The U.S. government is the largest customer in the world, buying a diverse range of products and services, and is mandated by law to consider buying from small businesses.¹ In 2020, the federal government awarded a record-breaking 26% of federal contracts to small businesses, amounting to $145.7 billion in contracts.²
If you are eligible but are not currently participating in the U.S. Small Business certifications program, you are missing out on a large market and opportunity. In this workshop with the U.S. Small Business Administration Washington Metropolitan Area District Office, we will explore the benefits and processes of obtaining Federally-recognized certifications for procurement. We will focus on the following three certifications:
• Woman Owned Small Business (WOSB)
• 8(a) Business Development Program
• Historically Underutilized Business Zone (HUBZone)
All are welcome to attend. This workshop is most suitable for businesses that are in operation and at least 51 percent owned, controlled, operated, and managed by women.