By Maria Valdez Haubrich

All business owners would love their piece of the $500 billion procurement pie, but not many know how to go about getting it. And for small business owners the carrot dangling is even more enticing since the federal government wants to award at least 23 percent of spending to small businesses and an additional 5 percent to women-owned small businesses.

To educate business owners on selling to the government, American Express OPEN and Women Impacting Public Policy (WIPP) joined forces to launch Give Me 5, a program designed to help women-owned businesses win 5 percent of government contracts. With a series of interactive webinars designed to provide the resources necessary to create successful contracting bids, the program ultimately hopes to increase the amount of contracts awarded. The next webinar will feature a special one-hour, one-on-one mentorship session where Judy Bradt, a federal contracting expert, will mentor business owner Sandra Foland on how to strategically expand her business into federal contracting and grow. Find out:

  • How can I tell if my company is ready for Federal Contracts?
  • Which government buyers are my best prospects?
  • How can I find opportunities before they hit FedBizOpps?

Here’s where to sign up:

Give Me 5: Ready for Prime Time – Is Your Company “Market Ready”?
Date: Thursday, December 17, 2010

Time: 2-3 p.m. EST / 11 a.m.-1 p.m. PST

Where: Virtual