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Doing Business with GSA

Date: 
Thursday, September 22, 2011 - 1:00 PM
Location: 
https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/748720483
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Small Business Community,

Please join us to learn about opportunities with GSA. This training includes and overview of GSA programs, provide you sources of support and highlight the mentor protege program.   

This training is just one of a 5 part series of webinars designed with the goal of success for the small business.

Please keep checking our website at www.gsa.gov/osbu or follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/gsaosbu for training updates across the country on topics such as:  

• Sustainability Awareness
• Mentor Protégé
• Initiating Partnering Agreements
• 6 Steps to Successful Marketing
• Doing Business with GSA

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nc_hai
<p>Hello all,</p><p>I am working on getting our company on the GSA Schedule. I have a few offers for 3rd party companies that offered to do the proposal and the negotiations for us for a fee. I want to know if you did the proposal by yourself or if you used any of these company and what was the outcome. Any thoughts, ideas or advice woudl be helpful.</p><p>Thanks,</p><p>NC</p>
christy.jackiewicz
<p>This is a common question we get from vendors who are interested in the solicitation government procurement process.&nbsp; Rather than tell you which way to go I will provide some pros and cons that I hope will also help others.</p><p>Pros</p><ol><li>The company may have infromation from their experience that could help you understand the contracting process</li><li>The company may have mre time to spend on the paperwork</li><li>Working with someone make make you feel less intimidated</li></ol><p>Cons</p><ol><li>The paper work is mostly a template asking you aobut your company experience&nbsp;-&nbsp;which means that the company you choose&nbsp;needs your company information which only you know (so you pay them to ask you questions)</li><li>You will never know as much as a consultant if you don&#39;t do the leg work yourself</li><li>Depending on someone to know what you need to know&nbsp;will leave you ignorant of information you need and always dependent on whoever knows more</li><li>No matter who you hire - award is not guaranteed so ROI is a gamble</li></ol><p>I hope this has been helpful.&nbsp; I&#39;m sure there are many opinions of the pros and cons - and this is the place to have that discussion.</p>
disceo
<p>HI,</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; I own&nbsp;a startup Dynamic Innovative Solutions (<a href="http://www.dynamic-inovative-solutions.com">http://www.dynamic-inovative-solutions.com</a>) that provides document conversion, document management and document destruction services.&nbsp; We have just begun our marketing and have not landed our first sale yet.&nbsp; My question is, does GSA allow startups to receive contracts?&nbsp; If not, how long do I have to wait or do i have to have a certain number of months/years of sales? Also I am a SDVO business.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Thanks,</p><p>Scott</p>
schen3571
<p>Hi Scott,</p><p>As a contractor, there are steps that your company needs to take in order to begin receiving GSA or any other government contracts. First thing would be to develop rates within your financials so that you are competitive. GSA rates would be based off your internal financial data essentially. These rates really depend on how strong your financial system and processes are.</p><p>For more information or if you would like to talk about some of these steps please feel free to contact me</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><a href="mailto:schen@sjcassociates.net">schen@sjcassociates.net</a></p><p><a href="http://www.sjcassociates.net">http://www.sjcassociates.net</a></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Thanks</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Shawn<br /><br />&nbsp;</p>
disceo
<p>Shawn,</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Thanks for the information.&nbsp; We&#39;re&nbsp;developing our pricing strategy for the commercial sector now and I&#39;ll modify it accordingly to stay competitive on the government side.&nbsp; My question however was pointed more specifically toward the &quot;application process&quot; for a GSA schedule.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Thanks again,</p><p>Scott&nbsp;&nbsp;</p>
schen3571
<p>Hi Scott,</p><p>As a contractor, there are steps that your company needs to take in order to begin receiving GSA or any other government contracts. First thing would be to develop rates within your financials so that you are competitive. GSA rates would be based off your internal financial data essentially. These rates really depend on how strong your financial system and processes are. Contracts are available to all as long as your have your requirements completed (i.e. CCR, reps&amp; certs)</p><p>For more information or if you would like to talk about some of these steps please feel free to contact me</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><a href="mailto:schen@sjcassociates.net">schen@sjcassociates.net</a></p><p><a href="http://www.sjcassociates.net">http://www.sjcassociates.net</a></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Thanks</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Shawn<br /><br />&nbsp;</p>
christy.jackiewicz
<p>I will send a request for updated status on this a report as soon as I get more information</p>
dyoung
<p>Hi Dina!&nbsp; I have also been trying to complete the Pathways To Success training on the GSA website.&nbsp; If anyone has an idea about when the training will be available again, please let me know.&nbsp;</p><p>Thanks!</p><p>Deena</p><p>&nbsp;</p>
dina
<p>Can someone tell me were i can find the Pathway to Success training? I tried the GSA website its currently not available.&nbsp; Does anyone know when it will be available? I thought i needed to complete this before i can submit our proposal.&nbsp; Any suggestions?</p><p>Thanks!</p><p>Dina</p>
OcelcoInc
<p>Dina,</p><p>While the site is down, the training is being waived...lucky you :)</p><p>Still a good idea to go through it once it is back up though...</p><table border="0" cellpadding="2" cellspacing="2" id="MASVendor" width="85%"><tbody><tr><td width="40%">&nbsp;</td><td width="40%">*This site is temporarily unavailable. The mandatory requirement for training completion will be waived for applicable Schedule solicitations while the training is unavailable.</td></tr></tbody></table><p>&nbsp;</p>
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