November 13, 2011 by cs
Thanks to Dougherty County’s small business program and arrangements with Georgia Tech, you can learn everything you ever wanted to know about doing business with the government.
Not only will you learn from the experts … but all of the classes being offered are free of charge!
Just consider the possibilities …
Need to learn the Fundamentals of Working with the Government?
Want to learn more about Business Planning, Development and Management?
How about government Contract Accounting?
Need a class on basic Contract Law?
How about Subcontracting with Prime Contractors?
And what about Surety Bonding or Business Financing?
Classes on each of these topics — and more — are now planned to be offered in Albany as a part of the Dougherty County’s Small Business Program, through special arrangements with Georgia Tech. Each of these classes are being offered at no cost.
Interested parties can find the complete schedule of classes being offered, and register for any of them, by clicking right here.
May 28, 2011 by cs
If you’re interested in learning about what and how the Marine Corps Logistics Command buys, then you ought to consider being at the Albany Civic Center on Aug. 4 and 5, 2011.
The Albany Marine Corps base is hosting a two-day trade show specifically focused on procurement and acquisition that support of Warfighter requirements.
The Command is looking for exhibitors and attendees specializing in:
- Industrial Electronics
- Information Technology
- Parts Obsolescence
- Warehousing (including Supplies)
- Material Handling
- Green Initiatives
- Structure Ventilation/Controlled Environments for Workers
On Thursday, Aug. 4th, an anticipated 100 exhibitors — representing both small business and large business as well as local, state, and federal government agencies – are expected to be on hand at the Albany Civic Center. Opening ceremonies will begin at 8:00 a.m.
Mid-day on Thursday, attendees will gather for lunch across the street from the Civic Center at the Albany Hilton Garden Inn to hear featured keynote speaker, Lieutenant General Frank A. Panter, Deputy Commandant, Installations and Logistics, Headquarters, U. S. Marine Corps.
Following lunch, activities will resume in the exhibit hall at the Civic Center from 1:30 until 4:00 p.m.
On Friday, Aug. 5th at the Albany Civic Center there will be eight (8) workshops running concurrently, each repeated on the hour at 8:00, 9:00, 10:00, and 11:00 a.m. Workshop topics include: The Mission and Function of the Marine Corps Logistics Command Centers (including Distribution Management, Maintenance Center, and Supply Management); Expert Services for Entrepreneurs; Acquisition Courses for Contractors; the Federal Logistics Information System and the Internet Bid Board System; Construction Requirements of the Marine Corps Logistics Base; Small Business Program Updates; Getting on GSA Schedules; and Doing Business with the Marine Corps Systems Command (MARCORSYSCOM).
There is a registration fee of $100 to attend this two-day event. The registration fee includes access to all events both days, including one lunch ticket for Aug. 4th.
Companies wishing to exhibit at the event must make arrangements and pay a fee in advance. The exhibition fee for large businesses is $550, and the exhibition fee for small businesses is $450. Each of these exhibitor registration packages covers two attendees and two lunch tickets. (Exhibitors must set-up at the Civic Center on Wed., Aug. 3rd, between 12:30 and 4:30 p.m. Exhibit teardown takes place on Thurs., Aug. 4th between 4:00 and 5:00 p.m.)
Pre-registration is required to attend this event. The deadline for registration is Thursday, June 16, 2011. Complete details may be found at: http://www.logcom.usmc.mil/sbpo/files/trade-show/2011/Key-Information.pdf.
- The Industry Exhibitor registration form is at: http://www.logcom.usmc.mil/sbpo/files/trade-show/2011/Industry-Exhibitor-Reg.pdf
- The Industry Attendee registration form is at: http://www.logcom.usmc.mil/sbpo/files/trade-show/2011/Industry-Attendee-Reg.pdf
- The Government/Non-Profit registration form is at: http://www.logcom.usmc.mil/sbpo/files/trade-show/2011/Govt-Reg.pdf
May 11, 2011 by cs
Want to see the current list of free classes now being offered by Georgia Tech is support of the City of Albany’s Small Business Program?
