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David Rockwell

David is a writer and educational multimedia producer for government contractors around the world. Some of his favorite work, with the experts at USFCR, is telling success stories of businesses that win federal contracts.

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Podcast Ep 30: The Government Buys... a Boat

Aug 11, 2020 11:13:35 AM / by David Rockwell posted in Podcast

Around 2010, a contracting officer at a military base in Tampa, Florida, unknowingly initiated a major change in the way small businesses win federal contracts. It all started with the purchase of a boat. The short story is that the government's boat purchase illustrated a problem which needed a solution.

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Podcast Ep 29: The Government Forecasts... a Buy

Jul 14, 2020 5:43:34 PM / by David Rockwell posted in USFCR Academy, Podcast

Before the government buys anything, there is usually a build up process to that need. This allows the government to plan their acquisitions. Planning isn’t just to create a laundry list of things that need to be done. It's to also provide the biggest opportunity to small businesses.

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Video: How to Join USFCR Academy to Learn Federal Contracting

Jun 30, 2020 10:43:09 AM / by David Rockwell posted in USFCR Academy, Videos

USFCR Academy, the training branch of US Federal Contractor Registration (USFCR), the world’s largest government registration firm, has worked with over 100,000 businesses over ten years on their journey into government contracting.

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USFCR Scholarship Recipients Focus on Mental Health

May 6, 2020 3:09:58 PM / by David Rockwell posted in USFCR Info

US Federal Contractor Registration (USFCR) is proud to award The Eric Knellinger Presidential Scholarship to Nishika Green and Anthony Cuozzo. Nishika and Anthony sat down with USFCR for a short interview to discuss their educational paths and how the scholarship money from USFCR will help them achieve their goals.

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Federal Contract Response to Covid-19

Apr 28, 2020 10:59:04 AM / by David Rockwell posted in USFCR Info

US Federal Contractor Registration (USFCR) takes great pride in the contribution of federal contractors to the current crisis in the United States and around the world. In our ten years of service at USFCR, we've seen many disaster relief efforts; however, this nationwide response is truly unprecedented.

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Video: Creating a LogIn.gov Account

Apr 24, 2020 9:55:09 AM / by David Rockwell posted in Videos

For registration in the System for Award Management and some advanced features of beta.SAM.gov such as Contract Reports and the Workspace, you will first need a Login.gov account. 

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Meet This Year's Eric Knellinger Presidential Scholarship Recipient

Apr 21, 2020 9:51:14 AM / by David Rockwell posted in USFCR Info

US Federal Contractor Registration (USFCR) is proud to award The Eric Knellinger Presidential Scholarship to John Steinharter. John, who goes by Jack to most people who know him, sat down with USFCR for a short interview to discuss his path as a medical professional and how the scholarship money from USFCR will help him achieve his goals.

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Video: How Our Veteran-Owned Business Registration Service Works

Dec 12, 2019 5:14:19 PM / by David Rockwell posted in Veteran Owned Small Business (VETBIZ), Videos

Certification as a Veteran Owned Small Business (VOSB) and/or a Service-Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business (SDVOSB) can help your business win more government contracts. USFCR provides a streamlined process to make sure this process happens error-free and compliantly.

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Video: How our HUBZone Certification Service Works

Dec 11, 2019 10:48:00 AM / by David Rockwell posted in Historically Underutilized Business Zone (HUBZone), Videos

The HUBZone Certification Program can help your business win more government contracts. USFCR provides a streamlined process to make sure this process happens error-free and compliantly.

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Video: How Our SAM Registration Service Works

Dec 9, 2019 10:24:00 AM / by David Rockwell posted in System for Award Management (SAM), Videos

Using a third-party registration service saves time and money and ensures compliance. Here's how our program works.

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Video: How our 8(a) Certification Service Works

Dec 4, 2019 10:47:00 AM / by David Rockwell posted in 8(a) Business Development Program, Videos

The 8(a) Business Development Program requires a lengthy certification process. This designation can help your business win more government contracts. USFCR provides a streamlined process to make sure this process happens error-free and compliantly.

