Small businesses are the backbone of our economy and are essential to creating the jobs our country needs. That is why here at the U.S. General Services Administration we are committed to make it easier for all businesses — especially small businesses — to contract with the federal government.
On March 10, we held a small business training conference in Washington, DC to bring together policy and contracting professionals with small business to discuss federal contracting opportunities.
Attendees were welcomed by GSA Administrator Denise Turner Roth. “This year we are focused on increasing the volume of businesses getting on schedule and making it easier for them to do business with the government,” said Administrator Roth. “We are constantly looking for smarter ways to encourage increased involvement of small businesses in service to government and the American people,” She added.
The training conference highlighted Women’s History Month with a training focused on this small business category. The event also included five more training session on varied topics and four roundtables that focused on important issues in Federal procurement. One-on-one counseling was also available from the Small Business Administration, Procurement Technical Assistance Centers, GSA Procurement Staff and the GSA Ombudsman to ensure small businesses could walk away from the event ready to take their next step in accessing opportunities with GSA.
Small Business is a Top Priority at GSA
We have a long track record of working with small businesses. In fact, GSA was just recognized at SBA’s press conference on the success of our federal government surpassing the Women Owned Small Business Goal for the first time in history. In 2015, GSA also exceeded all prime small business goals awarding $1.6 billion in contract awards.
Contracting with small businesses is a win-win for both the federal government and the small business community. The government receives great service at great value, while small businesses gain opportunities to grow their businesses and create jobs.