The Minority Chamber of Commerce offers to our Preferred Member the process with technical assistance to get contracts , and to be an eligible firm for the federal government’s programs , 8(a) Disadvantaged Small Businesses, 8(m) Woman-Owned Small Business (WOSB), HUBZone Small Businesses, and Service-Disabled Veteran Owned Small Businesses (SDVOSB) (plus smaller programs such as the Veteran-Owned Small Business (VOSB) Program) offer significant advantages in the acquisition of government contracts.
We provide minority businesses members interested in qualifying for these programs and pursuing the contracting opportunities assistance from A to Z.
What Means this? The U.S. government is the world’s largest buyer of products and services. Purchases by military and civilian installations amount to nearly $200 billion a year, and include everything from complex space vehicles to janitorial services and cancer research. In short, the government buys just about every category of commodity and service available.
Certification: We assist to our preferred members to discuss whether one of these SBA or GSA approved programs would be suitable, your product and services can be a potential inside the Federal Government. We will use our knowledge and connections of the program requirements—both process and follow up—to help you predict which issues should be addressed before you are subject to the scrutiny of certification with the appropriate agency.
The Minority Chamber will discuss the certification process with you so you understand each of the steps and can be fully prepared before you begin. This process can take 90 days to prepare all details and procedure. This can be through video conference or your location.
Contracting: When the U.S government wants to purchase a certain product or service, it can use a variety of contracting methods base in the type of certification. Simplified acquisition procedures, sealed bidding, contracting by negotiation and consolidated purchasing items/ services are key contract methodologies used to purchase.
By law, federal agencies are required to establish contracting goals, such that 23% of all government buys are intended to go to small businesses. In addition, contract goals are established for women-owned businesses, small disadvantaged businesses, firms located in HUBZones and service disabled veteran-owned businesses. These government-wide goals, which are not always achieved, are 5%, 5%, 3% and 3%, respectively. They are important, however, because federal agencies have a statutory obligation to reach-out and consider small businesses for procurement opportunities.
Something to Learn: Selling to the Federal government is, in some ways, similar to selling to the private sector. While federal procurement procedures may have a different set of rules and regulations, many of the same marketing techniques and strategies you already employ may work here. Use your common business sense. Some tips: Get to know the agency and understand the context in which your product or service could be used.
Our Commitment in this program: Once your business is certified, we will help you convert your certification into monetary value for your business. We assist with the program-specific needs of government contractors, including subcontracts and teaming agreements that build on your business’ certifications. We also help ensure that changes to the structure of your business do not put your 8(a), HUBZone, SDVO, or other certifications at risk. In addition, we will defend, protect and assist your company’s status should it be subject to a size protest or other eligibility challenge before the Small Business Administration and other federal agencies.
Our public relations: We provide traditional government relations services and government contract and procurement services for our preferred members. The Minority Chamber of Commerce offers well-developed strategies integrating legal, business and public relations considerations. Unlike many traditional lobbying firms, however, the Chamber’s government strategies practice also includes business negotiation—many with senior-level leadership in federal government. Furthermore, our commitment is to be a best practice’s organization and negotiate under transparency and professionals perspective of our preferred members something that most lobbying firms cannot: the reassurance that their communications and advice will be protected, when appropriate, by the government chamber-member privilege.
Our technical assistance includes the following:
For more information, please send to: [email protected]