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help needed getting a Government contract

SUBJECT: Durable Medical Equipment business

I'm registered as a W/MBE and need to learn how to to set up my daily/weekly search engine.

Then, I'd like to position myself to learn how to choose and apply for government contract opportunities.

I'd like to have someone explain to me if it would be beneficial for me to register as a veteran and women owned small business....I'd need help registering.

I am registered on beta.sam.gov (don't understand it)

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Beta SAM is a requirement for government contract bidding. However, focusing on the search engine and opportunities there is useful only from the perspective of market research.

Setting up a search is a useful insight into what is being solicited by the government, who is being awarded contracts, and how your market niche might fit in the massive government procurement market.

I suggest you utilize a separate email account to do so if you elect automatic mailings because the response will be massive. Beta SAM is a monstrous data base undergoing classic government IT beta issues as we speak. COVID 19 has delayed some of the problem solving there since GSA migrated the system last fall from the former site, FEDBIZOPPS.

Becoming involved in federal government contracting takes a marketing plan unique to what you intend to sell, as well as establishing relationships with larger industry partners and others who can team with you as a subcontractor in large, major bids.

The larger companies are looking for women-owned small business contracting companies to meet their requirements under the law to buy 23% of what they purchase from small business. The government is very fond of "Bundling " requirements to huge prime contractors and becoming familiar with that environment takes some investigation to be effective at it.

I am going to continue this conversation at your profile with further suggestions to help you. I will provide information there that I maintain at a FREE web site that is an extension of my volunteer work. I look forward to further discussions with you on your objectives.

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Thank you for your responses.

Last week, I had a Zoom call with our City PTAC officer and we went back into my SAM account and revised my NAICS codes.

I'm also seeking to get confirmed as an 8(a), Veteran and disadvantaged business.

Updates are happening this week with Women's own small business registration on Wednesday the 15th.

So I'll be talking with the PTAC officer on Tuesday, tomorrow registering for veteran status and 8 (a).

I really don't understand the 8(a) thing... because I under the impression I have to have had a contract offered and making money...which the business isn't at this time..not even on e-commerce.

314-583-5273 cell I use WhatsApp, Zoom, etc

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Hello Cynthia,

It is good you revised your NAICS codes. I suggest to most of my government contracting clients that they put in as many codes as they believe they may become involved in as an enterprise, since the whole government solicitation system (SAM Opportunities) rides on them. No one in the government will question your selections until you decide to submit a proposal and even then, the quality, pricing and technical content of your offer will be the deciding factor.

You can initially register in SAM as a small business and as a minority business enterprise (MBE). Veteran-owned, woman-owned applications are separate processes with the SBA. 8(a) registration as you have stated correctly, requires the applicant be in business, be able to show at least a years worth of financials and submit some very detailed other information. For more on these certifications, please see the following free article at the web site I maintain as an extension of my volunteer work: https://www.smalltofeds.com/2011/10/marketing-to-achieve-small-business-set.html

I have made you an offer at at your profile. If you so desire you may accept it and we can work together privately on your additional issues.

Ken

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Thank you. Let me find the link...all of this is new...please be patient as I look for the link.

Thank you

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