Q: What is WACommerce?

WACommerce.com is focused on Bringing More Business to Washington & Keeping Local Dollars Local! and is a local business development and leads resource for federal, state, local and private buyers to identify and solicit quotes from businesses for development contracts, subcontracts, small works and smaller one time purchases (under $100K or $5 million for commercial items) many of these opportunities are valued below $25,000 or ongoing product purchases of $3500 or less.

Your Access to Relevant Government, State, Local & Private Contract Information is powered by GovTide technology

WACommerce puts the power of our sophisticated database of government, state, local and private contract information and government sales opportunities to work for you and your business through one central website. Gain access thousands of subcontracting and partnership opportunities to include posting subcontracts in our system, searching for skilled employees and selling directly to buyers.

Each business day offers thousands of prospects and potential sales opportunities for local businesses. Without a tool like WACommerce, businesses are actively eliminating themselves from consideration for the billions of dollars in contracts that the government and private sector award each year.

  • Our Database receives information from over 9000 sources
  • Across 65,000 government purchasing offices
  • Those that apply locally are captured by our system for our members
  • Local Federal and State Agencies to include the Private Sector can also add additional opportunities

WACommerce.com is an in-depth Business Intelligence Tool

WACommerce business developers monitor federal, state, local, private and nationwide contracts and identify opportunities in sectors with significant capacity in our state. Using our database of businesses, we help source lucrative opportunities to businesses statewide based on your industry, keywords and special codes and notify you of these opportunities by email.

Timely Electronic Notification of federal, state, local and private contracts and bids is the key to success.

WACommerce delivers contract and government sales opportunities from federal, state, local, private and education purchasing offices directly to your inbox daily. You will only receive contract and sales opportunities that are relevant to your specific business, so you can focus on winning contracts, not searching for them. Contact our main office for assistance in registration or documentation and support through the bidding process.

Q: Where are you located?

Our main office is located in Tacoma, WA. Our mailing address is @ WACommerce. 3800 Bridgeport Way W. Ste A #387 University Place, WA. 98466

Q: Who needs WACommerce?

  • All small firms seeking federal, state, local and private contracts.
  • All U.S. government agencies
  • All businesses interested in direct sales to the government & community
  • Large prime contractors seeking subcontractors and skilled employees

Q: Why should I join WACommerce?

Not all BidMatching systems are created equal! We are focused on "Bringing More Business to Washington & Keeping Local Dollars Local!" WACommerce provides more opportunity leads dedicated to economic growth. Each business day offers thousands of prospects and potential business contracts & subcontracts of all sizes. Without a business tool like WACommerce.com, businesses are actively eliminating themselves from consideration for the billions of dollars in contracts that government & the private sectors award each year. Many of these contracts are in a financial range that a small business would be comfortable pursuing; NOT all contracts run into the millions of dollars this is simply not true. WACommerce provides the greatest flexibility for your business through a greater number of subcontracting opportunities, employee searches, GovCart eCommerce solutions and local targeted advertising for your business through TyBit.

Q: What is a quick overview of the service?

Simply put it is a .dating service. which searches the entire U.S. Government.s contracting opportunities as well as various local opportunities and matches them to a company or individual based on their profile, competencies and keywords in our system. This is a relevant search, not a one size fits all technology.

Companies registered with WACommerce can use it to find partners, sub-contractors, and employees.

Agencies can make their business community more competitive and enhance the quality of life for their citizens.

Q: How does your service work?

We provide you a list of federal government, Washington state and private sector contracts & subcontract opportunities all in one place. By subscribing to our service, each day you have the opportunity to go in and see what contracts are available in your service area and your industry.

Q: Will it benefit my small company?

Of course. Even a .one man operation. can bid on contracts. As a subscriber you have access to all kinds of support. You will see contracts from a few thousand dollars to several million. You pick the contracts that best fit your company. Our system allows businesses the ability to network, team up and/or partner with other businesses to collaborate on securing each bid.

Q: Who is winning all of these contracts I hear about or read about in the paper?

Your competitors are. Unfortunately, a lot of contracts go out of state. Our goal is to .keep local dollars local. and make sure you are aware of all of the business that is available in Washington state, and your area.

Q: How will subcontracting help my business?

