November 2020 – Celebrating Those Who Serve
In celebration of Veterans Month, we recognize veteran Justin Lindteigen. Mr. Lindteigen is the founder, owner, and president of Greenstone Construction, Inc. located in Fargo, ND. Operating since 2012, his business is a certified Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business (SDVOSB) through the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). In addition to Veteran Owned Small Business (VOSB) and SDVOSB resources, Mr. Lindteigen uses many other government contracting resources to build his successful company.
What resources are available to support businesses seeking government contracts?
- North Dakota Procurement Technical Assistance Center (ND PTAC) is a no-cost advising program that assists businesses of all sizes at any stage in government contracting to prepare, market, bid, and manage government contracts. Registration is required for services.
- Small Business Certifications through the Small Business Association (SBA) allow particular subsets of small businesses – such as women-owned, minority-owned, economically disadvantaged, specific regional area – to verify their status which narrows the pool of competitors to similar types of companies. These are referred to as contracting assistance programs. Visit their website to learn more.
- The VA’s Office of Small & Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDBU) oversees the Vets First Verification Program that affords verified firms owned and controlled by veterans and service-disabled veterans the opportunity to compete for VA set asides. Check it out.
- If your company is developing a new product or service, the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs offer a multitude of resources. Nine federal agencies offer grants and/or contracts to develop innovative products and services.
The resources listed above are just a few of the great resources available to support businesses through their journey in government contracting. Remember these resources are part of your tax dollars. Since these are ‘pre-paid,’ take advantage of them!
As always, if you are not sure where to start or how to get organized, connect with the North Dakota Procurement Technical Assistance Center (ND PTAC). Our services are at no cost to businesses registered in the state of North Dakota; register to schedule an appointment.
Not from North Dakota? Find your closest PTAC on APTAC’s website and then click on your state.