Vendor Resource Center

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    Video: Introduction to Government Contracting

    This first session will provide an overview of the opportunities and requirements of government contracting at the federal, state, and local level, with a special focus on how to become a County of Santa Clara (CSC) vendor and obtain tips and tools on how to confidently participate in the procurement process.


    Overview of County of Santa Clara– 6:17 min

    What is government contracting and why consider? – 15:40 min

    Is your business ready? – 19:30 min

    Certifications – 26:44 min

    Federal Procurement – 31:59 min

    State procurement- 46:15 min

    Local contracting and the County of Santa Clara- 58:05 min

    Re-cap – 1:10.03 min


    Technical Resources​​ Business Process Resources
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    Periscope Searching for Issued Solicitation

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    Video: Request for Quote (RFQ) and Invitation to Bid (ITB):​

    This webinar provides an overview of the County of Santa Clara’s Request for Quote (RFQ) and Invitation to Bid (ITB) procurement processes. Included are the rules and regulations for both processes, tips for prospective vendors to confidently participate, and a panelist discussion on some of the upcoming opportunities with the County.

    Rules and Regulations -25:47 min

    Increasing your Competitiveness—45:57 min

    Q&A—55:47 min

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    Periscope Downloading Issued Solicitation Packets

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    Video: Request for Proposal (RFP): 

    This webinar provides an overview of the County of Santa Clara’s Request for Proposal (RFP) process. Included is an walkthrough of a RFP to learn early on in the procurement process how to assess your organization’s interest and capacity to participate. Also included are tips to confidently prepare and submit proposals. 

    Determining Your Interest and Capacity - 18:29 min

    Requirements - 30:55 min

    Technical Tips - 48:03 min

    Increasing your Competitiveness: 52:13 min

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    Periscope eRFP Submission Training Slides 

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    Proposal Drafting Tips for Health & Human Services

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    Video: Periscope eRFP Submission Training

    This tutorial will guide you through the 3-step submission process for submitting your proposal in the County of Santa Clara's solicitation management system, Periscope.



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    RFP Procurement Process Essentials



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    Northern California Procurement Technical Assistance Center (Norcal PTAC) is a government funded nonprofit formed to help small businesses find, bid on, and win contracts with federal, state, local, and tribal agencies. Their no-cost services include one-on-one counseling, custom bid matching, training, resources, and networking opportunities. Ninety Procurement Technical Assistance Centers (PTACs) – with over 300 local offices – form a nationwide network of more than 600 dedicated procurement professionals who work to help local businesses successfully sell their products and services to government agencies. In 2019, the PTAC network served over 54,000 clients and helped them win over $28 billion in government contracts and subcontracts. Norcal PTAC partners with the County of Santa Clara in delivering training webinars. Topics include Introduction to Government Contracting, RFQs and ITBs, and RFPs.

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    Norcal PTAC will help you craft a capability statement and complete many other tasks necessary to confidently compete for government contracts!

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