The class list has just been updated, and it’s available for viewing, and printing, by simply clicking here.
When you take a look at the updated training calendar, you’ll see we are offering classes on all of the following topics:
- Albany Small Business Program Orientation
- Business Planning, Development and Management
- Preparing Successful Bids and Proposals
- Business Development in the Government Market
- Introduction to Government Contracting
- Contract Accounting
- Contract Law
- Subcontracting to Prime Contractors
- Selling to the Military
- Fundamentals of Working with the Government
- Surety Bonding
- How to Work with Small Business Specialists
- How to Use the GTPAC Bid Match Service
- Understanding the GSA Schedule Process
What a “treasure trove” of useful information! Register now for the classes of your choice!
May 10, 2011 by cs
Current bids and proposals for the City of Albany and Dougherty County may be found on-line by clicking right here.
Most documents are available on this site to download to print. For more information on current bids and proposals, call the City’s Procurement Office at (229) 431-3211. Documents also can be requested by e-mailing Christen or by contacting the Procurement Office.
When communicating by email, please be sure to state the purpose of your email in the subject line. All unknown mail with unclear subject lines or mail marked as “spam” will be deleted without being read.
Please note that bids to the City of Albany cannot be returned by facsimile.
April 28, 2011 by cs
Georgia Tech is offering its comprehensive 3-hour “Introduction to Government Contracting” class in Albany at 10:00 a.m. on June 8, 2011.
The free class will be conducted in the 1st floor conference room located in the Albany Microbusiness Enterprise Center, located at 230 S. Jackson St., Albany, GA 31701-2885.
If you plan to attend, please pre-register on-line at http://gtpac.ecenterdirect.com/ConferenceDetail.action?ID=6870. To register, just hit the “Sign Up” button on that page and enter your name, company name, and email address.
The popular “Intro” class is a must for anyone thinking about or doing business with the government. A general overview of how the government buys goods and services, and the seven phases of government procurement will be discussed in detail. Additional topics include governmental registrations, market research on what the government buys, how government agencies advertise their procurements, understanding “ads” from sources like FedBizOpps, introduction to the Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR), how to find internet marketing opportunities, how to locate subcontracting opportunities with government “prime” contractors, bidding, and much more.
Georgia Tech’s Jone Debnam is the guest instructor for this class.
April 22, 2011 by cs
We have a special treat just for you!
On Tuesday, Apr. 26th we are conducting a class just for registered clients!
From 1:00 ’til 3:00 pm, we’re going to be showing you exactly how our bid match service works and how you can “tweak” it to make it more effective in identifying government contract opportunities for you.
Guest speaker Tom Larkin will show you how to use the GTPAC bid match service to identify government bid opportunities that are relevant to your business interests. You will learn how to identify the correct NAICS codes, PSC/FSC codes, as well as keywords for your Search Profile. We will demonstrate how to effectively use the powerful ”iSearch” tool to validate keywords, obtain and collect marketing data, as well as how to identify what the agency “calls” what you sell. Real-time examples will be utilized during this interactive class.
Don’t miss this free class! If you can’t attend, be sure to send someone as your representative.
The class will be held in the Arthur K. Williams Conference Room located in the Microbusiness Enterprise Center, 230 S. Jackson Street, Albany, Georgia 31701.
To register in advance, please visit: http://gtpac.ecenterdirect.com/ConferenceDetail.action?ID=7012.
We hope to see you there!
Oh, and one more thing … Come early at noon and hear Tom talk about “How to Work Effectively with Small Business Specialists.” Refreshments will be served.
April 19, 2011 by cs
This Thursday, May 26th, two free classes are being offered to give you insights into how to market to and submit proposals to government agencies. Don’t miss this!
Starting at 10:00 am, a two-hour class will be presented entitled “Preparing Successful Bids and Proposals.” This special briefing is designed to help companies understand the bid proposal preparation process when responding to government solicitations. Topics covered include: preparation for bidding, identifying the bid package, reading the solicitation, technical proposal development insights, developing your bid price/cost proposal, and more. This class will provide special instruction for Albany-area small businesses interested in doing business with the City of Albany as well as other units of government.
