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SBA Helps Women Business Owners Get Federal Contracts

September 18, 2000
Weekly update


SBA Administrator Aida Alvarez announced the launch of a new website by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) that will increase procurement and networking opportunities to women-owned businesses. The new site, WomenBiz.gov, is a joint project of SBA’s new Office of Federal Contract Assistance for Women Business Owners, SBA’s Office of Women’s Business Ownership, the Interagency Committee for Women’s Business Enterprise and the National Women’s Business Council.

WomenBiz.gov will provide women-owned businesses with direct access to the federal acquisition tools and government networks to tap into the $200 billion federal marketplace. The site will serve as the official gateway to more than 100 procurement and acquisition sites hosted by various federal agencies.

The website contains much information, including:

  • Getting Started: Register your company as a contractor or vendor with PRO-Net, Central Contractor Registration (CCR) and the Electronic Posting System (EPS).
  • Subcontracting: Exclusive to WomenBiz.gov is the most comprehensive resource for subcontracting opportunities. Locate prime contractors for business opportunities and find other small businesses to team with for large contracts.
  • Forecasts: If a Federal department or agency prepares a procurement forecast, you will find it here!
  • Best Practices: WomenBiz.gov also congratulates departments and agencies that meet or exceed the 5 percent goal by featuring their women-owned business outreach initiative.
  • Mentor-Protégé Programs: WomenBiz.gov is the only site that brings together government mentor-protégé programs as one source of information.
  • Acquisition News and Calendar of Events: A source of information on procurement conferences and seminars hosted by government departments and agencies as well as a monthly column provided by government officials about how to do business with their department or agency.