All across the United States, local, state and federal government agencies are investing heavily in infrastructure projects including park construction, road repair and maintenance, bridge construction and water and sewage system upgrades. Together, these initiatives are generating billions of dollars’ worth of opportunities for businesses across the nation.
In the state of Ohio, government agencies are constantly evaluating state infrastructure while developing new projects to better serve communities. In order to complete these projects, state and local governments issue bids for services and materials that private vendors can then compete for.
Bids for Every Trade
When the topic of infrastructure investment comes up in relation to government bidding, the first thoughts of many vendors turn to construction opportunities - but many other industries are involved in infrastructure projects. Before any kind of construction work can begin, extensive planning is required, necessitating the hiring of professional consultants and industry experts. Project sites need to be evaluated and environmental and community impact assessments need to be conducted before construction can commence.
Once the planning stage is completed, only then do agencies begin to issue bids for the actual construction labor and materials. The requirements of every construction project are different, but many larger projects require skilled tradespeople from multiple fields including carpentry, masonry, electrical, HVAC-R and plumbing, just to name a few.
The process of evaluating, planning, developing and implementing improvements to public infrastructure can be long and require many revisions before construction actually begins. From the earliest stages of any infrastructure project, related bids are posted by state and local government offices, generating new business opportunities for vendors.
Finding the Right Bids in Ohio
For many vendors, the hardest part of working with a government agency is not the physical labor, but finding the right construction and infrastructure bids for their business. Often, bids related to relevant projects are posted across multiple locations by counties, municipalities and government agencies, making locating and keeping track of new all the bids a challenging and unwieldy process for vendors to handle without a dedicated staff.
When starting their search for new, relevant government bids in the State of Ohio, many vendors will begin by visiting the State of Ohio Procurement website. Other sites that are good sources for bids in Ohio include:
Keep in mind that there is no guarantee that bids matching any vendors specific business interests will be posted by any particular source at any specific time. As a vendor, the process of finding the right bid requires searching multiple sources on a regular basis.
Streamlining Your Bid Search
State agencies post thousands of opportunities every year for businesses to bid on, but they are published across hundreds of websites, newspapers and other media. Manually searching for relevant bids for your business is a full-time job in itself, which is why most businesses choose to work with a third party who can help locate and track bids for them.
Bid intelligence companies find, research and track the thousands of bids that government agency post online and in print each year. Once you have signed on with a bid intelligence company you can create a customized business profile that specifies what types of bids you are interested in, and in what states you are looking for opportunities.
For example, BidNet members receive a daily email alerts about new bids that match the specific products and services they provide in the regions where they want to bid. No more scouring dozens of websites for relevant bids: with BidNet, bids are delivered directly to you, removing one of the most time-consuming parts of the government bidding process.
With so many agencies posting construction-related bids across Ohio, it is important to be able to quickly and easily find the ones that are right for you. No matter if you choose to find bids on your own or work with a bid intelligence company, there are opportunities out there for any business looking for government bids in Ohio.
Kevin McClintock | BidNet.com