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Unlock Your Winning Edge: Top FAQs and Answers for Corporate and Government Contracts & Grants

You have questions….well we have answers.

Your Success Blueprint: FAQs for Mastering Corporate and Government Contracts & Grants

Does the getting certifications process overwhelm you?

You’ve tried to register at SAM.gov, your state or your city only to become overwhelmed, frustrated and quit?

At LSMB Business Solutions, we specialize in guiding entrepreneurs like you through the intricate process of becoming government and corporate certified. Our expert team ensures you’re not just certified but also funding-ready, opening doors to lucrative contracts and growth opportunities. Join the ranks of successful businesses who’ve amplified their impact and visibility. Let’s transform your potential into profit!

Choosing our government assistance program Done For You (DFY) (prices range from $3,000 to $5,000 depending on complexity) means we do all of the work for you. You supply us all your documentation and we do the work. You quickly gain access to thousands of dollars in contracts and grants.

Our economically priced government certification program Done With You (DWY) (price range between $2,000-$4,000 depending on complexity) that allows us to hold your hand through the process so you learn all the nuances of submitting your documents. Corporations and government certifications made easy!

In addition, the LSMB 360 Business Assessment can be purchased alone or added to ensure your business is “funding ready” so you look just as good in practice as you do on paper.

Our guarantee is while working with us, you’ll have all your documentation submitted for your government or corporate certifications in 30 days or less. You gather up the required information and working together, we will get your application(s) submitted. In the end, you have an organized electronic folder ready for submissions to grantors, funders and prime contractors. You become funding ready!

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is government and corporate certification, and why is it important for my business? Government and corporate certifications validate your business as a credible and reliable partner for public and private contracts. They enhance your visibility, credibility, and access to exclusive funding and contract opportunities.
  • How can LSMB Business Solutions help my business become certified? We offer personalized guidance and support throughout the certification process, from understanding eligibility requirements to preparing and submitting your application. Our goal is to streamline the process and ensure your success.
  • What types of certifications does LSMB Business Solutions assist with? We specialize in a range of certifications, including but not limited to, Minority-Owned Business (MBE), Women-Owned Business (WBE), Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE), and Veteran-Owned Business (VOB).
  • What does “funding ready” mean, and how can I achieve it? Being “funding ready” means your business has all the necessary documentation, financials, and certifications to apply for and secure funding opportunities. We help you organize and prepare your business to meet these requirements, maximizing your chances for approval.
  • How long does the certification process take? The timeline for certification varies depending on the specific certification and your business’s preparedness. On average, it can take anywhere from a few weeks to several months. Our team works diligently to expedite the process and keep you informed every step of the way. #TheBusinessPlug #GovernmentContracts #ContractAssistance #GovernmentGrants #GrantsandContracts #FundingReady

Are You A Checklist Kinda Person?


If you are a checklist type of person, check out the link above for the short story, but if you are interested in the longer version, continue reading.

Ok, I admit it. Yes, that’s me. I enjoy making lists!

I love to see obligations marked off my “To-Do” list. I will make the list just to check things off as done.
I keep a mental “To-Do” list with items that don’t always make it to the physical list. However, I do want to keep track of when I finished it…hence the writing the list and checking it off. I am a results-oriented person who likes things to go from “To Do” to “Done.”

Although many things in my life are driven by a deadline, I’m one of those who gets satisfaction off finishing earlier than necessary so I can begin something else with a few days to play around, especially if I’m not too enthused about the project. I make room for my displeasure, so it doesn’t get in my way of meeting my deadline, I’m able to hop right in on time and am better prepared to handle the next thing.

Being a Business Analyst and certified Project Manager for over ten years means I’ve had to set my own internal timer to meet the job’s timers. What revs up your productivity? Some people are attracted to calendars, timers, and even the 11th hour.

I am totally a Type A who likes to finish earlier than required. Yes, this can make the people who have other drivers that self-motivate them cringe. I’ve been known to overhear a grunt or two when I supervised others who were different; however, my desire always is to get to the other side of DONE. That supersedes all the negative chatter. I’m making progress and I like that. Did I tell you I like making lists?

