The General Services Administration is ramping up its efforts this year to reduce the resource and opportunity barriers facing women-owned small businesses, said Exodie Roe, associate administrator of the GSA Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization.
In a blog published Monday, Roe said OSDBU will host more matchmaking events to give WOSBs access to subcontracting prospects, as part of GSA’s goal to grant five percent of prime contracts and five percent of subcontracts to companies with female owners.
Roe noted that their office has reached or exceeded Statutory Federal Small Business Procurement Goals for 12 consecutive years.
OSDBU helps WOSBs as well as other underrepresented enterprises by educating and training them about government contracting. The office also connects them with procurement experts as needed, and gives them access to the Forecast of Contracting Opportunities online tool.
On March 23, OSDBU is teaming up with the U.S. Women’s Chamber of Commerce to host a Virtual Meet & Match, a networking event to introduce WOSBs and other small enterprises to GSA’s prime contractors.