Veterans Business Resources

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Rules of the Road and Government Contracting

When I was a sophomore in high school, I had a math instructor that told me, “Mr. Woods, you have to know the Rules of the Road before you can travel.”  Since I was not a very good math student, it took me a little longer to fully grasp what he was saying to me.  But, when I got, I got it and I’ve remembered his lesson all these years later.

The same message is true for our foray into Government Contracting as well.  We too must understand and know the “Rules of the Road” as they relate to Veterans and other Small Business types contracting with the government.  The goal is to ultimately KNOW these rules, but at a minimum, we must know where to find the answers.

When contracting personnel give you weak excuses why something can’t happen, you need to know where to go to find out if what you were told is correct.  You need to know what you’re entitled to and how to demand it.  You need to know what to do when you lose a bid/proposal.  You need to know who to speak to if you run into a roadblock at one level (think chain of command).  Everybody works for somebody.

Here are a few resources you will find useful:

  1. They are FAR Part 19; that covers all of the Small Business Programs.  You can read and learn about only your particular business type or learn about them all.
  2. FAR Part 19.1405 discusses the “Rule of 2”
  3. And 13 CFR 121 – 127 give you more information and details about the Small Business Programs.

Take time to review this information.  It will serve you well.  Share your experiences with us so all of us grow stronger and more knowledgeable.

See you on the high ground!   


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Invest in Your Contracting Education

As a Procurement Consultant, I am often asked many questions about Government Contracting.  Without boasting, allow me to make this statement that we can accept as a given.  “I know my business, period!”  I can answer most questions asked of me without needing to conduct any research at all.  Other questions, however, require research and are in many cases quite intriguing.  They are the questions or situations I am curious about and want to know answers to myself! 

The results are always positive.  I learn something new and my clients receive the information they were seeking.  Everyone wins!  This process continues to refine my skills as a Procurement Consultant, solidifies my reputation for delivering top quality results, all the while ensuring the client’s needs are met and in most cases exceeded.  While both the client and I receive a positive from the exchange above, I believe the rewards to my Contracting Education are greater. 

Every Government Contracting question and every Government Contracting situation that forces you to stop, to conduct research, to think about or to inquire about only serves to strengthen your Contracting Education. 

Are you investing in your Contracting Education?  If so, how?  Tell us what you’re doing and with what results.  


See you on the high ground! 

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