Tag: government contracting

Economy, Education, Government contracting, Growth Stages

How StartUP FIU Procurement pivoted programming during pandemic and the lowdown on big plans ahead

It’s been nearly three years since Florida International University launched StartUP FIU Procurement to help minority-led small businesses grow and navigate the world of government and anchor institution contracting. Let’s check in with StartUP FIU Procurement Director Barbara Cotto and see how they are doing. The small business incubator was […]

Government contracting, Success Stories

FSBDC at FIU helps position Amer Plus, a family cleaning business, for growth through  government contracting

Stephannie Cetoute took over the reins of the family business, Amer Plus Janitorial Maintenance, in 2018. While she had a background in economics and finance and from time to time helped out her father who started the business in 1998, going in “full throttle” to run a business for the […]

Government contracting, Marketing, Networking, Operations

Interested in local government contracting? We have some tips for you

“You need to dream big. Do not box yourself in, do not think things are not possible, “ said Ed Haynes, of Haynes Security Services. “But you have to prepare yourself for success.” This successful Miami-Dade small business owner  prepared for the world of government contracting with the help of […]

Finance, Government contracting, Marketing, Strategy

Been there, done that: Small business owners share government contracting tips

It’s true that the government is still buying but does it need what you are selling? That is one of the first questions that small business owners who are interested in government contracting should ask themselves, says Orlando Espinosa, owner of Emineo Media, who recently hosted a webinar for Florida […]

Finance, Government contracting, Marketing

Applications now open for StartUP FIU Procurement incubator

This October, StartUP FIU Procurement graduated its first cohort, a group of 11 minority-led small businesses that service the construction industry. The small business incubator was born out of discussions about how information about FIU’s own contracting opportunities weren’t reaching minority-owned small businesses at the levels the university wanted. Turns […]

Finance, Government contracting, Marketing

For niche small businesses willing to work hard, government contracting can open doors

Find a niche where the barriers to entry aren’t too low, become an expert in it, perfect your customer service and then go out and win some lucrative contracts with the government. That’s Craig Waltzer’s formula for success, and it is working. Seven years ago, Waltzer founded GovComm, a boutique […]

Finance, Marketing, Networking, Strategy

Small businesses won $120.8B in federal contracts in 2018. A free seminar may help you get a piece of the pie

This just in: The U.S. Small Business Administration announced that the federal government exceeded its small business federal contracting goal for the sixth consecutive year in 2018, awarding 25.05% in federal contract dollars to small businesses. That totaled $120.8 billion, an increase from the previous fiscal year of nearly $15 […]