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Beyond the Capability Statement

It was great to see so many of you at the NYC Procurement Fair on June 11th. I was also grateful for the opportunity to connect with NYC agencies buyers to explore prospects for the next fiscal year. In my opinion, there has never been a greater time of opportunity for minority and women-owned businesses in New York City. I was most excited to hear about the potential increase to the discretionary purchasing threshold from $150,000 to…

What Are the Basics of Subcontracting

What Are the Basics of Subcontracting If you're a minority or woman-owned small business and are looking to get into the world of government contracts, a great gateway can be to maneuver your way into subcontracting. Every year, the City of New York has a subcontracting goal of 30% for M/WBEs. This means that there are millions of dollars on the table for businesses just like yours. You only need to know how to connect with companies…

Best Practices for Responding to and Winning RFPs

If you are looking to add government agencies to your client roster, you are going to have to develop expertise in responding to and winning RFPs. Here are my recommendations for some of the best practices you can follow: Read the Entire Solicitation: Avoid skipping right to the scope of work and take the time to read the entire solicitation (which can often be 100s of pages). Reading the entire RFP will give you a full understanding…

Should You Go After Small/Micro Purchases Contracts?

Are you thinking about making the city of NYC your next client? If you’re a small M/WBE in the City of New York, maybe you should be! Last year, New York City spent over a $1 billion on contracts with M/WBEs. That’s up over $32 million over the same period in 2017. Over that time, the city has made significant changes to their procurement policies and procedures, making it a lot easier for small companies and minority…

Get the New Year Started Off Right by Learning How to Market to the Government

There are always milestones throughout the year where we check in with our small business’ finances. This is usually tax time and the beginning of fall (new school year!), but the most natural place to do some checking in is at the end of the year. Not only does the beginning of a new year signal a fresh slate personally, but it can also feel like a new start for your business. This past year has been…