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

Nicholas Williamson

Nicholas Williamson is a Lead Consultant for Winvale. Nicholas is a native of Roanoke, Virginia and a recent graduate from James Madison University with a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in Political Science.

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Contracts

What Are IDIQ Contracts?

By: Nicholas Williamson
January 22nd, 2024

Indefinite Delivery, Indefinite Quantity or IDIQ are terms that are often used when doing business with the federal government through the General Services Administration (GSA) Multiple Award Schedule (MAS) Program. IDIQ may might just sound like any other random government contracting acronym to you, but it is an important term to remember.

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Government Business Development

How to Use SBA’s Size Standard Tool

By: Nicholas Williamson
September 15th, 2023

If you think you may qualify as a small business in the eyes of the government, there’s a fairly simple way to find out. The Small Business Administration (SBA) has the Size Standards Tool to give small businesses a better idea of how they may qualify as a small business. It’s beneficial for contractors to know if they are designated as a small business because it opens doors to assistance programs, tools, and certain small business set-asides. In this blog, I’ll cover what information is needed to utilize the SBA’s Size Standards tool and what you can do if you qualify as a small business.

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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

What is a NAICS Size Standard?

By: Nicholas Williamson
July 12th, 2023

If you are a current GSA contractor or potentially looking to sell products or services on the GSA Schedule, you’ll need to know how to find opportunities in your industry. Federal contracting requires research into potential costs, benefits, and initiatives like any other business decision. As a GSA Schedule Contractor, the North American Industry Classification System codes (NAICS) can help you better concisely comprehend what opportunities exist in your field for success in the federal marketplace, and can help your company determine if you are considered a small business.

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GSA Schedule

The Key to GSA Advantage! Success: Keeping Your GSA Pricelist Updated

By: Nicholas Williamson
March 29th, 2023

Frequently known as the “Amazon” of the government contracting world, GSA Advantage! is an important tool that government contractors use to publish their pricelist and market their approved GSA products. Within GSA Advantage!, you can find a wide variety of contractors who offer anything from printers and shredders to drones used to map the world. Government agencies frequent this site because they can easily search for and order products within a few clicks, meaning it’s a crucial site for contractors to learn how to navigate.

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GSA Schedule | Resources and Insight

A Closer Look at GSA’s New Common Catalog Platform (CCP)

By: Nicholas Williamson
January 25th, 2023

As a GSA contractor, you may have spent have spent endless hours in Schedule Input Program (SIP) in an attempt to upload your latest catalog update to GSA. However, after receiving feedback and hearing current contractors’ frustrations with the program, GSA has decided to sunset SIP and introduce the Common Catalog Platform (CCP). The goal of this platform will be to streamline and improve catalog management for both contractors and Contracting Officers. In this blog, we have detailed some aspects of how contractors will be able to utilize the CCP when updating their catalog for GSA, what the Product File is, and how contractors will be provided a Compliance and Pricing report.

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GSA Schedule | Government Business Development

Can I Participate in Government Bids Without a GSA Schedule?

By: Nicholas Williamson
November 15th, 2022

The short answer is yes, you can participate in government bids without a GSA Schedule. However, it’s much more nuanced than that, and you can be missing out on huge opportunities within the federal marketplace. Open market sales to the federal government take much longer and can be more costly than sales through a government contracting vehicle, and other vehicles are not as flexible or available.

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