We Want Your Business...
Contact: Trina Berry, VISN 8 Small Business Liaison, E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call 813-972-2000 ext. 7504.
The Department of Veterans Affairs purchases billions of dollars in goods and services each year. It is the policy of the federal government, under the Small Business Act, that all small businesses have the maximum practicable opportunity to participate in providing goods and services to the government. If you own a small business, and are interested in contracting with VISN 8 - the VA Sunshine Healthcare Network - this page provides information that can help you potentially win a federal contract with the VA Sunshine Healthcare Network (VISN 8).
If you own a Service-Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business (SDVOSB) or Veteran Owned Small Business (VOSB) preparing to conduct business with the VA, your company should register with VETBIZ. The Vets First Verification Program, Public Law (P.L.) 109-461, Veterans Benefits, Health Care, and Information Technology Act of 2006 provides VA with unique authority for contracting with SDVOSBs and VOSBs. In order to qualify for participation in the VA Veterans First Contracting Program, eligible business owners must be verified by the Center for Verification and Evaluation (CVE).
What do we buy?
Although there are certain priority sources identified by federal regulations, each VA Medical Center purchases a considerable amount of its requirements from both local and nationwide sources. Examples of items purchased are:
-Pharmaceuticals, medical, and surgical supplies
-Perishable subsistence - meat, dairy, fruit, vegetables
-Equipment, supplies, and materials for facility operation
-Maintenance and repair of medical and scientific equipment
-Building construction, maintenance, and repair - painting, plumbing, electrical, flooring, Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning
-Prosthetic and orthopedic aids
And much more...
How do we buy?
The Network Contracting Office 8 (NCO 8) purchases requirements by Product Lines:
• Medical Sharing (Doctors, Nurses, etc.)
• Leasing (Real Estate and associated services)
NCO 8 Contracting Officers use Simplified Acquisition Procedures (FAR Part 13), Negotiations (FAR Part 15), or Sealed Bidding (FAR Part 14) procedures to acquire goods and services. These methods are designed to promote full and open competition to the maximum extent possible, which in turn allows all responsible bidders/offerors an opportunity to compete. The most suitable, efficient, and economical procedure will be used, taking into consideration the complexity of each acquisition.
Contracting Officers use mandatory sources in accordance with the VA Acquisition Regulation (VAAR) Part 808, Required Sources of Supplies and Services (e.g. Prime Vendor Program, Federal Supply Schedules (FSS), etc.). FSS solicitations are posted on GSA eBuy reserved for vendors with a FSS. Federal Business Opportunities or FBO is the government point of entry used to post open market solicitations in accordance with FAR Part 5, Publicizing Contract Actions.
- GSA eBuy Federal Supply Schedule (FSS) Contracts: https://www.gsaadvantage.gov/advantage/login/eBuyLogin.do
- NASA SEWP V (Mandatory for Purchasing IT Products): http://www.sewp.nasa.gov/
- Federal Business Opportunities (FBO) for Open Market Purchases: https://www.fbo.gov/; enter VA248
- Forecast of Contracting Opportunities (FCO): https://www.vendorportal.ecms.va.gov/eVP/fco/VisnMap.aspx
- Doing Business with the VA: http://www.va.gov/osdbu/library/dbwva.asp
- VA OSDBU: http://www.va.gov/osdbu/
- Veteran Entrepreneur Portal: http://www.va.gov/osdbu/entrepreneur/index.asp
- Office of Acquisition and Logistics (OAL): http://www.va.gov/oal/business/index.asp
- VA-Financial Services Center: http://www.fsc.va.gov/fsc/map.asp
- You can also track government spending via Federal Procurement Data System (FPDS) https://www.fpds.gov/ and USA Spending http://www.usaspending.gov/
Steps to Doing Business with VISN 8 and Our Facilities
1. Register with System for Award Management (SAM). You must have a D&B DUNS number in order to register. The D-U-N-S Number is a unique 9-digit identification sequence, which provides a unique identifier of single business entities, while linking corporate family structures together. Go to http://www.dnb.com/ for information on how to obtain a DUNS number.
2. Visit GSA eBuy, NASA Solutions for Enterprise-Wide Procurement (SEWP), or FBO to search for NCO8 solicitations.
3. Review the VISN 8 Forecast of Contracting Opportunities (FCO) for potential business opportunities.
4. Include your DUNS number and/or CAGE Code when marketing to the federal government and develop a 1-2 page capability statement for marketing purposes.
5. Develop an easy-to-navigate company website that includes your products or services, pricing, and point of contact information.
6. Additional certifications can give your small business a competitive edge when pursuing government work. These programs include 8(a) Business Development Program, Historically Underutilized Business Zones (HUBZone) Program, Small Disadvantaged Business, and Woman-Owned Small Businesses.
Doing Business with the Small Business Program
The Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDBU) was established in the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to assist and support the interests of small business. Its goal is to help Veteran-Owned and Small businesses contribute most effectively to the important mission of VA. mission of this office is to provide outreach and liaison support to businesses (large and small) and other members of the private sector. Additionally, OSDBU is responsible for monitoring VA implementation and execution of the following socioeconomic procurement programs:
-Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business (SDVOSB)
-Veteran-Owned Small Business (VOSB)
-Small Disadvantaged Business (includes Section 8(a))
-Historically Underutilized Business (HUB) Zone Small Business (HUBZone)
-Women-Owned Small Business (WOSB)
VA Small Business Liaisons: http://www.va.gov/osdbu/about/contacts.asp.
The OSDBU is available only for providing information, counseling, and guidance. OSDBU does not award contracts or maintain solicitation mailing lists. OSDBU promotes the position of small businesses within the VA, maintains liaison with trade and professional organizations, and serves as the major source of information about VA for small businesses. Visit OSDBU’s homepage for more information: http://www.va.gov/OSDBU/index.asp.
The organizations identified below are specifically designed to assist small businesses within the State of Florida. They also sponsor small business events throughout the year to help small businesses grow their businesses:-Procurement Technical Assistance Centers (PTACs): www.fptac.org or search for your nearest PTAC: http://www.aptac-us.org/new/
-Small Business Development Center (SBDC): http://www.sbdctampabay.com/ or search for your nearest SBDC: http://www.sba.gov/tools/local-assistance/sbdc
-Small Business Administration (SBA): http://www.sba.gov/
Network Contracting Office
Small Business Liaison
8875 Hidden River Parkway Suite 570, Tampa, FL
- 813-972-2000 Ext. 7504
Hours of Operation
M-F 8:00a - 4:30pm