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Lead Your Team Women in Business

New Program Helps Women-Owned Businesses Vie for Government Contracts

Of the $96.8 billion that Uncle Sam spent on small businesses last year, women-owned small businesses received $16.4 billion, far short of the federal government benchmark goals of awarding 23 percent of spending to small businesses and an additional 5 percent to women-owned small businesses, in particular.

To help women who own small businesses get their fair share of the government spending pie, Women Impacting Public Policy (a nonpartisan public policy organization) and American Express OPEN have teamed up to launch “Give Me 5”, a program designed to help women-owned businesses win 5 percent of government contracts.  At the heart of the program is a series of interactive webinars designed to provide the resources necessary to create successful contracting bids.

The next webinar —“Is Your Company ‘Market Ready?’”— will feature a special one-hour mentorship session in which Judy Bradt, a federal contracting expert, will mentor Sandra Foland, owner of Baron Sign Manufacturing, on how to strategically expand her sign business into the federal contracting arena.

The webinar, to be presented Thursday, Dec. 16 at 2 pm. EST, will answer questions such as “How can I tell if my company is ready for federal contracts?” and “Which government buyers are my best prospects?” For a link and dial-information, contact Michael Fravel at mfravel@wipp.org.

Reach BusinessNewsDaily senior writer Ned Smith at nsmith@techmedianetwork.com. Follow him on Twitter @nedbsmith.

Ned Smith

Ned was senior writer at Sweeney Vesty, an international consulting firm, and was Vice President of communications for iQuest Analytics. Before that, he has been a web editor and managed the Internet and intranet sites for Citizens Communications. He began his journalism career as a police reporter with the Roanoke (Va.) Times, and was managing editor of American Way magazine and senior editor of Us. He was a Captain in the U.S. Air Force and has a masters in journalism from the University of Arizona.