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Bonding 101

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Surety bonding is primarily needed in the construction industry on publicly funded projects. 

How can a public agency using the low-bid system in awarding public works contracts be sure the lowest bidder is dependable?

How can private sector construction project owners manage the risk of contractor failure?

A surety bond is considered a part of the insurance industry, but it shares some characteristics with the credit industry. The surety company's primary duty is not to lend the contractor money. Instead, the surety company uses its financial resources to stand behind, or back, the contractor's commitment and ability to complete a contract.

Green Guide for Businesses

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It’s important to recognize that consumers are becoming more environmentally conscious. Eco-friendly practices may seem costly but can serve as a great investment for future growth in businesses as it reduces costs and creates happier customers.

Business.gov provides suggestions and information from fellow business owners as well as industry and government experts.  Linked to the site, you can find a Green Business Guide that offers tons of tips on how to pursue and maintain a green business.  Recommendations include how to reduce energy costs, how green technology develops energy efficient upgrades, what kinds tax credits there are to green technology developments, and more.  By cutting down on expenses and becoming more consumer-friendly, your business can open up opportunities for growth.

Access to Capital is Still a Challenge for Minority Business Enterprises

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MBDA

In the current financial environment, access to capital is as much an issue today as it was in 1969 when the Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) was established. For new businesses, especially those that are minority-owned, having access to working capital—which is used to keep operations going and to pay bills—could mean the difference between the success and failure of that business.

Other minority-owned firms need capital to fund their growth and,consequently, their ability to perform contracts. This financing could mean hundreds or even thousands of new jobs. And for other companies, primarily construction firms, capital is needed for bonding in order to fulfill contractual requirements. In fact, access to capital is one of the most important challenges business owners face.

What is a task order, or indefinite delivery contract?

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MBDA

Business ContractsYou will hear and read the terms “task order contract” and “issuance of task orders” frequently in discussions and documents that pertain to GSA schedules. Even though the FAR 8.4 provides specific authorities for GSA schedule contracts that supercede the FAR 16.5’s specific provisions for task order or indefinite delivery contract types, an understanding of these vehicles will help to better understand the way a GSA schedule works.

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What are the benefits of a GSA Schedule Contractor Team Arrangement (CTA)?

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MBDA

GSA teaming provides real benefits for businesses:

  • Satisfies the customer with a single solution;
  • Increases competitive edge;
  • Increases market share;
  • Increases visibility;
  • Focuses on core capabilities;
  • Obtains complementary capabilities;
  • Integrates different skills;
  • Offers additional opportunities with customers;
  • Builds direct relationships with customers;
  • Maximizes use of one or more GSA Schedule solutions;
  • Shares risks and rewards;
  • Allows more opportunities for small and small disadvantaged businesses; and

Did you know...

Between 2002 and 2007, minority-owned firms outpaced the growth of non-minority firms in gross receipts, employment, and number of firms. Minority firms are an engine of job creation.
Graph for MBE Growth

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