Did you know that the federal government sets aside 23 percent of all government expenditures for small businesses?
Five percent of that is specifically set aside for women-owned businesses – a goal that has yet to be met. If you’re interested in taking advantage of this and you own a small business, help is on the way.
More about the Women-Owned Small Business (WOSB) Federal Contract Program
In 2011, the Small Business Administration’s Women-Owned Small Business (WOSB) Federal Contract Program went into effect to help give women business owners more opportunities to secure government contracts.
According to the National Women’s Business Council, more than $100 million in contracts has been awarded through WOSB Federal Contract set-aside program. The WOSB certification gives business owners a competitive edge in the government contracting arena. However, in order to take proper advantage of the benefits, you need to remain compliant with the program, and some women business owners find this a difficulty.
Free Help for WOSB certification from the Give Me 5 Program
To assist with this, the Give Me 5 program is hosting a free, two-part webinar series that will examine the advantages, and common obstacles faced, when obtaining and remaining compliant in the WOSB certification program. Both sessions will be led by Maria Panichelli, an attorney whose work focuses on small business procurement.
The Give Me 5 program was created by American Express OPEN and Women Impacting Public Policy in 2008 to help women business owners get a leg up on selling to the world’s largest customer: the U.S. government.
Here’s more information about the program.
Date: Tuesday, February 11, 2014
Time: 2PM – 3PM ET, 11AM-12PM PT
Date: Tuesday, February 18, 2014
Time: 2PM – 3PM ET, 11AM-12PM PTl