Part of our approach is to make sure companies that are bidding on local and government contracts have the resources and opportunities to fully bid on contracts. Sometimes, that means teaming up with another company to win a contract. Also, you can make yourself or company available for smaller pieces of a contract by offering your company as a subcontractor.

Q: How much is it?

Our services start at $24.95 to $34.95 per month. There is no long term obligation and you can cancel at anytime. By keeping our prices low, we are better able to serve the local, small business owner.

Q: What is the benefit of me bidding on government contracts?

It increases your exposure and your business. Most companies don't know of the opportunities out there to bid on contracts. Instead of waiting for the phone to ring, we provide you a list of available contract opportunities and put them in your email inbox.

Q: How do I know if I'm qualified to bid on these contracts?

We can help you with that. We also provide a list of services to help you get registered or qualified for whatever contract opportunities you bid on. We have seasoned consultants or SME (Subject Matter Experts) that have years of experience in doing business with the government. Some of which are like the ones you will be doing business with.

Q: How can I compete with these large companies?

It is easier than you think. We can help you find other companies to partner with. We keep our fees low so that we can help level the playing field against larger or out of state companies.

Q: I am an International company can I register in WACommerce?

WACommerce is focused on supporting local businesses in Washington State and the northwest. If you a Prime Contractor and have a subcontracting opportunities for Washington Businesses, products or services of interest to WACommerce please contact eSupport@WACommerce.com for further details.

Q: Who am I really competing with locally?

See which local small businesses in your industry have registered to be able to sell to the government (under www.ccr.gov under dynamic small business search or directly: http://dsbs.sba.gov/dsbs/dsp_dsbs.cfm

Q: How long does it take my WACommerce data access application to be processed?

It may take up to 2 business days to process your enrollment and 3-5 business days for sensitive data requests.

Q: Who do I contact if I still haven't received access in 3 business days?

For assistance, contact WACommerce central office call (253) 642-6747 or Attention New Accounts at eSupport@WACommerce.com . Please provide your name, phone number, and User ID.

Q. What is a Standard Industrial Classification (SIC) code?

A SIC code is the Standard Industrial Classification number listed in the Standard Industrial Classification Manual which is published by the Office of Management and Budget. The SIC Manual is available at your local library or on the Internet site http://www.osha.gov/oshstats. SIC codes are used by the Federal Government to identify and classify specific categories of business activity that represent the primary line of business of a firm. SBA size standards are based on SIC codes.

Q: What is Central Contracting Registration or System for Award Management?

CCR registration now known as "System for Award Management" registration https://www.sam.gov/portal/public/SAM . is required prior to being awarded a contract with any federal government agency. This registration collects general information about a company and information required to perform Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT). This requirement covers all federal agencies. Here is the statement in FAR 4.1102: (a) Prospective contractors shall be registered in the CCR database prior to award of a contract or agreement, except for. (1) Purchases that use a Government wide commercial purchase card as both the purchasing and payment mechanism, as opposed to using the purchase card only as a payment method; (2) Classified contracts (see 2.101) when registration in the SAM database, or use of SAM data, could compromise the safeguarding of classified information or national security;

Q: Does registering in the SAM market my company to the government?

No, registering in the SAM does not market a company to various government buyers. SAM registration https://www.sam.gov/portal/public/SAM . The SAM collects information necessary for a government buying activity to contact or maintain contact with a company. This registration also provides the information necessary for the transfer of funds via an electronic funds transfer (EFT) which WACommerce supports through our GovCart program as well.

Q: What is an RFI?

A Request for Information (RFI) is a standard business process whose purpose is to collect written information about the capabilities of various suppliers. Normally it follows a format that can be used for comparative purposes. So an RFI is primarily used to gather information to help make a decision on what steps to take next. RFI.s are therefore seldom the final stage, but instead are often used in combination with: Request For Proposal (RFP), Request For Tender (RFT), and Request For Quotation (RFQ). In addition to gathering basic information, an RFI is often used as a solicitation sent to a broad base of potential suppliers for the purpose of conditioning supplier's minds, developing strategy, building a database, and preparing for a RFP, RFT, or RFQ.

Q: What is an RFP?

