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CDW-G Launches Consortium to Help Small Businesses Win Federal Contracts
Vernon Hills, Ill. - August 18, 2003 - CDW Government, Inc. (CDW-G), a wholly-owned subsidiary of CDW Corporation (Nasdaq: CDWC), today named 12 inaugural small and disadvantaged companies selected for the CDW-G Small Business Consortium.
The consortium enables small and disadvantaged businesses to tap into CDW-G's e-commerce, service and distribution capabilities to help them more effectively compete for federal information technology (I.T.) contracts.
"We believe we have constructed an entrepreneurial model that helps consortium members succeed, helps us continue our growth and helps the government satisfy its regulatory obligations to support small and disadvantaged businesses," said Jim Shanks, president of CDW-G. "The idea is to enable customers to enjoy the benefits of working with an innovative small business while also getting the extras that they have come to expect from an industry leader like CDW-G. This is definitely a win-win-win relationship."
CDW-G issued a request-for-proposal (RFP) last May, which solicited woman, minority or veteran-owned companies, certified small and disadvantaged firms and companies located in a federal HubZone to participate.
How It Works
Consortium members have signed an annual CDW-G partnership contract that is not limited to any specific project. As the small businesses pursue an opportunity, they work directly with the customer and bring in CDW-G when they need products to support their service engagements or when they want to offer their customers CDW-G's many value-adding offerings such as custom PC configuration and asset-tagging services and the CDW-G Software License Tracker.
CDW-G selected the following companies to participate in the Small Business Consortium:
BCS Technology, Inc. of Washington, D.C.
Betis Group, Inc. of Arlington, Va.
Collins Consulting, Inc. of Schaumburg, Ill.
Hubzone Technology Consulting of Washington, D.C.
International Computing Systems, Inc. of Fairfax, Va.
Knowledge Information Solutions, Inc. of Virginia Beach, Va.
Management System Services, Inc. of Rockville, Md.
Mega-Tech, Inc. of Falls Church, Va.
Quality Associates, Inc. of Columbia, Md.
Strategic Business Systems, Inc. of Chantilly, Va.
T3 Corporation of Fairmont, W.Va.
TMCI, The McVey Company of Falls Church, Va.
"Participating in the consortium allows us to leverage CDW-G's significant inventory to help us expand business opportunities in the coming year," said Robert Collins, president of Collins Consulting, Inc. The company is certified as a disabled veteran-owned firm.
"Being awarded this contract is exciting," said Victoria E. McVey, CEO of The McVey Company, Inc. "It supports our expansion and growth plans in government sectors that we ordinarily would have had difficulty entering."
A wholly-owned subsidiary of CDW Computer Centers, Inc. (Nasdaq: CDWC), CDW-G addresses the unique needs of the government and education markets with brand name technology products and services. CDW-G is a leading source of technology products and services from top name brands such as APC, Apple, Cisco, HP, IBM, Microsoft, Sony, Symantec, Toshiba and ViewSonic. For more information about CDW-G's product offerings, procurement options, service and solutions, call 1.800.863.4239 or visit the CDW-G Web site at CDWG.com.
Note to Editors: Media interviews with consortium member representatives are available.