Government contracting is hard for all parties involved. For small businesses, navigating the process of getting ready to work with the government is challenging. Government employees end up devoting much of their time to helping individual owners resolve specific compliance challenges. The complex nature of the process creates makes local government contracting inaccessible to many small businesses.
We started Qwally to make local government contracting more inclusive. In our conversations with hundreds of small business owners across the country we learned just how difficult it can be to find key information and navigate the various stages of the contracting process. We built Qwally to make it easier for small business owners to work with their local governments and to help governments tap into the economic resources in their community to provide the goods and services they already buy.
For many government agencies that manage vendor support and outreach programs, the default approach is to use a combination of phone, email, traditional mail, paper documents, PDFs, in-person meetings, and some web-based content to manage information about contracting opportunities. This solution is simply convoluted and inefficient. Cities throughout the country have motivated employees actively solving this problem. Those are the people we aim to help.