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SBA:  Practical Guide To Doing Business With The Federal Government
The place to go for bid opportunities over $25,000.  To read the manual please go here
Want to do business with the State of Florida?
Start here and call your local PTAC.  BidNet's statewide system, the Florida Purchasing Group ( provides a resourceful online platform for local Florida government agencies.

The DUNS number is going to change...

DUNS is a unique ID for organizations doing business with the government—will be phased out in favor of a new identifier with a new name and vendor. 

With the introduction of a new vendor, GSA is taking the opportunity to reengineer the system. The DUNS number will be phased out over the coming months and replaced by the System for Award Management Managed Identifier, or SAMMI, number.

More info here
Tyndall Industry Day
Air Force leadership is hosting Tyndall Industry Day #2.  Thursday, May 2nd from 8 a.m. to noon (Central Time) at Florida State University - Panama City (Holley Center) located at: 4750 Collegiate Drive, Panama City, Florida. Those wishing to attend please register at: by April 26th. Any questions regarding this announcement should be emailed to:

SBA Looking to End Self-Certification

June 26, 2019

Amid small-business contracting boom, SBA looks to end self-certification for set-aside programs
Federal News Network, Jory Heckman, June 25, 2019

With one in four dollars spent in federal contracts now going to small businesses, the Small Business Administration is looking to give more teeth to the verification process for companies that claim to meet the criteria for this lucrative market.

For the sixth year in a row, agencies exceeded SBA’s governmentwide small business contracting goal and spent more than $120 billion on small-business contracts, exceeding last year’s record by nearly $15 billion. Agencies awarded 25 percent of their contract spending to small businesses in fiscal 2018 and earned an overall ‘A’ rating on SBA’s annual small business scorecard.

But next year, SBA expects to have finalized a rule that would close a loophole that allowed for participants in SBA’s Women-Owned Small Business (WOSB) program to self-certify they’re eligible for the program, despite a provision in the 2015 National Defense Authorization Act mandating SBA to put an end to the self-certifications, as well as considerable scrutiny from watchdog offices.

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Federal Government Achieves Small Business Contracting Goal for Sixth Consecutive Year with Record-Breaking $120 Billion to Small Businesses

Eight Federal Agencies Receive A+ Rating on FY2018 Small Business Federal Procurement Scorecard

WASHINGTON –Today, the U.S. Small Business Administration announced that the federal government exceeded its small business federal contracting goal for the sixth consecutive year, awarding 25.05 percent in federal contract dollars to small businesses totaling $120.8 billion, an increase from the previous fiscal year of nearly $15 billion. The Fiscal Year 2018 Small Business Federal Procurement Scorecard marks the first time more than $120 billion in prime contracts has been awarded to small businesses. Overall, the federal government earned an “A” on this year’s government-wide scorecard.

“I’m happy to report that for the first time in history the federal government has awarded more than $120 billion in federal contracts and marked the sixth year in a row exceeding our target milestones for small businesses,” said Acting Administrator Chris Pilkerton. “Through these businesses, we strengthen the economy, and support the American workforce in the process. For example, the federal prime and subcontract awarded to small businesses in FY18 equate to more than one million jobs created. Every contract that gets in the hands of a small business is a win-win for our nation, the entrepreneurs, their employees and the communities they support all across the country.”

FY2018 Small Business Federal Procurement Scorecard:
The individual agency scorecards released today by the SBA, as well as a detailed explanation of the methodology, is available online.

• In FY18, the federal government exceeded the service-disabled veteran-owned small business and small disadvantaged business goals and the prime contract dollar awards in all small business categories increased from previous years.
• The federal government also exceeded its subcontract goals for awards to small businesses and women-owned small businesses, and awarded more than $79 billion in subcontracts to all small businesses.

