The U.S. government is the largest single purchaser of goods and services in the world, awarding approximately $500 billion in contracts every year. The Small Business Administration’s Office of Government Contracting & Business Development works with federal agencies to award at least 23 percent of all prime government contract dollars to small businesses and help federal agencies meet specific statutory goals for small disadvantaged businesses, women-owned small businesses (WOSB), service-disabled veteran-owned small businesses (SDVOSB), and small businesses that are located in historically underutilized business zones (HUBZone). An overview of these programs will be presented. In addition, learn how DC, Maryland, and Virginia certify their small businesses.
Karen A. Williams retired from Northrop Grumman Corporation as the vice president of corporate contracts, pricing & supply chain in 2013, and currently serves as a SCORE Mentor to small businesses in the DC Metro area.