Entries by Stephanie Alexander

Consortia and the OTA Space

Early in November, Mica Dolan, Chief Operating Officer for ATI | Advanced Technology International joined Kevin Jans on the Contracting Officer Podcast to discuss OTAs and the Consortia Model. We highly recommend that you give this episode a listen to learn more about the space and what it means for small and nontraditional businesses. See […]

Government Contracting and the Buy America Act

-As shared by Hannah Altman In his first week in office, President Biden signed Executive Order 14005, “Ensuring the Future is Made in All of America by All of America’s Workers.” This executive order calls for a review of, among other things, 1933’s Buy America Act (BAA). Passed during the Great Depression, BAA is designed […]

Defining the Valley of Death

-As shared by Katie Bilek What is the Valley of Death? According to the Defense Acquisition University (DAU), it is “a phenomenon faced by many startups when trying to do business with the Department of Defense … where a vendor transitions a prototype or commercially available product to a DoD contract.” This acquisition gap period typically […]

The Future of SBIR/STTR Programs

We all enjoy the opportunity to win new work – no one more so than the innovation community. We are constantly striving to create and adapt technologies and processes to create new solutions to support mission-critical endeavors. Recently, I joined a LinkedIn Live panel with other industry enthusiasts to discuss the current state of the […]

5 Tips for Conference Season 

-As shared by Meg Kerns. “It’s the most wonderful time of the….” wait, scratch that, wrong season. But conference season is upon us. I had quite an informative conversation with Chelsea Meggitt of Collaborative Compositions about the best ways to make conference season work for you and your business. You can listen to the conversation […]

Making it Easier for Small Businesses to Succeed in GovCon

-As shared by Stephanie Alexander I recently wrote an article about why it’s so freaking hard for small businesses to succeed in GovCon. It stirred up a lot of comments including a whole part 2 that we’ll write about in the future. But for today, let’s take the opposite approach. What can we do to make it easier […]

How Technical Companies Win Proposals

-As shared by Meg O’Hara. govmates previously co-hosted an exclusive training and education session on the topic of writing compelling proposals with SME Tan Wilson of Entellect. We had a lively discussion that brought about some points that I believe our technical industry, as a whole, might find interesting.   The biggest thing I’ve noticed when […]

The Role of Systems Integrators in GovCon

-As shared by Katie Bilek. At govmates, we know a thing or two about teaming.  Since our inception, we’ve made over 32,000 matches and nearly 8,000 teaming introductions; a majority of those introductions were made to large systems integrators or primes in seeking of non-traditional or small teaming partners across defense and civilian programs.    Systems […]

Why is Working in GovCon so [email protected]#n Hard?

-As shared by Stephanie Alexander When I talk to someone who says they are starting a government contracting firm, I immediately ask them, why?!  For those of us who have been in the industry long enough, you may also have this knee-jerk reaction.  Why in Pete’s name would you want to enter this industry and […]

Artificial Intelligence & Ethics in GovCon

-As shared by Hannah Altman Artificial intelligence (AI) is changing the way we interact with the world; the applications seem limitless. But as with any nascent technology, its growth is moving faster than the speed of regulation. This is especially concerning when world leaders – the United States as well as its near-peer adversaries – […]