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Doing Business with GSA: Part II

Contracting Options for Small Business

Christy L. JackiewiczOutreach Program ManagerOffice of Small Business Utilization

  • This training was developed to provide a wealth of knowledge to the small business whether downloading from our website for a quick view, taking notes during a education session or as a reference document for those times you just need to review a section or two.
  • Our goal is to connect you to opportunities in our agency. Let us know how we are doing and how we can improve.
  • Learn about options to partnering with GSA
  • Review steps to successful partnering relationships
  • Learn How to Locate New Opportunities
  • Highlight tools for success
  • Provide Helpful Guidance
  • Provide support and access to more information
subcontracting as a contract option
Subcontracting as a Contract Option
  • How to participate:
    • Open to all business sizes
    • Take turns being the prime
    • Bring the opportunities to the table
    • Highlight your partnerships as your government experience
  • A Plan is Required: Large Business and revenue is $650,000 or greater ($1.5M for construction) including all options
subcontracting plan
Subcontracting Plan
  • “Individual contract plan” means a subcontracting plan that covers the entire contract period (including option periods), applies to a specific contract, and has goals that are based on the offeror’s planned subcontracting in support of the specific contract, except that indirect costs incurred for common or joint purposes may be allocated on a prorated basis to the contract.
  • “Master plan” means a subcontracting plan that contains all the required elements of an individual contract plan, except goals, and may be incorporated into individual contract plans, provided the master plan has been approved.
  • “Subcontract” means any agreement (other than one involving an employer-employee relationship) entered into by a Government prime contractor or subcontractor calling for supplies and/or services required for performance of the contract, contract modification, or subcontract.
contracting teaming arrangements as a contract option
Contracting Teaming Arrangements as a Contract Option
  • How to participate:
  • GSA Schedule Contractors
  • Find a GSA Schedule Project (Fedbizopps, Forecast)
  • Invite other GSA Contractors to Participate
  • Highlight your team as your government experience
  • An agreement is required: All team members should work out the details like team lead etc. The buyer must accept the agreement. There are non-GSA Schedule teaming arrangements to consider.
contractor teaming arrangements
Contractor Teaming Arrangements