The prime contract goal achievements by dollars and percentages for all categories are as follows:

Category Goal 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
$(B) %SB $(B) %SB $(B) %SB $(B) %SB $(B) %SB
Small Business 23% $91.7 24.9% $90.7 25.7% $99.7 24.4% $105.7 23.8% $120.8 25.05%
Small Disadvantaged Business 5% $34.7 9.5% $35.4 10.1% $39.1 9.4% $40.2 9.1% $46.5 9.65%
Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business 3% $13.5 3.7% $13.8 3.9% $16.3 4.0% $17.9 4.1% $20.6 4.27%
Women Owned Small Business 5% $17.2 4.7% $17.8 5.1% $19.7 4.8% $20.8 4.7% $22.9 4.75%
HUBZone 3% $6.7 1.8% $6.4 1.8% $6.9 1.7% $7.3 1.7% $9.9 2.05%

SBA continues to collaborate with federal agencies to expand small business opportunities for small business contractors to compete and win federal contracts. The FY2018 scorecard analyzed the prime contracting and subcontracting performance, and other contributing factors which resulted in an overall “A” grade for the federal government. Eight agencies received A+, 12 received a grade of “A”, three received a “B” grade and one received a “C” grade.

Small Business Federal Procurement Scorecard Overview:
The annual Procurement Scorecard is an assessment tool to: (1) measure how well federal agencies reach their small business and socio-economic prime contracting and subcontracting goals; (2) provide accurate and transparent contracting data and (3) report agency-specific progress. The prime and subcontracting component goals include goals for small businesses, small businesses owned by women, small disadvantaged businesses, service-disabled veteran-owned small businesses, and small businesses located in Historically Underutilized Business Zones (HUBZones).

Every year, the SBA works with each agency to set their prime and subcontracting goals and their performance is based on the agreed upon goals. Each federal agency has a different small business contracting goal, determined annually in consultation with the SBA. The SBA ensures that the sum total of all of the goals exceed the 23 percent target for the federal government as well as the socio-economic goals established by law.

While each federal agency is responsible for ensuring the quality of its own contracting data, SBA conducts additional analyses to help agencies identify potential data anomalies. As part of its ongoing data quality efforts, the SBA works with federal agency procurement staff to provide analysis and tools to facilitate review of data, implement improvements to procurement systems and conduct training to improve accuracy.
SAM Help desk email is  now “.com”

Please note:  SAM Federal Service Desk (FSD) emails are now coming from:
Email communications from this address ARE legitimate—they are not scams or phishing attempts.  Please let your clients know.
This is the ONLY “.com” email address that legitimately comes from GSA/SAM.
Any request that involves a fee should raise immediate red flags.  They should not respond, but rather contact you immediately.APTAC has raised concerns with GSA that this new, “.com” address is very confusing to
business owners, who already struggle to differentiate between legitimate, important notices and a deluge of marketing appeals designed to look like agency alerts.


The DHS will be offering millions of dollars to small businesses able to offer solutions to these 10 tough technical problems. MORE HERE


Vendors Challenged More Federal Contracts in 2018.......MORE HERE

Important Notice

There are numerous for-profit companies that may contact you to offer you services on doing business with government agencies.

Some of these companies use
misleading , marketing and
approaches that make them appear to be
official government agencies. Their
messaging often contains language such as “
if you don’t act and reply back you may miss out on government opportunities
. In some cases, they try to lead you to think that a registration is expiring or incomplete, which may impact your ability to do business with government.

Their objective is to get you to contact them so they can promote their services to you for a cost.
These services are provided by at no cost by PTACs around the country at no cost to you. You can locate you local PTAC at the link below.

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No duty is more urgent than that of returning thanks.

Let us be grateful to people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.
Marcel Proust

Blessed are those that can give without remembering and receive without forgetting.
Author Unknown

There is a calmness to a life lived in Gratitude, a quiet joy.
Ralph H. Blum ( American Author )

A contented mind is the greatest blessing a man can enjoy in this world.
Joseph Addison

To speak gratitude is courteous and pleasant, to enact gratitude is generous and noble, but to live gratitude is to touch Heaven.
Johannes A. Gaertner

Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all the others.

