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D-U-N-S Number assignment is FREE for all businesses required to register with the US Federal government for contracts or grants.

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Register business with Central Contractor Registration (CCR)

Federal acquisitions regulations require all prospective vendors to be registered in CCR prior to the award of a contract.

Online Representations and Certifications Application (ORCA)

You need to provide additional information about your company and business activities here.  The Federal Acquisitions Regulations (FAR) section 52.212-3 Offeror Representations and Certifications-Commercial Items explains the information you will be asked on ORCA. (

8a SBE Federal Government Certifications WBE (Women Owned Business); MBE (Minority Owned Business); DBE (Disadvantaged Business Certification; and VOSB  (Veterans and Service Disabled Certifications)

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Disaster Contracting

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United Nations

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World Health Organization:   Company Profile for Services Attached

Registration with the United Also required for almost all contracts.


Aging in Place in the 21st Century

Aging in Place in the Information Economy v2 Presentation from 2/22/2011 webinar.


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Webinar: Home Care in the 21st Century

Space is limited.
Reserve your Webinar seat now at:

Existing consumer electronics and networking technologies are being re-purposed to enable family caregivers with the ability to remain aware of a loved one’s health and safety. Perhaps the easiest way to think of these systems is as a “baby monitor times ten”. This is being heralded by pundits from the Consumer Electronics industry as the next big thing. Enabling a virtual presence in a home makes whole new levels of service and care that is affordable and available to almost everyone. The world of home care is about to change radically and rapidly.

The presenter, Mark Shea, has over twenty years of experience with networking and internet technologies, ten years with Microsoft. He teaches Social Media at the University of Washington. Mark currently owns a Home Care agency in Mount Vernon. Washington, North Cascade Right at Home. Mark will be presenting his vision of how these technologies can be leveraged by the Home Care agency of the 21st Century.

Title: Home Care in the 21st Century
Date: Thursday, February 17, 2011
Time: 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM PST
After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the Webinar.
System Requirements
PC-based attendees
Required: Windows® 7, Vista, XP or 2003 Server
Macintosh®-based attendees
Required: Mac OS® X 10.4.11 (Tiger®) or newer

My Final Days, a Reverie

A vision for my future is to spend my final days in a hospital bed at home. In this dream, I would experience something very similar to what I experience now in a hospital or nursing home….but a little better. I would still be able to go to a hospital or skilled nursing facility if there was a reason to go there, for example, for surgery, but otherwise, why leave home? I press a call button and don’t have to wait 20 minutes to tell the nurse what I need. My overhead screen pops on and I talk to one of those nice kids in India. And lickety-split, in just a few minutes, a nurse shows up with the bed pan I needed. But I’m home. I don’t have to put up with the lame ass cable channels at the hospital. I’m home and I still get my Red Zone football channel. I can yell at the dog when it barks too much and feed him peanut butter like I’m not supposed to. Family and friends can come and go… visiting hours here. Just like in the hospital, aides and orderlies come and go to clean my room, change my linens, bathe me, and chastise my wife for bringing me milkshakes. I will be home. That is my dream.

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The Home Care Agency of the 21st Century (Part 2)

By Mark Shea, MCDM

The Home Care Agency of the 21st Century will be the same as it is now in very many ways and in the most important way. We provide human companionship, human care, human assistance, and most importantly, human touch. Humans will die without these things. We not only crave the companionship, care, and touch of others. We need it. Without it, we fail to thrive and this is particularly true for babies and the elderly. We know this at our core as humans. This is why solitary confinement is considered an extreme punishment. The work of a caregiver is to comfort, to assist, and to love, whatever may come and with any luck, it might be a healing. We are there to help people die too. We help them to die with dignity and as comfortably as we can manage. We soothe families. We laugh with them and cry with them. We cannot be replaced by machines. We are the human element that must remain.

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The Home Care Agency of the 21st Century (Part 1)

By Mark Shea, MCDM

I try to think of every link that I create on the Web as a promise. Please don’t go away. This really is an essay about the Home Care Agency of the 21st Century.

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