BidPrime Quarterly Edition: 18, 2020 - Q3

BidPrime News Oct 20, 2020

Why we’re taking DemandStar to court

Message from Stephen Hetzel, Co-Founder

Maybe you saw the news. We’re taking DemandStar to court. And, also, Ramsey County in Minnesota (where St. Paul is located).

The reason we’re taking them to court is to ensure that you have fair and fast access to their bid specification documents.

Details of our lawsuit can be read here.

Right up front, I want to reassure you that our bid document service will continue on as always. And, if we prevail in our lawsuit against DemandStar, it’ll contribute to our service working even more reliably for you.

We launched our On Demand Bid Specification research and delivery service in 2015 because we knew how frustrating it could be for our customers to lay hands on the bid documents required to qualify leads. Read More



Agility of small businesses during COVID-19 puts big pressure on corporates

Like so many small businesses, a craft beer brewery close to me here in Northern California could have gone belly up when the COVID-19 crisis forced the closure of its two tap rooms and dried up demand from the bars and restaurants it sells to. Read More

Protecting educators and health care workers through strategic state stockpiles

As of this writing, 922 U.S. health care workers have died fighting COVID-19, with nearly one-third lacking adequate amounts of personal protective equipment (PPE) during the initial months of the disease’s outbreak. In those early months, global supply chain issues... Read More

Security in Profile: The Leaders Keeping Government Safe

Five state and local chief information security officers reveal how they came to government IT work, the essential traits of an effective CISO and what they’re doing to shore up cyberdefenses in unprecedented times. Read More

Global LED Lighting Industry is Expected to Reach $262.8 Billion by 2030

The global LED lighting industry is witnessing good growth due to technological advancement. According to the market research firm, P&S Intelligence, the worldwide LED lighting industry is expected to reach $262.8 billion by 2030. Read More

Remote work marked 'culmination' of NYC Cyber Command's cloud initiatives, agency heads said

While the coronavirus pandemic halted in-person operations for government agencies across nearly every large American city this year, the shift to remote work represented a vindication of sorts for New York City Cyber Command.               Read More

Americans are taking more roadtrips than usual. Here's how the travel trend has impacted the economy.

Americans are choosing road trips over flights as they choose a safer-perceived way to vacation, and that's having an economic impact, say analysts who follow the travel and retail industries. Read More

How are FEMA, DoD, and DHS Solving Today's Emergency Management Challenges?

Data is a critical component for solving emergency management challenges. Today, with multiple disasters happening all at once, putting data to work is helping all levels of government allocate the right resources. How to use data during emergency situations... Read More

UW System approves $212M plan to standardize campus administrative functions by 2026

A $212 million plan to standardize administrative functions across University of Wisconsin System campuses has been given the green light by the UW Board of Regents. Read More


Industry Analysis


In some jurisdictions, relations between police and the public continues to be evaluated and a topic for debate. Many local politicians around the country have responded by more closely assessing law-enforcement procurement and other budgets.

As an analyst, with over a decade of closely studying procurement and purchasing from the law enforcement industry, I share this with all who seek to provide products, services, and solutions to law enforcers: I am seeing consistent activity over a variety of solicitations, bids, RFPs for law enforcement tools. Right now, for the very large part, nobody is slapping the cuffs on most crime-fighting department’s budgets. Read More


U.S. federal, state, and local governments during the new academic year now underway will together spend more than $8 trillion educating the nation’s young.

Some of those funds will be invested on the general and customary needs of K-12 schools, while some will be earmarked for colleges and universities.

And some—potentially billions of dollars, sources tell us—will be spent keeping students and educators prepared for class and safe from COVID-19. Read More


Cybersecurity attacks are on the rise and are being highlighted and discussed everywhere. For good reason. Over the many years of reporting on various industries, no topic has been more prevalent in our research than cybersecurity. It continues.

A year ago, Cybercrime Magazine reported on the investment by U.S. governments on cybersecurity, “The 2019 U.S. President’s budget includes $15 billion for cybersecurity, a $583.4 million (4.1 percent) increase over 2018.” Federal, state, and local agencies, in each and every corner of the country continue to identify and implement solutions and services to battle the ongoing and growing problem.

Multiple analyses, reports, and projections are confirming increased spending on the issue. Of course. We asked one of our tech industry analysts, “In which areas of cybersecurity are you seeing bid/RFP numbers rise?” The matter-of-fact response, “All of the above.” Read More


Maximize BidPrime


Many thanks to everyone who registered for and participated in our recent webinar, 'Bid Documents Webinar from BidPrime'. As with the previous webinars in our ongoing webinar series, the response to and feedback from the Bid Documents webinar was appreciated and very exciting.

We plan on organizing and offering a webinar once per quarter. Be on the lookout for your invitation and if you have any ideas for a future webinar, please let your Account Manager know.

Want to access the 'Webinar Library'? Follow these steps: Login to your BidPrime account. Go to SUPPORT>TUTORIALS>WEBINAR LIBRARY


BidPrime Spotlight


We recently celebrated our 11th anniversary! Above is a collage with just some of the folks who make it all happen here at BidPrime. We are so fortunate to have our team of talented, dedicated professionals.

While we safely social distanced for this anniversary, here is a sampling of what Stephen Hetzel, our COO, shared with our team, "Despite all the sweeping changes that have transpired in 2020, we’ve kept BidPrime going strong and growing against whatever headwinds we’ve faced. Our resiliency and competitive spirit is encoded in the DNA of BidPrime -- and in every one of you."

Josh Schwartzbeck, our CTO, weighed in, as well, "We all positively impact thousands of daily work lives and help encourage healthy competition and pricing in government procurement."

As we embark on our 12th year of improving the bid services industry, please know that we appreciate your invaluable support and remain committed to exceeding your expectations and providing the best possible services and support.

The Big Bid Theory

Changing government purchasing & mankind one edition of #CrazyBids at a time. Special guests discussing special topics. All of that and more. A lot more!



What are your opinions on autonomous vehicles? Across the U.S., development and adoption of autonomous vehicles (AVs) has resulted in a vigorous debate.

In this episode, we stayed close to home and visited with Dr. Kara Kockelman, professor at the University and Texas, and well published (see link below) and noted expert on transportation issues.



Were you and your school ready for the ‘20-’21 school year? In the midst of the pandemic, a lot of leadership, planning, creativity and collaboration were needed.

In this episode, we called upon three experts in education to share their stories. David Childress and Ken Bouwens, from Louisa County Public Schools, share how they thought “outside the box” to address connectivity and access issues. Dr. Delia Carrizales, from Texas Tech’s School of Education, provides her insights and shares useful tips on online learning.



What’s ahead for your small business? Insights on what the Small Business Administration (SBA) can do to help your small business and opportunity for WOSB and VOSB designated businesses.

Daniel Kane, startup and small business advocate and SBA insider, discusses those topics, along with important news on the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP).

To discuss opportunity in your industry, or to review the bids and bid documents, visit BidPrime or call 888.808.5356.


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