Podcast EP 18: The Government Buys From Veterans

Dec 10, 2019 9:00:00 AM / by Alex Siniari posted in Podcast

Set asides for Veteran-Owned Small Businesses and Service Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Businesses can provide an advantage to veterans in the competitive federal contracting marketplace. Stand behind those who have stood behind us all on this episode of The Government Buys a Podcast.

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USFCR Academy Live: Time Management Resolutions

Dec 9, 2019 11:23:41 AM / by Anna Rose posted in USFCR Academy

As the new year approaches, you may be thinking of a personal resolution. However, it's also a great time to consider a resolution for your efforts in the government contracting. Here are some questions a vendor should ask themselves when preparing their 2020 goals for contracting. We're also going to cover time management on this week's USFCR Academy Live webinar. 

Where to watch: USFCR Academy Live Facebook Group 

When to watch: 12/11/19 @ 2:00 pm ET

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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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Podcast EP 17: The Government Buys Salsa

Dec 3, 2019 10:22:36 AM / by Alex Siniari posted in Podcast

A current registration in the System for Award Management is the key to getting paid for the federal contracts you complete as a government contractor. Making sure a business of any size is compliant with all federal regulations can increase your odds of winning government contracts and make you an attractive partner to other contractors.

Grab your chips and get ready to learn the recipe for the secret sauce!

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USFCR Academy Live: Know Your Government Points of Contact

Dec 2, 2019 11:19:54 AM / by Anna Rose posted in USFCR Academy

While navigating through government contracting, you will come across multiple points of contact (POCs). Dealing with all them can be confusing. Here are some of the government points of contact you will encounter and their functions.

Where to watch: USFCR Academy Live Facebook Group 

When to watch: 11/4/19 @ 2 pm ET 

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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 Woman 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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Podcast EP 16: The Government Buys a Set

Nov 26, 2019 9:30:00 AM / by Alex Siniari posted in Podcast

Award Notices are given when a federal agency awards a contract in response to a solicitation. Government contractors can learn a great deal from an award notice in addition to finding out which vendor won the contract and for how much. Just because the contract has been awarded to a vendor doesn’t mean the work is over. Roll up your sleeves, it's time to get deep and deconstruct what valuable information is hidden in award notices.

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USFCR Academy Live: Contracting Gratitude

Nov 25, 2019 10:07:30 AM / by Anna Rose posted in USFCR Academy

In government communication, it is important to express gratitude to the professionals you will be
working closely with. Express gratitude with contracting officers, agency representatives and other
contracting professionals as they will be major advocates for vendors in the future.

Where to watch: USFCR Academy Live Facebook Group 

When to watch: 11/27/19 @ 2 pm ET 

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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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Beta SAM - Contract Opportunities (FBO) Guide for Businesses 2020

Nov 18, 2019 2:59:58 PM / by Hayden Johnson posted in System for Award Management (SAM), Contract Bidding, Guides

Anyone who wants to get into government contracting is going to run into beta.SAM.gov (Beta SAM). There's no way around it. The next question most of us will have next is:

"What can I do with Beta SAM and how do I use to search for contracts?"

If you're asking this question, then you've come to the right place. In this blog post, we'll take you from start to finish on Beta SAM. After reading this, you will have a comprehension of...

  • What happened to FedBizOpps? 
  • What is Beta SAM?
  • Registering for Beta SAM
  • Finding Government Contracts on Beta SAM
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USFCR Academy Live: Small Business Week

Nov 18, 2019 1:44:53 PM / by Anna Rose

This week's episode of USFCR Academy Live will focus on small businesses. Before a person can contract with the federal government, they must first start a business. This includes selecting the correct entity type, registering properly, and creating an online presence.

Where to watch: USFCR Academy Live Facebook Group 

When to watch: 11/20/19 @ 2 pm ET 

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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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USFCR Academy Live: All Things Veteran

Nov 11, 2019 10:55:00 AM / by Anna Rose posted in Veteran Owned Small Business (VETBIZ), USFCR Academy

November 11th is Veterans Day. In honor of this, we are dedicating this week's USFCR Academy Live  to celebrate our nation's veterans and focusing on how we can assist them in flourishing within federal contracting. 

Where to watch: USFCR Academy Live Facebook Group 

When to watch: 11/13/19 @ 2 pm ET 

Get up to speed and ready for this week's episode with this blog post. 

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Case Study: Veteran's Choice Procurement, LLC

Nov 7, 2019 5:01:23 PM / by Hayden Johnson posted in Veteran Owned Small Business (VETBIZ), Simplified Acquisition Program (SAP), Success Stories

Veteran's Choice Procurement, LLC is a Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business (SDVOSB) located in Austin, Texas. They provide healthcare supplies and equipment to federal agencies. With USFCR's services, owner Jesse Carlow went from starting a business to winning six contracts in less than a year.

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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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Bid Protests: A Quick Rundown for Q1 2020

Oct 31, 2019 3:27:53 PM / by Hayden Johnson posted in Contract Bidding, Guides, News

In the first quarter of the fiscal year, the Pentagon awarded its prestigious $10 billion Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure (JEDI) contract to Microsoft. 

For now. 

That's because if you've been reading up on this contract, you would know it was riddled with disputes. One of which was a bid protest made by Oracle Corporation. Then, right after Microsoft was awarded, it was expected Amazon Web Services would file one as well. 

In this blog post, we're going to give you the rundown on bid protests.

We are going to answer:  

  • What is a bid protest? 
  • Why are bid protests filed?
  • Where do I file a bid protest? 
  • How should I approach bid protests? 

Let's begin. 

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