We're happy to announce that the General Services Administration (GSA) has awarded Management Mentors a GSA contract. Now it's even easier for federal agencies to buy from us.
And with over 25 years of experience in helping organizations create and launch world-class mentoring programs, you can't do any better than us (if we do say so ourselves).
Here's what you need to know.
What is the General Services Administration?
The GSA was established in 1949 by President Truman. The goal? To streamline the federal government's administrative work. As its website states, the "GSA oversees the business of the U.S. federal government. GSA’s acquisition solutions supply federal purchasers with cost-effective high-quality products and services from commercial vendors."
Read more about the specific things the GSA does here.
What is the GSA Advantage?
As its website states, "GSA Advantage is the federal government's premier online shopping superstore giving you access to millions of commercial products and services available from GSA-negotiated contracts."
The goal is to leverage government buying power in order to get "you" the best possible price.
In this case, "you" typically refers to an organization affiliated with the federal government, although state and local governments can shop here as well.
How should I use GSA Advantage?
Use the GSA Advantage website to research GSA approved vendors, learn about special programs, and discover products that can make life easier for your organization.
What does it mean when the GSA awards a company like Management Mentors a GSA "contract"?
Essentially, our GSA contract makes it much easier to sell our flagship product, MentoringComplete, to federal government agencies AND it makes it easier for these agencies to buy from us. Why? The GSA has already done the heavy lifting and approved Management Mentors as a vendor.
Note: this approval doesn't mean an endorsement of our product; it simply means we meet the standards put forth by the GSA. That said, not every company that seeks a contract is granted one. In fact, we went through a long vetting process.
I work for a federal government agency. We're interested in e-mentoring software. What should I do next?
Start by checking out our profile on the GSA Advantage site. If you're interested, contact us and we can set up a call to discuss your agency's specific needs. From there, we can help walk you through the process of purchasing through the GSA Advantage site.
Hmm. I'm not sure I get all this. What should I do?
Don't worry—we understand! There's a lot to know, and it can be overwhelming. Let us help. Contact us or give us a call. We're happy to answer your questions.
Here's to your mentoring success!