Small Business Procurement Initiative


August 14, 2014 Veteran-Owned Business Seminar Presented by Gayle Nuppnau Dept. of General Services Bureau of Small Business Opportunities

DGS Overview

Topics for Discussion

• New Initiatives  Small Business Procurement Initiative (SBPI)  Veteran-Owned Small Business Procurement • On-line Small Business Self-Certification and Small Diverse Business Verification • Locating Opportunities • Small Diverse Business Program Benefits


Small Business Procurement Initiative

Purpose To increase opportunities for small businesses to compete for award of Commonwealth contracts as prime contractors without the competition of larger more established firms. Scope Commonwealth agencies shall identify contracts for award to small businesses pursuant to direction provided by DGS, with independent agencies also encouraged to participate.

- Race and Gender Neutral Program - Yearly Renewal

Step 1 PA Vendor Registration

PA Vendor Registration The pa supplier portal,, is a website where you can register your company as a Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Supplier and participate in electronic bidding opportunities The Vendor Number is a unique six-digit number assigned to a registered Commonwealth Supplier.

As part of registration you will create a User ID and Password PA Supplier Portal Help Desk 877-435-7363, option 1

Step 2 and Step 3

SBPI & SDB Online Application


SBPI Certification: Steps 1 to 5 Business Eligibility – 1 Participation Criteria - The business must be a for-profit, United States business - The business must be independently owned - The business may not be dominant in its field of operation - The business may not employ more than 100 full-time equivalent employees - The business must meet the maximum three year gross receipts thresholds Company Contact & Identification – 2 Business Profile – 3 UNSPSC Codes Document Upload - 4 First page of tax returns Review/Submit Application - 5 SDB Verification: Steps 6 to 8 Third Party Verification Upload – 6 Dept. of General Services will accept approved third party certifications from any of the below entities: - Unified Certification Program (UCP) - United States Small Business Administration (SBA) 8 (a) Program - National Minority Supplier Development Council - (NMSDC) - Woman’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC) - VetBiz Vendor Information Pages (VIP) at

Service Category Identification - 7 - Construction/Subcontractor - Manufacturer - Stocking and Non-Stocking Review and Submit Application – 8 - 7-14 days for BSBO Verification Approval - New Small Business Certificate with SDB Designation - Verification Letter Issued

SBPI & SDB Renewal

• Annual SBPI Certification/SDB Verification  Recertification 12 Months Subsequent form Date of Most recent Cert./Verification • DGS, BSBO Notification of SBPI Certification/DB Verification Expiration (Email)  First Notice: 30 Days Prior to Expirations  Second Notice: 15 Days Prior to Expiration • Vendor Removal Day of Expiration: SBPI/SDB  Renewal Without Lapse • Renewal Subsequent to 15 Day Grace Period  Renew with Lapse

SBPI Statistics

- Commonwealth spend is 3.5 billion for goods and services - Registration for SBPI began in July 2012 - Small Business Reserves began in September 2012 - Over 3,77 self-certified registered business as of 8.11.2014

- Over 3 million dollars has gone to Small Businesses as a direct result of the program - The Commonwealth has actually spent over 117 million with small businesses - Number of Small Business in PA with 1-100 employees based on 2008 census data is 227,502

Small Business and Small Diverse Business Benefits • • •

Small Business Directory Emarketplace  Small Business Reserves - IT Categories  Prime Opportunities Networking - Subcontracting Opportunities


To View Current Solicitations>10,000 Invitation To Qualify Contracts Procurement Forecast To Locate State Wide Contracts

PA eMarketplace

Small Diverse Business (SDB) Program

Small Diverse Business Program

• Small Diverse Business Program  Technical, Cost, SDB  DB weight remains 20% of the total RFP points  Veterans and Service Disabled Veterans now included • Locating Opportunities  Emarketplace • Pre-Proposal Conferences  Subcontracting Opportunities  Networking • Compliance


Contact Information BSBO Main Number


Ms. DeShawn Lewis, Director

[email protected]

Phone: 717-783-7131

Ms. Gayle Nuppnau, Procurement Liaison

[email protected]

Phone: 717-346-3819

Ms. Paula Murphy, Construction Liaison

[email protected]

Phone: 717-787-8324