There are lists for things I want to do in life.

There are lists for places I want to see.

Lists for things to do around the house.

Lists for things my customers need to get done.

My list of lists is endless. It’s how I stay functional and how I keep things in order.

To some, you may be enjoy doing things different…but, I encourage you to get things out of your head and into your
life…on a list. Most of us have mental lists of things that are important to us. However, with all the noise in life and all the internal noises…how in the world are you able to keep things properly organized and moving forward?

Many times, our minds stay cluttered with mental lists that make it so hard to remember it all, and that is one reason why we procrastinate or never get things done.

Dancing through life without using a guide will ensure you miss something. I would rather make a thousand lists to ensure I have all my i’s dotted and my t’s crossed.

Yes, I am a list person and I enjoy writing them up and then checking them off. I feel accomplished when I’ve listed what needs to be done and complete it.


The LSMB Back Story…(as previously published)

The LSMB Business Solutions Back Story

Linda Murray Bullard, MBA, CSSP, PMP

Before I started my business

Insurance was just beginning to feel the effect of the Affordable Healthcare Act (ACA, Obamacare). In 2008, I had designed and built my dream home and gotten married. Life was good. I was working for a large healthcare insurance company and coping with internal management challenges. The rumble started in 2010. There were whispers at the insurance company of a major overhaul like we had never seen. The executives seemed anxious. They had to begin thinking of shifting the entire organization to meet the challenges of doing business different. By 2011, just as I was finishing up my bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with a concentration of organization management, I started to physically feel the deafening calm before the storm.

The catalyst for starting my business

It occurred on January 24, 2013. After 26 years, I was told my services were no longer required. That was the longest relationship I had other than my family. I also filed for divorce which was finalized in February 2013. Initially, I was devastated. The time to become more financially independent was upon me. Struggles sharpen your survival skills.

It might sound crazy, but the same bill that cost me my job would in a matter of weeks also saved the life of one of my family members. The dismissal turned out to be the best thing that could happen to me and my family. I learned from those experiences never to put all my eggs in one basket ever again. I was also able to benefit from the Affordable Housing Act, which allowed me to adjust my mortgage payments. Life had settled down.

And, I found that the 26 years I spent were not wasted. The experiences helped me to establish a relationship with the people I now serve. I worked thirteen different positions on my previous job and learned how to become marketable when desiring to move from entry-level to manager…without a degree! This also helps me to create content quickly.

The Beginning

It was in 2011 when we were first made aware of the possibility of the shifts in our jobs. Instinctively, I started taking additional business classes in 2012 right as there was a layoff of sorts. I was determined that I would never put the control of my standard of living in someone else’s hands. The classes helped test your ideas in the real world, which added to my college learning and existing business acumen. The Launch Chattanooga administrators of the classes were and still are very supportive. In fact, after graduating from the class, they were my first customers. I wrote 17 business plans for other graduates and the institution paid me for them. I was ecstatic! I have been facilitating classes for them and others for the past four years.

In addition, the time off gave me time to pull out an old 2007 personal essay to see if it was book worthy. The essay evolved into “The Well Ran Dry: Memoirs of a Motherless Child,” which is a creative autobiography that I use to empower teens, women and men. It encourages them to look past their circumstances to see their best life. The book was accepted by the US Library of Congress in December 2013. It is available for free just by asking for it by name in over 16,000 public libraries in the United States. And, it is also available for purchase on Amazon.com, as well as all major online book outlets.

The Evolution

My original plan was to create business plans and get paid after the client received their funding. I quickly learned that was an unwise decision. So, I begin pulling from my experiences from previous employment. I assessed the needs of my Avatar. By doing this, I created more products like resumes, mock interviews, business and career coaching sessions and training workshops. I also formulated a strategy from over 25 years of professional speaking and youth messages in church to draw larger audiences.

