Our Core Services Specializing in Legislative and Procurement Lobbying Legislative Services State and Local Lobbying and Government Relations From the Governor and his administration to other statewide officeholders, state legislators, and local elected and agency officials, our network of relationships includes leaders of all political persuasions as well as their key staff members. We help our clients plan and execute effective legislative lobby days and internal conferences as a component of our lobbying strategies. Government Contract Procurement and Public Sector Business Development Our expertise and network of relationships across state and local government agencies help open doors to key decision-makers who oversee the awarding of contract bids, grants, and economic incentive packages. We successfully help create business synergies for our clients that are designed to expand their market penetration. Grassroots Advocacy and Coalition Organization By combining our grassroots advocacy expertise with our diverse practice specialty areas and vast network of relationships, The Vandervort Group, LLC can build and organize coalitions, harnessing the power of a united, multi-interest voice to provide compelling policy and political considerations that will influence policy-makers and achieve positive results. Public Relations Strategy We believe carefully constructed and executed public relations plans work hand in hand with our clients’ lobbying and government relations campaigns. Our team helps clients develop a public relations strategy to frame the issue, shape messages, and target key media outlets, opinion leaders, and influential constituencies. Political Fundraising and PAC Administration We help our clients to develop realistic fundraising goals to assist them in finding the most strategic approaches to their contributions. We also advise clients of state fundraising laws and provide administrative and reporting services for political action committees. Association Management Consulting We ensure that the necessary components of service excellence are established and given priority and adequate resources within the association. Our approach and advice help organizations to enhance their communications, membership strategies, and marketing tactics. Procurement Services The Vandervort Group, LLC has expertise in devising procurement strategies that go beyond identifying bid opportunities and guiding clients through the procurement process. What sets us apart from other procurement lobbyists is our unique ability to shape and develop strategies that improve our clients’ position in the marketplace using our contacts and proficiency with the Procurement Lobbying Law. Government Contract Procurement The Vandervort Group is your one-stop shop for your government and contract procurement needs. In addition to alerting you to bid opportunities, we can assist with meetings with agency personnel, establishing a need for your products or services among agencies, and responding to an RFP. We will work through unforeseen obstacles and better-position your firm among your competitors. Public Sector Business Development We will open doors to the decision-makers, both mid- and high-level, to ensure that your offerings are brought to bear in the most appropriate manner. Procurement Lobbying Compliance The firm’s principals communicate the keep its clients updated on changes to the Procurement Lobbying Law to ensure that the laws are followed and understood. If there are portions of the law that are egregious, we will work to make meaningful changes to the law using our legislative contacts. We will also assist with reporting requirements with the Joint Commission on Public Ethics. Development of Best Practices The firm can assist clients in developing a “Best Practices” approach to procurement lobbying. This ranges from trainings, developing a check list of questions to ask or questions to be avoided during a “Restricted Period”, enrolling in the on-line vendor responsibility program, documenting all communications throughout a procurement process, and ensuring proper reporting to the Joint Commission on Public Ethics. Bid Notifications to Debriefing The firm presents clients with bid opportunities, helps build government marketing plans for agencies, and assists with every step of the procurement process beginning with reviewing and responding to an RFP and following through to the bid award. In the event that a client is not awarded a bid, the firm can assist in obtaining a debriefing so that the client will be better positioned to respond to a future RFP, or protesting a bid if necessary.