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3 Things You Should Know Before Becoming A Government Contractor

Contracting with government agencies is a rewarding experience if you know how to navigate the numerous requirements agencies have in place.

Company leaders often want to extend their business to include government services. These contracts often come with better profits and long-term commitments. They also come with headaches. This doesn’t mean companies should avoid doing business with the government. It means they should be prepared and learn about the endless regulations before stepping into their new venture.

Establish A Successful Business

U.S. agencies contract with sole proprietorships and corporations. This means individuals and small to large businesses can receive a government contract. To benefit from the governments annual $500+ billion contractor budget, businesses must establish a reputable business and meet the agency’s long list of criteria.

Focus on quality management, ethics, company culture, and customer retention. The government is interested in your financial success but will look closer at your safety records, fines and penalties, and any quality infraction.

Earn Your Certification

Certification shows the federal government you mean business and are serious about your services and products. In many cases, agencies require certification and licensing. Research government resources to see what is required for your company.

Businesses that have managers certified in International Standards Organization (ISO) protocols and quality standards in your industry. Lean Six Sigma certification also shows you understand how to run a lean company and eliminate the six areas of resource waste.

Speak With A Consultant

Government agencies are famous for the legal requirements and red tape associated with winning a federal contract. Researching the do’s and don’ts can take weeks, and you still may miss very important rules. Hiring a consultant who specializes in government contracts will help you avoid the pitfalls other businesses face.

Consultants not only know the current laws and regulations, they stay abreast of developing and proposed regulations. These experts also will guide you through the strategies and skills needed to improve your chance of winning a lucrative contract.

Qualaco, Inc. assists companies with aligning their company with ISO guidelines. Learn more about how we can improve your company’s quality.

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Reduce Unnecessary Uncertainty With Environmental Consulting

Companies often wonder if they are following the ISO 14001 guidelines for environmental quality. Hiring a consultant can help relieve these uncertainties.

Business leaders want to do the right thing and follow government regulations. Sometimes they are just confused and don’t understand the law’s complexities or are unaware at the recent updates. The federal government publishes literally thousands of pages of environmental quality regulations and laws. Many are organizational rules mandated by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), while some are political bills pushed through Congress.

Ensuring your company meets each one of these regulations is tough as it is, but there are the International Standards Organization’s (ISO) 14001 family of guidelines to consider as well. Hiring a consultant can help you navigate these protocols and reduce the uncertainty of whether you are complying with them all.

Consultants Stay Up-To-Date With The Current Legislation

Consulting firms stay up-to-date on all new and pending legislation. Many are members of legislative support organizations that communicate laws that congress members are discussing or plan to propose. Choosing a consultant well-versed in environmental regulations help you navigate complicated guidelines. Expertise also understand ISO 14001 standards and implementing Lean Six Sigma into your company culture.

View The Big Picture Without Losing Sight Of Minor Inconsistencies

Keeping up with the current laws isn’t the only way your consultant will help prevent noncompliance. Consultants know how to look at the big picture and help you create an environmental plan that follows the law, but they never lose sight of smaller issues that are even trickier to manage. Chose a consultant that is knowledgeable and experienced in total quality management, Lean Six Sigma, and environmental quality.

Experts Make Managing Compliance Easier

After your consultant audits your current program and business practices, they will identify areas of improvement and recommend critical change. The bulk of the recommendation should focus on following regulations, but make sure the consultant doesn’t ignore the impact these new processes will have on your company. They should create a program that is easy for you to understand and implement, without costing more or reducing productivity.

Qualaco, Inc. assists companies with aligning their company with ISO guidelines. Learn more about how we can improve your company’s quality.

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3 Things That Set The Best Management Consulting Firms Apart

Quality management consulting firms must customize their services to meet each client’s objectives. There are no one-size-fits-all quality assurance programs.

Every company needs to implement a quality management system with a solid foundation. This mean training your team to understand the latest ISO requirements and explaining your expectations. Training comes from the certified individual managing all aspects of your quality objectives. What if you don’t have someone who is certified or are starting out for the first time? Then it’s time to consider a consultant.

Quality management consultants offer three primary services: setting up QA programs for the first time, analyzing current programs, and advising executives about areas of improvement. Often they will train team members and provide ongoing guidance. Many corporations that want to outsource their quality programs will hire quality management firms. Here are three areas that set the firms apart.

Consultation Firms Should Be Flexible But Disciplined

Looking for great advice and a consultant to help revamp your quality management program should start with the firm’s ability to customize services. The firm’s consultants should demonstrate an ability to adapt to new projects, work cultures and colleagues. Each advisor should know ISO guidelines, state and federal laws governing quality, and industry norms. They also should understand your individual market and how to align the QA process with your company’s objectives.

Firms Should Show Confidence In Their Experience And Knowledge

No one should work with a consulting firm that fails to promote their values, skills, expertise, knowledge, and abilities upfront. If a company isn’t proud of its accomplishments, you should see a red flag with a bull’s eye target. On the other hand, a firm shouldn’t act like it has experts who know everything. Great QA consulting is a lifelong training experience. Great consultants never stop learning. They need to stay on top of the developments in their fields of expertise.

Great Consultants Are Innovative And See The Big Picture

Innovation is the key to competition. If businesses can’t come up with new, fresh ideas, other companies will run them over in the market. Your consultant needs to operate in the same fashion. Look for an advisor who acts like a Swiss Army knife. Those gadgets could be used for anything from getting food out of your teeth to building a birdhouse. Look for consultants who use skills and knowledge from previous projects to solve new problems and challenges.

Qualaco, Inc. assists companies with aligning their company with ISO guidelines. Learn more about how we can improve your company’s quality.

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