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Smotrova-Taylor How to Get Government Contracts



Have a Slice of the 1 Trillion Dollar Pie

1. Auflage 2012, 288 Seiten, Kartoniert, Paperback, Format (B × H): 154 mm x 229 mm, Gewicht: 477 g
ISBN: 978-1-4302-4497-4
Verlag: Springer, Berlin


Smotrova-Taylor How to Get Government Contracts

How to Get Government Contracts demystifies the process of how a company can enter the government market, win its first and subsequent contracts, and then grow itself into a multi-million-dollar government contractor within a couple of years. It offers an insider’s view into the latest best practices that government contractors use to succeed in an increasingly competitive market, and it shows exactly how your company can apply these techniques to build a strong business. 







Many companies venture into the government market with a certain naiveté and pay a hefty price to find out that there is much more to winning a contract than writing last-minute proposals in response to publicly posted solicitations. To stop the bleeding of precious resources, they need to step back to learn how professionals win business in the federal arena. This book shows you how to find, for example, the best potential customers and opportunities for your company. It also explains the secret to winning consistently by conducting pre-proposal preparation (also called "capture") and practicing a disciplined, process-based approach to proposal development.







This book provides a recipe for winning government contracts over and over again, the way seasoned government contractors do it. After reading this book, you will know exactly what to do to position your company to win a government proposal before a solicitation becomes public, including building customer relationships, gathering intelligence, developing a "win strategy," performing competitive analysis, selecting the best teammates, and developing a solution. As a result, you will apply professional techniques to organizing your proposal effort, outlining a proposal document, and writing RFPs that persuade evaluators to award the contract to you.

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Chapter 1: How Lucrative Is Government Contracting--and How Tangled Is the Red Tape? Let's demystify government contracting. It's not a get-rich-quick world, but there is more profit than meets the eye. The pros and cons of entering the government-contracting market. Bird's eye view of the market. Red tape, and how to rein it in and become a pro at winning contracts consistently. Chapter 2: Get Started in Government ContractingRules of the game in the federal marketplace. Government procurement methods. How to navigate the world of rules and acronyms. How to leverage small business status and socioeconomic programs whether yours is a small or large business. Necessary registrations and other steps to becoming a government contractor. Chapter 3: Break into the Federal Arena Without Breaking Your NeckThe chicken and the egg of past performance: Getting started is as hard as landing a dream job straight out of college. Strategies for penetrating the federal market for the first time. How to find perfect customers for your portfolio of offerings in the vast federal market. How to feed your pipeline with high-probability deals. Chapter 4: Win Procurements Before They Go PublicSecret weapon of seasoned government contractors: Capture planning. Six components of capture to make winning a proposal a slam dunk. How to reduce competition with sole-source opportunities and small business set-asides. How to "wire" opportunities to yourself legally. How to prepare for a proposal in style. Chapter 5: Create Strong and Lasting Relationships with Government CustomersRemember: You're dealing with people. Four key tasks for interfacing and building relationships with government customers. Rules of interfacing with government personnel that you don't want to break at any cost. Twenty questions for gathering information from the customer during a visit to gain understanding of what keeps them up at night and influences their buying process. Chapter 6: Develop Information Dominance in the Blind and Silent World of Government ProcurementPublic bid posting doesn't mean a level playing field: The diminishing opportunity for gathering information on your target bid. Where and how to gather actionable intelligence when you are not allowed to talk to the customer. What information is necessary to win. Document intelligence in a capture plan so that it is useful for the proposal team. Chapter 7: Develop a "Win Strategy" Identify top-level actions that create a winning offer. Good and bad win strategies. How to distinguish yourself from the pack and avoid the trap of flaccid win strategies. How to develop powerful proposal-level and section-level win themes that provide a conclusive set of reasons why the customer should select you and not your competitors. How to turn win themes into action items to outdo your competitors. Chapter 8: Identify and Analyze Your Competition Why you should worry about what your competitors do. How cursory competitive analysis won't fail to hurt you. What you need to know about your competition, and techniques for finding this information. Putting the puzzle together: how to exploit your competitors' shortfalls to your advantage and outdo them through strategic actions. Chapter 9: Create a Team That Compels the Customer to Select YouChoose and engage the right partner companies. How good teaming partners are like parking spaces in an office building. Teaming strategies: types, timing, and pros and cons. How to qualify a teammate to help you win and avoid problems down the road. Understanding size rules and potential teaming pitfalls that could disqualify you from bidding. Negotiating a binding teaming agreement. Chapter 10: Prepare a Solution Before the Request for Proposal Wow your customer and put your proposal in a whole different league. 30 days: Barely enough time to prepare a winning proposal Prepare in advance of the RFP issuance. How to guess at the requirements before the government issues the proposal. What can you figure out in advance, and how to do it without wasting time or money. Chapter 11: The Race is On: Get Ready to Write a Winning ProposalWhy proposals win (and why many don't). Making an educated decision to bid or not bid on a proposal. How to read the government RFP correctly to understand exactly what the government is looking for. Why you need a proposal process, and how it works. Chapter 12: Wrangle the Nitty-Gritty of Proposal DetailsIt is all about planning and attention to detail. How to develop a schedule to avoid last-minute scramble and produce an error-free, professional set of bid documents. How to outline a compliant proposal to get the highest score from the evaluators. How to make your proposal sections more compelling through executive summary, graphics, and persuasive language. Chapter 13: You Won the Race ... and Now for the SequelFullfill your contract: underpromise and overdeliver. Techniques and strategy for building and aggressively growing your government contracting business to millions of dollars and beyond. Appendix: Useful Resources and Templates


Smotrova-Taylor, Olessia
Olessia Smotrova-Taylor, AF.APMP, president and CEO of OST Global Solutions, Inc., has 18 years of experience in business development, communications, and marketing, including 12 years in contract capture and proposal management. She led winning bids for four out of the five top government contractors, winning more than $19 billion over the course of her career. She consults and teaches others how to get contracts with the government and large commercial organizations, as well as developing processes, tools, and Bid & Proposal Academy courses that enhance business developers abilities to win business. She serves as the President of the Association of Proposal Management Professionals (APMP) National Capital Area Chapter. She is recognized as an APMP Fellow for her contributions to the field of capture and proposals the highest honor in the business development profession. Prior to supporting a number of Fortune 500 companies and small businesses as a proposal consultant and growing her own company, she worked as a business developer for Raytheon and Lockheed Martin and wrote for the Financial Times of London.


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