Four Questions with Jane Dowgwillo, Florida SBDC Network Government Contracting Services Manager
Provided by the Florida SBDC Network
1. How does the Florida SBDC Network help small businesses compete for government contracts? Through the Florida SBDC Network’s Government Contracting Service offering, the network employs government contracting specialists who can help your company evaluate, plan, register, prepare, pursue and achieve contracts with the federal, state and local government. In addition to the network’s no-cost consulting services, the network also offers hundreds of events and workshops throughout the year, including introduction to government contracting, marketing to the government and finding contracting opportunities. The Florida SBDC can also help you find information related to government contracts, including federal and military specifications and standards, commercial and data item descriptions and agency procurement histories and forecasts.
2. I applied for a contract in the past, but was not successful. What can I do? Always request a debriefing. Be sure to ask who won the contract, how you can improve for the next opportunity and what future opportunities will be available.
3. I am a small company and wear many hats. How can I still pursue government-contracting opportunities as part of my business strategy? As part of our service offering, the Florida SBDC Network offers small businesses access to BidMatch. BidMatch can help you save significant time and money by notifying you about relevant federal, state and local contract opportunities via email.
4. Where can I learn more about the Florida SBDC’s Government Contracting Services? To learn more, please visit us online at www.floridasbdc.org/services/government-contracting.