Qwally team meeting with Mayor Stimpson and Mobile, Alabama leadership
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.
About the Co-Founders
In previous roles, Chris, Matt, and James observed first-hand how existing contracting processes favored larger companies, and that the complexity of contracting is a barrier to small businesses who want to work with local governments. They started Qwally to make it easy for local governments to work with local entrepreneurs.
James has spent the past decade researching and developing inclusive technology for the disadvantaged. Chris led teams to create web applications that communicate complex ideas through simple visual and interactive experiences. Matt has experience implementing digital tools to improve interaction between citizens and their government.