SEM Likes Small Disadvantaged Business Set-asides and You Should Too!

February 21, 2014 at 11:10 am by SEM

In this era of Lowest Price Technically Acceptable (LPTA) procurements, the task of obtaining a high end Shredder, Disintegrator, Degausser or Hard-Drive shredder has become much more difficult. Too often LPTA has degenerated into a quick, convenient way to award on price with little regard for the quality products and services you need for your information security program. Best Value considerations have become a thing of the past. Before you submit your next purchase request, think about the following.

Consider contacting a Small Disadvantaged Business; particularly one with the following designations: 8(a), HUBZONE, SDVOB or WOSB. Find one in your area and ask if they can supply the product you need. At SEM we recognize the importance of SDBs to the Federal procurement process. To accommodate this realization, we have developed an Open Door program for SDBs. The program includes discounts below the current GSA prices, includes shipping to the government customer, and all Warranty considerations. So if they are not familiar with SEM, ask them to give us a call. Here is why you should do it.

An unsolicited proposal from an SDB will get special consideration. Especially if the firm you are using is a known quantity in your organization. Contracting Officers have goals each year for Set-asides. Obtaining those goals impacts their careers and income. Set-asides can also save time and some can’t be protested.

So if you have the need to purchase significant equipment, consider using the SDB route. SDBs can be researched on the web site of Small Business Administration’s DYNAMIC SMALL BUSINESS SEARCH

If you contact an SDB that meets your comfort level, send them our way. We will sign them up and get back to you with the best way to move your project forward. If you do your homework properly, you can greatly increase your chances of getting the equipment you need.

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