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The latest insights for government contracting success, GSA Schedule assistance, & IT Manufacturer support.

Lucy Hoak

Lucy Hoak is a Proposal Writer for Winvale. Lucy is originally from Falls Church, Virginia and graduated from the University of Virginia with a bachelor’s degree in English.

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GSA Schedule

The Latest GSA Schedule Updates and How they Impact You

By: Lucy Hoak
March 25th, 2024

As a Multiple Award Schedule (MAS) contractor, you’re probably aware that keeping up with GSA’s frequent updates to the program can be a challenge. In the last few months alone, GSA has released Solicitation Refreshes with updated guidance for offerors, a new catalog management system that’s still evolving, and a revised methodology for pricing analysis.

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Government Business Development | Government

Is Your Business Ready for Government Contracting?

By: Lucy Hoak
February 14th, 2024

Selling to the government can be a lucrative route for contractors, with government agencies at the federal, state, and local levels constantly procuring goods and services. However, entering the government contracting world can be daunting, with its unique regulations, requirements and procedures not found in the commercial marketplace. In order to succeed as a government contractor, you’ll want to make sure your business is adequately prepared to begin government contracting. In this blog, we’ll discuss steps you can take to ensure that you’re ready to compete for government contracting opportunities.

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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

4 Tips for Preparing a Successful GSA MAS Offer

By: Lucy Hoak
January 10th, 2024

If you’re considering selling to the government, entering the government marketplace through the GSA Multiple Award Schedule (MAS) is a safe bet. Eligible companies who successfully become MAS contractors can benefit from streamlined acquisition processes and expanded access to government contracting opportunities.

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Government

What Contractors Need to Know Before they Use the FAS Catalog Platform (FCP)

By: Lucy Hoak
December 4th, 2023

Managing catalog and contract data for a GSA Multiple Award Schedule (MAS) contract isn’t easy, but GSA aims to simplify these processes for contract holders through the new FAS Catalog Platform (FCP). Since GSA is unrolling FCP slowly, currently only selected contractors are eligible to transition from using the Schedule Input Program (SIP), the existing program for catalog management, to using FCP.

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Government Business Development

How to Market to the Government as a Women-Owned Small Business

By: Lucy Hoak
November 1st, 2023

Marketing to the federal government can pose challenges for any business, especially small businesses. However, if you are a Women-Owned Small Business (WOSB) and obtain certification, you can use this designation to strategically market your WOSB status to government buyers. A WOSB certification is an asset in the government contracting arena, because the government annually sets aside 5% of their contracting dollars to WOSB-certified businesses. In this blog, we’ll share strategies for getting your name out as a Women-Owned Small Business or Economically Disadvantaged Women-Owned Small Business (EDWOSB).

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Government Business Development

How to Form a Contractor Teaming Arrangement (CTA)

By: Lucy Hoak
September 25th, 2023

Capturing government business can be difficult, even after you’ve acquired a GSA Multiple Award Schedule (MAS) contract. As a MAS contractor, you may be unqualified for certain opportunities based on the scope of your offerings, or you may not be competitive due to your business size. Fortunately, you have several options for partnering with other contractors to increase your odds of success in the federal marketplace. Along with subcontracting and entering a joint venture, joining a Contractor Teaming Arrangement (CTA) can be an advantageous strategy for GSA Schedule holders. In this blog, we’ll discuss what you’ll need to do to form a CTA, so you can be on your way to reaping these benefits.

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