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How to Self-Certify for the WSOB Federal Contract Program

"woman business owner"You are invited to attend a free Webinar for Small Business Owners on How to Self-Certify for the WSOB Federal Contract Program

Did you Know?

Thanks to the Small Business Association’s Women-Owned Small Business (WOSB) Program, which went into effect on February 4th, 2011 women business owners have a greater chance to win government contracts; 684,000 women-owned businesses could potentially benefit. (Male-owned businesses are not exempt; they can take part by partnering with women-owned businesses.)

To help business owners take advantage of this growth opportunity, American Express OPEN and Women Impacting Public Policy (WIPP) are offering a free, one-hour tutorial on Thursday, April 14. This session will provide further details on eligibility requirements and contract set-asides, and the step-by-step requirements for certification, including:

• WOSB and EDWOSB certification requirements

• Submitting documents to the SBA’s WOSB program repository

• Update on 3rd Party certifications

This educational webinar is part of the Give Me 5 program, a national program created by American Express OPEN and WIPP to help women business owners get a leg up on selling to the world’s largest customer: the U.S. government.

Additional information can be found below:

Give Me 5: How to Self-Certify for the WOSB Federal Contract Program (Part 2)

Date: Thursday, April 14, 2011

Time: 3-4 p.m. ET / 12 p.m.-1 p.m. PT

Where: Virtual

Business owners who are interested in joining the Webinar should visit http://www.giveme5.com/events#232. Additional resources for business owners is the OPEN Insight Guide, Government Contracting: Women in Procurement, found on OPEN Forum. This OPEN Insight Guide offers tips and advice to help business owners understand the program and determine whether their businesses qualify to participate.

Hope to see you there!

Be sure and sign up at GiveMe5.com:

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