Q: Once I am certified, will I automatically be given contracts?
A: NO. The Veteran Initiative is a goal-oriented program, but there are no contracts set aside for certified businesses. You must register your business with the Office of State Purchasing in order to learn about current bid opportunities in your industry.
Q: I have a Veteran-certified company. What do I need to do to start receiving information about purchasing and contracting opportunities?
A: You must register your business as a vendor with the Office of State Purchasing in order to learn about current bid opportunities in your industry.
Q: How does the Veteran Initiative certification differ from the Hudson certification?
A: The Veteran Initiative certification provides 12% extra points that can be added to your bid on a Request for Proposal (RFP) whereas the Hudson Initiative only provides 10% extra points. For non-construction related businesses, the Veteran Initiative requires that average annual gross receipts must not exceed $6 million, the Hudson Initiative requires not to exceed $5 million.
Q: Where do I find a list of Certified Veteran or Service-Connected Disabled Veteran clients?
A: Go to www.ledsmallbiz.com and click on the link under the program headers to find the list of Certified Veteran or Service-Connected Disabled Veteran 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."