Women in Federal Contracting: Competing, Winning, and Thriving
[ Article was originally posted on www.sba.gov ]
By Barbara E. Carson,
Every year, the federal government’s goal is to award at least 5% of all federal contracting dollars to women-owned small businesses. SBA’s WOSB Federal Contracting Program is on the frontlines of helping these businesses succeed. In the summer of 2020, the WOSB Program will be transitioning from a small business self-certification to a new formal certification program. This change will help better empower agencies across the federal government to meet the 5% contracting goal for women-owned small businesses.
The SBA has started a campaign called, WOSB Ready, to enable and encourage women-owned small businesses to get prepared and ready to do business with the federal government. If you’re interested in government contracting, review our guide to federal government contracting. Women-owned small businesses can learn more and stay up-to-date with program changes at https://www.sba.gov/wosbready.
SBA also has multiple valuable resources to assist women-owned small business to access the WOSB Program. Small businesses can visit their local resource partner or procurement technical assistance center (PTAC) for one-on-one assistance. You can find your nearest resource partner or PTAC at https://www.sba.gov/local-assistance.
SBA has partnered with Women Impacting Public Policy and American Express for the past six years on a national initiative called, ChallengeHER, to boost government contracting opportunities for women-owned small businesses and provide support through training.
SBA remains committed to helping business owners like Sherri Davis have success doing business with the federal government.
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