“Contractor team arrangement, "means an arrangement in which—

  • (1) Two or more companies form a partnership or joint venture to act as a potential prime contractor; or
  • (2) A potential prime contractor agrees with one or more other companies to have them act as its subcontractors under a specified Government contract or acquisition program.
joint venture as a contract option
Joint Venture as a Contract Option
  • How to participate:
  • Open to all business sizes
  • Formal agreement to merge assets
  • Commitment
  • An agreement is required: All parties should weigh heavily the magnitude of this commitment and involve legal counsel.
joint venture
Joint Venture
  • A joint venture… is an association of persons or concerns with interests in any degree or proportion by way of contract, express or implied, consorting to engage in and carry out a single specific business venture for joint profit, for which purpose they combine their efforts, property, money, skill, or knowledge, but not on a continuing or permanent basis for conducting business generally.
  • A joint venture is viewed as a business entity in determining power to control its management
successful partnering
Successful Partnering
  • Introduce - Use every opportunity to meet new potential partners
  • Exchange Information – Never leave home without your business cards and a pen
  • Go to breakfast/lunch/dinner– Set up a time within the first two weeks
  • Go to other things together– meet at events of mutual interest
  • Determine value add – both sides should benefit from the partnership
value add checklist assess in the first 2 3 meetings
Value-Add Checklist(assess in the first 2-3 meetings)
  • Positive Reputation? (birds of a feather)
  • Successful Contracts? (not dependent on your success)
  • Accessible Location? (services more than products)
  • Appealing Niche? (complement your company)
  • Certifications? (for set-asides and other benefits)
  • Memberships? (networking advantage)
  • Past Performance? (positive or negative)
  • Steady Growth? (past to current accomplishments)
successful partnering1
Successful Partnering
  • Propose a collaboration – Once you find an opportunity invite them to the table
  • Develop the terms/promises – If both sides see the potential, determine the rules to the game
  • Sign an agreement/contract – put everything in writing
  • Begin the Journey – work hard and enjoy the success
  • Implement short and long term goals – Determine if there is a real future and if so, make plans of attack
  • Check in often to make sure both sides are experiencing success– re-evaluate the partnership every 6 months to a year to make sure you continue to grow and prosper.
locate partnering opportunities www gsa gov smallbizevents
Locate Partnering
  • Attend
    • Industry matchmaking events
    • Small Business Conferences
  • Follow social media
  • Support small business groups
  • Actively participate in events
  • Celebrateachievements in the small business community
locate partnering opportunities www fbo gov www gsa gov elibrary ssq gsa gov www usaspending gov
Locate Partnering Opportunities,,,
  • Use and Analyze Reputable Database Services.
  • Maximize Functions to increase the quality of information
    • Fedbizopps (advanced search)
    • Schedule Sales Query (Generate reports, review contractors success for partnering potential)
      • Schedules e-Library (Contract information, GSA Advantage database)
tools for successful partnering interact gsa gov www gsa gov osbu
Tools for Successful,
  • Social Media – join special groups looking for the same kind of business opportunities
  • Subcontracting Registry Sources-
    • Most Federal Agencies have an updated directory
    • Many large business have registration for their directory
  • Prime Contractor list
    • Most Federal Agencies have an updated directory
tools for successful partnering www osdbu gov www gsa gov mentorprotege
Tools for Successful,
  • Small Business Incubators
    • Designed to support small business by providing business support and other helpful resources
  • OSDBU – Every Federal Agency has one
    • Consulting, Project information
  • Mentor Protégé Programs (GSA, DOD, SBA, etc.)
    • Bringing business together
    • Sharing knowledge and opportunities
    • Give and Take
helpful guidance
Helpful Guidance
  • Put everything in writing
    • Consider
      • Rotating Prime Representation
      • Length of Commitment
      • Terms and Conditions for Exiting the Partnership
  • Track FBO for Government Trends
    • Veteran Set-Asides
    • Sustainability Requirements
    • Women Owned Small Business Set-Asides
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Helpful Guidance
  • Look for Synopsis without a Solicitation
    • Build with Government Rep
    • Learn about Agency Goals
    • Support the development of the procurement
  • Develop social connections with potential partners
  • Consider providing samples of your capabilities through small projects
  • Be prepared to sum up your capabilities and past performance in less than a minute.
Small Business Advocates in,,
  • Each Federal agency has an Office of Small Business Utilization put in place by congress “…to promote the maximum practicable use of all designated small business categories within the Federal Acquisition process…” These advocates report to the head of their agency on the success of this partnership.
    • Finding creative new ways to educate
    • Sponsoring and delivering business development training
    • Integrating low-cost networking events into established venues
    • Providing free counseling and more…
access osbu www gsa gov osbu
  • (publications, video, fact sheets…)
  • (GSA events around the country just for small business)
  • Wantall events?
  • Small Business Solutions Group
  • (blogs, discussion boards, and more)
access osbu www gsa gov osbu1
  • (information and feedback changing small business partnerships)
  • GSA, Office of Small Business Utilization
  • (Fan Page with lots of updates)
gsa partners advocating for small business
GSA Partners Advocating for Small Business
  • Small Business Administration
  • SBA provides business counseling, training and business development specialists providing free and low-cost services in your area.www.sba.gov1-800-U-ASK-SBA (1-800-827-5722)
  • The Association of Procurement Technical Assistance Centers PTACs are dedicated to assisting businesses seeking to compete successfully in federal, state and local government contracting.
  •  Federal OSBU Agency Offices
  • The Small Business Act as amended by Public Law 95-507 established the Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business (OSDBU) to promote the maximum practicable use of all designated small business categories within the Federal Acquisition process.
small business solutions

We want to hear from you. Please share your success stories, comments, questions and concerns.

Christy L. Jackiewicz

General Services Administration

Office of Small Business Utilization

1-855-OSBUGSA (672-8472)

Small Business Solutions