Since you clicked on this blog post, there is a good chance your business could qualify as a small business government contractor, or perhaps you are simply looking to learn more about the calculations that determine small business status. Regardless, it's important to determine your business size designation, because there are certain advantages associated with being a small business in the federal government. In this blog, we'll help you identify whether your business qualifies as a small business with the General Services Administration (GSA) and the Small Business Association (SBA).
Working with a colossal bureaucracy such as the federal government can be a difficult process. Unfortunately, that difficulty can extend into the General Services Administration (GSA). With an abundance of necessary paperwork and regulations associated with attaining and maintaining a GSA Schedule contract, a common practice is to hire a GSA Schedule consultant to guide your company through the process.
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There are many different avenues a GSA contractor can take to do business with the federal government. Federal agencies are focused on procuring total solutions, so this often requires businesses to form partnerships in order to win larger opportunities. Two of the most common methods to create a successful partnership are the Contractor Teaming Arrangement (CTA) and a Prime/Subcontractor Agreement. However, both of these methods can prove to be very confusing for GSA contractors trying to differentiate between the two.
As a GSA Schedule contractor, you are given a multitude of codes that signify your industry, business size, unique identification, and location. One of these essential codes is the CAGE Code. The Commercial And Government Entity Code, or CAGE Code, is a five-character ID used frequently in the government as an identifier for suppliers to the federal government. Why is it important for GSA Schedule contractors? Let's cover what a CAGE Code is, why it's important, and how you can get one.
Paperwork, negotiating, market research, headaches – all things that companies trying to break into the public sector deal with when establishing an effective federal government sales pipeline. Selling to the federal government can often be an intimidating task, but there are ways to streamline the process; GSA is one of the most widely used options, and for good reason. GSA’s status as a Best in-Class (BIC) Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) Contracting vehicle for the government can help companies looking to sell to government agencies by establishing a set contract with standard terms and conditions and a pre-approved catalog of products and services. Once companies who qualify go through the GSA Schedule Offer process and have their contract awarded, those companies become what is commonly referred to as “GSA Approved." Being GSA approved is an excellent asset for federal contractors. It is true that companies are able to sell to the government outside of GSA, but a GSA Schedule will make things significantly easier. As a leading firm in the government contracting space, Winvale is here with a breakdown of how to become GSA approved, and the benefits that come along with that status.
So often in government contracting, words that are thought to be fully understood might have a little more packed into them than we think. This post is all about compliance. In order to understand this idea, we will look at what it means to be GSA compliant, how to know if you are compliant, and the consequences for not being compliant.