Securing a government contract just got a little easier, thanks to a new program created by the Small Business Administration (SBA).
Pro-Net is an Internet-based program that allows small-business owners to register as contractors from their offices. In addition to being listed on Pro-Net, firms can link their home pages to their profiles, enabling searchers to take a more detailed look at their company's capabilities.
The database is accessible to federal, state and local government agencies as well as to larger corporations seeking subcontractors and smaller firms searching for teaming partners. Pro-Net is also linked to the Commerce Business Daily, home pages of various government agencies and other procurement opportunity sites.
To be eligible, companies must be considered small by the Standard Industrial Code (SIC) specifications. Once your registration is approved by the SBA, you can update your profile as often as necessary. To access the site, visit http://pro-net.sba.gov
Government Unveils Online Bookstore.
The U.S. Department of Commerce is now selling books online via its International Trade Center Bookstore.
The publications available include titles from government agencies such as the Bureau of Export Administration, the International Trade Administration, and the Office of U.S. Trade and Development. Nonprofit organizations such as The Brookings Institution, the United Nations and the World Bank also sell their products through the store.
Among the government publications available are the Basic Guide to Exporting, Canadian Business Directories, Statistical Abstract of the United States and U.S. Industry and Trade Outlook '98, which provides business forecasts for 350 industries.
In addition to the publications, the site features the World News Connection, an online news service; English-language foreign newspapers, magazines and journals; and translated non-English-language publications. The Department of Commerce is also developing a list of internationally accepted design, manufacturing and engineering industry standards documents. Visit the site at http://tradecenter.ntis.gov