In recognition of Women’s History Month, GSA’s Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization has featured posts focused on women in small business and how GSA is working to support them and the small business economy.
While Women’s History Month is soon coming to a close, GSA’s strong commitment to women in small business will remain the same. As we focused on helping the small business community recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, we know women owned small businesses will be instrumental in significantly contributing to our nation’s economic recovery. Thus far, in Fiscal Year 2020 GSA has awarded over $183 million dollars to women owned small businesses, or over 8% of GSA’s total dollars awarded; far exceeding the goal of 5%.
At GSA, we say achieving success in the federal procurement marketplace is a marathon; we are here to support you throughout your race. To start, women small business owners should know the importance of marketing and data mining. This will help you strategically plan, and better position your business in the federal marketplace. Get in touch with your Small Business Specialist who can help connect you with upcoming GSA training.
As a small business owner, you know the importance of looking toward the future. GSA’s Forecast of Contracting Opportunities Tool provides forward-looking data in a web based, easy-to-use format. This tool helps identify potential prime contracting opportunities early in the federal procurement process. The purpose of the tool is to help government buyers and businesses easily communicate around potential contracting opportunities with GSA and other agencies.
To assist you with understanding the data out there, OSDBU also provides training on how to conduct your own data analysis and research using the beta.SAM.gov Data Bank and accessing other systems to help you find procurement opportunities.
A healthy small business community helps GSA meet its strategic goal of creating more opportunities. GSA is uniquely positioned to support small businesses across the nation by supporting our federal customer agencies in procuring critical products and services. Additionally, GSA strives to ensure doing business with us is as flexible and agile as possible by simplifying and streamlining processes.
To learn more about GSA’s commitment to the small business community, visit https://www.gsa.gov/small-business.