My ideal clients are women between the ages of 34 and 54 who are struggling to find what they need to go next level. I help them to create a strategic plan for moving forward. Many times that means going back to find that passion project that was silenced by life’s noises. My current business model consists of multiple revenue streams, strong business relationships, and a zeal for helping startups specifically. I am still creating products, as needed. My next book is a five-part series designed to assist startups step by step. The book is in the production stage.

Exciting Plans for 2018

Just this past weekend, I spent major time with key influencers who gave me invaluable pointers on how to increase my social visibility. A few of them even did video with me. *check my LinkedIn page. In 2018, I plan to increase my revenue by a very substantial number over last year’s numbers. Also, I would like to touch the lives of more people and finish my five-part series: Building Your Own Business: The Startup Handbook, which is based on what I have seen over 30 years in Corporate America.

Lessons Learned/Words of Wisdom:

1)    Get a mentor or business coach. Pay attention to both, what they say and what they don’t say.

2)    Seek a successful like-minded community of founders and business people. Find your people!

3)    Build a team. Yes, you probably can do it by yourself, but don’t. You really need a team…no for real, for real!

4)    Utilize your local Small Business Development Center or Small Business Administration office in your area. They have free and budget-friendly information you need in your business life.

5)    This is a journey. Enjoy it and be patient with your business and with yourself.

Tips to Showcase My Expertise: Now that I am a business strategist, every small business owner I have ever met knows exactly what they want to sell; however, few of them understand this is only one half of what they needed to become successful. The statistics don’t lie. There are 50-90% of business owners closing their shops anywhere from the first 18 months up to 5 years into their businesses’ life cycles. Some who make it past year five die in the next five years. Fully understanding how and when to pivot for your business is extremely important…in fact, not knowing can be fatal. I want to help women do business well. My students labeled me “The Business Plug” because I plug them into the resources and people they didn’t know exist. I strive every day to live up to what they see in me. I know how this journey started, but my ashes are truly turned into diamonds and I enjoy showing others how they can have the same or even more.


Network With Me: Join me in taking part in the 2018 One Million Woman Link Up to monetize LinkedIn. #SmartWomenPartnerGrowRich http://bit.ly/2JeQAfO

Contact Info:


Business Email: [email protected]

Cell phone: (423) 838-3117

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/lindamurraybullardspeaks/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LSMBBusinessSolutions/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/lsmbbusinesssolutions/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/LSMBBiz

Look, I previously said you need to build a strong business network. I’ve found just the community for you and your business. Join me for the 2018 One Million Women Link Up!

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5 Steps To Building Your Own Business


1) Not know who the top leaders in their industry are locally or nationally.
How can you compete in a market when you don’t know who you are competing against? Smart business owners do the homework doing the planning stage of their new business.
By completing the research they discover who is doing the best in their industry locally and nationally. New owners will want to understand what the competition is doing right so they know where the benchmark is set for their new business. They will also need to know what the competition is missing in  order to enhance their businesses’ offerings.
2) Not getting a Mentor.
Everyone thinks they know how to run a business, but the truth of the matter is, over 90 percent (90%) of people open a business with a great deal of product knowledge and mistakenly think that it is business knowledge.
Not having a mentor maximizes the chances of failing! Not just anyone, but someone who has been doing what the new business owner plans to do and has done it well for more than 6 years. Yes, more than six years. The goal is to find someone who has endured the “five-year death sentence” that has been the final diagnosis of most new businesses.
3) Thinking they can steal the competition’s customers by having a lower price only.
This is the most critical mistake most new business owners make. Why? Because it hurts them more than their competition. By being “cheap,” they cheapen their brand and the value of their product/service. It is hard to recover from cheap.
Yes, luckily, they may get customers at first, but if they have overhead and are forced to raise their prices those customers will flee. Go in smart by using the correct comparable price and win customers by adding value to the existing industry price. When you add value, the new customers will appreciate the additional benefits at the price they are accustomed to paying.