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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…




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…




Are You Building Your NYC Pipeline?





All too often, I see clients who have attended trade shows, such as the upcoming NYC 12th Annual, Citywide Procurement Fair, and left with limited results. They are not building their NYC Pipeline. Planning is the key to success in navigating procurement fairs and trade shows.  I recently facilitated a workshop outlining a strategy for navigating the New York City Procurement Fair — prior to attending the fair. Today, our focus is on what to do after…




5 Tips for Navigating the NYC Procurement Fair





Goal: Your attendance at the NYC Procurement Fair should be tied to a specific and measurable goal.  Don’t make the mistake of wandering around aimlessly collecting information.  Instead, do some research before the fair to identify agencies that you have the greatest possibility of doing business with.  Come to the fair prepared with a list.  In addition, another goal could be to familiarize yourself with the numerous services and programs available to small businesses — including training…




It’s the End of the NYC’s Fiscal Year – Opportunities for MWBEs





The end of New York City’s fiscal year is June 30, 2018.  It’s a time when New York City agencies are preparing their budgets for the upcoming year and evaluating spending and vendor performance for the previous period.  This is an exciting time to connect with NYC agencies about their plans for the upcoming year and share ideas about how your product/service could help the agency to meet specific goals. As the year ends, Mayoral Agencies are…




MWBE Business Course: Deadline December 11





Benjamin Franklin said: "An investment in knowledge pays the best interest." At a certain point in the life cycle of a business, an investment in a business course, or coach, or combination of both will aid in growing your business. These professional coaches or programs are often pricey—you get what you pay for!—and no surprise, this may be a difficult expense to incur; especially for a sole proprietors. With so many workshops, webinars, conferences, programs, and businesses…




Cash Flow Matters: Preparing Your Business for Growth





Business owners have a natural drive to grow and scale their business. There are lots of obstacles and distractions in the way, but your best chances for successful growth requires you to think about the big picture—while also drilling down into the nitty gritty of your business's financial health. MWBEs, in particular, need to carefully consider their money matters, especially when it comes to government clients. The facts are the facts, and this is certain: you can’t…




Can a Business Coach Really Get Your Business to the Next Level?





What would you say if someone told you that achieving a 70% increase in work performance, a 61% increase in improved business management style, and a 57% increase in time management could be as simple as hiring one more person? Well, it’s true. Optimizing your business can be as simple as hiring a business coach or mentor. In the simplest terms, business coaching is the process by which an advisor comes in to take a business from…