GSA Discloses Their Initiative to Help Women-Owned Small-Business Entrepreneurs in Honor of Women’s History Month
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March 15, 2023, Clearwater, FL
As a woman entrepreneur, you may have faced some unique challenges when it comes to growing your business. The path to success can be fraught with obstacles, from finding funding to accessing new markets. However, one program that has been making a difference for women small-business owners is the General Services Administration (GSA).
The GSA is a federal agency that oversees the management of government buildings and the procurement of goods and services. One of its key initiatives is the GSA Schedule program, which provides a streamlined process for government agencies to purchase goods and services from pre-approved vendors. This program is open to all businesses, but it has been especially helpful for women entrepreneurs.
First and foremost, the GSA Schedule program provides a level playing field for small businesses. By pre-qualifying vendors and setting up a simplified procurement process, the GSA helps remove some barriers that can prevent small businesses from winning government contracts. This is especially important for women-owned businesses, which may have historically been overlooked in government contracting.
In fact, the GSA has set a goal of awarding at least 5% of its contracts to women-owned small businesses. This may sound like a little, but it represents a massive opportunity for women entrepreneurs. In 2019, the GSA awarded over $550 million in contracts to women-owned small businesses.
GSA also offers a range of resources and support for women entrepreneurs. For example, the agency hosts sessions and webinars to help small business owners navigate the procurement process. It also has a dedicated Office of Small Business Utilization (OSBU) that provides guidance and assistance to small businesses.
The GSA Schedule program is a valuable resource for women small-business entrepreneurs. By providing a simplified procurement process and resources for support, the GSA helps to level the playing field and open the door for women-owned businesses to succeed in government contracting.
Don’t overlook this opportunity to grow your business and make a difference in your community. Call GSE today at (866) 850-1710 to get started!