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Government Procurement Assistance Center

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The WBCNA established the Government Procurement Assistance Center (GPAC) in 2010 to provide customized coaching and training for women who are existing or aspiring government contractors.  While our focus is on women, these services are available to everyone.  From the nuts and bolts of getting started, to better utilizing GSA schedules, to establishing a Board of Advisors, the WBCNA provides a broad range of services to meet the needs of small businesses.

The following services are offered:

  • One-on-one individualized coaching and action plans
  • CCR registration assistance
  • NAICS Codes identification
  • Online training
  • Certifications (8a, HUBZone, MBE, WBE, DBE)
  • Networking opportunities and business matchmaking
  • Assistance with Capabilities Statement development and review
  • Identification of Small Business Specialists (government and prime)
  • Website resources for small businesses
  • Identification of business opportunities and bid match assistance

Training is a major component of the GPAC. Workshops on the following topics will be among those offered throughout the year:

  • 12-Step Program for Doing Business with the Government
  • Certifications (State and Federal)
  • How to Successfully Market Your Small Business to the Government Sector
  • GSA Schedules - What are they and how to use them
  • Government Contractor Accounting Made Easy
  • Developing Entrepreneurial Skills

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is responsible for the management and oversight of the small business procurement process across the Federal Government. SBA negotiates with Federal departments concerning their prime contracting goals and achievement with small businesses to ensure that small businesses have the maximum practicable opportunity to provide goods and services to the Federal Government.

The overall goals for FY2013 are as follows:

  • 23 percent of prime contracts for small businesses
  • 5 percent of prime and subcontracts for small disadvantaged businesses
  • 5 percent of prime and subcontracts for women-owned small businesses
  • 3 percent of prime and subcontracts for HubZone businesses
  • 3 percent of prime and subcontracts for service-disabled veteran-owned small businesses