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The Next Phase

The legendary Isley Brothers, the quintessential R&B funk group penned a tune in 1978 entitled “Take Me to the Next Phase.”  We will borrow from that title to spring into “the next phase” of our Government Contracting journey together.

We have now covered the Contracting Checklist, the Basics, the Process and many other aspects of Contracting with the Government.

Where do we go from here?  What is “The Next Phase” of Government Contracting?  Until we start winning contracts, “the next phase” for us is to start again at the beginning and repeat the process we’ve gone through during the past year plus.  When we start winning and then understand why we’re winning, we will start to incorporate some of “The Next Phase” vehicles and strategies into our offering.

Some of “The Next Phase” vehicles include the GSA Schedules, the SBA 8(a) program, the Mentor Protégé Program and Joint Ventures.  Some of “the next phase” strategies include, the Rule of Two, Teaming/Partnering, Sole Source awards and Accelerated Networking.  Yes, even more Networking.

See you on the high ground!                 

 

 

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Welcome to the Veterans Business Resources blog

PURPOSE:
 
The purpose of this BLOG is to share Business Development information with the Veteran Small Business Community.  Specifically, we will share our Business Development knowledge as relates to Government Contracting.  Contracting with the government can be quite intimidating, at a minimum, it is complex and confusing.  We will make it less complex and less confusing.
 
Contracting with the government can also be profitable when done properly.  We want the Veteran Small Business community to actively and fully participate in Government Contracting and have an opportunity to share in an estimated 100 billion dollar enterprise.
 
Some of my personal observations of the Veteran Small Business Community are;
 
  • They are in desperate need of the information we will share
  • Often times don’t know where or how to find this information
  • Many times can’t afford to pay for this information
  • Often mislead into agreeing to bad business deals and bad business relationships because they simply don’t know this information
  • Don’t understand the awesome power of their Veteran status and how to properly leverage it
  • Don’t fully understand how to bridge the capacity and capability gap between where they currently are vs. where they need to be in order to win government contracts, and finally
  • Deserving of this information and the help it will provide as they grow their small businesses.
 
I guess by now you can tell I have a bias toward Veterans, especially since I am one too!
 
My fellow Veterans, this information is for us!  Our time is now!  Countless numbers of people and businesses are getting and have gotten wealthy off WAR and the sacrifices of the American fighting man and woman.  It is only fair to say that because of the vision, creativity, innovation and dedication of many patriotic American business people, countless lives have been saved on battlefields around the world.  Through the technologically advanced platforms, programs and processes brought to bear on the modern battlefield; we can effectively engage the enemy and have greatly increased survivability rates.  We are forever grateful for their service and business acumen.  These innovators and visionaries have been handsomely compensated for their efforts and value they provided to the government.
 
While the Department of Defense is the largest single buyer in the U.S. government, it is by no means the only agency spending large sums of money.  The government buys everything from paper clips to rocket ships so there is an agency that needs what you bring to the table.  Part of the challenge and complexity is finding exactly who that agency is.
 
Now it is our turn to share in the promise and reality of the American Dream.
 
THE ROAD AHEAD:
 
This is the first of many BLOGs about the nuances of Government Contracting dedicated to the Veteran Small Business community.  This BLOG will be updated weekly on Monday by 12 noon CST.  We look forward to responding to your individual post so check back often.  We will continue to post on general areas impacting our community as a whole.  Together we will make a significant difference in what is possible and achievable for the Veteran Small Business community.

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