Oklahoma Bid Assistance Network
Oklahoma Bid Assistance Network
Whether you are just getting started or have been contracting with the government for years, the Oklahoma Bid Assistance Network (OBAN) provides timely information and training for businesses interested in government markets. The OBAN Coordinator can lead your business step-by-step through the contracting process or assist you in any single aspect of it.
OBAN is a statewide program serving small business within the State. One office is located here at Gordon Cooper Technology Center. To locate the office/coordinator nearest you, check out the OBAN website okbid.org.
Gordon Cooper Technology Center's marketing service can help increase your contracting activity. We assist you in devising a marketing plan and identifying the appropriate government agencies and buying centers for marketing your company's product or service. We will help you locate bid opportunities and assist you in networking with local government agencies and businesses.
Bid Matching Service (BMS)
Bid Assistance Program offers a computerized Bid Matching Service (BMS) to save your company valuable time and money by locating federal, foreign and state bid opportunities pertinent to your business. BMS is updated daily with approximately 600 bid requests (based on the Federal Business Opportunities website (fedbizopps.gov)) for products and services from the Federal Procurement Database and State and International sources. Using a profile of your company's capabilities, BMS searches the database for "Bid Matches," which are delivered by e-mail on a daily basis.
Electronic Commerce / Electronic Data Interchange (EC/EDI)
The Federal Acquisition Streamlining Act (FASA) requires government agencies to shift their procurement processes for purchases up to $100,000 to a new system that is based on electronic commerce and electronic data interchange (EC/EDI). Purchasing needs will be posted electronically, bid on electronically, and even paid electronically. Department of Defense was required to be on-line by the end of 1997. The Defense Logistics Agency has prepared a publication called the EC/EDI Guidebook. This resource will give you information and help answer commonly asked questions.
GCTC Bid Assistance Program conducts seminars which help you get on board EC/EDI by identifying available resources and answering commonly asked questions. We also provide you one-on-one counseling.
The Red River BAC Construction Summary is a list of 'Alerts' for construction in the Oklahoma area. If you are in the construction business, this summary could help you locate those hard-to-find jobs. These construction notices are mailed or sent via e-mail free of charge to any OBAN member.
Military and Federal Specifications
Copies of Military and Federal Specifications are available by request and without charge to OBAN members. To request specifications simply e-mail or call David Hoffmeier at (405) 273-7493 x317. Preference will be given to those businesses within the Gordon Cooper Technology Center District. GCTC subscribes to a database of military and federal documents and specifications. Searches are usually done within the same day as the request is received.
Generally, every acquisition with an estimated value of $500,000 ($1M for construction) must include a small business subcontracting plan consistent with FAR 19.7, unless the acquisition is 8(a) or otherwise restricted to Small Business concerns. In addition, the extent of small business participation in a negotiated acquisition must be evaluated as part of the source selection process consistent with DFARS 219.605(b).
For more info contact David Hoffmeier at (405) 273-7493 x2317