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Next steps for small businesses

Please refer to the steps below to better understand how to share your company capabilities.

  1. A prospective small business must first register their capabilities via the Small Business Registration PortalLink opens in a new window. Additional company literature may be sent to the attention of the business sector small business contact. Do not send proprietary, export controlled, confidential or classified information.
  2. As sourcing strategies are developed, the Small Business Portal will be queried.  If your company’s capabilities match existing opportunities, your company could potentially be contacted.
  3. A one-on-one meeting may be requested. Please ensure that all representatives of your company are knowledgeable and able to answer questions and articulate your corporate capabilities. During the meeting, you should be prepared to discuss, at a minimum, the following: a) Quality certifications/Awards, b) Capabilities, C) Current customers and overall performance, c) Equipment, d) Available capacity, e) Qualifying small business classifications, f) Financial health, g) Business continuity
  4. The Supply Chain Management team may request that you complete a Request For Information (RFI) and/or a Non Disclosure Agreement (NDA).
  5. Once the RFI and NDA are returned, drawings may be shared with your company.
  6. The Supply Chain Management team may request a Rough Order of Magnitude (ROM) (Pricing) for the drawings.
  7. If the ROM is competitive, a visit to your facility to verify your company’s capabilities may be scheduled.
  8. A formal assessment may be performed to highlight any opportunities for improvement.
  9. The Supply Chain Management team can either recommend your company for a commodity strategy or add your company to their bidder lists.
  10. If you receive a formal Request For Proposal (RFP), be sure to submit a complete response by the due date.  If you are unable to meet the requirements of the RFP in whole or in part, be sure to communicate this to the Buyer in writing.  An incomplete or late response to an RFP can be interpreted as your company is incapable or not interested in the opportunity (and could hurt your chances of bidding on future proposals).

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