Foret Contracting Group, LLC is a construction, landscaping, and building maintenance company based out of Thibodaux, Louisiana. Through US Federal Contractor Registration's (USFCR) Simplified Acquisition Program, they won a contract for grounds maintenance for the U.S. Coast Guard Base New Orleans.
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.
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.
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.
Recently Todd Marchant Construction Co. dba RockNErosion won its first two federal contracts. Although it takes an average of 12-18 months for businesses to win their first award, RockNErosion completed this feat in just half of the time. For Todd Marchant however, searching, bidding, and performing federal contracts isn’t just something that he does for an income. Todd has found genuine enjoyment and passion in this type of work.
In federal contracting, having a great past performance record can open up a wide range of opportunities down the road. After all, the U.S. federal government wants to build relationships with quality businesses that they can rely on. Although Metropolitan Logistics, LLC dba Metro Managed Services has recently won its first two contracts, they are no strangers to working with Uncle Sam. Their repeated success in federal contracting demonstrates how a business can scale this sector by establishing a solid reputation.
Federal contracting is a long term investment for any business to take on. It can also be quite difficult to get your foot in the door as well. On average, it will take a business registered in the System for Award Management (SAM) anywhere between 12 and 18 months to win their first federal contract. Los Angeles-based business, CreativIT Consulting, LLC dba Cloud 9 Solutions, achieved this milestone within an even shorter span of time and won two federal contracts. What makes this achievement even more astounding? The business only consists of just one person.
Federal contracting is a highly competitive sector. Getting your foot in the door is a whole feat of its own. However, a true indicator of a contractor’s prowess and quality of work is when Uncle Sam chooses to build a working relationship with their business. Such is the case with RTG Building Services Inc. (which has held previous contracts under LP Custodial) winning their rebid on a janitorial contract with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. After a 10 year contract, the Army has once again solidified their trust in RTG Building Services Inc. with this recent award.
June 1st marked the beginning of the Atlantic Hurricane season. These past few years, the United States has endured waves of devastation from Maria to Michael. Then, in the West, there have been numerous wildfires with the Camp Fire being one of the most destructive in recent memory. Although it seems as if disaster is inevitable, what’s also inevitable is that there will always be contractors who will answer the call to help. With a recent Blanket Purchase Agreement (BPA) award from the U.S. Forest Service, B&G Forestry, LLC will be there to answer the call and provide aid.
Do you know what the terms “set-aside” and “simplified acquisition” means in terms of government contracting? If you don’t, you’re not alone. Many of our clients see these terms in solicitations and ask us to better explain what the terms mean and if their company even qualifies.
Dynamic Small Business Search or better known as DSBS to contracting professionals recently updated their keyword limit from 20 to 50. With all commas, spaces, and words a vendor can now have up to 1000 characters in their keyword limit area of Dynamic Small Business Search. This increase in keywords will give registered small business government contracts more opportunities to be seen on the government database when searched by federal procurement officers. Dynamic Small Business Search (DSBS) is currently used as the 'Google Search' for small business government contractors. With the United States Federal Government required to spend 23% of their contracting budget on small businesses, Dynamic Small Business Search is used as one of the main sources to find properly registered government contractors. This new update will also allow a Dynamic Small Business Search user to write more for their capabilities narrative. This narrative acts as a Capability Statement within the small business database. Small businesses are encouraged to use their capability statement when marketing to government buyers and prime contractors to win available opportunities. Dynamic Small Business Search is a key database to registered in when looking to be awarded small business government contracts.
After numerous success stories and an enormous need from the general public for a government marketing program that works, US Federal Contractor Registration's Simplified Acquisition Program emerges in 2015 to be the best choice for contractors. In fact, US Federal Contractor Registration launched an entire website in October 2014 devoted to the Simplified Acquisition Program. Businesses can visit http://www.simplifiedacquisitionprogram.org/ to learn more about the Simplified Acquisition Program and how it works.
The United States Federal Government is known for spending billions of dollars on goods and services from registered government contractors. What most business owners do not know is that there are several ways to receive funds from procurement officers for services rendered. One of the most popular ways government buyers purchase goods/services is using a GSA SmartPay Purchase Card. A SmartPay card is a credit card procurement officers use to buy services and goods. The purchase card is one of four different government credit cards, which are all used for different purchases such as services, travel, etc. According to the General Services Administration (GSA), the SmartPay program is the largest government payment program in the world, serving more than 350 federal agencies, organizations, and Native American tribal governments.
Did you know that out of the 30 million businesses in America, only a little over 500,000 are actually registered to accept government contracts. That mean 1.6% of all American businesses are registered in System for Award Management and can work for the government. An even scarier truth is that out of that 500,000 businesses registered in SAM, only a 3/4 are registered properly without errors and mistakes. Once a business becomes properly registered and begins a government marketing campaign they will have the opportunity to witness all of the available contracts in the federal marketplace.