Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ Section)
Our FAQ Section responds to our prospective clients’ most frequently asked questions. If you have other questions that do not currently appear in our FAQ Section, please contact us. We look forward to providing answers that help our Florida clients learn quickly and easily about bidding opportunities. Your questions help other visitors to our FAQ Section. Thank you.
Q: Can’t I do this myself?
It would not be easy. You would have subscribe to numerous expensive subscription services, government publications and complex databases — all of which you would need to scan daily. You would have to read thousands of pages of federal, state, county and municipal information thoroughly in order to filter out a lot of irrelevant and extraneous information. You would need to scan lots of consumer-unfriendly legal solicitations, deal with lots of bureaucracy and sort through lots of dead ends. Life as you know it would be likely to change, forever. We at FloridaBids.com do all of the difficult and tedious legwork for you. We help you keep abreast of the latest RFP’s (Requests For Proposal), Surplus Sales and bid opportunities — in your exact area of expertise. The bid opportunities will reach you in a concise, personalized, easy to read email. This information will contain everything you need to request the actual solicitation from the issuing city, state or federal department. Each of our leads for you will contain: a web link from which you can download the specific details; a contact phone number and extension to the government buyer handling the project, or an email address/fax number from which you can request the desired bid package. Each bid opportunity we send you will be customized to your exact specifications and will be matched to the type of opportunity you are seeking. If this information is not 100% on target, simply let us know within 24 hours and we will be happy to credit your account with a new bid opportunity, up to a maximum of 3 times per year.
Q: How often will these opportunities arrive?
It depends on your area of expertise and the specific categories in which you are interested. Some bid types appear frequently, others rarely. It also depends on any restrictions or filters you impose, if any. Your account will be debited for a credit after each lead has been dispatched to you. There is no time limit on a FloridaBids.Com subscription.
Q: Can I limit the number of leads sent to me on a weekly basis?
Yes, you may. We realize that getting inundated with bid opportunities may not be considered a good thing. For this reason, we will limit these leads to whatever number you specify and for whatever time period you desire.
Q: What if I am not happy with the quality of a lead?
Simply let us know within 24 hours and we will credit your account with a new bid opportunity. This can be done once with each lead with a maximum of three times per year.
Q: What if I change my email address?
Just let us know. We always are ready to serve your communication needs.
Q: What if I offer a trade service, such as construction, waterproofing, road paving, embroidery, electrical work or air conditioning repair and would like to provide these services to the government?
No problem. There are many Florida bid opportunities that call for these and other such services. Click here for a sample list of categories.
Q: What if I sell tangible items such as tires, tractors, computers, motors, fax machines, television sets, etc?
Bids for such items are regularly solicited. We are confident we can locate Florida bid opportunities for your products. Click here for a sample list of categories.
Q: I am licensed to sell insurance. Can I participate?
There is a regular flow of insurance solicitations, which we would be happy to make available to you. Just let us know what types of opportunities you are seeking. We will find qualified bid opportunities for your areas of interest. Click here for a sample list of service categories.
Q: I am a licensed real estate agent. Can I participate?
Absolutely. Millions of square feet feet are rented, purchased and sold by Florida entities annually. Click here for a list of service categories.
Q: Can you guarantee that I will win the bid?
No, of course not. Beware of any service that does. Our job is to help you identify Florida-based lead opportunities in your area of expertise. Each opportunity will have unique requirements. You need to take it from there, however, we can assure you that if you do not know about an upcoming opportunity and do not submit a proposal, then you definitely will not win.
Q: What is the size of a typical bid opportunity?
Florida bid opportunities can run from hundreds of dollars to millions of dollars. FloridaBids.Com makes no representation as to the size or value of prospective bid opportunities of the future.
Q: Can I specify a minimum or maximum bid opportunity?
Yes, you may. You tell us exactly what you types of opportunities you are seeking, and we will try our best to find leads that match your specifications.
Q: If I win, will FloridaBids.com expect a cut of the money?
No. If you are pleased with our services, we would be grateful if you would tell others how you heard about your winning bid opportunity.
Q: How long have you been doing this?
The principal of FloridaBids.com has been dealing with government RFPs (Requests For Proposals) since 1989, over which time numerous contacts in the field have been established. We know how to find bid opportunities, how to win them, how to keep them and how to service them. We would be happy to help you try to do the same. We have found that the hardest thing about getting government work is often learning about the offerings with ample time to meet the critical submission deadlines. This is one of the voids we seek to fill with our personalized, online bid opportunity service.
Q: Are you based in Florida?
Yes we are. Because we are based here, we have dealt with many of the departments, senior buyers and many of the contracting officers throughout our State. We know the intricacies involved in the bidding process and we can streamline many of the difficulties for our subscribers.
Q: Do you offer an off-line service such as via fax or US mail?
No. We believe that the internet and email are best suited to offer the speed and quick turn-around time necessary to get our subscribers the bids they need quickly and efficiently. We are highly automated and very efficient. As a result, you will receive close proximities to the type of bids you are seeking. Also, we try our best to maximize the time you have to prepare the bid before the submission deadline. Additionally, some of the bid opportunities we email you may contain hyperlinks with which you can do an immediate RFP (Request For Proposal) download. We think you will agree this is the optimal way to operate in this fast-paced and competitive environment.
Q: Does it matter if I have a Windows Compatible or a Mac? A desktop, laptop or tablet? Does my Operating System matter?
Our personalized responses will work with any email system on any computer with any operating system, laptop or tablet. We can even send the solicitation notification to your cell phone if that is what you prefer.
Q: Is there a governmental charge for sending out bid packages?
Sometimes, yes. On rare occasions, some agencies charge an administrative fee for preparing a large bid package. Usually, these fees correspond to extremely complex and intricate opportunities. Your bid researcher will advise you of any fees. You will be responsible for such and we will ask your permission, before sending you leads of this nature.
Q: Do I need to be a minority, female, or a small business owner to actually win a government bid?
Definitely not. While it can’t hurt your proposal if you do fall into one of those categories, very few bids are reserved exclusively for such proposals.
Q: Don’t most bid awards go to large Fortune 500 companies?
Nope. Most awards go to small, independent, and family-owned companies with a few employees who are smart enough to partake in notification services, such as FloridaBids.com.
Q: Okay, I am convinced. I have read the FAQ section and I am ready to participate in Florida bid opportunities that match my offerings. How do I enroll in the FloridaBids.Com bid and government RFP (Request For Proposal) notification program?
Joining is easy. Simply click here to get started.
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