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Not All Government Customers Are Created Equal

January 4, 2019 | Business Development, Government

Photo by dpbirds on Flickr When I first started doing business with the Federal government, I assumed they were one customer. Since they all followed the same rules, why wouldn't the process of winning business be the same, right? However, after I participated in some procurements, I found this not to be the case. Even each agency has different customers within their organization. In my experience, they are not all equal in the sense of being a good fit for the goods/services we were selling or our company's vision. I have listed below some experiences that showed me we were not a good…

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Your Government Business Plan: How to Get Started–and Why Now is the Time

November 29, 2018 | Business Development, Government

It was March 2004. Our community had lost two of its three largest employers within one year of each other. Even for something as essential as health care, when people have no insurance and they have to choose between making the mortgage payment and a doctor's visit, the mortgage payment wins. We had to have a new line of business, and fast or cuts including my job were inevitable. A large Request for Proposal (RFP) for primary care and clinic management services with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) was just released for competition. Winning this opportunity would solve a…

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MYTH: Companies cannot do business with the federal government if they aren’t connected politically to the party in power.

FACT: The federal government’s procurement process is one of the most objective, transparent processes in the world of business. Contracting officers are forbidden to award federal contracts based on politics. Furthermore, elected officials are forbidden to interfere with the agency’s contracting process.

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