DATE: April 13, 2000

FROM: Barry McVay, CPCM

SUBJECT: GSA Launches E-Commerce Web Site Pilot for 8(a) Small and Disadvantaged Businesses

SOURCE: General Services Administration News Release, April 11, 2000

AGENCIES: General Services Administration (GSA)

ACTION: Announcement

SYNOPSIS: Amid growing concerns that the federal government's accelerating move to electronic commerce is excluding much of the small business community from federal business opportunities, GSA has announced that it has launched a new pilot web site, http://www.SmallBizMall.gov, to increase the visibility of 8(a) business on the world wide web and to give federal agencies an opportunity to shop for information technology products and services specifically from 8(a) businesses. The web site was launched April 3, and the pilot phase will run through June 2000. After that, other 8(a) firms will be invited to participate.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Bill Bearden, 202-501-1231, Ronald Q. Williams, 816-926-5192, or Mary Parks, Small Business Solutions Development Center Program Director, 816-823-3960.

SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION: The mall began on April 3 with nine industry partners that hold multiple award indefinite delivery indefinite quantity (MAIDIQ) contracts with GSA's Federal Technology Service (FTS) Small Business Solution Development Center in Kansas City, MO. They are:

The pilot will run through June 2000, then FTS plans to invite its other 155 MAIDIQ partners to participate in the electronic mall.

"This E-Commerce mall is the first web site of its kind in the federal marketplace to provide 8(a) small and disadvantaged businesses the opportunity to fulfill orders via the web," said Sandra Bates, GSA's FTS Commissioner. "The SmallBizMall is an excellent concept. It is paving the way, using the technology that we sell and promoting small businesses who are our partners for the future."

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Barry McVay at 703-451-5953 or by e-mail to BarryMcVay@FedGovContracts.com.

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