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Video: How our WOSB & EDWOSB Set-Aside Service Works

Dec 2, 2019 11:02:00 AM / by David Rockwell posted in Women Owned Small Business (WOSB/EDWOSB), Videos

Being set-up as a Woman Owned Small Business (WOSB) and/or a Economically-Disadvantaged Owned Small Business (EDWOSB) can help your business win more government contracts. USFCR provides a streamlined process to make sure this process happens error-free and compliantly.

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Video: Are Simplified Acquisition Contracts Searchable? | USFCR Academy Live

Nov 20, 2019 4:15:22 PM / by David Rockwell posted in USFCR Academy, Advanced Procurement Portal (APP), Simplified Acquisition Program (SAP), Videos

Many federal contracts that fall under the Simplified Acquisition Threshold are searchable in Contract Opportunities in the Advanced Procurement Portal (APP). In this video clip, USFCR's training team provides some sound advice on how to locate Simplified Acquisition federal contract opportunities. You will also learn when these smaller contracts do not show up in the searchable database.

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Video: 4 Little Known Facts about Government Contracting

Nov 19, 2019 4:03:55 PM / by David Rockwell posted in USFCR Academy, General Government Contracting, Videos

Do you know the best way to find your target agency? Want to know why some of your past performance is invisible to contracting officers? Learn the answers to four little known facts in this USFCR Academy Live excerpt.

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Podcast Ep 15: The Government Buys Conduit

Nov 19, 2019 9:00:00 AM / by David Rockwell posted in General Government Contracting, Podcast

You will see your business grow faster if you choose the right partners on your journey into government contracting. Partners can come in many forms. You could partner with a third-party registration firm to cut through red tape. You could team with a company to expand your capabilities. You could merge with a business to form a joint venture. Or you could form a prime-sub relationship to fulfill a specific contract requirement. This podcast episode will explore the concept of networking and partnering as well as provide an example of it in action.

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Podcast Ep 14: The Government Buys an Underdog | HUBZone Set-aside

Nov 12, 2019 1:11:00 PM / by David Rockwell posted in Historically Underutilized Business Zone (HUBZone), Podcast

Set-asides give small businesses a major advantage when it comes to winning contracts. If it wasn't for these distinctions, small businesses would have a much more difficult time getting established in government contracting. HUBZone certification is one of the more confusing set-asides to attain and that's why we'll dedicate this podcast episode to understanding it more.

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Podcast Ep 13: The Government Buys...Beans

Nov 5, 2019 1:17:00 PM / by David Rockwell posted in Success Stories, Podcast

When a business starts winning government contracts, they may experience some cash flow changes because the government pays a little different than your average client. This is something that you have to consider when submitting your offers. On this episode of "The Government Buys...a Podcast," we're going to uncover some of those challenges. We'll look at some early wins for a successful small business government contractor to understand what went right and what went wrong.

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Video: Join The Network on USFCR Academy Live

Nov 4, 2019 10:50:33 AM / by David Rockwell posted in Videos

USFCR Academy Live is a social networking group where government contractors lead the show. This program allows people who are winning government contracts to interact with one another, learn the best ways to succeed with government contracts and connect with the world's largest and most trusted third-party registration firm, US Federal Contractor Registration.

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Strange Contracts Signed by The U.S. Government Video

Oct 30, 2019 4:37:49 PM / by David Rockwell posted in USFCR Academy, General Government Contracting, Videos

Did the Department of Defense actually spend $4,000 on creative movement classes? Find out about that contract and other strange procurements of the U.S. government in the video below.

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Podcast EP 12: The Government Buys a Narrative

Oct 29, 2019 4:18:39 PM / by David Rockwell posted in General Government Contracting, Podcast

The Dynamic Small Business Search (DSBS) is a portal used by federal agencies to find small businesses for simplified acquisition contracts and micro-purchases. Prime contractors also use it to find subcontractors. In this episode, of "The Government Buys...a Podcast," we get insight from USFCR's experts about the system. 

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