Obtaining a contract with the General Service Administration (GSA) is an exciting opportunity that can open a lot of doors for your business. After doing your research, perhaps you have decided this is the best step for your company to enter the public sector. Before you get a contract, you have to submit a GSA Schedule proposal, and before submitting your proposal, it’s important to have all the necessary materials ready to prevent any delays in the process of review and clarifications. There is a lot of work that goes into preparing your GSA proposal. You may be asking yourself a series of questions, like: What are the necessary documents and steps to create a competitive proposal? Why does GSA need certain materials from me?
It’s never too early to start preparing for next year—as 2021 comes to a close, GSA is planning their strategic moves for 2022 and outlining what changes will be made to the Multiple Award Schedule (MAS) program. In early December, we attended the Southwest Supply and Acquisition Center’s Industry Days, which is a yearly event devoted to providing contractors and industry partners developments on GSA. This year’s events gave insight to all the important updates that are expected to happen within the next year or two. What are some of these updates and how will it impact your business tactics? Here are some of the biggest takeaways.
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Considering all the resources available to businesses pursuing a federal contract, it’s very easy to feel overwhelmed with all the information you have access to. On the other hand, perhaps you are unaware of all the useful resources that are out there. You may be asking: Where do I go to find information? Where do small businesses come into the picture? Where do I find contracting opportunities?
As a new or potential contractor, there is a lot of information you need to keep in mind to stay compliant with your GSA Schedule contract. You might have questions like: Who is my Contracting Officer and what is their contact information? When does my contract expire? Who are my competitors? This information and more is available on GSA’s eLibrary website, an excellent source for the latest GSA contract award information. A lot of contractors are unaware of how useful this site can be for their contracting success. Throughout the course of this post, we will be going over what available information can be found on the GSA eLibrary and how to find it.
When considering your company’s opportunities for growth, taking stock of your resources is important. Certain small businesses may feel like they do not qualify for a GSA Schedule contract due to a variety of reasons, such as a lack of marketing presence, or lack of employees and experience to meet federal demands, etc. Something that many businesses could benefit from is a Joint Venture. Throughout the course of this post, we will be going over what a Joint Venture is, what it means for your GSA Schedule, and how to obtain one.
One of the most important things businesses need to figure out when trying to get a GSA Schedule contract is what they are trying to sell in the government marketplace. The Multiple Award Schedule (MAS) Program caters to an array of products and services, so having that initial specificity is integral to the process. Certain identifiers, such as Special Item Numbers (SINs), are used in the MAS solicitation. But what is a SIN and why is it important in GSA Schedule contracting? Throughout the course of this post, we will be covering what a SIN is, why it’s important, and how to determine what your SIN could be.