State Procurement Assistance Center free bid-matching service announced

BidLinx to help small businesses find gov’t bid opportunities

— The New York State Procurement Assistance Center at the State University of New York at Plattsburgh’s North Country Small Business Development Center is now offering “BidLinx,” a new service to help local firms find leads to government contracts.

BidLinx is a Web-based government contract bid-matching service that monitors thousands of bid sources on the Internet and sends e-mail notices of opportunities tailored to match a firm’s products, services and capabilities. Bid sources include federal government agencies including military; state agencies and authorities; county and local governments; all 50 states; U.S. territories; and international government websites.

"A bid-matching service can cost hundreds, sometimes thousands, of dollars,” said Jim King, state director of the SBDC, “As a result of funds received from the Small Business Jobs Act, we are pleased to offer BidLinx free of charge to NYSSBDC clients statewide.”

In 2010, the federal government awarded $98 billion in government contracts exclusively to small businesses, the largest single-year increase in more than five years.

“In the past two years, our procurement advisers statewide have stepped up their efforts to help small businesses learn how to get their share of government contracts,” said SBDC interim director Karen Stehlin. “BidLinx is another tool in our box of resources that we can offer to our clients.”

Finding appropriate bid opportunities is one of the key hurdles to government contracting. With more than 87,000 agencies at the federal, state, county and local levels, it is overwhelming for an individual to monitor all of them. BidLinx can save a small-business owner hours of research by delivering bid notices based on very specific criteria describing the firm’s capabilities.

“With more than 2,000 sources monitored daily and more than 140 in New York state alone, BidLinx is sure to open new doors to government contracting opportunities for our clients, especially at the county and municipal levels,” said SBDC government contracting coordinator Roxanne Mutchler.

Business owners interested in BidLinx may contact the North Country SBDC, located at 194 U.S. Oval, for an appointment. The center may be reached by phone at 564-2042 or by e-mail at sbdc@plattsburgh.edu. SBDC counseling is confidential and free of charge.

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