you are ready to put it all together, write your proposal and submit it. We provide a line-by-line explanation of how to complete the most common government contracting forms to assist you.
What comes next after you bid? A look at how the evaluation process works and the factors that could influence who will win the award. If your business is awarded the contract, we provide some pointers on what to do immediately upon receiving a contract.
To improve your chances of being chosen as a subcontractor to a prime for the government key areas to consider include being selective in your bidding, being flexible in dealing with prime contractors, and effectively selling yourself as the best choice.
To get government subcontracting opportunities, you'll need to do some background work to understand your customer - the prime contractor, honestly assess your own capabilities, identify your competition, and learn how to sell yourself as a sub.
How to improve your chances of being a subcontractor on government contracts by identifying the right prime contractor.
Assess the opportunities for small businesses doing business as a subcontractor for a prime contractor with the government. Being a subcontractor permits you to participate in the government contracting arena without dealing directly with the government, since you'll be working for the primary contractor, and not the government directly.
The Defense Department and the Small Business Administration maintain assistance programs for small businesses to help them in the acquisition process.
The Veterans Entrepreneurship Program is a program that provides government contracting assistance to veterans owning small businesses, especially those who are service-disabled
The 8(a) BD Mentor-Protege Program is a public-private partnership sponsored by the SBA that seeks to grow disadvantaged startup businesses with the help of experienced ones. Qualified mentors are connected with eligible start-ups in an organized effort to transfer the experience of successful business owners to the next generation of budding entrepreneurs.
The HUBZone Empowerment Contracting Program is designed to stimulate economic development and create jobs in urban and rural communities. The program provides contracting opportunities to small businesses located in, and hiring employees from, Historically Underutilized Business Zones. If you and your business qualify, it could help you break into the business of government contracting.
The Small Business Administration administers several programs that are designed to help small businesses market to both large business and government procurements. One of these, the Small Disadvantaged Business (SDB) Certification Program, is aimed at helping disadvantaged small businesses compete effectively.
There are a variety of special federal programs and initiatives designed to benefit small businesses in the government contracting process. In addition, help is available from a variety of public and private sources, including counseling services.
This case study tracks the entire process of disputing and litigating a disagreement over a government contract.