Heads up: if your business sells – or wants to sell – to the government, this webinar might be for you.
The friendly publicist who sent me this information tells me:
The federal government spends roughly $500 billion every year on goods and services; in 2009, it spent $96.8 billion on products and services supplied by small businesses. More than $33 billion of that was spent with small, disadvantaged firms and $16.4 billion with women-owned small businesses. In fact, it has benchmark goals of awarding 23 percent of spending to small businesses and an additional 5 percent to women-owned small businesses.
To help business owners get a leg up on selling to the government, American Express OPEN and Women Impacting Public Policy (WIPP) joined forces to launch Give Me 5, a program designed to help women-owned businesses win 5 percent of government contracts.
The next webinar – entitled Give Me 5: Ready for Prime Time – Is Your Company “Market Ready”? – will feature a special one-hour, one-on-one mentorship session where Judy Bradt, a federal contracting expert, will mentor business owner Sandra Foland on how to strategically expand her business into federal contracting and grow.
When: Thursday, December 16, 2010 (that’s tomorrow)
Time: 2-3 pm EST / 11 am-1 pm PST
I’m told this special, first-hand case-study will help small business owners answer the questions:
- How can I tell if my company is ready for Federal Contracts?
- Which government buyers are my best prospects?
- How can I find opportunities before they hit FedBizOpps?
If you’re interested, email Michael Fravel at mfravel [a] wipp [dot] org to find out how to access the webinar (looks like you can also register online, but best to check with him if you’re interested).
Women Grow Business editor Shonali Burke is the IABC-accredited, award-winning principal of Shonali Burke Consulting, which specializes in “integrated communication to the nth degree.” In other words, she turns your communication conundrums into community cool. Featured on BNET as The Startup Storyteller, she also publishes Waxing UnLyrical under the watchful eyes of Chuck, Suzy Q. and Lola, her three rescue dogs. Her long-suffering husband has accepted that Shonali can most often be found on Twitter.