A Request for Proposal (referred to as RFP) is an invitation for suppliers, often through a bidding process, to submit a proposal on a specific commodity or service. A bidding process is one of the best methods for leveraging a company's negotiating ability and purchasing power with suppliers. The Request process brings structure to the procurement decision and allows the risks and benefits to be identified clearly up front. The RFP may dictate to varying degrees the exact structure and format of the supplier's response. Effective RFP.s typically reflect the strategy and short/long-term business objectives, providing detailed insight upon which suppliers will be able to offer a matching perspective.

Q: What is an RFQ?

A Request for Quotation (RFQ) is a standard business process whose purpose is to invite suppliers into a bidding process to bid on specific products or services.

An RFQ typically involves more than the price per item. Information like payment terms, quality level per item or contract length are possible to be requested during the bidding process. To receive correct quotes, RFQs often include the specifications of the items/services to make sure all the suppliers are bidding on the same item/service. Logically, the more detailed the specifications, the more accurate the quote will be and comparable to the other suppliers.

Q: What is the HUBZone Empowerment Contracting Program?

The HUBZone Empowerment Contracting Program stimulates economic development and creates jobs in urban and rural communities by providing Federal contracting preferences to small businesses. These preferences go to small businesses that obtain HUBZone (Historically Underutilized Business Zone) certification in part by employing staff who live in a HUBZone. The company must also maintain a "principal office" in one of these specially designated areas. The program resulted from provisions contained in the Small Business Reauthorization Act of 1997.

Q: What is the 8(a) Business Development (BD) Program?

The SBA's 8(a) BD Program, named for a section of the Small Business Act, is a business development program created to help small disadvantaged businesses compete in the American economy and access the federal procurement market.

Q: Do I have to have any special certifications?

No, you do not need to have any special certifications to register with WACommerce, but if you have special qualifications or licenses such as food service, electrician, or construction they need to be current to be awarded a contract which requires a specific certification. (and/or) if you have a special business qualification such as a small disadvantaged business, women, minority, 8(a) or HUBZone these qualifications can make your bid more competitive. Many government agencies are required to divert a specified amount of funds to support and help various programs in our communities.

Q: How do I get started?

Local, state and government agencies would prefer to do business with the local economy to obtain products and services. WACommerce helps businesses and the government contractors find each other. To have the ability to bid on contracts you are required to register with several online agencies to ensure you follow a standardized process of qualification. The government uses this process to manage short term and long term contracts.

Your Basic Steps

  • Register with www.WACommerce.com and start receiving opportunities in your area.
  • DUNS: www.dnb.com - A DUNS number is a unique, non-indicative 9-digit identifier issued and maintained by D&B that verifies the existence of a business entity globally. D&B assigns DUNS numbers for each physical location of a business. All U.S. Government contractors globally can receive a DUNS number at no charge and, under normal circumstances, within 24-72 hours.
  • NAICS: www.census.gov/epcd/www/naics.html - Beginning in 1997, the North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) codes began replacing SIC codes. This six-digit code is a major revision that not only provides codes for newer industries, but also reorganizes the categories on a production/process-oriented basis.
  • SIC: www.osha.gov/oshstats/sicser.html - Codes that classify the type of business an organization offers. Used for an EPA certification.
  • Central Contractor Registration (CCR) NOW Known as "System for Award Management" registration https://www.sam.gov/portal/public/SAM . Your CCR username will not work in SAM. You will need a new SAM User Account to register or update your entity records. Previously CCR was required if a company wanted to do business with the federal government. It is required for two reasons: First, it provides the federal government with a central database of all its vendors. Second, the government is able to make payments for contracts by accessing company-banking information in the CCR database.
  • Online Representations and Certifications Application (ORCA) ORCA is an e-Government initiative that was designed by the Integrated Acquisition Environment (IAE) to replace the paper based Representations and Certifications (Reps and Cert's) process. http://www.osdbu.dot.gov/Related/ORCA.cfm
  • Register with www.WACommerce.com and start receiving opportunities in your area.
  • Download our Mobile APP to see Federal Contracts and gain direct access to local WA. opportunities

Q: Do I have to have a certain business license to do business with the government?

All businesses must ensure they are compliant with their state regulations required to do business in that state. Businesses are required to be registered with D&B, CCR/SAM, using the appropriate business codes provided by NAICS and SIC to be eligible to do business with the government.

