By Beth White, Iowa PTAC
FedBizOpps provides more than just bidding opportunities
Did you know that the Federal Business Opportunities website, better known as FBO or FedBizOpps, provides companies more information than just Federal bidding opportunities?
If you are a company that is interested in or has participated in Federal bidding opportunities, it is likely that you have accessed www.fbo.gov at one point or another. This website is the required single point of entry for all Federal agency procurement opportunities valued over $25,000.00. But that’s not all!
Companies can also search for small business events hosted by Federal agencies, and even more exciting, can access the Vendor Collaboration Tool to possibly provide input to Federal agencies on a number of initiatives.
The Small Business Central Event Listing provides a dynamic calendar to allow businesses to search for business development, matchmaking and training opportunities provided by various Federal agencies. This is a great tool to search for potential events for your target agencies that may be relevant and valuable to your marketing efforts.
The Vendor Collaboration Tool is a unique portal that allows agencies to utilize a central location that most businesses are familiar with to solicit for collaboration opportunities, input on improvement of Federal acquisitions, and to engage small businesses for other input and ideas on a variety of topics affecting Federal procurement/buying. All Federal agencies are required to have Vendor communication plans, and this is a way to promote their vendor engagement plans, and give small businesses an opportunity to have a “voice” in a variety of issues. These announcements can be as common as industry day type events, or as unique as providing information on working groups for Government and Industry on various programs.
Both tools can be accessed at www.fbo.gov on the right side of the home page, and you have the ability to do similar advanced searches as you would for solicitation opportunities.
If you have any questions on using these tools more specifically for your company, or on any other Government Contracting topic, contact your local PTAC’s Procurement Specialists today!
More about Procurement Technical Assistance Centers (PTACs)
Ninety-eight PTACs – with over 300 local offices – form a nationwide network of procurement professionals dedicated procurement professionals working to help local businesses compete successfully in the government marketplace. Funded under the Defense Logistics Agency’s Procurement Technical Assistance Program through cooperative agreements with state and local governments and non-profit organizations, PTACs are the bridge between buyer and supplier, bringing to bear their knowledge of both government contracting and the capabilities of contractors to maximize fast, reliable service to our government with better quality and at lower costs.
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Beth White has been a Government Contracting Specialist for the Iowa PTAC at Iowa State University’s Center for Industrial Research and Service (CIRAS) since the beginning of 2011. Prior to that, she worked for over a dozen years as a Contracting Officer/Small Business Specialist at the Rock Island Arsenal – Army Contracting Command.
Assistance topics include (but are not limited to!):
- Determining Suitability for Contracting
- Securing Necessary Registrations (including SAM registration)
- SDB, 8(a), HUBzone and other certifications
- Researching Procurement Histories
- Identifying Bid Opportunities
- Proposal Preparation
- Contract Performance Issues
- Preparing for Audit