Then, starting at noon, another two-hours of instruction will be offered on the topic “Marketing to the Government.” If you’ve ever wondered how State agencies, cities, counties, school boards, and authorities buy their goods and services, then this is the class for you. You will learn how to register as a vendor, who to contact, where to find opportunities, what the requirements are for bidding, and how to get paid. Specific attention will be given to doing business with the State of Georgia and many units of local government in the Albany area.
Both classes will be held in the 1st floor conference room at the Microbusiness Enterprise Center, 230 S. Jackson St., Albany, GA 31701-2885.
You’re encouraged to register in advance. For the 10 o’clock class go to http://gtpac.ecenterdirect.com/ConferenceDetail.action?ID=6847 to register. For the class at noon, go to http://gtpac.ecenterdirect.com/ConferenceDetail.action?ID=6869 to register.
All businesses are welcome to attend. We look forward to seeing you there!
April 10, 2011 by cs
The City of Albany’s Procurement Office uses an e-Procurement system known as TurboBid. This on-line system allows the City to create bid documents and upload them onto a special website so that vendors can see the bid documents and download them.
You can access the City of Albany’s bid postings on TurboBid by clicking here — this link will provide you with the most current information. For illustration purposes, a “screen shot” of what TurboBid looks like appears below:
Using the link above, any vendor can visit TurboBid at any time to see bid postings by the City of Albany. By clicking on a paricular bid title, a vendor can see more details on that posting. Look for the tabs above the posting; they look like this:
- By clicking on “Bid Q&A,” a bidder can submit a question about the bid package as well as see any other questions that have been asked, along with the answers.
- By clicking on “Documents,” a vendor can see and download the actual bid documents.
- By clicking on “Plan Holders,” the vendor can see a list of the other vendors who have already downloaded the bid documents.
- The tab labeled “eBid” is not currently utilized by the City of Albany. All bids submitted to the City must be submitted on paper, using the bid documents downloaded from the TurboBid web site.
You must register with TurboBid to gain access to some of its features. Registration is simple, and free of charge. Click here to register for TurboBid.
April 7, 2011 by cs
There are just three steps to take to become certified as an Albany Small Business Enterprise (ASBE). Here they are:
- Attend one of the Small Business Procurement Program orientation sessions. Currently, these sessions are scheduled to be held on May 18 and July 20, 2011. (In 2010, similar sessions were held on Oct. 18 and on Nov. 17, and earlier in 2011, these sessions were held on Jan. 5, Feb. 9, and Mar. 16.)
- Commit yourself to attending our government contract training on a regular basis. Classes that are specifically tailored to the Albany Small Business Procurement Program are being held on a regular basis between mid October 2010 and August 2011. You can find the complete training calendar right here.
- Obtain and fill-out the Albany Small Business Enterprise application form and pay a one-time, nonrefundable $25 administrative fee. These forms can be downloaded from this website right here. Once your application is reviewed and approved, you will be listed in our on-line directory here and you will receive other benefits described here.
March 17, 2011 by cs
If you’ve ever wondered how State agencies, cities, counties, school boards, and authorities buy their goods and services, then there’s a free class being held in Albany that you should make plans to attend.
You will learn how to register as a vendor, who to contact, where to find opportunities, what the requirements are for bidding, and how to get paid. Specific attention will be given to doing business with the State of Georgia and many units of local government in the Albany area.
The Georgia Tech-conducted class will be held from noon until 2:00 p.m. in the 1st floor conference room at the Microbusiness Enterprise Center, located at 230 S. Jackson St., Albany, GA. To pre-register, please go to http://gtpac.ecenterdirect.com/ConferenceDetail.action?ID=6860 and click on the “Sign-Up” button.
This class will provide special instruction for Albany-area small businesses interested in doing business with the City of Albany as well as other units of government. All businesses are welcome to attend.