Selling to the Government, States and Municipalities

Sell To States Site Summary – Click Here to go to the main site.

The federal government, states and municipalities spend in excess of 6 trillion dollars a year on goods and services.  Much of this budget is spent with small businesses.  By tapping into this stream of revenue a business can grow at unbelievable rates.  Even in a down economy.

The purpose of is to help small businesses tap into this market.  Selling in the private sector and selling in the public sector are similar.  The main difference is in how you find the sales opportunities.  Selling to the goverment, states and local municipalities often involves a bid process and in many cases you are required to register in order to participate.  The process is much more organized and systematic than selling to regular businesses and individuals.  In some ways this makes the process easier.

The website covers the following subjects:

**  Business Information – In this area the site discusses the steps of registering as a state vendor, preparing a quote, and invoicing your customer.   It also address some of the business identification numbers that may be required by the state vendor registration forms.  This includes information about and how to register for a FEIN number, DUNS number, and CAGE Code.

**  QPL/APL – What are QPL (Qualified Products Lists / Approved Products Lists) or State Standards and Specifications? In this section the site explains what QPL/APL and Standards and Specifications are.  It also helps you find the QPL or Standards for your state.

**  Procurement – There are many procurement companies.  All of the State Purchasing Agencies use an online system that simplifies the bidding process.  Some states maintain their own online procurement systems, however, many states contract with Procurement (or eProcurement) companies.  These online systems organize the entire bid process for both the purchasing and vendor side of the relationship.   In this category the website will discusses information about some of the online procurement services.

** Selling to States –  The goal of this category is to provide specific information tailored to each state.  Such information will include the State Purchasing Home Page, QPLs, vendor registration, and many others.  The site provides the basic requirements and instructions for vendor registration.  This area is a good reference page for quickly identifying and finding important information for doing business your state.

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Signs and Graphics Business

Sign Business Site Summary – Click Here for main site.

You see signs everywhere.  There is even a song about them.  Signs are considered to be the best and most cost effective advertising around.  They not only convey a message, but also often mark a location or indicate a direction.

Owning a Sign Shop can be very profitable and stable. Signs and Graphics are part of the growing multi-billion dollar graphics industry, and offer great opportunity for profit and growth in virtually any market.  You can start small and grow your sign business to any size you desire.  You can market your products locally or nationwide using the internet.  The amount of profit you can make per job is amazing and the satisfaction of owning your own business is priceless.  Sign Businesses create a huge variety of products.  You can produce and sell everything from basic banners to billboards and everything in between.  All a basic shop needs is a vinyl plotter hooked to a computer, some sign graphics, some substrates (banners, blanks, etc..) and a nice sized table to work on.

Many people that consider starting a sign shop make the mistake of thinking that sign making and graphic arts is too complicated and will take a long time to learn.  This is simply dead wrong.  In as little as an hour after you get your equipment set up you can be making signs. vinyl sign shopI can say this because I did it. My 12 year old son learned to make signs in about 30 minutes and made over $200 from a produce company for some roadside signs and over $100 from a veterinarian for a front door sign applied to glass.  Each job took less than an hour to complete.

The purpose of our sign business website is to walk you through the process of starting your own sign company and help you learn how to create and sell your signs and graphics.  I provide this information because I know how hard it can be to get a business started and hope that my previous experience can help the next person to support their family.  All you have to do is believe in yourself.

Small Bluewater Cruising Sailboats

This site contains a series of articles on boats that we consider to be capable bluewater cruisers.  A bluewater sailboat is a craft that can make safe voyages across oceans.  In other words, that is what the boat was designed to do.  This site focuses on smaller boats that are within almost anyones price range and sailing ability.  These would be boats that a couple or even a singlehander could sail.

Each sailboat has two articles.  The first is a general overview of the boat as well as price ranges and places to find used boats.  The second article outlines the specifications for the boat.  Things like length, displacement, ballast, headroom, beam, hull speed, etc…

If you are looking for a small sailboat either to live on or cruise in then we hope our site will be helpful to you. 

Stained Glass Stepping Stones

Stained glass art is a luxury that most people cannot afford.  However, if you know how to create it then is well within your budget.  The problem most people run into is the difficult learning curve that is involved in learning how to create glass panels and other beautiful works of art with stained glass.  Once you learn how to cut glass, you are still a long way from making a nice panel.  However, when you are at this stage there actually is a form of stained glass art that you can create with just glass cutting skills.  This form of art is called the Stained Glass Stepping Stone.

These beautiful stones have become very popular in the last decade.  One reason for their popularity is simplicity. Creating a stained glass stepping stone is something anyone of any age can do.  The more skill you have the more distinctive your stepping stones will be. Depending on the complexity of your design you can create a design and pour one of these beautiful stones in under an hour. Then you simply wait for the cement to set and pop out the stone. After the cement has cured you can either put the stone in your own garden, display it indoors, or sell it at a craft show or via consignment.

Our Stained Glass Stepping Stone Website is intended to provide you with the tools and knowledge you need to make your own beautiful garden stones. On this site we have a section for instructions which takes you through every step in the process of stepping stone creation.  We also have a section on finding and working with patterns. This is often the most challenging part of the process, but at the same time, the most important.  Lastly, we have a section that will show you how to mix your own colored high strength cement using easy to find ingredients.  Diamondcrete is a great product but can be expensive. This formula can be made for a fraction of the cost.  Also, by mixing your own cement you have absolute control over the color.

We hope you enjoy our site and wish you the best of luck in your artistic endeavors.