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Small businesses compete for government contracts

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VALDOSTA, GA (WALB) –The City of Valdosta is helping small businesses compete for government contracts.

They're providing educational tools, access to capital, bonding assistance, and information on local bidding opportunities.

The City of Valdosta wants small businesses, such as Tribe Inc. to grow.  Businesses can now get help to compete for government contracts, specifically city contracts.

"We're working to give them the tools they need as far as education access to capital, bonding assistance, and most of all access to information regarding what they need to do to win a government contract," said Valdosta Small Emerging Business (VSEB) Coordinator Hunter Harper.

Small businesses are often faced with barriers when it comes to competing for government contracts according to Hunter. He says one of those barriers is access to financial resources.

John Robinson, owner of Tribe Inc., just got certified through the program.

One of his specialties is home building like this house he's working on in Brooks County. He's also looking forward to competing for government contracts.

"To be in the field of architecture and construction, we feel this VSEB program would be a strong benefit to us," said John Robinson.

When your business is VSEB certified, it's listed on a targeted vendor database.

"Whenever we're putting together a bid package or what not, we refer to this list of small businesses and say how many opportunities can be created through this contract opportunity," said Harper.

Johnson got involved in VSEB so more doors could open.

"Being a small business and not being able to acquire the overhead work and capital that we need makes it very difficult for us to really chase really nice potential jobs," said Johnson.

In addition to being listed as a vendor, information on bidding and network opportunities are provided.

Seven businesses were recently certified. Several others are now going through the certification process.


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