BidPrime Quarterly Edition: 26, 2022 - Q3
Exciting update from BidPrime, including our 13th anniversary
Did you see this important news from Stephen Hetzel, our Chief Operations Officer and Co-Founder?
Sent to clients, 8/24/22
Today we celebrate our 13 year anniversary since BidPrime launched. Much has changed since that day, as we've learned and grown to become what we are today. And still with our successes to date, we remain committed to our core values and mission of providing maximum network coverage of the most bid sources, a one-stop portal for bid documents, relevant matches and customization, and unrivaled personalized client service.
We have some exciting news to make official, and there is no better day to announce it.
Over 6 months ago, we launched Beacon. Beacon is BidPrime's flagship E-Procurement service for government agencies to share and publish their bid and RFP opportunities. We've made it free for government agencies to post and share opportunities, and we've made a quick and easy user experience that embodies the same core design principles that make BidPrime incredibly unique.
We're very proud that Beacon is taking off, with over *124 agencies registered and growing (* as of Aug ‘22), and bids posted every single day.
You do not need to register for an account on Beacon to receive notices of RFPs posted by agencies. As a valued BidPrime customer, your account is already automatically linked through your BidPrime subscription.
We've seamlessly integrated Beacon into the BidPrime User Experience. We've made it easy for you to view and download documents posted by agencies on Beacon through BidPrime. And it's all included in your current BidPrime subscription.
You all know how frustrating and complicated getting documents on government sites can be. At BidPrime, we've addressed most of the hurdles by being the only service with Docs on Demand combined with unrivaled opportunity coverage that more than doubles the next leading bid database. We've provided a platform to view and search specification documents from our immense public dataset of documents using DocView and DocSearch.
Now, the inclusion of Beacon offers all BidPrime clients seamless and expedited access to bids, planholders, amendments, awards, and tabulations.
We have an extensive product roadmap at Beacon and BidPrime, and I'm very excited to share details in the future. We are even on track to release a private company planroom for Beacon in the coming year. The biggest challenge is making products that are accessible, intuitive, and efficient. Beacon and BidPrime are both designed to save you time and increase efficiency to get the information you need.
To all of our clients who were with us in our early years, and those who came to us just recently, thank you all for your business. We understand and appreciate that any of our successes are impossible without you. We look forward to serving you for many years to come.
Stay tuned for more!
Stephen Hetzel, Chief Operations Officer, Co-Founder
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Our team is proud to help you and your business expand your vision of, and access to, bid and contract solicitations. With visibility from over 120K North American government agencies and sources, we offer comprehensive coverage across North America. This means you don't have to waste time and money searching for solicitations on your own.
With BidPrime's comprehensive coverage, you can identify low visibility contracts – less visibility of opportunities means that fewer of your competitors are aware of these solicitations. BidPrime's technology, network of sources, and relationships allow for unparalleled access to state, municipal, and educational opportunities.
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Beacon Bid is here! What is the latest in e-procurement that will help both agencies and business? Live from Boston - NIGP Forum 2022, Bill Culhane sits down with Stephen Hetzel and Josh Schwartzbeck, co-founders of Beacon. They share the story behind Beacon, including how Beacon transforms common obstacles and challenges with simple and efficient solutions to solve everyday challenges. From Solicitation Broadcaster, to RFP Archive, E-Bid, and more, agencies can take advantage of an easier, better solution. For bidders, they will now have increased access, improved success, and a more positive experience in working with the public sector.
As they did with BidPrime, Hetzel and Schwartzbeck are the architects behind the engineering of this excellent product, along with responsive, personalized service. Hear what they have to say.
Rick Jennings shares stories of penguins and Crazy Bids. What could be better?
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