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How to Respond to a Competitive Sealed Bid

How to Respond to a Competitive Sealed Bid

Do you feel comfortable responding to competitive sealed bids for city agencies?  One of the biggest obstacles in the way of many MWBEs when it comes to landing government contracts is how, for lack of a better word, “scary” the process can be at first. If you’ve never prepared and responded to a bid before, it can feel very overwhelming. But here is the thing: EVERY small business owner has been there. I certainly have! When I…

Navigating Opportunities through the City of New York

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Over the last year, you may have felt like there was a lack of opportunities available to everyone, but especially for small businesses. And that’s understandable because IT’S TRUE! 2020 was a wasteland of a year in many ways, but we cannot overstate the damage it inflicted on small businesses (especially MWBEs). It wasn’t just the pandemic, the heightened levels of anxiety, and the shutdown. It was everything hanging over our heads all the time. For minority…

Generating Revenue through NYC Discretionary Spending

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I’m a big believer in hitting the ground running, especially after the year that was 2020! To be blunt: it was a challenging year, and that’s putting it mildly. COVID-19, the economic downturn, shutdowns… The list goes on and on. And, of course, all of these factors dramatically impacted minority and women-owned small businesses across the country. In the City of New York, thriving small businesses suddenly found themselves underwater, wondering how they would make it through…

S.H.E. Summit 2020: Advancing Diversity in the Workplace & World

S.H.E. Summit 2020: Advancing Diversity in the Workplace & World

With the way the world is right now, it can often seem like we have been plunged into a state of chaos. The adverse effects of uncertainty are largely impacting our mental, emotional, and physical well-being - not forgetting our finances and ability to manage our businesses effectively! Thankfully, the 9th annual S.H.E. Summit Conference is just around the corner! The S.H.E. (SHE, HE & the Equity of All People) Summit is an award-winning conference dedicated to…

How Do You Estimate Costs for Construction

How Do You Estimate Costs for Construction

Do you feel in over your head when you bid for a construction contract with a government agency? Every year, I work with literally hundreds of minority and women small business owners, each of them pushing to make their MWBE into a huge success. And I firmly believe that one of the best ways to make an MWBE sustainable is to bid on government contracts. Of course, this is easier said than done. It can be a…