Q: Once I get certified, will I automatically be given contracts?
A: NO. The Hudson Initiative is a goal-oriented certification program, but there are no contracts set aside for certified businesses. You need to register your business with the Office of State Purchasing in order to learn about current bid opportunities in your industry.
Q: I am a Hudson-certified company. What do I need to do to start receiving information about purchasing and contracting opportunities?
A: You need to register your business with the Office of State Purchasing in order to learn about current bid opportunities in your industry.
Q: I got certified in Hudson years ago, but have not kept up with my certification. What do I need to do to get back in the program?
A: If you have not been submitting your annual updates, as required, you will need to go through the application process again. You can apply online at www.ledsmallbiz.com.
Q: How long does it take for my application to be reviewed?
A: Applications will be reviewed and an email will be sent notifying you of your status within two business days.
Q: Where do I find a list of Hudson-certified clients?
A: Go to www.ledsmallbiz.com and click on the link under the program headers to find the list of Hudson-certified businesses.
Q: How can I learn more about creating bid proposals?
A: Contact the Louisiana Procurement Technical Assistance Center for help with the marketing and bidding process, and post-award and contract management.
Q: Where can I find more information about doing business with the State?
A: Visit the Vendor Center page on the Office of State Purchasing's website for additional information for vendors, including the annually updated guide on "How to Do Business with the State of Louisiana."
Q: What does "not dominant in its professional field" mean?
A: You are not the dominant business in your professional field, meaning that you are not the primary business in your industry. For example, if your business was the largest widget manufacturer in the country, you would be considered dominant in your field, and would not qualify.
Q: Where can I go to find out more about the benefits of the program?
A: For additional information on the benefits listed, you can reference the following documents: The Small Purchases Executive Order, governing small purchases, and the 10% Allowance on Requests for Proposals.