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SAM Registration: 9 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Registering in System for Award Management

Jun 13, 2014 11:27:21 AM / by USFCR posted in System for Award Management (SAM), Information for New Vendors

SAM Registration- 9 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Registering in System for Award Management

Deciding whether or not you should perform your own System for Award Management (SAM) registration can be a tough pill to swallow.  Making the attempt to conduct the process on your own as a brand new user can lead to big mistakes for your business.

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The Rule of Two: Small Business Federal Set-Asides in Government Contracting

May 30, 2014 4:05:26 PM / by USFCR posted in Information for New Vendors

The Rule of Two- Small Business Federal Set-Asides in Government Contracting

When a procurement officer is conducting market research they also have to consider small business federal set-asides. These set-asides help small businesses win government contracts that would normally be given to larger businesses.  23% of the annual federal contracting budget is devoted to small business contract spending.  The 'Rule of Two' is used at the discretion of each procurement officer when spending their yearly contract funds.  Due to the Simplified Acquisition Threshold, small businesses are set to receive contracts that are between $3,000 and $150,000 automatically.

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How to Get Your First Federal Contract

Feb 22, 2014 3:29:00 PM / by USFCR posted in Information for New Vendors

Before you can bid on federal contracts, you must complete your System for Award Management (SAM) Registration. Only businesses that have completed their registration can submit bids and receive federal contracts.

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What are NAICS Codes?

Aug 1, 2013 11:33:28 AM / by USFCR posted in Information for New Vendors

What are NAICS Codes_

The North American Industry Classification System (NAICS)  is the standard used by federal statistical agencies in classifying businesses for the purpose of collecting, analyzing and publishing statistical data related to the U.S. economy.

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What is an MPIN?

Jul 25, 2013 1:25:29 PM / by Hayden Johnson posted in Information for New Vendors, Guides

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MPIN stands for “Marketing Partner ID Number.” It’s mandatory for all SAM registrants and it’s one code that you do not want to forget. Your MPIN is required to access FedBizOpps (FBO.gov), Grants.gov, and the Past Performance Retrieval System (PPIRS). Every MPIN is about nine characters long with at least one letter and one numeral. You should always keep your MPIN safeguarded.

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How to Find a Specific Set-Aside on FBO.gov

Jul 16, 2013 2:05:40 PM / by USFCR posted in Information for New Vendors, Guides

How to Find a Specific Set-Aside on FBO.gov

As you know by now, finding out which federal set-asides your business may qualify for is extremely important.  Making sure your business receives all the government benefits it deserves should be on the top of your priority list in government contracting.  Aside from being properly registered in System for Award Management, finding out which federal set-side contracts that are currently available to your business would be one of the most important aspects of government contracting to a small business.  It is time to find which set-aside contracts are available, make sure your business qualifies, and bid on the contract.

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How to Market Your Business to the Federal Government

Mar 15, 2013 10:26:03 AM / by USFCR posted in Information for New Vendors, Guides

 How to Market Your Business to the Federal Government
Government contracting has always been a David and Goliath story of the government versus small business. The prime vendors leading their fields continue to receive the majority of the contracts as a whole. Attracting the attention of the world’s largest customer takes specialized skills and strategies to become one of their contractors. Using the proper resources and knowing how to market to prime vendors as well as the federal government will set a part a business from their competition.

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FedBid: A Procurement Marketplace

Feb 14, 2013 10:52:30 AM / by USFCR posted in Information for New Vendors, Guides

FedBid_ A Procurement Marketplace

FedBid.com provides an online procurement service that includes reverse E-auction and associated support services through the Buyer-Driven Online Marketplace located at www.fedbid.com. It helps federal, state, and local government agencies connect with prime and small business federal contractors. Predominately, buyers who use FedBid.com buy computer hardware and software, security supplies, industrial, laboratory, facilities and automative equipment, office supplies, furniture, and miscellaneous supplies. This is not a hard and fast rule, though. You can find many products through FedBid, and contractors may want to look at the service to see how much certain products are selling for.

