Great Plains Technology Center’s bid assistance has helped clients receive an average of $40 million per year in government contracts since the center opened in Lawton, creating or retaining jobs for Lawton and southwest Oklahoma. The service concentrates on finding opportunities at Fort Sill, Altus Air Force Base, Sheppard Air Force Base in Wichita Falls, and with U.S. Corps of Engineers and the State of Oklahoma.
Bid assistance provides free government procurement assistance to businesses within the Great Plains district that are seeking contract opportunities in selling their goods and services to federal, state, county and local governments. The same help is available to those businesses that are selling to private and commercial businesses and industries.
The center operates as part of a large telecommunications network, working daily to link local businesses with governmental entities and their agencies as they let contracts. Opportunities available with bid assistance include:
- Bid matching computer program to search data bases and match information to specific businesses.
- Help in developing a business profile for submission to that bid matching software.
- Daily notices of goods and services that governmental agencies are seeking, including details on who is administering contracts, where the work will be done and how to submit bids.
- Help registering businesses with government organizations.
- Assistance in locating and demonstrating how to use government agencies websites.
- Access to a construction summary that lists current jobs being planned in Oklahoma.
- Help in locating bid dates, architects, construction manager, prime contractor and plan holds list, to help sub-contractors.
The bid assistance service can also provide help to business owners who want to sharpen their appeal to governmental entities, via a variety of websites. That includes help tailored to specific business ownership, such as veteran-owned or minority-owned businesses. And, Great Plains Technology Center is one of 14 technology centers linked to OBAN, the Oklahoma Bid Assistance Network. Sites include:
- okbid.org (OBAN)
- sba.gov (for programs such as HUBZONE, veteran-owned, woman-owned, minority-owned).
Information on the bid assistance program is available by contacting:
Donnie Bain, (580) 250-5554
Economic Development Center at Great Plains Technology Center
4500 W. Lee