USFCR Academy Live: All Things Veteran

Nov 11, 2019 10:55:00 AM / by Anna Rose posted in Veteran Owned Small Business (VETBIZ), USFCR Academy

November 11th is Veterans Day. In honor of this, we are dedicating this week's USFCR Academy Live  to celebrate our nation's veterans and focusing on how we can assist them in flourishing within federal contracting. 

Where to watch: USFCR Academy Live Facebook Group 

When to watch: 11/13/19 @ 2 pm ET 

Get up to speed and ready for this week's episode with this blog post. 

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Case Study: Veteran's Choice Procurement, LLC

Nov 7, 2019 5:01:23 PM / by Hayden Johnson posted in Veteran Owned Small Business (VETBIZ), Simplified Acquisition Program (SAP), Success Stories

Veteran's Choice Procurement, LLC is a Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business (SDVOSB) located in Austin, Texas. They provide healthcare supplies and equipment to federal agencies. With USFCR's services, owner Jesse Carlow went from starting a business to winning six contracts in less than a year.

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Podcast EP #13: The Government Buys...Beans

Nov 5, 2019 1:17:00 PM / by David Rockwell posted in Success Stories, Podcast

When a business starts winning government contracts, they may experience some cash flow changes because the government pays a little different than your average client. This is something that you have to consider when submitting your offers. On this episode of "The Government Buys...a Podcast," we're going to uncover some of those challenges. We'll look at some early wins for a successful small business government contractor to understand what went right and what went wrong.

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Video: Join The Network on USFCR Academy Live

Nov 4, 2019 10:50:33 AM / by David Rockwell posted in Videos

USFCR Academy Live is a social networking group where government contractors lead the show. This program allows people who are winning government contracts to interact with one another, learn the best ways to succeed with government contracts and connect with the world's largest and most trusted third-party registration firm, US Federal Contractor Registration.

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Bid Protests: A Quick Rundown for Q1 2020

Oct 31, 2019 3:27:53 PM / by Hayden Johnson posted in Contract Bidding, Guides, News

In the first quarter of the fiscal year, the Pentagon awarded its prestigious $10 billion Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure (JEDI) contract to Microsoft. 

For now. 

That's because if you've been reading up on this contract, you would know it was riddled with disputes. One of which was a bid protest made by Oracle Corporation. Then, right after Microsoft was awarded, it was expected Amazon Web Services would file one as well. 

In this blog post, we're going to give you the rundown on bid protests.

We are going to answer:  

  • What is a bid protest? 
  • Why are bid protests filed?
  • Where do I file a bid protest? 
  • How should I approach bid protests? 

Let's begin. 

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Strange Contracts Signed by The U.S. Government Video

Oct 30, 2019 4:37:49 PM / by David Rockwell posted in USFCR Academy, General Government Contracting, Videos

Did the Department of Defense actually spend $4,000 on creative movement classes? Find out about that contract and other strange procurements of the U.S. government in the video below.

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Podcast EP 12: The Government Buys a Narrative

Oct 29, 2019 4:18:39 PM / by David Rockwell posted in General Government Contracting, Podcast

The Dynamic Small Business Search (DSBS) is a portal used by federal agencies to find small businesses for simplified acquisition contracts and micro-purchases. Prime contractors also use it to find subcontractors. In this episode, of "The Government Buys...a Podcast," we get insight from USFCR's experts about the system. 

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Podcast EP 11: The Government Buys on a Schedule

Oct 29, 2019 1:33:00 PM / by David Rockwell posted in General Services Administration (GSA), Podcast

The General Services Administration (GSA) has a big part in the process of government contracting. Some people have a bad impression of the GSA because they are so interconnected into the process. This podcast episode explains it all leaves you feeling like you understand how to use the GSA's resources to make money for your business.

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The Top 3 Problems Contractors Face with New Gov Systems and Policies

Oct 23, 2019 2:34:16 PM / by Hayden Johnson posted in Advanced Procurement Portal (APP), Guides, News

This November, FedBizOpps (FBO) is set to merge with beta.SAM

With that in mind, it's time to talk about past big changes in the federal marketplace. That's because with every major change comes major problems. How you handle these problems will determine your success or failure in government contracting. 

In this blog post, we're going to cover common issues that contractors face whenever the federal government implements a new policy or system. When you know about what issues to expect, you'll be better equipped to handle them. 

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Does the Lowest Bidder Always Win?

Oct 21, 2019 2:15:33 PM / by Hayden Johnson posted in Information for New Vendors, Guides

“I felt exactly how you would feel if you were getting ready to launch and knew you were sitting on top of 2 million parts – all built by the lowest bidder on a government contract.”

This apocryphal quote comes from the early days of NASA. Some attribute it to Alan Sheppard. Others claim it was John Glenn.

Either way, no one can agree on who said it or the exact phrasing. What did happen though, was the perpetuation of a government contracting myth: it always comes down to the lowest bidder.

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