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jyoung65

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Bidding on Contracts
« on: February 21, 2011, 01:08:32 PM »
Has anyone ever bid on contracts? I have been to a couple of agencies to assist me with the bidding process, but no success. I called attorney's they charge $300 a hour, that is not in my budget!  Any suggestion would be greatly appreciated.   

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Re: Bidding on Contracts
« Reply #1 on: February 21, 2011, 01:45:56 PM »
What kind of contracts? I have done bidding for counties/state but never needed assistance.
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Re: Bidding on Contracts
« Reply #2 on: February 21, 2011, 02:12:41 PM »
Were you ever awarded contracts? When bidding on contracts, you have to really know what you are doing. Since I am new at bidding and in business, I want to make sure all my paperwork is completed thoroughly. My mind set is to bid and win, in order to win you have to know how to bid. That is why I need help with bidding.

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Re: Bidding on Contracts
« Reply #3 on: January 28, 2013, 06:22:34 AM »
For bidding on any contract, your bidding profile must be very attractive and should be very strong. this will help you to intake the projects and try to bid for Government Proposals because the mode of payment will be more secure.

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Re: Bidding on Contracts
« Reply #4 on: January 28, 2013, 03:21:49 PM »
I am in the process of going through my state and going through an agency to bid.  Many of the contracts like to have WOSB, SBE, MBE owned companies. 

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Re: Bidding on Contracts
« Reply #5 on: January 28, 2013, 06:14:24 PM »
Has anyone ever bid on contracts? I have been to a couple of agencies to assist me with the bidding process, but no success. I called attorney's they charge $300 a hour, that is not in my budget!  Any suggestion would be greatly appreciated.   

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Have the agencies you been to from your state? I don't know what state your located in but many have programs to help in the process. In NY we have Business Solution Centers that give free classes (all you do is sign-up) on how to bid, how to become a MBE, WBE, etc. It's daunting but not impossible you just really need to understand the process, rules, requirements on each bid. Also don't close-out the idea of going in as a subcontractor, meaning if you lose the bid or don't bid but you're registered with your state, the winner is always reported on the state's site, contact them. I know plenty of people who go in as subcontractors and win their own bids later. They even have a program specifically for teaming with other companies to help you win a bid, called NYC Teaming. <-- How I won my first bid.

You're not in the dark the contact person for the contract up for bidding info is always there. They are there to help answer any questions about the contract you want to bid on and the paperwork needed to bid.

Here is NY's link as a reference so perhaps you can better ask you state about these types of programs. Hope it helps. http://www.nyc.gov/html/sbs/nycbiz/html/summary/selling.shtml
« Last Edit: January 28, 2013, 06:35:25 PM by Billergirlnyc »
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Re: Bidding on Contracts
« Reply #6 on: January 28, 2013, 06:39:11 PM »
these are for medical billing jobs?

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Re: Bidding on Contracts
« Reply #7 on: January 29, 2013, 04:09:17 PM »
these are for medical billing jobs?

They're for various types of jobs. For example I received an email from NY state's list on a open call for bids for a person to consult with MetroPlus on ICD 10. The info is open to the public BUT to see the full RFP (Request for Proposals) in NY you need to be registered with their site. It's pretty painless. The RFP has everything they need, require of bidding companies/person, contact person, etc. Some even list the contact person before you sign in. The contract we won was me teaming with another company that offered services we didn't and we offered services they didn't to win the entire contract. It's a numbers game but also a game of what you can actually do. They're is a vetting process so it's not just you win and cash raining down on you, you will be vetted from a financial standpoint (you're sound and won't go bankrupt during the duration of the contract), staffing, etc. It's not hard but I always say never bite off more than you know you can chew, thus why we teamed with a company who could potentially be seen as a competitor, but in our case isn't. So far so good. And since you're in NY Christy I would definitely look into these programs. It's not a fast process by any stretch of the imagination, but it's another potential avenue for revenue.

Here is the link for NYC -http://a856-internet.nyc.gov/nycvendoronline/VendorShort/asp/ShortFormInfo.asp  - to sign-up.

Here is link for NYS - http://ogs.ny.gov/BU/PC/ - it's pretty painless to sign-up, but I would also suggest you looking into getting certified as a WBO, too. here is the link for that http://ogs.ny.gov/mwbe/certification.asp

And here is NY Business Solutions Center - which helped me w/teaming-up and navigating the entire process - this is the main site http://www.nyc.gov/html/sbs/nycbiz/html/home/home.shtml and the link to the govt bidding process (free classes) http://www.nyc.gov/html/sbs/nycbiz/html/summary/selling.shtml

I can assure you certification helps tremendously. The company I teamed-up with is owned by a man and he was more than happy to work with me because I'm certified.  Oh and link to the teaming-up program http://www.nyc.gov/html/sbs/nycbiz/html/growing/nyc_teaming.shtml. They also have a healthcare team and these people rock, it's in Long Island City Queens. When I tell you rock, I mean rock, Christy. If you can I would definitely reach-out to them. No need to limit where you do business (not saying you are, just throwing it out there). I travel all over NY and out of state to get business.

Edited to add: I don't want to make it seem like the ONLY reason I teamed was because I couldn't bid on the entire job, this was part of the reason. It was ALSO because the RFP required certain things financially, like that your revenue needs to be x,y,z, a year that my company couldn't meet. Don't let any of this deter you. Again either team-up on things you really want to bid on, and yes sometimes that means teaming with a competitor. Better 2 share something than nothing at all, or become a subcontractor - as winner of bids are always listed and if it's written within their contract they can subcontract certain services out - you might just be the person who wins a subcontract with a winner. Also winning a bid does MAJOR things for your business. Major. They list who wins, you get press (depending on what you won or how big it is) and people remember/notice. Doctors and other companies who need your services come calling.

I know it's all NYC based but I'm sure you can find a center similar to this wherever you're located. Remember knowledge is power and it's free. Goodluck.
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Re: Bidding on Contracts
« Reply #8 on: January 29, 2013, 06:55:41 PM »
Do anyone know of any bidding agency in Dallas TX