Public-Private Partnership Helps More Women Business Owners Secure Federal Government Contracts

SBA rolls out “Give Me 5” program curriculum developed by American Express OPEN and Women Impacting Public Policy.

SBA_LogoLOS ANGELES – In an effort to help more women business owners get their fair share of federal contracting opportunities, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is bringing the Give Me 5 program government contracting curriculum to its network of 110 Women’s Business Centers (WBC) across the country. Launched in 2008 by Women Impacting Public Policy (WIPP) and American Express OPEN, the Give Me 5 program curriculum aims to educate women business owners and increase the number of government contracts awarded to women.

The Give Me 5 program derives its name from The Equity in Contracting for Women Act (2000), which sets the goal for federal contracting officers to award 5% of all contracts to women-owned businesses.

Through a series of events, one-on-one mentorships and a comprehensive online training curriculum, the Give Me 5 program has educated more than 250,000 women on federal contracting opportunities and helped more than 24,000 women business owners take the important first step to working with the federal government — getting their businesses on the Central Contractor Registration (CCR), the primary vendor database for the federal government. Last month, 150 WBC leaders gathered in Washington, D.C. for training on the Give Me 5 curriculum.

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Source: The Wall Street Journal | BusinessWire | American Express OPEN
Photo: U.S. Small Business Administration