CCR Vendors: Establish Personal Relationships

It's common sense, but it's worth emphasizing: government buyers and program personnel (or "end users") want to feel comfortable with the people with whom they're doing business. As you deliver products and services effectively, they become more and more comfortable with you and keep coming back to you.

Generally speaking, government buyers -

  • Abhor poor product quality or service performance because they reflect poorly on them. (Vendors behind such products or services go into the "bad vendor" file.)
  • Want to do business with a vendor who makes life easier with no hassles, even if this means a higher price. (Such vendors go into the "good vendor" file.)
  • Want to be dealt with in a truthful, straightforward manner.
  • Want to be productive, play within the rules, avoid problems and get to the much-sought-after "next grade level."

We will discuss end-users, and the part they play in the sales process next week.

Richard White, a 43-year veteran of the federal marketplace examines the challenges faced by small businesses hoping to break into the federal market in his book "Cracking the $500 Billion Federal Market:  A Small Business Guide to Federal Sales."

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