Q: What is "GSA"?

The General Services Administration (GSA) is an independent agency of the United States government, established in 1949 to help manage and support the basic functioning of federal agencies. The GSA supplies products and communications for U.S. government offices, provides transportation and office space to federal employees, and develops government wide cost-minimizing policies, among other management tasks. Its stated mission is to "help federal agencies better serve the public by offering, at best value, superior workplaces, expert solutions, acquisition services and management policies."

Q: Are all contracts the same?

No, but most contracts have the same general requested information that they need about your business, product or service. Contract requirements may be references, length of time in your industry, previous experience or services similar to request.

Q: What information do I need for a contract?

Once you have provided your basic business information, depending on the contract you may need to provide CCR/SAM + D&B information, product pricing, service and/or consulting fees, technical support and ongoing training programs which will be explained and requested in the Bid request. You may also be requested to provide references or similar projects your business has completed in the past.

Q: What.s a Competitive Quotation?

Each department or division may contact multiple supply sources for quotations for supplies, materials, equipment, and common services under $2,500. Through GovCart a comparison can be made of products and services and purchased simultaneously.

Q: What is an Informal Bid?

Purchasing offices issue informal bids up to $25,000 for supplies, materials, equipment, and common services. Businesses using GovCart can offer products and services directly to these purchasing officers in an ongoing basis.

Q: What is a Formal Sealed Bid?

The Purchasing office issues formal, sealed bids for supplies, materials, equipment, and common services valued more that $25,000.

Q: What is a Vendor Reference List?

The Purchasing offices maintain a Vendor's Reference List which is used to identify potential suppliers for a wide range of commodities and services.

Q: What do you do if your first attempt was not successful?

  • If you feel your contact with that agency was supportive of your efforts (thought it was a fit, had a system that they felt would work for you, or had the ability to try a new system), follow up and ask for feedback.
  • If you feel there are opportunities with that agency for small purchases with companies like yours and you feel your contact was not interested in your business. Identify if cold calling purchasing/departments would be appropriate. You can often find these contacts by doing creative searches on their web sites, calling the general number on their web site, or looking in the phone book.
  • Build relationships (support their goals; don't do pressure sales).
  • If you don't have very good luck, look at your marketing plan.

GO FOR THE DOORS THAT ARE EASIEST TO OPEN: YOUR "A" CUSTOMERS.

Q: What if I'm not successful?

  • Ask to find out who won the contract and at what price.
  • They can.t offer the detail, but are required to offer the total dollar amount and awarding vendor.
  • If there were factors other than price, ask if they have any tips where you can improve (they can.t compare you to the competitor).
  • See how close you were. It probably only makes sense to bid on similar items if you are in a close range.

Q: Can I post my own bids or contracts?

Yes you can! One of the most powerful parts of our program is that any business or government agency registered as a member in our system can create their own subcontracting opportunities.

Q: How big does my company have to be to bid on contracts?

Your business could be a micro business of 2-5 people or a larger company with 100+ employees. As long as you can provide the product and service that is requested in the contract and meet the contract requirements you can bid on that contract. WACommerce.com is such a successful portal that you can search for teaming or partnership opportunities to work with another company to help meet contract requirements.

Q: I'm a subcontractor, how do I get some of the jobs businesses win?

There are a couple options you can choose, you can look through the job seekers section and see if that bid winner is looking for subcontract companies to partner or team with or look through potential subcontracting opportunities posted in the system by other members.

Q: How do I fill out all the paperwork?

The documentation requested and required for each contract maybe different. WACommerce staff can assist you to include many other business/economic development centers with the basics and ensure you are registered with the proper associations and help you understand what.s requested from your business to bid on the account.

Q: Do you have services to help show me/us how to fill out paperwork for the bid process?

Yes, we have local staff to assist you in addition to monthly orientation and training classes.

Q: How will I know if I win a bid?

You will be directly contacted by the organization that is awarding the vendor business.

Q: What is GovCart?

GovCart is an exclusive secure federally compliant marketplace for vendors suppliers and buyers inside the WACommerce.com - Vendor Registration

Q: What if I already have a shopping cart?

