The Howard County Economic Development Authority is encouraging the nearly 8,000 small businesses within its county lines to use RFP-EZ, an online platform introduced by the federal government and designed to make it easier for companies to compete for and bid on government contracts.
According to a press release, RFP-EZ is “an initiative of the U.S. Small Business Administration in conjunction with the White House’s Presidential Innovation Fellows,” a team of 18 people recruited in August to work on projects assisting entrepreneurs and small businesses. Two of the inaugural class of 18 fellows, Matt McCall and Greg Gershman, are from Baltimore, as Technically Baltimore reported.
As of now, the RFP-EZ site has only four projects listed, but the program is in its beta phase. If the beta phase proves successful, said the press release, “the pilot will be expanded to include more contracts for a more diverse group of innovative startups.”