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John Abel

John Abel is a Lead Consultant at The Winvale Group focusing on government contracting and federal acquisition opportunities for businesses. He is a native of Stafford, Virginia and graduated from James Madison University with his Bachelor's of Arts in History.

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GSA Schedule | Contracts

Identify Your Best Opportunities with NAICS Codes

By: John Abel
January 7th, 2020

  NAICS (North American Industry Classification System) codes are a very important part of government contracting. We've covered what a NAICS code is, how to use codes to determine if your organization qualifies as a small business, top spending trends and much more. Now that you know about NAICS codes, start using them now to find opportunities! Each year, the government spends millions on a vast array of goods and services, buying everything from office supplies and airplanes to fitness equipment. Given the volume of procurement activities, where do you start? You can narrow down opportunities using these codes in the right way. Your NAICS codes help focus your opportunity searches, so you can zero in on the right opportunities for YOUR business.

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GSA Schedule | Government Business Development

5 Tips for Selling on GSA Advantage!®

By: John Abel
December 11th, 2019

As a GSA MAS contractor, companies are given access to a variety of tools and platforms for advertising and selling to government buyers. Arguably, the most important of these is GSA Advantage!®. Much in the way that you and I would purchase items from Amazon or shop online during Cyber Monday, contracting officers and procurement managers for government agencies access GSA Advantage to browse the full catalog of contractors and their offerings – products and services alike. Even if you’ve already established consistent relationships with existing buyers, your public sector footprint could grow even larger with the aid of GSA Advantage!®. Although managing Advantage! on the back-end can be a handful, the results you’ll see on the customer-facing side can be significant. Below are tips for how to sell on GSA Advantage!®.

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Top 10 Reasons to Get on the GSA Schedule

Top 10 Reasons to Get on the GSA Schedule

Do you know what the real benefits of being on the GSA Schedule are? Learn the top 10 reasons (and advantages) why you should consider it.

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GSA Schedule

The GSA Assessment Process: What You Should Know

By: John Abel
November 7th, 2019

GSA, MAS, IFF, CSP, MFC – sometimes it seems like it takes learning another language to understand GSA compliance. Winvale is here to help by explaining each of these acronyms throughout the course of our weekly blogs. This week, we’re coming to you with information on one of the most important acronyms for GSA MAS compliance, the CAV, or Contractor Assessment Visit.

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GSA Schedule

Multiple Award Schedule Consolidation: Your First Glance at the Updates

By: John Abel
October 1st, 2019

Today’s the day! By now, government contractors have probably experienced a flurry of information regarding GSA’s consolidation of the Multiple Award Schedule. From deadlines to new SINs and new solicitations, there’s certainly no shortage of Consolidation notices floating around for GSA contractors. Winvale is here with your weekly blog post to keep you up to date with the latest in MAS Consolidation and everything you need to know about how this process will affect your company’s GSA business. GSA’s new consolidated MAS solicitation was released this morning on FedBizOpps and their own eOffer/eMod site. The physical solicitation has been a long time coming and we have been counting down the hours until its release. Well, it’s finally here and there are some BIG changes.

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GSA Schedule

GSA Schedule 84: Here’s What You Need to Know

By: John Abel
May 22nd, 2019

Schedule 84: Total Solutions for Law Enforcement, Security, Facilities Management, Fire, Rescue, Clothing, Marine Craft and Emergency/Disaster Response is one of most successful and highly sought-after Schedules in the GSA MAS program, thanks in part to its expansive nature. Based solely on the name of the Schedule, you can gather just how wide the scope of this particular Schedule is.

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Government Business Development

NAICS Codes – What Do They Mean for Your Business?

By: John Abel
April 18th, 2019

As a government contractor, you’ve probably run into NAICS codes more than a few times, and you likely know which ones are applicable to your products or services. But like many, questions still linger about their true meaning and function. Questions like: “What does the acronym even mean in the first place?” “How do they affect your business and how you work with the government?” “What is a size standard?”

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