By Chris Fish
BREVARD -- The Economic Development Commission of Florida's Space Coast announced the launch of an online government contract service on Aug. 29.
G.O. Contracts provides registered users in targeted sectors access to a one-stop government procurement database system, which contains more than 700,000 government contractors.
By using this service, local businesses can find and succeed at winning contracts with federal, state and local governments.
"This powerful business development tool will help smaller companies compete in the contracting marketplace - a valuable area for business that can spur innovation and partnerships, even as it creates opportunities," said Lynda Weatherman, president and CEO of the Economic Development Commission of Florida's Space Coast. "Of the contract solicitations Florida procurement officers put out for bid last year, about 80 percent of the awards went to out-of-state companies."
The system allows users to set email notifications for opportunities that could be of interest, based on a variety of criterion.
The service can also be used to find partnering opportunities on contracts that have been awarded, as well as the ability to be used by local companies to sell inventory or provide services to contract winners that will be in the market for certain products or services.
In a press release, U.S. Rep. Bill Posey of Florida praised the new service.
"The Space Coast is home to many businesses with the skills and expertise to meet the needs of federal agencies," he said. "I commend the EDC for providing this valuable service to our local businesses and entrepreneurs, so they can better navigate the federal procurement process complete for federal contracts."
The EDC has also arranged for training and assistance to help participating companies better understand the program.
Space is limited, and there is also a criterion for participation.
For more information, visit www.SpaceCoastEDC.org/GO.