February 18, 2012 by cs
The Code Enforcement Department of the City of Albany is contracting for the demolition of 29 structures within the City. These are court-ordered demolitions.
Sealed bids will be received by the City of Albany, Procurement Division, 222 Pine Avenue, Suite 260, Albany, Georgia until 2:30 p.m., March 7, 2012 for work required to demolish 29 structures, in accordance with Bid Documents, Specifications, and Industry Standards.
A pre-bid conference will be held at 10:00 a.m. on February 28, 2012 in the Procurement Division Conference Room, 222 Pine Avenue, Suite 260, Albany, Georgia 31701. City Staff will provide a brief overview of the bid documents during this meeting and review the scope of work. Contractors will be allowed to ask questions. All interested contractors are strongly encouraged to attend.
The City of Albany strongly encourages Small Business firms to participate in this bid.
The addresses listed below have been divided into six (6) individual projects. Contractors can bid on one, any combination, or all projects. These demolition projects will be bid on a lump sum basis for all specified work and will be awarded to the responsive and responsible bidder in the manner that best benefits the City of Albany. The contractor(s) are responsible for all disposal fees.
All required insurance coverage should be in the name of the company or firm or individual submitting the bid. Worker’s Compensation coverage is not optional, and may not be waived in respect to any demolition work done for the City of Albany.
(Instructions for using TurboBid may be found at: http://www.albanysmallbiz.org/2011/04/albany-uses-turbobid-heres-how-it-works).
LIST OF ADDRESSES:
Demolition of Structures – Bid Reference No. 12-046
Code Enforcement Department
- 2526 E Alberson Drive – Project #1
- 1329 E Society Avenue – Project #2
- 1018 W Lincoln Avenue – Project #3
- 306 Acorn Street – Project #4
- 900 Cotton Court – Project #5
- 902 Cotton Court – Project #5
- 904 Cotton Court – Project #5
- 906 Cotton Court – Project #5
- 908 Cotton Court – Project #5
- 910 Cotton Court – Project #5
- 912 Cotton Court – Project #5
- 914 Cotton Court – Project #5
- 916 Cotton Court – Project #5
- 918 Cotton Court – Project #5
- 920 Cotton Court – Project #5
- 922 Cotton Court – Project #5
- 924 Cotton Court – Project #5
- 901 Corn Avenue – Project #6
- 903 Corn Avenue – Project #6
- 905 Corn Avenue – Project #6
- 907 Corn Avenue – Project #6
- 909 Corn Avenue – Project #6
- 911 Corn Avenue – Project #6
- 913 Corn Avenue – Project #6
- 915 Corn Avenue – Project #6
- 917 Corn Avenue – Project #6
- 919 Corn Avenue – Project #6
- 923 Corn Avenue – Project #6
- 925 Corn Avenue – Project #6
February 17, 2012 by cs
I recently saw a discussion post in a group on LinkedIn that complained about people not lining up to download an application this person had on his web site. Why don’t people come to get this totally unique, valuable application? the person whined.
We don’t operate in a vacuum and business does not occur by burning incense, chanting and praying for the phone to ring – or by posting something on a web site that very few people know about or visit.
What’s a company got to do to get on the radar?
Here are three relatively simple things that any company, especially small companies, should be doing so they can “get found.”
First, define your expertise in terms that resonate with your niche in the market. Bob Davis, vice president at HeiTech Services in Silver Spring, Md., calls this defining your “sustainable competitive advantage,” which should be something that your company does better than 90 percent of your competitors. This is a skill that you have demonstrated through work with a variety of clients, not simply one you claim without demonstrable experience.
In other words, you need to differentiate your company.
Second, get conversant with the new social media tools. Social media here encompasses web 2.0 tools like webinars, podcasts, blogs, web video, web radio and social networks like LinkedIn and GovLoop. To stand out and be found, you have to participate in multiple venues and offer some good content in each.
This does not mean that you have to use all of the above web tools, but you need to understand the value that each tool offers. Then use the tools that will help you get your message out to targeted audiences.
As I indicated in last month’s column, each of these tools brings something different to the table.
If you are offering a technical solution, webinars are a great tool to educate. Both blogging and webinars are great for developing a thought leadership position in your niche. Podcasts allow you to offer white papers, another thought leadership tool, in an audio format. The goal is to use one or two of these tools on a regular basis to highlight and support your claim to your market position and your sustainable competitive advantage.
The third task is to spread the word. You now have the message (your sustainable competitive advantage) and the platform(s) – whichever tools you have opted to use.
Next, you have to tell people where to find this great content. In February 2011 I wrote “Content may be King, but Delivery is the Ace” in which I explained that, although content is key to proving you own a particular piece of intellectual real estate, unless you can show people where to find that content, you will never get on the radar and get the right people to read, listen to, or watch any of the content you have developed.
Traditional methods still work. A solid PR campaign can help, but using social media to share the content as well as deliver it is effective.
Many people read my Washington Technology columns because they find the link to the article posted on LinkedIn, Tweeted, and occasionally even on Facebook.
Go back to the beginning of this article where the guy was whining about people not downloading an application that this person had on his web site. People have to know it’s there in order to download it.
Get on board and get on the radar of your audience.
About the Author: Mark Amtower is co-founder and co-director of the Government Market Masters program. This article was published on Feb. 14, 2012 by Washington Technology at http://washingtontechnology.com/articles/2012/02/14/amtower-small-business-social-media.aspx?s=wtdaily_150212.
February 12, 2012 by cs
Fort Valley State University’s 5th Annual Small Business Expo is being held on March 28, 2012. The Rural Business Outreach Institute plays host to this event each year.
The theme for this year’s event is “Staying Ahead of the Competition.” There will be four primary educational tracks: 1) Business Capital, 2) Technology, 3) Government/Legal, and 4) Business/Professional Development.
This event will be held at the Pettigrew Center on Fort Valley State’s campus at 1005 State University Dr., Fort Valley, GA 31030.
February 10, 2012 by cs
If you want to learn a lot about government contracting, February is the month for you!
We’ve got all these free classes lined-up just for you:
Introduction to Government Contracting – Feb. 9, 2012 – 6:00 to 7:30 pm
Fundamentals of Working with the Government – Feb. 16, 2012 – 6:00 to 7:30 pm
How to Create a Great Elevator Speech – Feb. 16, 2012 – 7:30 to 8:30 pm
Marketing to State and Local Governments – Feb. 21, 2012 – 11:00 am to 1:00 pm
All of these seminars are being held in the 1st floor conference room at the Microbusiness Enterprise Center, 230 S. Jackson St. in Albany, GA.
To learn more about any of the sessions listed above, simply click on the class title.
February 7, 2012 by cs
In honor of National Purchasing Month, the City of Albany’s Procurement Division is holding an Open House on Thursday, March 8, 2012 from 9:00 am until 1:00 pm.
The Open House will be held in Suite 260 in the Government Center at 222 Pine Avenue, Albany, GA 31701.
Vendors will have the opportunity to participate in a “mini vendor fair.” Vendors can set up tabletops to display their wares and distribute information and goodies.
Please contact Christen Taylor at (229) 431-3211 or su.ag.ynablanull@rolyathc by Feb. 16th if you would like to set up a table or donate to the event.
All are welcome to attend!