San Jose, CA – Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-San Jose) held a workshop today at San Jose City Hall to help local businesses learn how they can compete for federal contracting opportunities in the $537 billion federal marketplace. Lofgren was joined by officials from the General Services Administration (GSA) and the Small Business Administration (SBA), who discussed tools and resources available to help entrepreneurs enter the federal contracting sector.
The U.S. government is the world's largest single purchaser of goods and services, and the size of the federal marketplace has doubled in the last decade. However, selling products and services to the government can be difficult and frustrating, especially for firms new to contracting, and today's workshop offered valuable insights and tools to the participating San Jose businesses. Two local businesses, LumEnergi and SunWize, shared their experiences navigating the procurement process and touted the benefits of sub-contracting with seasoned firms as a way entrepreneurs can gain experience while also growing their enterprises.
"It should not come as a surprise that Silicon Valley businesses of all sizes and fields, ranging from leading high tech companies to construction firms and food vendors, provided more than $5.5 billion in services to the government in 2010," said Rep. Zoe Lofgren. "But I want to see more opportunities for our local businesses to compete in the federal marketplace. By making sure businesses have the tools they need to compete, I am hopeful today's workshop will help these local entrepreneurs go after opportunities to grow their businesses and create new jobs in our community."
To view presentations from Rep. Lofgren's federal contracting opportunities workshop, please select from the following links:
Please click here for the presentation by Ruth Cox, Regional Administrator of the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA).
Please click here for the presentation by SuNWize Technologies Inc.
Please click here for the presentation by Lumenergi.
Please click here for a program of the workshop's event and panelists.