Every year, the United States government awards $100 billion in federal contracts to small businesses across the country. Now, in conjunction with American Express and Women Impacting Public Policy, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is launching a new effort to help women-owned business owners understand how the federal procurement process works.
“ChallengeHER” will bring 7 matchmaker events to cities across the country. At these events, women-owned business owners will meet with decision-makers and learn about contracting opportunities with federal partners. They’ll learn about larger, national initiatives as well as federal projects that may be happening in their local communities. Business owners will learn how to register their business with the System for Award Management, the portal used by federal agencies seeking small business contractors. They’ll learn about how to become eligible for the Women-Owned Small Business Federal Contract Program, which provides for some contracts to be reserved for women-owned businesses in certain industries.
ChallengeHer events will take place in these cities:
- Phoenix, AZ;
- Seattle, WA;
- New Orleans, LA;
- Denver, CO;
- Atlanta, GA;
- San Francisco, CA; and,
- New York, NY.
More details on these events will be announced by the SBA shortly.