All posts by Cindy Gaddis

CPARS and How They Impact Your Bid 

“The greatest predictor of the future is the past.”     While the original source of this pithy observation is unknown, it remains true, most especially in government contracting. A company’s past performance rating may be the single greatest determining factor in the next bid’s win or loss.  The Contractor Performance Assessment Reporting System (CPARS) is one of the most critical, and... Read More

HUBZone Small Business Summit – In Short 

Thanks to the HUBZone Contractors National Council for the invitation to present “CPARS and Open Ratings:  How they impact your current bid” at this year’s HUBZone Small Business Summit. Although it was my first time to present at this event, it’s clear this organization, the Small Business Administration (SBA), and large business alike are focused on and dedicated to the growth and future... Read More

The NVSBC Veterans Entrepreneur Training Symposium (VETS) 2019:  Welcome to Wrap-Up! 

The National Veteran Small Business Coalition Veteran Entrepreneur Training Symposium (VETS) is one of the most exciting veteran-focused events in which I’ve participated over the years; it never disappoints.  This year, from welcome to wrap-up, VETS19 provided veteran-centric motivation, engagement, and robust networking opportunities from beginning to end!  The keynote speaker, awards, veteran-owned small business pitch competition, along with the events in-between, kept all fully engaged, provided countless shared experiences, and... Read More