Just Lost a Bid and Want to Protest? Read This First!

December 13, 2023 | Government

Image taken from Canva Losing a bid can evoke negative emotions such as sadness, anger, rejection, and fear. These feelings may drive us to make irrational decisions both in our personal and professional lives. However, in the realm of government contracting, it can be beneficial to ask questions about why we failed to win the bid. It's recommended that companies gather as much information as possible regarding how the government evaluated their offer. This will help them to improve their response to future opportunities. Unfortunately, sometimes instead of learning from the experience, we tend to look for inconsistencies in the…

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8 Essential Components of a Capabilities Brief

December 7, 2023 | Government

Image made in Canva When working in the government sector, it is expected to provide a Capabilities Brief as a part of the sales process. The number of slides in the presentation should generally be between 10 and 15, but the exact number will depend on who you are presenting to. For instance, a Small Business Liaison Officer (SBLO) may not require as much detail about the product or service as an end user. Therefore, it is recommended to have fewer slides in the presentation when presenting to an SBLO. Here is a table that outlines the eight essential components…

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MYTH: Government agencies always award contracts based on price alone. Lowest price always wins.

FACT: While some contracts are awarded to the lowest bidder, government agencies also make awards based on the best value which includes trade-offs between the ability to perform the work, quality, past performance, and price.