August 2, 2013
GSA is seeking to do business with more small businesses. The opportunity to have mobile access brings business to the finger tips of businesses owners. GSA idea was generated “last summer, GSA’s Heartland Region Office of Small Business Utilization in Kansas City, Mo., submitted the idea of a mobile eBuy website based on research with local small business owners it had conducted earlier that year. GSA approved the concept for development and moved to make the idea a reality soon afterward.” Innovation and direct access can assist businesses to bidding opportunities benefiting GSA ‘s small business goals, as well as reduce the need for staff to operate under the traditional land locked terminal monitoring process for business and sources sought identification.
“The eBuy program provides federal, state, and local governments direct access to a vast selection of businesses offering services and products at competitive, market-based pricing. For businesses, it provides instant access to selling opportunities within the government. In 2012, approximately $8.34 billion of products and services were processed through the eBuy website. The news of “GSA Releases Mobile eBuy, Expands Opportunities for Small Businesses” is one step closer to leaning operations and reducing costs for efficiency.
GSA Blog states, “Businesses will have the ability to sign up for text message alerts when a bidding opportunity posts. This is an important feature for small businesses that may not have the resources or staff to actively monitor the eBuy website.” This model maybe one step closer to pushing information out from the Federal Government that is customer centric and optimal for business. This is one step that supports equity between big and small businesses by providing access to data and shortening the gap in the digital divide.
To learn more about the eBuy program, visit www.ebuy.gsa.gov.
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