National Small Business Week 2011 was May 18-20 in Washington, DC . Karen Mills, administrator of the Small Business Administration (SBA) spoke on the ways the government is helping to grow small businesses. She said the government is focused on “3 Cs:” contracting, capital, and counseling.(http://www.sba.gov/about-sba-services/7586/15630). As part of the program, the U.S. Small Business Administration published a final rule effective February 4, 2011, aimed at expanding federal contracting opportunities for women-owned small businesses (WOSBs). The Women-Owned Small Business (WOSB) Federal Contract program authorizes contracting officers to set aside certain federal contracts for eligible:
Women-owned small businesses (WOSBs) or
Economically disadvantaged women-owned small businesses (EDWOSBs)
These procurement mechanisms are meant to increase federal contracting opportunities for WOSBs and to assist agencies in achieving their women – owned small business goals. The process is tedious but worth the effort. There are 5 steps to participate in the WOSB program:
Read the WOSB Federal Contract program regulations in the Federal Register and the WOSB Compliance Guide.
Register in Central Contractor Registration (CCR) as WOSB or EDWOSB.*
Log onto SBA’s General Login System (GLS). *Obtain an account now if you don’t already have one
Go to the WOSB program repository (through GLS) and upload / categorize all required documents.
Represent your status in Online Representations and Certifications Application (ORCA)
So now that your business is WOSB or EDWOSB certified, check the http://www.newmannetworks.com/events website for exciting opportunities that are happening in the Philadelphia area to connect and grow your business!
June 1st – Lebow College of Business 2011 Entrepreneur Conference at World Cafe Live. Read more at http://www.lebow.drexel.edu/Event/3072
June 2nd – Small Business Empowerment Showcase sponsored by the Urban League at the Federal Reserve Bank. Read more at http://ulecempowermentshowcase.eventbrite.com/
Which leads up to the Make Mine A Million conference for women business owners in Philadelphia on a new date September 25th and September 26th at the Double Tree hotel 237 South Broad Street. M3 1000 Philadelphia gives women entrepreneurs the opportunity to pitch their businesses for a chance to win a $1000 American Express gift card and an unrivaled suite of business growth tools – national PR, professional coaching, expert financial analysis, access to financing, peer exchange and events, and a curriculum of live and online educational resources – all within a robust, supportive and inspiring community.
M3 1000 gives more women than ever before access to that the first step in the transformation from just being in business to taking control and charting a course for maximum success. The ultimate goal is to get 1000 women business owners to the million $ mark and hope to find 50 of those new leaders in Philadelphia on September 25th and 26th. Register for just 49.00 (or free for American Express Account Holders) at http://www.makemineamillion.org/events