“President Donald Trump signed a disaster declaration for Nebraska, there are several things that businesses will need to do to be eligible to participate in disaster relief work,” said Veronica Doga, Director of the Procurement Technical Assistance Center at NBDC. “Nebraska businesses will be the first resource that FEMA will look towards to bring assistance to the area so we want to make sure that they are ready to go.”
In addition to standard business registrations, companies looking to work on disaster relief projects must be registered in the System for Award Management (SAM), a database for government contractors as well as have a completed registration with FEMA. It is also recommended that interested vendors review disaster-related contracting opportunities posted on the web at FedBizOps and other related sites.
“All the registrations to become a FEMA vendor can seem overwhelming. Our experienced consultants are available to assist Nebraska businesses to manage this process and identify relevant opportunities. Our services are free” said Doga. “And, it’s easy to start the process, they can call us directly or simply go to our website and set themselves up as a client and one of our consultants will call them back to help.”
Companies that are interested in working with FEMA are encouraged to contact NBDC for assistance with proper registrations, opportunity identification, and for general questions around government contracting at 402-554-2521. Companies may also connect with these services by visiting NBDC Disaster Recovery Assistance.
Nebraska Business Development Center (NBDC) is a University of Nebraska at Omaha center that provides confidential consulting business development services across Nebraska to entrepreneurs and business owners for the life cycle of their business. By helping Nebraska businesses start up, grow and develop, NBDC helps strengthen Nebraska businesses for a healthy economy and prosperous communities. NBDC partners with the University of Nebraska at Kearney, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, University of Nebraska Medical Center, Wayne State College, and Chadron State College to deliver its services statewide. The program is also supported by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), the U.S. Defense Logistics Agency (DLA), the U.S. Department of Commerce (EDA), and other federal, state and private organizations. Visit nbdc.unomaha.edu for more information.
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