GSA Administrator Highlights Importance of Women-Owned Small Businesses
Emphasizes Agency’s Economic Development Role at Sterling Women of Washington Luncheon
WASHINGTON -- Today, the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) Administrator Denise Turner Roth spoke at the Sterling Women of Washington luncheon keynote where she highlighted the key role women-owned small businesses play in fostering community economic development.
As part of an effort to maximize GSA’s role as a catalyst for economic development in communities nationwide, Roth is leading an initiative to make it easier for small business to partner with the government. The initiative focuses on offering well-designed technology, providing tailored support to varied business sectors, and helping vendors understand the procurement process.
“Each year, tens of billions of dollars go through GSA contracts, including more than $30 billion in FY14 on the Multiple Award Schedules program,” Roth said. “Given this significant volume of sales, we must ensure that our agency provides opportunities for suppliers across the board, most especially small, young and women-owned businesses.”
Carolyn E. Howell, Director & Host, Sterling Women of Washington, D.C. said, “I am so pleased and proud to have the Administrator of the GSA, Ms. Roth, as the featured speaker for our special Women's History Month luncheon this Thursday. Sterling Women of Washington, D.C. is committed to helping business professionals 'make meaningful connections' and this is a great connection. It is exciting to see how hard the GSA is working the ensure that women in small business have access to the tools, information and opportunities that are available."
The U.S. General Services Administration is an independent agency of the U.S. government whose mission is to deliver the best value in real estate, acquisition, and technology services to government and the American people. The agency’s Public Buildings Service is one of the largest and most diversified public real estate organizations in the world. Its portfolio consists of 376.9 million rentable square feet in 8,721 active assets across the United States, in all 50 states, 6 U.S. territories, and the District of Columbia.
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