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OpenRFP.net - Linkedin for Government Contracts

OpenRFP.net uses social media to match people and companies to the needs of Government contracts

Every new venture needs a quick and easy-to-understand "elevator pitch", so what is it for OpenRFP.net.

Well as the title suggests, in a nutshell the idea behind OpenRFP.net is that it's "Linkedin for Government contracts". The site uses social media to offer the same kind of features as Linkedin, the popular portal for business professionals, such as the ability to post your biography profile, you can join and create specialist topic groups and so forth.

The difference is that where Linkedin is for general business networking OpenRFP.net is directed towards a specific goal - Helping you to win government contract work.

Skills Code indexing
How we do this is i) we analyze sites like MERX that publish Government RFPs and feed these into the pipeline of this site, and ii) provide you features so that you can identify yourself or your organization as a match to the requirements they're looking for.

For example one the many technologies documented in the recent Elections Canada RFP was 'BrowserHawk', and so skills for this are needed. OpenRFP assists the process of skills matching by enabling members to list these types of information on their profile.

If you have organized RFP responses you'll know that the most challenging but important activity is the fundamental process of finding the resources with the skills required for the bid. These RFPs generate demand for a very wide variety of these types of products, and finding experts with the associated skills by hunting through resumes is a painful needle in a haystack exercise.

So, OpenRFP.net makes this easy. In the member profile there is a section called 'Skills profile' when you can add any number of tags to denote the list of skills you have. To demonstrate the point I've added BrowserHawk to mine, so that you'll see I show up in a list of every one who has this particular skill.

You can also tag blogs, articles and other site content with the same tag, making it easy for individuals to identify themselves as having skills relevant to Government contracts.

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