DATE: July 26, 2000

FROM: Barry McVay, CPCM

SUBJECT: Newly-Expanded PRO-Net Gives Small Businesses More Access to Federal Contracts

SOURCE: Small Business Administration News Release, July 25, 2000

AGENCIES: Small Business Administration (SBA)

ACTION: Announcement

SYNOPSIS: The SBA has announced a major enhancement of its PRO-Net database -- direct e-mail notification from contracting officials to interested firms. This constitutes "an important link in the new federal procurement environment."

EDITOR'S NOTE: PRO-Net is available at http://pro-net.sba.gov.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: The SBA Answer Desk at 1-800-U-ASK-SBA, or visit the Web site at http://www.sba.gov.

SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION: PRO-Net helps contracting officers and other interested parties identify small business prime contractors, subcontractors, and small business partnership opportunities. The PRO-Net database consists of electronic profiles of small businesses (entered and maintained by the small businesses themselves), and it is free to federal, state, and local government agencies, contractors, and the public.

SBA has made several enhancements to PRO-Net:

EDITOR'S NOTE: SBA says, "There are nearly 200,000 small, disadvantaged and women-owned businesses already listed on PRO-Net, including the more than 5,000 firms certified under the SBA's 8(a) business development program. The three largest concentrations of current PRO-Net registrants are in business services, engineering and retailing. The three geographical areas most represented are the metropolitan areas surrounding Washington, DC, Los Angeles and Chicago."

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Barry McVay at 703-451-5953 or by e-mail to BarryMcVay@FedGovContracts.com.

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