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Registering Your Woman Owned/Veteran Owned Business

Nov 29, 2012 10:30:34 AM / by USFCR posted in Veteran Owned Small Business (VETBIZ), Women Owned Small Business (WOSB/EDWOSB), Information for New Vendors

Registering Your Woman Owned_Veteran Owned Business

Registering to become a certified Woman Owned Business and a Veteran Owned Business can be an extremely tedious task on top of the System for Awards Management (SAM) registration that is required for federal government work. US Federal Contractor Registration is currently offering a free evaluation and review of vendors' government registration, including their SAM registration. During the evaluation, a Placement Specialist will review the company's government contractor registration to ensure it is complete, contains the correct information and is optimized to help them win government contracts. US Federal Contractor Registration is helping woman owned small businesses and veteran owned businesses become registered for federal government work.

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Central Contractor Registration (CCR)

Feb 22, 2012 3:59:00 PM / by USFCR posted in Information for New Vendors

Until July 30, 2012, the U.S. government relied on information contained in the Central Contractor Registration (CCR) supplier database when selecting contractors with whom to work. The CCR included information contractors submitted, which the government then validated, stored, and made available to government buyers and purchasing officers.

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Pros and Cons of Cloud Computing in the Public Sector

Dec 9, 2011 1:02:48 PM / by USFCR posted in Information for New Vendors, Guides

Pros and Cons of Cloud Computing in the Public Sector

Cloud computing is back in the news again!  With the recent addition of Cloud Saves in the new XBOX Live Dashboard and a new federal program which is intended to get more agencies on board the cloud computing bandwagon, it’s worth taking a look at the benefits and challenges this cutting edge technology presents, particularly in the public sector.

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Five Internet Safety Tips for Government Contractors to Avoid Online Scams

Nov 21, 2011 3:32:53 PM / by USFCR posted in Information for New Vendors, Guides

Five Internet Safety Tips for Government Contractors to Avoid Online Scams

Anyone who uses the internet must watch out for possible scams and fraud, whether they're using it for personal or business purposes.  Considering contractor registration and bidding is primarily performed online now, this is especially true for government contractors.  To help government contractors avoid common scams and phishing attempts, US Federal Contractor Registration has shared the following five internet safety tips.  While these tips are specifically targeting government contractors, most can be used by anyone who uses the internet.

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How Agencies Evaluate Prior Experience and Past Performance

Oct 27, 2011 4:55:04 PM / by USFCR posted in Information for New Vendors, Guides

How Agencies Evaluate Prior Experience and Past Performance

For most businesses interested in government contracting, the first contract is the hardest to earn.  There are many factors that make it difficult to break into government contracting – wary buyers, lack of familiarity with terminology and practices – but a lack of prior experience and past performance seems like the most difficult obstacle to overcome.  Federal agencies are encouraged to consider prior experience and past performance when evaluating whether to award a contract to a particular vendor and a recent GAO report indicates that most agencies are doing just that.  The catch 22 is:  If the government won’t award you a contract because you have no prior experience or past performance from previous contracts, how are you supposed to earn prior experience and past performance in order to win contracts?

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Can Your Business Survive Another Recession?

Sep 30, 2011 4:58:18 PM / by USFCR posted in Information for New Vendors, Guides

Can Your Business Survive Another Recession_

Economists are predicting that a "Double-Dip" recession is now imminent in the next quarter, if it hasn't already begun.  Businesses that barely scraped by during the last recession will need to create new revenue streams in order to survive a second economic downturn.

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Why Do You Need to Market to the Government?

Jan 10, 2011 2:06:01 PM / by USFCR posted in Information for New Vendors

Why Do You Need to Market to the Government_

Many small business resources advise business owners interested in federal contracts to market to the government, particularly for contracts under $25,000.  But why is marketing such a smart move for potential contractors?

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