The US Small Business Administration (SBA) has announced the return of ChallengeHer to help women-owned small businesses gain access to federal contracts.
SBA opens program to win federal contracts from women-owned businesses
ChallengeHer is a government procurement education initiative that hosts events to provide networking opportunities between women-owned businesses and government contractors. ChallengeHer also offers world-class programming and training from experts to get started and succeed in the public sector supply chain.
Promotion of small businesses owned by women
ChallengeHer programming and training sessions can be experienced in person or online in a virtual environment, while the initiative also aims to encourage participation in the SBA’s Women-Owned Small Business (WOSB) federal contract program.
The WOSB program has already hosted one event in Maryland, with others coming soon to Texas and California. The events will feature contributions from Women Impacting Public Policy (WIPP) and American Express.
The path to success and sustainability
SBA Administrator Isabella Casillas Guzman spoke about the impact of the ChallengeHer initiative, saying, “Over the past decade, ChallengeHer has helped tens of thousands of women-owned small businesses break through glass ceilings and increase their revenue by selling to the world’s biggest buyer: the US government.
“ChallengeHer continues to level the playing field in the federal marketplace by investing in and empowering more women-owned businesses, connecting federal buyers directly with women entrepreneurs through matchmaking, and providing continued advocacy on behalf of WOSBs across all sectors of the economy and in every corner. of the nation, and we are committed to ensuring that it continues to open the doors to income for women entrepreneurs for decades to come.”
WIPP President and CEO Candace Waterman added, “WIPP is honored to co-sponsor this much-needed and respected program, now in its 10th year, as we provide women-owned small businesses with the education and the necessary resources. to navigate the path to success and sustainability during these historic times.”
Upcoming ChallengerHer events
The Maryland event was held in Silver Spring on August 25th, with the next event in San Antonio, Texas on October 5th. The event in San Diego, California does not yet have a confirmed date.
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