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Don't Be Fooled: SAM and Other Federal Registrations are Still Free 

Watch out for urgent “SAM Renewal” notices, preferred “vendor listings”, sole-source promises, and other marketing tactics A growing number of for-profit firms are jostling to sign you up for their services – services that your business might not need or … Read More

Why Manufacturers Should Call Their PTAC 

The US government has thousands of requirements for manufactured items – from spare parts to large assemblies – and is always on the look-out for potential new suppliers. Manufacturers with a proven track record in the commercial sector may do well to consider … Read More

Matchmakers are invaluable opportunities for making connections 

Meeting face-to-face with potential buyers is an invaluable component of marketing, whether in commercial or government contracting. But meetings with government purchasing officers can be difficult to obtain, especially for small firms. A great place to gain some exposure –and some experience – is at Government contracting “Matchmaking” events. Many Procurement Technical Assistance Centers (PTACs) sponsor or participate in at least one … Read More

SBIR Projects Remain a Viable Option for Many Small Businesses

Despite decreases in their budgets over the last few years, the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) programs continue to occupy a significant place in the research and development funding for federal agencies. … Read More

Simple steps for achieving your VA veteran-owned business verification

If you are a veteran owned business pursuing federal contracts, it’s likely that you’ve heard complaints and horror stories about the VA Center for Verification and Evaluation (CVE) verification process, which must be completed to leverage your veteran (VOSB) or service disabled veteran owned small businesses (SDVOSB) status with the US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). As a VA Certified Verification Assistance Program Counselor with the Washington Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC), I’ve found that. … Read More

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