1) WHAT IS THE GOVACCELERATOR PROGRAM?
Created by Government Contractors Association, the GovAccelerator Program is an intense training and coaching program designed to guide small business owners from laying a foundation in the government market to accessing contracting opportunities.
The Accelerator will utilize a proprietary capture management software to help guide and track the work completed. The Mastermind sessions will take place each week and will walk the participants through a series of classes with training on certification guidance, registration guidance, learning contracting lingo, sourcing opportunities, fostering teaming relationships, proposal writing, contract management and many other skills needed to succeed in the government contracting market. An experienced facilitator will manage the classes, hold the participants accountable to work completion and ensure the maximum result possible.
Upon completion, participants will receive a certificate of completion, be prepared to pass a CFCP Certification, and most importantly, be ready to compete and win government contracts.
2) WHAT DOES THE PROGRAM ENTAIL?
3) WHY WAS THE GOVACCELERATOR PROGRAM CREATED?
The goal of the program is to help businesses win their first contract. Based on SBA findings, small businesses comprise 99.7% of all US companies. Ironically, only 22% of all federal spending is awarded to small businesses. The reason for this is simple. Most small companies are not equipped with the tools and resources to thrive in the government market, nor are they equipped with the proper infrastructure and contracting personnel. As such, GCA created the First Contract Program as an affordable and effective approach to help small businesses win contracts.
(NOTE: GCA has started this program as an initiative of the association to help businesses succeed in the government market. This program is not sanctioned by the SBA or by any government agencies.)
4) WHO IS ELIGIBLE FOR THE PROGRAM?
To be eligible for the First Contract Program, your company must have less than forty employees. (If your company has forty employees or more, you may qualify for our one-on-one coaching program). While we prefer companies that have never won a prime contract before, we accept applications from companies that have won less than $100,000 in prime contracts. If you qualify for our program, you many submit an application. After a review process, you will be notified of your acceptance into the program.
5) WHAT TYPE OF COMPANIES ARE ACCEPTED INTO THE PROGRAM?
We’re looking for companies run by diligent, motivated and teachable people. We’re looking for people who are responsive and responsible in their business. Finally, we’re looking for certified companies who are frustrated with the contracting process, and can’t figure out how to win their first contract.
6) WHAT KIND OF COMMITMENT IS REQUIRED?
We require that you commit the appropriate resources to the GovAccelerator Program. We require that companies invest ten hours (or more) each week towards the program. We also require that weekly action items be completed on time.
7) HOW MANY COMPANIES WILL BE IN THE PROGRAM?
Up to fifteen companies will be selected for the program cycle. By keeping the program small, we cultivate an interactive environment that fosters growth and success. You’ll have the benefit of live instructions from the business coach and also group interactions from each other.
8) WHAT DOES IT COST TO BE IN THE PROGRAM?
To participate in the program requires an investment of $24,000 for association members. For non-members, the program costs $30,000. These amounts are payable in monthly installments. For businesses that choose to pay in full, there is a considerable discount. Please ask.
9) WHAT HAPPENS IF I DON’T FINISH THE PROGRAM?
Sometimes, life happens. We understand. So, if an unforeseen situation prevents you from finishing the program, let us know, and we’ll work out a plan.
10) I STILL HAVE QUESTIONS, WHO DO I CALL?
If you still have questions about the GovAccelerator Program, you may email us or give us a call at 404-955-8080.
11) I’M READY TO APPLY! WHAT’S NEXT?
Submit your application now, before spaces are full!