On this episode of TGBAP we interview Brett W. Josephson, Ph.D. Brett is the Director of Executive Development at George Mason University and an Assistant Professor of Marketing at Mason’s School of Business. He is also an Affiliated Faculty member for Mason’s Center for Government Contracting. His unique research into government contracting provides insights for businesses moving into the federal market. Part 2 of the conversation answers the question, "Is the government a good customer?" If so, "How do you extract value from this customer once you've made the commitment?"
On this episode of TGBAP, we interview Brett W. Josephson, Ph.D. Brett is the Director of Executive Development at George Mason University and an Assistant Professor of Marketing at Mason’s School of Business. He is also an Affiliated Faculty member for Mason’s Center for Government Contracting. His unique research into government contracting provides insights for businesses moving into the federal market. Part 1 of the conversation explores the major questions one might ask when researching the world's biggest buyer.
Small business set asides can make a crucial difference in a small business owner's ability to compete in a federal contracting marketplace that is typically dominated by large corporations. Join us as we root for the underdog in this episode of The Government Buys...a Podcast.
Woman Owned Small Businesses (WOSB) and Economically Disadvantaged Woman Owned Small Businesses (EDWOSB) can be eligible for set asides that can even the playing field in an oftentimes male-dominated federal contracting marketplace. Get your documents together and find out what it takes to qualify on this episode of The Government Buys A 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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The General Services Administration (GSA) has a big part in the process of government contracting. Some people have a bad impression of the GSA because they are so interconnected into the process. This podcast episode explains it all leaves you feeling like you understand how to use the GSA's resources to make money for your business.
In this episode of “The Government Buys...a Podcast” (TGAP), we sit down with USFCR President Eric Knellinger to discuss the upcoming merger of beta.SAM and FBO.gov. Join us as we deconstruct these impending changes and discuss how The Advanced Procurement Portal can keep you ahead of the curve.
In the old days all government contracting was cumbersome. However, a long, complicated process is not productive when supplies are needed quickly. One instance of the government needing to buy quickly is during an emergency. In this episode of the podcast we explain how the government side-steps a lot of regulation with one simplified set of rules called Simplified Acquisition Procedures.
Selling medical supplies is one of the biggest markets in federal contracting. For that reason, many businesses get started with that sole purpose in mind. Plus, The Department of Veterans Affairs is one of the biggest buyers of medical supplies and has preference to buy from Veteran Owned Businesses. On this podcast episode we talk with the CEO of one such business to find out about his story and about a new opportunity called the MSPV program.
The federal government's cloud contracts called JEDI and DEOS are a drama filled with twists and turns. This story is a display of government contracting at its highest levels, but it relates to the small business too. On this podcast episode, we'll explain what these mega contracts could mean for your business.
There are a number of reasons why the government spends more in the last quarter of the fiscal year. It is crucial to know when the federal government’s fiscal year actually ends and how your business can get a piece of the action. In this podcast episode we look at Fiscal Year 2019, but this information can easily be translated to Fiscal Year 2020 and beyond.
On some contracts, you will have to provide documentation on your team's key personnel. Episode 5 of "The Government Buys a...Podcast" explains how to select your team's experts and when it is required.
Contracting Officers will look at work that a business has completed in the past to verify that the business is a reliable choice for their procurement needs. Episode 4 of “The Government Buys a...Podcast”, explains what past performance the government may review when analyzing your business and also explains how you might present it to them.
Building relationships with contracting officers is important for winning contracts. This episode of "The Government Buys...a Podcast" will show you how to forge a working relationship with government agencies.