GSA - General Services Administration
One of our government customers (with the US Bureau of Reclamation) was disappointed he could not simply order one of our products through the GSA - told us we're making things difficult for him. Since we pride ourselves on making things easy - and of course would like more government orders - we've decided to learn how to get listed.
We've been approached by consulting companies who can get us started for several thousand dollars (more to follow???) but since we're small, we decided try it on our own first. If we then need help, at least we'll know the questions to ask!
We've learned on our own before, for the Navy. (See blog dated June 8, 2009.) Conquered WAWF (Wide Area Work Flow), CCR (Central Contract Registration), SBA (Small Business Administration) etc. A few headaches along the way, but we made it. And, free help was usually available via US government toll-free numbers.
(Personal comment: despite all the criticism we hear about government employees I've found the majority of them to be courteous and helpful, limited perhaps by the bureaucratic systems they work in.)
It looks like a good amount of help is available from the GSA. We're already signed up for a free GSA web seminar in September.
Stay tuned - or better yet, if you have some helpful hints, please let us know. (E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, or just comment here, or US toll free 800-808-0300).