Veterans Business Resources

a portal for all Veterans and SDV Small Business Owners

Certified and Homegrown help Minority Businesses

Recently I attended an agency’s Business Update Meeting about a local project in the greater Dallas area.  Mind you, this meeting could and in fact does happen virtually everyday in Anywhere, USA.  There was plenty of networking before and after the meeting.

The City officials talked about the project in detail, discussing contracting opportunities directly and indirectly impacting the project.  Two points stood out more than anything else.  First, there were an unusually high percentage of contracting opportunities available to minority firms.  Second, there was an absolute requirement to use local contractors on the project.

No, there are no preferences for Veterans in the State of Texas.  That’s a different story for another time.  There are however minority participation goals for this city and this state.  What about where you live?  Do you know?  You should, because you could be letting opportunities and money slip right through your fingers.

Find out about certification requirements and using local contractors on projects where you live.  Essentially, if you are part of the tax base, you deserve an opportunity to be part of the contractor team for area projects.

 

See you on the high ground!

 

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Thoughts while Walking

Back in the day, this was called “Thoughts while Running.”  Time and circumstances have a funny way of helping us adjust expectations and outcomes.  One thing is for sure, I am NOT a service-disabled Veteran simply because the government felt generous and wanted to reward me for being a nice person.  The same applies for you as well.

With all you and your body have been through.  To finally arrive at this place of being classified as service-disabled.  How could you or why would you let anyone exploit that fact?  The federal government recognizes our service and the sacrifices that left us physically and in some cases mentally unable to perform as well as otherwise healthy persons.

There are laws and executive orders that address our particular area when contracting with the federal government.  It’s our job to know what they are and how to apply them.  In short, we must know what we’re entitled to and how to demand it.  Arm yourself with knowledge and apply it to your particular situation.

Don’t let people exploit you.  When you do, it doesn’t just negatively impact you.  It negatively impacts the entire Veteran community.

 

See you on the high ground!      

Filed under: Ethics, Government Contracting, Registrations & Certifications, Strategy, Woods Consulting Group, , ,

Battle Sight Zero and your Veteran-Owned Small Business

Long before you fire your M16 on a qualification range, you will determine your “Battle Sight Zero”.  You know you have a great “Battle Sight Zero” when you can place 3 rounds inside a circle the size of a nickel from 25 meters away.  This might sound like a relatively easy task to pull off, but believe me, it is not.  When you do this, you can boast of having a “Tight Shot Group” because you really do!

The goal is to have a “Tight Shot Group” in your business as well.  As you might imagine, this is no easy task.  There are so many areas and aspects of your business that can always be improved upon.  Business ownership is a constantly evolving, constantly challenging, experience of a lifetime that I will not attempt to take on or analyze at this time.

Instead, I will take on 1 aspect or vertical of your business.  Essentially, the same topic we’ve been discussing for quite a while now.  I’ll take on your Government Contracting vertical.  When you can successfully answer the 5 “Ws” and the How question that make up the “Rules of Engagement,” you are refining your “Battle Sight Zero” and are well on your way to having a “Tight Shot Group.” 

Remember how good, efficient and effective you were once you determined your “Battle Sight Zero?”  You will have very similar feelings about your business when your shot group is tight.  Share your adventures so we all learn, grow and develop together. 

 

See you on the high ground! 

 

Filed under: Government Contracting, Strategy, Woods Consulting Group,

“What’s in your Back Pocket?”

Some time ago I wrote a story about a push-up challenge my then teenage sons issued to me.  My wife was needlessly worried about me as I had been retired a few years and hadn’t regularly done PT since retiring.  In the story I told her, “I keep 50 in my back pocket.”  True to my word, I did and still do.  Needless to say, I smoked my boys like a cheap cigar.

Thinking back to that story inspired this question for you.  What’s in your back pocket?  What special bit of information, skill, speech, quote, elevator pitch or any number of things do you keep in your back pocket ready to serve your will in a moments notice?

Years ago in a foreign land another soldier told me a story his father shared with him.  This soldier’s father was a politician.  The politician told his son that he always keeps a speech in his back pocket because as a politician he never knew when he might be asked to give a speech.  I thought that was really good advice and committed to always keeping something of value in my back pocket as well.  “What’s in your back pocket?” 

 

See you on the high ground!    

 

 

Filed under: Government Contracting, Leadership, Strategy, Woods Consulting Group