G.O. Contracts Part of Organization’s Push to Support Local Business Retention, Expansion
Brevard County, Fla. (August 29, 2013) – Strengthening its support of existing Brevard County businesses, the Economic Development Commission of Florida’s Space Coast (EDC) is pleased to announce the launch of G.O. Contracts, Government Opportunities Online.
This EDC service, found at www.SpaceCoastEDC.org/GO, will help local businesses find and succeed at winning contracts with federal, state and local governments. G.O. Contracts provides registered users in targeted sectors with one-stop access to a comprehensive government procurement database system. It contains over 700,000 government contractors and pulls information from multiple sources.
The system will allow users to set email notifications for opportunities that could be of interest based on a variety of criteria, including NAICS Code, and it can be used to find partnering opportunities on contracts that have been awarded. It also may be used by local companies to sell inventory or provide services to contract winners that will be in the market for certain products or services.
“The Space Coast is home to many businesses with the skills and expertise to meet the needs of federal agencies,” said U.S. Congressman Bill Posey, who has organized multiple federal contracting events in the community. “I commend the Economic Development Commission of Florida’s Space Coast for providing this valuable service to our local businesses and entrepreneurs so they can better navigate the federal procurement process compete for federal contracts.”
The work the EDC does to attract companies to the Space Coast often gets the most publicity, but the organization has also long been focused on providing resources and tools such as G.O. Contracts to ensure existing small and mid-sized businesses can grow and succeed here.
“This powerful business development tool will help smaller companies compete in the contracting marketplace – a valuable arena for business that can spur innovation and partnerships even as it creates opportunities,” said Lynda Weatherman, president and CEO of the Economic Development Commission of Florida’s Space Coast. “And there are definitely opportunities: of the contact solicitations Florida procurement officers put out for bid last year, about 80 percent of the awards went to out-of-state companies.”
Another important facet of G.O. Contracts is that the service goes beyond providing access to the site. The EDC has also arranged for training and assistance to help participating companies better understand the process and therefore maximize their opportunities to succeed.
Scott Lewit is excited about how G.O. Contracts will allow smaller companies the ability to compete with larger businesses and their in-house teams of contracting experts that use high-end software. Lewit, president of Structural Composites in West Melbourne, has worked with a beta version of the service.
“The big companies have big budgets. They can buy these expensive software packages,” he said. “All of a sudden, the EDC comes in and provides a service to us that allows us to find all these opportunities, search past contracts, and more – in a much more efficient, comprehensive fashion. And it’s a free service to the small business thanks to the EDC”.
“My advice: If you are in any kind of work involving government contracts, you’ll want to jump on this opportunity because it can really help you identify pending opportunities,” Lewit continued. “It’s an instant benefit if you’re a small business doing government contracts, and if you’re interested in getting into government contracting, it’s a necessary tool in your tool box.”
Space is limited, and criteria for participation exist. For more information, including additional program details, eligiblity and application criteria, please visit www.SpaceCoastEDC.org/GO.
About the Economic Development Commission of Florida’s Space Coast
The Economic Development Commission of Florida’s Space Coast is dedicated to attracting new business and investment and expanding existing industry throughout the Space Coast, influencing change on government laws and regulations affecting economic development, promoting the Space Coast to encourage new investment, supporting efforts of Space Coastmilitary installations, and relaying new programs and procedures to assist manufacturing and high tech companies. The EDC is a private, not-for-profit coalition whose stakeholders are business leaders committed to the economic growth and stability of Florida’s Space Coast. Visit www.SpaceCoastEDC.org for more information.