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How to Do Business with Large Corporations





Over the past several weeks, I’ve had several interesting conversations with diverse suppliers who were seeking to gain access to the corporate supply chain. Published reports reflect that when a small business acquires a contract with a government agency or corporation, they grow by about 260%. That growth translates into an economic ripple effect for businesses and the local community. Large companies also benefit from the relationship with small businesses as they gain access to local resources,…




June is the Perfect Time of Year for Self-Reflection





Ah, summertime! I love this time of year. Long days, vacations, warm weather, graduations, weddings... And as a small business owner, it's also an excellent time to reflect on where you currently are with the goals you’ve set for your business this year. The summer is a great mid-point to do some strategic planning for your business as we toward move into the second half of the year. Here are some things to consider: 1. Business Development…




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…




Demonstrating Procurement Readiness is a Necessary Step of Getting Government Contracts





Your business is finally certified to work with government agencies! Now what? One of the most common things I see when helping M/WBEs is the frustration of small business owners being unable to land any government contracts after becoming certified. This is precisely what happened to me 30 years ago when I first got my certification as a minority-owned business. I was working my butt off, trying to land government contracts with no success. No matter what…




Why You Need to Understanding Your Contract Responsibilities





Sometimes, M/WBEs are so focused on landing government contracts that they put the compliance part of the job on the backburner. Then, by the time they are getting ready to start working, the contract obligations and responsibilities are not clear to their team. This can cause a ton of headaches for small businesses, especially when these issues can be so easily avoided with just a little bit of preparation and knowledge. So, when you win a government…




How You Should Be Responding to RFPs for Goods





One of the most common questions that I get at workshops for M/WBEs is, “Are all RPFs the same?” And the answer is no! Some RFPs require a tremendous amount of detailed paperwork, especially if you are going to be doing extensive work for the government. Others, like RFPs for Goods, requires less paperwork, but that doesn’t mean you don’t need to be super prepared for your M/WBE to win them! Typically when a government agency puts…




How to Create a Compliant Cost Estimate for Goods and Services Bids, Proposals, and RFPs





One of the biggest opportunities for small business of all kinds, especially those owned by women or minorities, are government contracts. By winning government contracts, you can bring in an entirely new source of revenue, enable you to grow your business and become more successful than ever. This, of course, requires you to know how to best position your business to win these contracts. The competition is fierce and, without the knowledge, you’re unlike to be able…