The Department of Economic Development can help local businesses access a variety of resources that can provide assistance in obtaining governmental and other contracts. These resources include:
Suffolk County Department of Public Works -- RFP's are published on the county website. Click here to link directly to the purchasing page. Companies wishing to be added to the mailing list for bid information can call (631) 853-3908. Bids are published in the Smithtown News, Smithtown Messenger, BID Reporter, the Dodge Reports, Brown's Letters, Construction Data News, and Construction Information Systems. Further information can be obtained by contacting Suffolk County Department of Public Works, 360 Yaphank Ave., Yaphank, NY 11980-0059 Phone (631) 852-5204 Fax (631) 852-5221.
Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) -- Administered through the Long Island Development Corporation (LDIC), http://www.lidc.org, the center provides free counseling to small businesses to obtain and perform on government and other contracts. PTAC will search for contracts, help companies fill out bids, obtain technical documents, review pre-award surveys, act as advocate with the buying office, help with performance and payment issues, and establish companies on the electronic data interchange for bidding. Information on other PTAC's within New York or other states can be obtained by visiting selling to the government.
Small Business Development Centers (SBDC) -- A cooperative effort between the U.S. Small Business Administration and the State University of New York. It offers assistance with preparation of business plans and technical assistance to existing and start-up businesses. For more information, contact any of the following SBDC's:
Click here for SUNY Stony Brook : (631) 632-9070; e-mail: e-mail:email@example.com
SUNY Farmingdale SBDC: (631) 420-2765 or Click here for SUNY Farmingdale SBDC
Federal Procurement Assistance can be obtained at:
FedBizOpps - http://www.fedbizopps.gov - has been designated as the Government wide Point of Entry. It is where procurement opportunities exceeding $25,000 are posted by FEDERAL government agencies. There is an interim Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) that gives Federal agencies until October 1, 2001 to complete their transition to FedBizOpps. After that date, all agencies must put all their bidding opportunities over $25,000 on FedBizOpps.
You can search FedBizOpps yourself if you like and do some research either by solicitation number, date, procurement classification code, and agency to get information on active or aarchived bids. This is a great way to research marketing information on similar procurements.
A special federal procurement program based on designated census tract information exists. This program called HUB Zones provides substantial benefits to qualified small businesses in obtaining contracts. Information on this program can be found at http://www.sba.gov/hubzone
There are also a number of .com purchasing sites being developed. These sites can be utilized by a company to make contact with government purchasing agents. The sites are:
Who classifies as a Very Small Business:
Find out at: www.sba.gov/gc/indexprograms-vsb.html