If you are a registered client of the Georgia Tech Procurement Assistance Center (GTPAC), you are provided with our Bid Match service at no cost. To activate this service, your GTPAC Procurement Counselor created a “Search Profile” for you shortly after you filled-out a client application. On your application, you provided “keywords” that describe your business. You also provided the NAICS and PSC “codes” that apply to your type of business. Those keywords and codes were used by your Procurement Counselor to create your Search Profile.
Your Search Profile is what produces Bid Matches for you. Whenever your keywords or codes match-up with government contract opportunities in the geographic area in which you indicated you want to do business, you automatically receive an email from GTPAC similar to the one shown below:
The email notifications like the one shown above contain a link to your own personal page where you can view the newly posted bid matches as well as all bid matches posted in the last 30 days. If you click on the “MyBidMatch” link in your email, you will be presented with a page showing the total number of bid matches by day:
(Note: If your daily Bid Match email notifications are being blocked by your spam or virus checker, then you can bookmark the “MyBidMatch” link in your browser and access it daily. You do not need our email notifications in order to access your daily Bid Match postings.)
Clicking on the date link in the email notification, or clicking on the date link on the mybidmatch.com page (shown above) opens up the matching bid notices for a particular day (shown below):
Clicking on your company name in the upper right hand corner will take you back to the 30 day listing.
The date shown at the top of the page represents the date the bids were published. Below the date you will see six columns of information. Here is an explanation of the six different columns:
- # – This is the sequential number of each bid.
- Source – We gather bid notices from a variety of sources as shown in the table below:
- Agency – This is the government agency who is issuing the bid.
- FSG – Each bid is classified by one, and only one, FSG group.
- Title – This is the name of the opportunity that the government agency has given the posting.
- Keywords – These are the keywords in the bid notice that match the codes and keywords in your Search Profile.
Clicking on an individual title of a bid, opens the specific bid abstract, like this one:
You can click on the URL hyperlink in the bid match to be taken to the page where the Bid Match was originally posted. Also, from the page shown above you can use the “Prev” and “Next” buttons to move to the previous or next bid notice.
At the bottom of every Bid Match article like the one shown above you will find a section called: “Matching Keywords.” Listed there you will find one or more codes or keywords that are in your Search Profile and that also appeared in the government’s bid match posting. One or more of those keywords triggered the match, but not necessarily all.
Our search engine also highlights all codes or keywords showing in the “Matching Keywords” section at the bottom of each match.
If your bid matches don’t seem relevant to your interests, don’t hesitate to reach out to your GTPAC Procurement Counselor. Email addresses of each Counselor are listed at: https://gtpac.org/team-directory/. Your Counselor will be able to make modifications to your Search Profile.
By the way, GTPAC’s contractor, Outreach Systems, offers a number of sample Search Profiles that serve as a reference for effective keywords to be used for different types of businesses. These samples may be helpful to you in creating an effective Search Profile.