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Product Details

  • Paperback: 310 pages
  • Publisher: Management Concepts Inc (January 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1567261256
  • ISBN-13: 978-1567261257
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.8 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,635,297 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Publisher

To many companies, the process of winning a government contract seems impossibly complicated. But while it's true that the process does require a lot of paperwork, the financial rewards are well worth the effort. With 2,500 buying offices nationwide, the federal government needs a huge array of products and services. Whatever supplies or services your company offers, chances are that the government needs them somewhere.

This practical handbook will help you find your opportunity. Federal Contracting Made Easy explains the process in terms that are easy to understand and follow. It shows you how to navigate the red tape and speed your way to a successful contract.

Whether you are a new start-up seeking government business for the first time or a current contractor with years of experience, Federal Contracting Made Easy offers you a treasury of proven methods. You'll learn how to identify new contracting opportunities, enhance your efficiency, and boost your profitability when doing business with the federal government.

From the Author

Federal Contracting Made Easy is designed to help you break into and succeed in the federal government marketplace. Written in real English, not government jargon, it gives the reader a basic understanding of how the federal government acquires supplies and services. This book also provides references to contracting regulations, size standards, contracting activities, government personnel, federal publications and forms, subcontracting opportunities, and much more!

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49 of 51 people found the following review helpful By Mike Tarrani HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on February 20, 2002
Format: Hardcover
This book is not only an essential guide for small and medium businesses seeking federal contracts, but also serves as an excellent resource for companies that bid for commercial contracts.
The five parts to this book form a clear roadmap to doing Federal Government business. Part I gives the big picture and rules of the game. These rules cover the sources of contract terms and conditions that you are going to see in any federal contract, including applicable laws with which you need to comply and the role of agencies such as the Defense Contract Auditing Agency. If you've never engaged in a federal contract these rules will determine whether you should even be in the game.
Part II describes special programs and opportunities available to certain businesses, subcontracting (especially useful if your business model is to team with prime contractors), and Federal Supply/GSA opportunities for companies selling finished products. Part III describes marketing strategies for federal business. This area is vastly different from marketing to commercial entities, but is similar in many respects for going after business at the state and county government level. This information is also useful when you're marketing to large companies that do government contracting, such as aerospace. Their procurement policies and processes will probably mirror those of the Federal Government.
Although Part IV is about government procurement and acquisition procedures, most large companies have similar procedures, so this part of the book is useful for both government and commercial contracting. Part V is my favorite because it explains in great detail each contract type (fixed price, cost reimbursement and other types and variations).
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Citizen John TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 26, 2003
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This review is updated for the 3rd Edition.

I've read many books on government contracting. I think this is the best primer on the market for small business owners and managers. Chapters are well-organized and the writing is succinct. The graphics are useful, including government forms, rate calculations, sample cost formulas, and more. The bid formula example for a small disadvantaged business and the progress payment schedule are just 2 of many excellent and easy-to-understand graphics.

The author, Scott Stanberry, is well-known in the field because his successes in helping businesses to get established as government contractors. His book, now in its 3rd edition, has been the favorite beginning book for small business owners for several years.

Federal contracting has grown steadily for many years now for various reasons. Even though the government is now bringing a lot of this work in-house instead of continuing to outsource it, most economists expect the sector to remain a large part of the national economy. Since the scope of federal procurement is so large, it makes sense for many businesses to evaluate the potential benefits of becoming vendors to the federal government.
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13 of 17 people found the following review helpful By L. Hobson on August 16, 2004
Format: Paperback
Scott Stanberry shows you just how easy it is to contract for the government. Some contractors take one look at the government spec's and throw up their hands. Government spec's aren't as hard as they look. This book will take you step by step through the process of bidding government contracts. Once you get use to the paper work, which this book shows you some of, you have it made. Read this book and go out and make your fortune in government contracting.

Larry Hobson- government contractor for over 30 years
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