What Is A Statement of Qualifications?

A statement of qualifications is a concise statement that outlines all of your business competencies. Think of it as your business's resume. Its purpose is to provide specific information that will convince potential customers to do business with you. When written well, it will differentiate your business from the competition!

Why do I need one for my OpenGrants profile?

OpenGrants serves many clients including local, state and federal government. Many corporations and governments require a statement of qualifications in order to engage a contractor. This statement will not only streamline your proposal approval process, but it will clearly outline your abilities in a way that will help users across the platform understand how you can bring significant value to their business.

OpenGrants is a network of specialists, so please lean into your expertise. Our platform will use the information here to make suggestions to users about consultants they should hire. Be sure to clearly identify agencies you have worked with, specific domain expertise and the services you offer.

What should I put in my statement of qualifications?

Your statement should not be overly long, so be sure to stress your competencies, set-aside eligibility and past performance. Focusing on the following key points will result in the successful creation of an effective statement of qualifications:

  • Core Competencies - this should not be everything your business is able to do. Use bullet points and short statements of your expertise.

  • Differentiators - list unique factors and benefits of your products or services that set you apart from the competition. How is your business best suited for the space that you serve? A clear statement that relates to the specific needs of the companies in that space will help people see your value and set you apart from someone who does not have deep experience and expertise in that discipline.

  • Past Performance - list past customers for whom you have done similar work, show benefit to the customer and provide contact reference.

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