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How strong is your business ecosystem?

A consistent win rate requires all components of the business to work in harmony

Achieving a consistently high proposal win rate requires a highly capable bid and proposal team, in addition to a strong business ecosystem consisting of contracts, finance, human resources, recruiting, technical and project management, communications, partners, and suppliers. If one or more of the components of the ecosystem is weak, your bid can fail. For example, your proposal might fail if your pricing department is unable to produce a cost competitive proposal, recruiters are unable to identify highly qualified key personnel, or project managers do not receive good customer references. A consistent win rate requires all components of the business to work in harmony. Consider using this check list to determine how well the business units within your company work together to support winning bids. Executives Are executives able to guide the pipeline so only bids with a significant win rates are pursued? Do executives invest time and money in market … Continue reading How strong is your business ecosystem?

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The root causes and solutions to “100 words that kill your proposal”

Bob Lohfeld published an article in Washington Technology several years ago called 100 words that kill your proposal. He explained, “Inexperienced proposal writers seem to use words that should be avoided when writing proposals. These inappropriate words and phrases can weaken a proposal, annoy evaluators, and even undermine the bidder’s credibility.” I have found both inexperienced and experienced writers can fall into this trap, and I continue to see phrases such as “we understand” or “leverage our experience” in proposals. The following list provides examples of some of the 100 words that kill proposals, the potential root causes of their use, and solutions for avoiding them. Boastful words Examples: best-in-class, best-of-breed, world class Root cause: Inability to distinguish your product or solution in comparison to the competition Solution: Determine how your solution distinguishes you from the competition by conducting due diligence. Describe how your solution will precisely benefit the customer … Continue reading The root causes and solutions to “100 words that kill your proposal”

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Join our team at the 2017 APMP-NCA Mid-Atlantic Conference & Expo

October 13, 2017 | Westin Tysons Corner, VA

Join us at the 2017 APMP-NCA Mid-Atlantic Conference (MAC) for a jam-packed day of presentations by business development, capture, and proposal professionals. This year’s conference theme: Potential Unlimited! Everyone wants to realize their maximum potential in whatever their chosen profession. How do you do that in the world of business development, capture management, and proposal development? The APMP-NCA 2017 MAC will help you and your organization maximize your potential by learning from some of the top professionals in the country. The four program tracks – Technologies, Transitions, Creativity, and Success – are designed to inspire, motivate, educate, and rejuvenate you. The sessions will provide tangible takeaways – specific tools, techniques, and practices – that you can bring back to your day-to-day work. You’ll also have an opportunity to participate in a vigorous exchange of ideas with fellow BD/capture/proposal professionals. Whether you come to the conference looking for inspiration, motivation, rejuvenation, or … Continue reading Join our team at the 2017 APMP-NCA Mid-Atlantic Conference & Expo

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How government contractors can grow in an increasingly competitive and stagnant market

The case for acquiring GWACs/IDIQs

For the past several years, government spending on contracts has been stagnant or decreased. The Government Accountability Office (GAO) Contracting Data Analysis Assessment of Government-wide Trends Report (March 2017) found “that while defense obligations to buy products and services decreased by almost 31 percent from fiscal year 2011 through 2015, from $399 billion to $274 billion, civilian obligations remained fairly steady” at an average $128.3B. The Administration’s 2018 budget is likely to change spending dynamics with a proposed $54B increase in defense spending and decreases in civilian agencies ranging from a high of 33% at the Department of State to a low of 1% for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). The case for acquiring GWACs/IDIQs So, how can government contractors grow in an increasingly competitive and stagnant market? One answer might be by leveraging Government-Wide Acquisition Contracts (GWACs) or Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contracts to grow business. GWACs … Continue reading How government contractors can grow in an increasingly competitive and stagnant market

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