Small businesses looking to venture into the complex world of government contracting may wonder where to begin if they want to gain visibility with larger contractors looking for teaming partners. Enter GovBizConnect, a new online networking tool promising to link small and large businesses with each other and to link both to government contracting officers looking for the right contractor to meet their needs. For government contractors, particularly those relatively new to the market, finding qualified and capable business partners can be a complicated and time-consuming endeavor marked by exhaustive web searches and hopeful in-person networking. Launched in August 2015, GovBizConnect aims to play match-maker with a streamlined, searchable repository so that government contractors can more efficiently and effectively identify potential teaming relationships.
Just as with dating sites such as Match.com, users sign up on GovBizConnect and build a tailored profile, then search through its growing social network of companies. The site allows users to be selective, for example, by searching exclusively for a veteran-owned or HUBZone business or exclusively for a business with past performance in particular areas. And as with online dating, the site aims to connect businesses in the vast universe of government contractors with the best suited teaming partners to meet their needs.