GSA Schedule Preparation
The U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) is the purchasing agent for the federal government with an annual procurement spend of tens of billions of dollars. The role of this agency is to simplify the buying process and to aggregate the government’s buying power to achieve the best value for the hundreds of federal agencies.
GSA establishes long-term government-wide contracts with commercial businesses to provide access to more than 11 million products and services. Government agencies can order directly from a GSA Schedule contractor through an online shopping and ordering system known as GSA Advantage!. Think of it as Amazon.com for federal agencies.
As a small business obtaining a GSA schedule is a good way to enter the federal market. The benefits of a GSA schedule are:
- It levels the playing field with large businesses.
- Instant visibility to multiple federal agencies
- It builds the credibility of your firm within the federal market.
There is no legal requirement to hire someone to help prepare and negotiate your offer to GSA, but many businesses choose this option because they don’t want to dedicate valuable time and resources. Due to our experience obtaining multiple GSA schedules Barrier Consulting will ensure your firm avoids costly or damaging errors.
GSA’s purpose is to provide faster contracting services at lower prices so government agencies can focus on their core missions. Getting on the GSA schedule is a multi-step process, that can take up to a year to be awarded, but the opportunities in generating new sales opportunities can more than make up the effort for many businesses.
Contact us to see if a GSA schedule is right for your business.
Kudos to you Lori! You did an outstanding job guiding us through the GSA schedule submittal and, in the process, we got a great proposal and we learned a great deal as well. Many, many thanks.
She's awesome! Two GSA schedules, the first one start to contract was 6 weeks. Did $1.2 Million in our second year for GSA and just successfully went through our first compliance review. Forget the money... Lori has the tools to keep the contract, not just get you on it! We love Lori and we have even flown her down a couple of times to go over things. She will always be in your corner, what else can you ask for!
I call Lori "my favorite consultant" - she has gotten us two GSA schedules and maintained them for a number of years. She has prepared numerous wining proposals for both federal agencies and GSA task orders on our behalf. I strongly recommend her to anyone selling to federal customers.
Thank you so much Lori for your help getting the GSA schedule. You made the process quick and painless.