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My ProductCamp Austin presentation on government contracting and procurement.

My ProductCamp Austin presentation on government contracting and procurement.

Elizabeth Quintanilla

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    Government Contracts: Navigating the G-Spot (ProductCamp - Austin) Government Contracts: Navigating the G-Spot (ProductCamp - Austin) Presentation Transcript

    • sponsors
    • please take a moment to
      Identify someone to watch time – give 5 minute warning at :45 minutes.
      Identify someone to take notes – post notes to http://barcamp.org/ProductCampAustinSummer2010Notes
      Thank our sponsors
    • Government Contracts:  Navigating the G-Spot
    • Where do I start?
      Finding Government Contracts is daunting!
      Need to ask myself – Do I want:
      Federal
      State
      County
      City
      Can I get anything if I’m not a disabled Native American Female Iraqi Veteran?
    • YES!!!!!!!!
      Why should I?
      Lots of opportunities at Federal Level on various projects
      TxDOT just with the Federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) has projects valued up to $505 Million
      Austin has 2000 contracts valued at $1.6 Billion
    • Learn the Acronyms
      Be Prepared to learn lots of Acronyms
      NASA: National Aeronautics and SpaceAdministration
      RFI: Request for Information
      RFP: Request for Proposal
      If you are lost, Google really is your best friend. Thank the Public Information Act!
    • Federal: Register www.ccr.gov
    • Federal: Be Aware of GSA Schedules
      www.gsa.gov
    • Federal: Monitor www.fbo.gov
    • State of Texas: Centralized Master Bidders List (CMBL)
      http://www.window.state.tx.us/procurement/prog/cmbl/
      Note: The CMBL is not an approved vendors list
    • State: Be sure to have the right commodity codes in the CMBL
      Only list codes for those services or goods you actually can provide!!
    • State: Procurement Thresholds
      Non Competitive: up to $5000
      No Solicitation is required
      Informal Solicitations: $5000.01 - $25000
      Request may come by phone, fax, email
      Keep all contact information up to date
      3 Vendor Minimum (2 must be HUB)
      All Vendors must be on CMBL
      Formal Solicitations: Over $25000
      Posted on Electronic States Business Daily (ESBD)
      Have Terms and Conditions
    • State: Electronic State Business Daily (ESBD)
      http://esbd.cpa.state.tx.us/
    • State: HUB – Historically Underutilized Businesses
      Mission of Statewide HUB Program is to facilitate the use of HUBs in state procurement, and to effectively provide information on the state’s procurment process to minority and women-owned businesses.
      Important: This is not a set aside program.
    • Still need to market to State Entities
      Still need an elevator pitch and marketing plan!
      Even if not a HUB, can reach to HUB coordinators for better contact in the agency
      State Entities include:
      Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission
      Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts
      Railroad Commission
      Texas Department of Transportation
      University of Texas System
      And Many Others…..
    • State: Transportation is TxDOT
      www.dot.state.tx.us
      Special Minority/Woman Certification: DBE
    • State: Department of Information Resources (DIR)
      www2.dir.state.tx.us
    • State: DIR is more than just State
      Eligible Customers:
      State Agencies, Higher Ed, ISD, Cities, Counties, and more
      Region 3 accounted for 42% of contracts!
      Has over 2800 Active Customers and over $640 million in contract opportunities
      RFOs posted on ESBD – check often!
      Contracts are awarded on Best Value
    • Travis County: More Opportunities!
      http://www.co.travis.tx.us/purchasing/default.asp
    • Travis County: All opportunities on BidSync
      www.bidsync.com
    • City of Austin: Register as a Vendor
      https://www.ci.austin.tx.us/vss/Advantage
      Be sure your commodity codes are correct!!!
    • City of Austin: SMBR Office
      Again – this is not a set aside program
    • City of Austin: Online Contract Catalog
      http://www.ci.austin.tx.us/finance/catalog/index.cfm
    • City of Austin: Notification
      Can Notify by Phone, Email, Fax, or Mail
    • Government Marketing Opportunities
      Be Patient – There are opportunities out there.
      Market, Research, Observe, and Network!!
    • Listen to Government Contract Winner
    • Any Questions?
    • sponsors