DATE: September 14, 2000

FROM: Barry McVay, CPCM

SUBJECT: Small Business Administration Establishes WomenBiz.gov to Help Women Business Owners Get Federal Contracts

SOURCE: Small Business Administration News Release, September 11, 2000

AGENCIES: Small Business Administration (SBA)

ACTION: Announcement

SYNOPSIS: On September 11, 2000, SBA announced the unveiling of a new website specifically for women small business owners -- WomenBiz.gov (http://www.womenbiz.gov). WomenBiz.gov will provide women-owned businesses (and all other non-women-owned small businesses) with contracting assistance information at a single on-line site.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Tiffani Clements, 202-205-6740.

SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION: On May 23, 2000, President Clinton issued Executive Order 13157, Increasing Opportunities for Women-Owned Small Businesses, directing government agencies to "take the steps necessary to meet or exceed the 5% government-wide goal for participation in procurement by women-owned small businesses." In addition, the executive order directed SBA to develop "a single uniform federal government-wide website, which provides links to other websites within the federal system concerning acquisition, small businesses, and women-owned businesses, and which provides current procurement information for WOSBs [women-owned small businesses] and other small businesses." WomenBiz.gov is SBA's response to the president's direction. (EDITOR'S NOTE: For more on Executive Order 13157, see the May 25, 2000, FEDERAL CONTRACTS DISPATCH "Executive Order 13157, Increasing Opportunities for Women-Owned Small Businesses.")

WomenBiz.gov provides women-owned businesses with direct access to the federal acquisition tools they need to tap into the $200 billion federal marketplace. It is a gateway to more than 100 procurement and acquisition sites hosted by various federal agencies, and includes links to PRO-Net, FedBizOpps.gov (formerly the Electronic Posting System (EPS)), CBDNet (Commence Business Daily Network), the General Services Administration's (GSA) Federal Supply Schedule Program, DefenseLINK, and SBA's Government Contracting and Minority Enterprise Development page.

WomenBiz.gov has several information pages especially developed to assist women business owners who want to participate in government procurement:

To develop and operate WomenBiz.gov and to implement the other directions in Executive Order 13157, the president directed SBA to establish an Assistant Administrator for Women's Procurement within its Office of Government Contracting. Effective October 1, 2000, Sheryl J. Swed will become the assistant administrator for the Office of Federal Contract Assistance for Women Business Owners. Ms. Swed brings over 25 years of public service related to small business, international trade and women's issues to this new position.

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

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