You can continue to use that shopping cart. However, GovCart digital solution shopping cart is integrated into the WACommerce/GovTide and TyBit software and in some cases may require a separate merchant account. The GovCart ecommerce shop tool allows private companies, Non-Profits, State and Local governments to receive search results of products and services exclusively offered by those vendors within WACommerce.

Q: What is the GovCart payment process?

GovCart is a federally approved and authorized payment processor where businesses can accept payments directly from the federal government, pay subcontractors and it supports product sales through a single portal.

Q: Can I put my products and services into GovCart, or does it have to be for contracts only?

Yes, GovCart is available for any member business to place their products into GovCart and offer them directly to buyers. Most Government agencies have designated purchase card holders who are responsible for purchasing items in bulk or ongoing subscriptions. Through GovCart government agencies, other businesses and individuals can view, compare prices and make purchases directly from your company.

Q: What are some of the benefits of GovCart?

For Buyers & Vendors

  • Make your products available online 24/7
  • Easily compare products and services through one central point
  • Save driving time looking for specific products
  • Fill orders directly from online requests
  • Provides additional payment options . using credit or debit cards, and PCards ACH Online checks
  • Pay subcontractors directly through GovCart
  • No need to hassle getting cash or buying a money order
  • Payment can be made at any time . 24/7/365
  • Payment can be made from anywhere . via the Internet
  • Safe and secure transaction
  • Emailed receipt

Q: How much does WACommerce.com service cost?

  • Local small businesses - $24.95 per month
  • Large Local businesses of 20+ employees - $29.95 per month
  • Out of state registration - $34.95 per month
  • International companies please contact customer service

WACommerce.com is designed to provide custom tailored procurement opportunity notifications to businesses throughout Washington & the Northwest. Our company receives notifications of solicitations from a variety of service providers, internet access points, web sites, publications and direct notices from government agencies, contractors posting subcontract opportunities and private organizations. Solicitations are provided to WACommerce.com from over 9000 different federal, state, county, city, university, college, local school district and private sources. Our office continually searches for new sources of information to provide you with the widest opportunity of bidding opportunities.

WACommerce.com has removed many of the limitations that the standard procurement services offer by providing more local opportunities, more flexibility for businesses to identify partnerships, GovCart. so vendors can sell their products directly to buyers and WACommerce.com can also help you locate skilled workers. Like many of you, WACommerce.com is a locally based Limited Liability Company dedicated to your success. Although we work very closely with local government agencies, we do not receive government financial assistance or donations from corporate sponsors. As such, it is necessary for us to charge a small fee for our advanced technology and support services.

Example: If you estimate that you spend 1 hour each working day searching for bid opportunities (260 hours annually), and you valued your time at $15 per hour, your total time would be valued at $3,900 per year. WACommerce.com does the searching based on your profile, your industry and keywords, and filters through those leads and delivers timely information to you via e-mail.

If you are interested in receiving notices about local and national opportunities, please register with WACommerce.com today at http://wacommerce.org/

Q: Will the cost go up if you add more states or agencies?

No, WACommerce strives to provide our members with largest number of local, state, regional and national opportunities at an economical and competitive rate. In the event our rates must increase. All businesses currently registered in our system at the time of such an event will not be subject to any potential increase.

Q: How can WACommercehelp me market my business locally?

WACommerce offers our sophisticated eCommerce feature which allows enrolled businesses to sell their products online directly to buyers. WACommerce.com receives thousands of visitors each month between businesses, government agencies and individuals, we offer ad space on our site to get your business information right in front of visitors and members. We also offer targeted local and national online marketing campaigns which can provide you with measured results through our small business marketing solution services at www.WACommerce.COM we also offer advertising through our new FREE Mobile APP which is downloaded nationally on iPhone and Android.

Q: When do the contract opportunities start rolling in?

WACommerce does not guarantee you a contract. Your business will need to register through specific government or local web sites previously mentioned and obtain available certifications, market, & pursue opportunities. We can help guide you through the process.

Q: I am having problems with my access to WACommerce Tools. Where can I find help?

For questions regarding the status of WACommerce.com Tools access requests, difficulties signing on, or password reset requests, after receiving your forgotten password by email, and you have accessed your account please complete our online support form or contact our central office at (253) 642-6747, or email eSupport@WACommerce.com

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