For some small businesses, it’s definitely worth the time to develop a marketing campaign specifically for state of Florida agencies.
MyFloridaMarketPlace, which is part of the Florida Department of Management Service, has nearly 15,000 registered buyers who issue, on average, 5,000 purchase orders each month. MyFloridaMarketPlace.com streamlines interactions between vendors and state government entities and provides the tools to support procurement for the state of Florida.
Florida agencies have three methods of purchasing: 1. Formal purchases (greater than $35,000; require competitive bidding); 2. Informal purchases (less than $35,000; no requirement for competitive bidding); 3. State term contracts.
After you determine which level best matches your business’s abilities, your next step is to register in the MyFloridaMarketPlace system.
Another option for small businesses looking to increase sales and profits is to look at international markets.
Florida is home to more than 58,000 exporters, the second highest number in the United States. In 2012, Florida companies exported more than
$66.4 billion worth of goods, and more than $36 billion worth of services were sold to companies in more than 200 countries around the world.
Exporting assistance is available from one of Enterprise Florida’s field offices or through the Florida SBDC.
SBDC Procurement Technical Assistance Center Program
Office of Supplier Diversity
Central & North Florida Minority Supplier Development Council
Enterprise Florida International Trade & Business Development
• Coral Gables (305) 808-3660
• Jacksonville/Northeast (904) 359-9350
• Orlando/Central Florida (407) 956-5639
• Pensacola/Northwest (850) 469-8989
• Tallahassee (850) 298-6632
• Tampa Bay (813) 276-9430
• West Palm Beach/Southeast (561) 832-8339
SBDC Office of International Programs
(850) 473-7800 or (866) 737-7232