How to Support and Help the Government Go Green

Getting Federal contracts is tedious, but once in the arena, contracting can be lucrative. Do you sell a product or offer a service that can help our government Go Green? For example, because of a Presidential Executive Order, all agencies are to give preference to products and services that are ‘Green’. You know what that means. Solar energy products, alternative construction materials, energy consulting, fuel alternatives, reformulated products to be more environmentally-friendly.

Grants are available for research and development in the green arena. Have you been thinking about a new product? Perhaps the government will consider paying for your feasibility and moving into prototype development, then into full manufacturing. If they want it, they will buy it. At the same time you get to market it commercially. How fun is it to have a built-in customer! A grant means they give you money.

Perhaps you already have a commercial business that inspects and analyzes energy efficiency. The government is also seeking this service. Let them know you exist and you have the skills to do this at their facilities. You can start locally and then begin to build a business that allows you to inspect facilities out of your comfort zone.

Government facilities are not limited to those big buildings around the country. Do you specialize in residential energy? The Department of Defense has military installations around the world. Each has housing for the military families, as well as units known affectionately as barracks. Whether it is a post or a base, residential housing is connected. What products do you manufacture that can convert housing to be more energy efficient?

Then, think about other green products. Paint, insecticides, cleaning products. You know that list continues to grow. Do you manufacture any of these? Start planning now to sell it to the government or to companies that could use your green product. Healthier working environments and housing.

Are you beginning to see the potential yet? It is not about tree-hugging. How about eco-friendly clothing? Food, Federal employees have to eat, cafeterias; even organic products to sell in the military’s grocery stores. Office furniture. Recycling services. Small appliances. Vehicles for sure; trucks, cars, cycles, anything with a motor essentially.

Big issue is going green in combat zones. Do you have ideas or already have products to offer?

To get a contract from the Federal government you need to be a registered vendor. If you want to know more about registration, ask me. We can help you register your business and get you ready to make the Federal customer a customer. Let us help you locate the government’s product or service code for what you sell.