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The single biggest purchaser of goods and services in the world is the US government.

Learn the step by step process of winning government contracts from former defense procurement officer Lt Col (ret) Ricky Howard.

For more information please visit us at: https://www.dodcontract.com

DoD Contract Academy Ricky Howard, Lt Col (Ret)

    • Business
    • 5.0 • 143 Ratings

The single biggest purchaser of goods and services in the world is the US government.

Learn the step by step process of winning government contracts from former defense procurement officer Lt Col (ret) Ricky Howard.

For more information please visit us at: https://www.dodcontract.com

    How To Use SAM.gov To Find Meetings That Win Government Contracts (Full Guide)

    How To Use SAM.gov To Find Meetings That Win Government Contracts (Full Guide)

    What you’ll learn:
    How to use SAM.gov to find and attend industry days and other key events. Strategies for identifying opportunities well before solicitations are issued. Tips on managing your government contracting opportunities using tools like Gov Close. Watch now: Watch the Episode on YouTube
     
    If you want to check out the GovClose sales management system I'm using in the video you can do so here:
    https://www.govclose.com/

    • 9 min
    Sam.gov Tutorial

    Sam.gov Tutorial

    Join Ricky, a seasoned expert with a wealth of experience both as a former government procurement officer and now a consultant helping businesses secure government contracts, in a deep dive into the intricacies of SAM.GOV. With over $82 billion in contracts managed and a successful coaching business under his belt, Ricky offers listeners an insider's perspective on leveraging SAM.GOV to win government contracts. Unlike the typical advice found on social media, this podcast episode unveils the truths and strategies that deviate from the mainstream, guiding listeners through the often-overlooked opportunities and methodologies that can make all the difference.
    In this episode, Ricky demystifies the process of using SAM.GOV, highlighting how to search for and identify opportunities that many competitors miss. He explains the significance of "sources sought" notices over traditional solicitations like RFPs and RFQs, emphasizing the importance of early engagement and relationship building with government officials. Ricky shares actionable advice on how to position your business as a front runner by assisting in the solicitation writing process, thereby influencing the government's requirements to favor your company's strengths and capabilities.
    Listeners will learn about the comprehensive steps involved in tracking and managing opportunities through SAM.GOV and the critical role of a systematized approach in navigating the government contracting landscape. From initial opportunity identification to proposal submission and follow-up, Ricky covers the marathon nature of selling to the government and how to strategically position your business for success.
    Whether you're a small business owner, an entrepreneur eyeing government contracts, or a seasoned contractor looking to refine your approach, this episode is packed with invaluable insights and tips on how to leverage SAM.GOV effectively. Get ready to transform your strategy and approach to government contracts with expert guidance from someone who's mastered both sides of the process.
    Website: dodcontract.com
    For More Tools and Resources: govClose.com
     

    • 15 min
    Unlocking Veteran Potential: Transforming Military Skills into Civilian Success with Forces Horizon

    Unlocking Veteran Potential: Transforming Military Skills into Civilian Success with Forces Horizon

    Join us on the DOD Contract Academy Podcast as we delve into an inspiring journey with Forces Horizon, a revolutionary company transforming the way veterans transition into the civilian workforce.
    In this special episode, Forces Horizon's CEOs, Devon Smith (US) and Ben Robb (UK), share the powerful impact of their AI-driven platform designed to seamlessly translate military experience into valuable civilian job opportunities. Discover how Forces Horizon is not only facilitating a smoother transition for veterans but also empowering businesses to recognize and harness the unmatched potential of veteran talent.
    If you're a veteran looking to navigate the job market, a company eager to tap into skilled veteran candidates, or simply interested in the intersection of technology and veteran support, this episode is for you.
    Dive into our conversation and explore how Forces Horizon is reshaping the future of veteran employment.
    For more information on Forces Horizon and to start your journey, visit Forces Horizon's website.
    To learn more about selling to the government and to enhance your team with dedicated training and tools, visit DOD Contract Academy.
    This episode is a must-listen for anyone passionate about supporting our veterans' transitions, leveraging cutting-edge AI for social good, and understanding the valuable skills veterans bring to the civilian job market. Tune in now to explore the pivotal role of technology in empowering our heroes' transitions and how your business can benefit from veteran expertise.

    • 48 min
    Turning Leads into Meetings: The Art of Securing Government Contracts (Part 2 of 3)

    Turning Leads into Meetings: The Art of Securing Government Contracts (Part 2 of 3)

    Podcast Description: After exploring the crucial role of early lead identification in Part 1, this episode shifts focus to the most critical step in the government contracting process: converting those leads into meetings.
    Discover actionable strategies for setting up impactful discussions with government officials, including how to leverage sources sought responses, optimize relationships with existing government clients, and make the most of acquisitions forecasts.
    Plus, uncover the key questions you should be asking in every meeting to enhance your competitiveness and make informed decisions about pursuing opportunities.
    Timestamped Sections: [00:00:00] Introduction to converting leads into meetings [00:01:00] Strategy 1: Setting up meetings from sources sought responses [00:04:20] Strategy 2: Upselling and maintaining communication with existing clients [00:06:50] Strategy 3: Engaging with acquisitions forecasts and securing meetings [00:08:00] The importance of scheduling meetings and leveraging LinkedIn for connections [00:08:50] Essential questions to ask in government meetings to gauge opportunity viability [00:14:30] Evaluating whether to pursue the opportunity based on meeting insights [00:15:20] Conclusion and how to leverage DODContract.com for further resources


     


     

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    • 16 min
    GovCon Planner: Part 1 of 3

    GovCon Planner: Part 1 of 3

    Dive into the first episode of our three-part series, based on "The Government Contract Planner," where we explore the critical first steps for businesses aiming to win government contracts.
    This episode focuses on the significance of lead generation and provides a roadmap for identifying and pursuing viable government contracting opportunities.
    Learn how to sidestep common errors, understand RFI and acquisition forecasts, and develop a systematic approach to convert leads into contracts.
    For businesses looking to either break into or optimize their government contracting efforts, this episode is packed with practical advice.
    Enhance your strategy by visiting DODContract.com for academy membership and further guidance.

    • 11 min
    Learn How To Develop Your GOVCON Niche!

    Learn How To Develop Your GOVCON Niche!

    In this episode I work with an Academy student on devloping his niche. Learn the fundamentals of doing the research that will set you up for success!
    If you want personalized assistance from my team and I to help you start selling to the US government, increase the number of contracts you are winning or optimize the contracts you currently have please reach out to us at: https://www.dodcontract.com/
    If you have comments or would like to reach me personally you can do so at richard@richardchoward.com
    You can also connect with me on LinkedIn at: https://www.linkedin.com/in/rickychoward/

    • 31 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
143 Ratings

143 Ratings

mandalnamita670 ,

Diverse Topics, Singular Quality

Each episode, regardless of the topic, maintains a high standard of quality. The diversity of subjects covered keeps the podcast fresh and interesting.

malsuvendu423 ,

Expert Advice, Easily Accessible

This podcast is a standout resource for anyone interested in government contracts. The episode 'Picking A Conference To Win Government Contracts' was eye-opening, offering specific, actionable advice that's hard to find elsewhere. Howard's expertise makes complex topics accessible and engaging. Highly recommended for both novices and seasoned professionals.

diliproy09453 ,

Entertaining and Informative

The episode featuring Brian Streem's journey from Hollywood to government contracting was not only informative but also incredibly entertaining. Howard's skillful interviewing allowed Streem's humor to shine, making complex topics more engaging. This podcast is a must-listen for anyone curious about the intersection of government work and entrepreneurship.

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