September 21, 2016
Free Service Helps Companies Bid on Government Contracts
Source: Crestview News Bulletin, Brian Hughes, September 15, 2016
CRESTVIEW — Advanced Aerial Operations soon starts its first government aerial surveying and mapping job.
It’s a contract with city government and, as far as government contracts go, it’s not huge. However, for owner Mario Werth, it’s a start, and he is optimistic it will lead to bigger things for his Crestview-based drone operation.
Werth needed guidance through the government contracting procedure, and advice came surprisingly cheap.
He consulted the no-cost Procurement Technical Assistant Center of the University of West Florida’s Small Business Development Center.
“We assist small businesses with local, state and federal contracts,” the center’s statewide program manager, Jane Dowgwilo, said. “Then we help them with post-award administration and support.”
With the demands of running a small business, Werth lacks time to visit Pensacola to consult with Dowgwilo. Therefore, government contracting specialist John DiGiacomo came to him.
“All of our one-on-one consulting services are at no cost to the small businesses,” Dowgwilo said. “They love that. Small businesses are usually under very tight overhead.” READ MORE….
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