About the Services...
Business development is almost certainly the number one concern of every company -- big or small. Finding opportunities that small businesses are qualified for and have a real shot of obtaining can be a challenge -- with bigger companies have more resources, better connections, and typically a lower price point. There are, however, multiple avenues that small businesses can have the advantage: notably, doing work with the government and major corporations that have mandated small business set-asides.
The Chamber works with government agencies, schools and universities, and perhaps most significantly, major corporations (notably, large contractors) to gain a wealth of opportunities and solicitations for small businesses to gain. We don't passively "fish" for small businesses by doing solicitation postings (as seen on say, FBO); no, we actively seek out small businesses (usually 1-3 per opportunity) and negotiate price points. Along with targeting small businesses for purchasing, we also help those same small businesses with their own purchasing -- frequently saving them hundreds if not thousands of dollars a year.
As an important note, most of the opportunities posted on the Chamber portal do require at least a SAM (System for Award Management) registration. You can go to www.sam.gov to register; if you need assistance, you can also go to our Department of Registration. There are tutorials, as well as potential help points from government PTAC offices and some private consulting firms.
Benefits of the Service...
The moment your company joins, we are actively seeking opportunities for it to grow. We work with our Mentor entities to gain your company business. At the same time, we hope you take full advantage of our purchasing services. More often than not, we do save our members a lot of money.
Please note, some of the Mentor entities (notably, government agencies) do post opportunities they present to us elsewhere (such as the FBO), so while we are actively seeking and negotiating rates and details, for some of these opportunities, we are not the sole access point.
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