Every time we remember to say thank you, we experience nothing less than heaven on earth.
Sarah Ban Breathnach

Nothing is more honorable than a grateful heart.

Gratitude is the fairest blossom which springs from the soul.
Henry Ward Beecher

If the only prayer you ever say in your entire life is thank you, it will be enough.
Meister Eckhardt

One can pay back the loan of gold, but one dies forever in debt to those who are kind. Malayan Proverb

Unselfish and noble actions are the most radiant pages in the biography of souls. David Thomas

Not what we give,
But what we share,
For the gift
without the giver
Is bare.
James Russell Lowell

Silent gratitude isn't much use to anyone. G.B. Stern

I can no other answer make, but, thanks, and thanks. William Shakespeare

The only people with whom you should try to get even are those who have helped you. John E. Southard

I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought, and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder. G.K. Chesterton

I would thank you from the bottom of my heart, but for you my heart has no bottom. Author Unknown

The smallest act of kindness is worth more than the grandest intention. Oscar Wilde

Gratitude is the memory of the heart. Jean Baptiste Massieu, translated from French

How far that little candle throws his beams!
So shines a good deed in a weary world.
William Shakespeare

It's nice to be important, but it's more important to be nice. Author Unknown

Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see. Mark Twain

How beautiful a day can be
When kindness touches it!
George Elliston

We can only be said to be alive in those moments when our hearts are conscious of our treasures. Thornton Wilder

I feel a very unusual sensation - if it is not indigestion, I think it must be gratitude. Benjamin Disraeli

Hem your blessings with thankfulness so they don't unravel. Author Unknown

A friend is the one who comes in when the whole world has gone out.
- Grace Pulpit

One can never pay in gratitude:
one can only pay 'in kind' somewhere else in life.
Anne Morrow Lindbergh

When someone comes along who genuinely thanks us, we will follow that person a very long way.
Alan Loy McGinnis

No duty is more urgent than that of returning thanks.
St. Ambrose

Appreciation is a wonderful thing;
it makes what is excellent in others belong to us as well.

The applause of a single human being is of great consequence.
Samuel Johnson

Flattery is from the teeth out.
Sincere appreciation is from the heart out.
Dale Carnegie

Nine-tenths of wisdom is appreciation.
Go find somebody's hand and squeeze it... while there is still time.
Dale Dauten

Saying thank you is more than good manners. It is good spirituality.
- Alfred Painter

Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all the others.
- Cicero

Gratitude is the fairest blossom which springs from the soul.
- Henry Ward Beecher

Appreciation can make a day, even change a life. Your willingness to put it into words is all that is necessary.
- Margaret Cousins

The deepest craving of human nature is the need to be appreciated.
- William James

Gratitude is the memory of the heart.
- Jean Baptiste Massieu

Silent gratitude isn't much use to anyone. - G.B. Stern

Gratitude is the best attitude.
- Author Unknown

Who does not thank for little will not thank for much.
- Estonian Proverb

We often take for granted the very things that most deserve our gratitude.
- Cynthia Ozick

When eating bamboo sprouts, remember the man who planted them.
- Chinese Proverb

Thanks are justly due for boons unbought. - Ovid

Hem your blessings with thankfulness so they don't unravel. -Author Unknown

Thankfulness is the beginning of gratitude. Gratitude is the completion of thankfulness. Thankfulness may consist merely of words. Gratitude is shown in acts.
- Henri Frederic Amiel

For me, giving thanks is a sign of appreciation and gratitude that also brings about a deep sense of peace.
- Wally "Famous" Amos

Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life.
- Melody Beattie

No one who achieves success does so without acknowledging the help of others. The wise and confident acknowledge this help with gratitude.
- Alfred North Whitehead

Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.
- William A. Ward

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