GSA Schedules, which are perfect vehicles for federal contractors interested in developing longterm relationships and contracts with purchasing officers and commercial firms, are a lot like a catalog -- a business approved to be on the schedule posts the products and services available, and then these products and services can be ordered, usually at volume discount pricing. Around $50 billion is spent each year through GSA MAS (Multiple Award Schedules) Schedules and 80% of the vendors on GSA Schedules are small businesses.
But businesses interested in getting on a GSA schedule should know that the process is time-consuming, as is the paperwork a business must complete. Businesses can spend upward of between 30 and 40 hours to gather all of the paperwork necessary, such as financial statements and past performance references, and then the review process can take upward of one year, and sometimes longer.
Given how long getting on the schedule takes, many businesses turn to third-party government registration firms, such as US Federal Contractor Registration, to process their business’s GSA Schedule.
Of course, what you should keep in mind is that while you're waiting to be approved for inclusion on the GSA Schedule, you also should be pursuing federal contracts through other avenues -- which also takes time. So you should ask yourself -- do you have the time to take all steps necessary to get on a GSA Schedule and simultaneously pursue other opportunities.
US Federal Contractor Registration, the world's largest third-party government registration firm, works with owners of small businesses all the time, letting them know upfront if their business qualifies for a GSA Schedule, how much the average schedule holder secures per year via the schedule a business; and what paperwork must be submitted for review. US Federal Contractor Registration also, at the same time, helps businesses pursue opportunities via its Simplified Acquisition Program. This unique and proprietary program is called the GSAP Program.
Businesses enrolled in the Simplified Acquisition Program get a government-formatted website, email bid notifications, a list of procurement officers and prime contractors, a custom profile in a small business database, and a System for Award Management (SAM) registration. The Simplified Acquisition Program starts immediately on sign up, and begins marketing a business to federal buyers while a Case Manager gathers and submits required GSA Schedule paperwork.
While other government registration firms may ask a business to pay thousands of dollars upfront to finance the work required to get it on a GSA Schedule, via its GSAP Program, US Federal Contractor Registration finances the process, supports and assists with contracting opportunities, and makes available multiple small business marketing solutions and yearlong technical support from a US Federal Contractor Registration Case Manager.
Call 877-252-2700, ext. 1 today to learn more about our GSAP (GSA Schedule plus Simplified Acquisition Program) program. We're here to help businesses succeed as federal contractors, and can help pair businesses with the right federal program.