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February 12, 2009
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What about joining the AGC?

November 9, 2008
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DODGE REPORTS are a good source of leads.

February 1, 2008
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ProCutter;8098 said:
Haha,

I'm Greg, Rick is actually my boss. And your welcome :)

Doh! Sorry about that.

Yes demobud, I will put something together as a sticky thread or I might make it into a page. I also have a couple other things that I am working on to add more resources.

February 1, 2008
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Just an update...

The U.S. Navy site has posted this message:

"e-Sol has reached the end of it's life cycle and will no longer be used to post NAVFAC

January 31, 2008
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Should we put all these lead links in a sticky? :)

January 24, 2008
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With a little digging and patience, public notices are very good as well and free. I go to these:

Public Notices
http://www.publicnoticeads.com
BidNet, The e-Procurement Division

You can elect to sign up and receive e-mail notices for a fee, or do it manually. Only govbids requires registration :)

January 17, 2008
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James;8096 said:
Nice list there Rick. Thanks for sharing!

Haha,

I'm Greg, Rick is actually my boss. And your welcome :)

January 17, 2008
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Nice list there Rick. Thanks for sharing!

January 16, 2008
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I'm fairly young to the business so I don't have a million contacts that'll keep the phones buzzing just yet. So I've sort of had to be creative in finding leads for jobs. You think it's tough finding demo work, try being a concrete cutter :)

There are lots of places to find leads, some are free but you have to do a fair amount of digging. As far as paid services go I've tried alot of them and none of them even came close to Reed Construction Data The trick to free leads is bookmarking. Always save what you find so you can find it again.

Not sure what size jobs you look for and where but here are some examples of different agencies I've bookmarked.

U.S. Gov't
Fedbizopps
Army Corps of Engineers
FedTeds
NASA Procurement
US Army Single Face to Industry
U.S. Navy

DOT Resources
Bid Express
International Bridge Tunnel & Turnpike Association
DOT Search Engine

I'll spare everyone the individual links to each state DOT, they are pretty easy to find especially with the DOT search engine.

Company Websites That List Their Bids
Walsh Group
Walbridge Aldinger
JE DUNN
Flour

Misc
Datatek
Port Authorities
Construction Weblinks <-- Great Resource for finding procurement sites.

Hope this was helpful!

December 26, 2007
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I use the constrcution data news ... cdcnews.com. It provides a good amount of leads for GCs that i havent worked with before. It only covers a few states in new england though.

December 25, 2007
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Yellowpages = huge waste of money

Bluebook = leads, just need to sell them

Word of mouth = priceless

December 23, 2007
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We made a webiste, advertise on all of our roll off containers and trucks. Put an ad in the yellow pages and word of mouth.

December 21, 2007
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I get most of my leads from advertising in the Blue Book in NY & NJ. alot of tail chasing, but i'm fairly new to the game. Contacts are always good to have. I had one good hit and now the GC is using me exclusively. I need to hit the pavement some more.

December 21, 2007
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Most of the jobs, come either from referrals or from relationships.

The best way to start out to start getting invited to bid on projects, is to start calling on your local general contractors and getting information on how to get onto their bidders list.

They will ask for information about your company, insurance, bonding, previous experience, etc. Soon afterwards you should start seeing results. To keep you bidding and looking for more work, this can be done but your front desk person or a competent person that can understand what you do and talk intelligently.

One thing I used to do as a marketing manager for a company, was to make a route where I visited GC's offices about every 2 weeks or once a month depending on the work load. See what they are bidding on, there is a lot of stuff that was out there that you may never see. As the old saying goes, early bird catches the worm. It was amazing how much handshake work you can get from it.

Also if you have a contact at company, ask them to pass your information on to the other estimators in their offices. You may even set up a meeting to see if you can meet them all at one time.

Just a couple of tips.

December 21, 2007
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I believe you are asking where you get your leads from. I don't have all the answers but hopefully some of this will help. There are many different resources you can use. In our city we can get access to structures that have been condemned (garages, sheds, homes, buildings etc), you have online lead services (bluebook, reed construction data etc), we have a business courier newspaper that talks about real estate develop and plans which may give you a heads up on structures that may be coming down. I recently came up with an idea (which I'm sure is not original but I'm young in age and in this industry) to start to go to pre-bid meeting, even if it's a job I'm not interested in, in order to meet specific contractors and have a few minutes of face time to tell my story. I'm sure that other members that have more success and experience will share more with you. Good luck.

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