Many of the small business owners that I meet don't understand the concept of procurement and how procurement plays into the success of their business. Most of them tell me that want to get a grant to start or operate their business. It's hard to explain that there are no grants to help you start or operate a business. There are loans available and there are Request For Proposals (RFP's). I think most business owners who say they want a grant are really looking for a RFP. A RFP is the document governmental agencies and commercial businesses release when they are looking for a specific product or service. If your company fits the need described in the RFP, then your company would respond in writing per the RFP requirements for consideration of a contract. That's one facet of procurement.
Here's another: Did you know that small businesses spend between 45 - 65 % of the sales revenue on procurement of inputs? This facet of procurement should always be viewed as a viable cost reduction and efficiency improvement strategy for small businesses. Basic changes to a small businesses procurement activities could cut costs 5 - 15%.
One major procurement advantage is purchasing leverage. Small businesses usually don't have the need nor the resources to leverage purchasing leverage individually but collectively a group of small businesses could join forces and buy in larger volume therefore increasing yield volume discounts which in turn increases saving for all involved. Building and maintaining good solid relationships is a must when building a purchasing leverage collaborative.
At Tucker Consulting & Training Services, we believe if small businesses understand the rules of procurement, then they will understand how to position their businesses in an effort to achieve your procurement and operational goals. We offer both in-person and online procurement training. Visit our cyberspace today at www.tuckercts.com for more information or give us a call at (904) 469-6741.
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Contemplate the moment when an active shooter event enters into a furniture manufacturer's mind less only their product design. Well according to Charles Homans, New York Times Magazine article entitled, "The 'Active Shooter' Is Never Far Away", Ballistic Furniture Systems CEO Jeffrey Isquith started developing bullet-resistant panels that can be fitted inside chairs, cubicles and doors in 2011.
Ironically, thirty-two (32) hours before he would unveil his company's new design at the NeoCon trade show, the Pulse Nightclub massacre occurred in Orlando, Florida. The Pulse Nightclub shooting was the deadliest mass shooting in modern American history. That same morning on the riverbank in downtown Chicago, several other commercial furniture manufacturers were rolling out new furniture with bullet-resistant features.
Per Mr. Homans article, Mr. Isquith stated that "security is the big new frontier for furniture makers, it's kind of sad to say that, but it's true." Mr. Isquith also noted that the kind of "violence and terror" seen in Orlando was "not going away anytime soon."
Hospital, office and hotel commercial furniture manufacturers have developed and are now offering a 21st-century solution to saving lives and reducing injuries to innocent people in public spaces during an active shooter event. Isn't it time you train your staff in 21st-century response options to help save lives and reduce injuries to innocent people in public spaces during an active shooter event.
Tucker Consulting & Training Services offers affordable training that teaches employees common sense response options that are not common knowledge. Register your employees today at www.tuckercts.com or call us at (904) 469-6741.
Homas, C (2016, June) The 'Active Shooter' Is Never Far Away, The New York Times Magazine
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I'm sorry to advise but the newest FBI update on an Active Shooter Study indicates that active shooter incidents are becoming more frequent. Active Shooter incidents have increased to 16.4 annually. I don't share this bleak information to scare you but to help prepare you by giving you the tools you and your staff need to empower and prepare, just in case, any of you are ever faced with an Active Shooter.
The FBI reports a whopping 45.6% of Active Shooter incidents took place in commercial environments followed by 24.3% in educational environments. The remaining incidents took place in places of worship, open spaces, military and other government properties, residential properties, and healthcare facilities.
The above mentioned places cover the places most of us frequent on a daily or weekly basis, so why aren't we accepting the reality of the world we live in and preparing ourselves with common sense response options that aren't common knowledge. These response options can not only help save others lives but most importantly help you save our own life and the lives of those you love.
Tucker Consulting & Training Services offers real life scenario active shooter training. Visit our cyberspace at www.tuckercts.com or call us for more information at (904) 469-6741 about our cost effective blended (online and real life classroom scenario) ALICE training. Also ask us about our volume discounts and possible insurance discounts for your organization!
Yolanda M. Tucker has over twenty years of corporate procurement experience. Yolanda holds two Master's degrees, one in Contracts & Acquisition Management from Strayer University. She holds an Administrative and Regulatory Law Certification from Florida Coastal School of Law. Yolanda is also a certified American Heart Association Instructor and a certified ALICE Active Shooter Instructor.