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8a Magazine’s content is provided by the federal and state certification and contracting industry experts of ez8a, Advance GSA, Government Marketing, Advance 8a and Fedvital, as well as guest contributors that are at the top of their field. Active 8a Articles are designed to focus on the advantages a firm has after becoming 8a Certified by the SBA. While our articles highlight ways to utilize your 8a Certification, as well as stay in compliance with the SBA, further exploration of the subject matter or even issues that we have yet to discuss (or haven’t discussed in a while) may be at the top of your mind. Click ‘Ask An Expert’ to send a note directly to our resident Active 8a Expert, Mark Ryan. From there, Mark can help answer any questions your firm may have concerning how to make your 8a Certification work for you. Ask an Expert
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How Do You Win Federal Contracts?

There are many elements that determine a small business’ potential in the federal marketplace. I will go over what I believe to be the most critical areas.... View More
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Becoming GSA Compliant as a Growing Business

When launching a business into a new market, it is often said that making your first profitable sale is the most challenging. Many people I talk with will tell me that they registered in.... View More
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Buck the Trend, Find Your Government Niche & Grow Your Company

There is currently a trend where small businesses are challenged to find enough employees to complete the current work they have. This has led to a reduction in the number of GSA Schedule.... View More
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A Federal Buyer Just Asked Me for My GSA Contract Number – Any Way I Can Save the Sale?

I talk to aspiring federal vendors all the time that are presented with this scenario. They walk into a federal buyer’s office and at the end of the conversation the federal buyers ask.... View More
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Importance of Diligent Bid Monitoring

According to the SBA, "many companies aspire to do contracting work for the federal government, most will not...". There are many reasons why the SBA finds this result. These reasons.... View More
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Department of Homeland Security's FEMA and GSA Schedule

Over the last couple of years, the world has had more challenges to face than usual. If you are looking to add disaster assistance as an avenue for selling your products and/or.... View More
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Questions and Answers About GSA Schedule Contracts

A GSA Schedule Contract is an Indefinite-Delivery Indefinite-Quantity (IDIQ) contract that falls under the GSA’s Multiple Award System (MAS). The purpose of GSA Schedule Contract is to.... View More
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HUBZone Firms Excel in Manufacturing

A HUBZone Certification can provide a boost to manufacturing firms, however less than a thousand take advantage of this SBA Certification.... View More
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Combining Targeted Marketing and Delivery for Federal Success

One of the services I have helped provide over the years is helping firms identify the federal buyers who have purchased their goods and services over the past two years. I then helped build a.... View More
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After Registering on SAM.gov, Keep It Going

When launching a business into a new market, it is often said that making your first profitable sale is the most challenging. Many people I talk with will tell me that they registered on.... View More
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