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Small Business and Sustainable Solutions

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Hello Small Business Community,

It is a beautiful day in September and I am wondering about our move to a more sustainable work environment and how that affects our small businesses as we seek to provide the best customer care. 

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Small Businesses Growing in a Sustainable Market

business people showing growth with a chart behind themThis year our agency (GSA) is collaborating with the Department of Defense to identify the challenges of small business working in the Federal Market with the new sustainable procurement requirements from Executive Order 13514 and how we can make those challenges become opportunities for small businesses instead.  Currently agencies are bein

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Increase your competitiveness with new environmental training

With GSA including environmental considerations in more contract solicitations every year, we’re sharing new training to help vendors reduce energy costs, protect the environment, and increase their competitiveness in winning GSA contracts. The training focuses on easy steps vendors can take to reduce their energy costs and associated greenhouse gas pollution, which causes global warming. GSA recognizes our obligation to safeguard America’s future by purchasing products and services that minimize our impact on the environment.

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Placing UESC Task Orders with the GSA Areawide Webinar

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Date: 
Wednesday, November 28, 2012 - 11:00 AM to 1:30 PM
Location: 
http://apps1.eere.energy.gov/femp/training/course_detail_live.cfm/CourseDateId=491?CFID=2415255&CFTOKEN=16952389
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Learn a step-by-step approach to placing a utility energy service contract (UESC) task order under a U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) Areawide Contract. Focus on developing skills related to the acquisition plan; preliminary audit and findings; feasibility study and project proposal; contract for construction; construction and installation; performance assurance and acceptance; post-construction; and commissioning.

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Video: Buy Green (Pt 2 of 6)

In the latest GSA Training: Buy Green video (pt 2 of 6), Dana Arnold, the Director of the Program Analysis Division, gives more insight on buying green products. This presentation delivers information on sustainable products, the Federal Green Purchasing Program, the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) part 23, and a variety of market research tools. Click here to watch this video on YouTube

Be sure to tune in Next Wednesday for more information regarding market research tools!

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FREE WEBINARS: Five-Part Series on Doing Business with GSA

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Date: 
Monday, January 2, 2012 - 1:00 PM to Monday, December 10, 2012 - 2:00 PM
Location: 
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Our Doing Business with GSA Series is designed to provide  you with an in depth look at partnering with our agency.  Part I of our series will set the foundation for accessing opportunities in our agency.  It is the best training to get you started and is a compliment to the additional training options.  

We also recommend downloading the "Doing Business with GSA" publication as a pre-requisite to all training.

Space is limited. Please register today!

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Free October Webinar: GSA Schedules and Sustainability (October 20)

Our next free webinar will feature Program Analysis Division Director Dana Arnold. Dana will discuss GSA Schedules and Sustainability and field your questions.  Please see below for more details.
 
To register for the event (attendees looking to get 1 CLP credit must register), visit: http://interact.gsa.gov/gsa-event/webinar-gsa-schedules-and-sustainability

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Sustainability and the Small Business

I have recently joined the Sustainability in Procurement Fellows which is led by Nancy Gillis and is helping immensely in expanding my knowledge of the topic to be a resource for small business.  The Executive Order (E.O.) 13514 is pushing Federal buyers to make sustainable acquisitions.  What this means for small business is that some procurements will have requirements and standards as to what the government considers green.  Vendors who are currently calling themselves green may not be viewed that way by government buyers in the near future.  

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