On May 27, GSA’s Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDBU) hosted their final event in a series of matchmaking events in recognition and support of small disadvantaged business (SDB) owners. In total, OSDBU hosted 10 events throughout the country, connecting more than 65 SDBs to potential subcontracting opportunities across the federal marketplace.
These matchmaking events provide small business owners with the opportunity to connect with prime contractors who need their services. OSDBU’s Associate Administrator Exodie Roe remotely welcomed attendees at each of the 10 events and reaffirmed GSA’s commitment to ensuring that small businesses in socioeconomic categories and communities are well-represented in the procurement process.
“The federal government represents a stable partner for small businesses, providing access to reliable funding and even greater opportunities. That is why GSA makes working with small businesses one of our top priorities,” said Roe. He emphasized GSA’s new goal of supporting SDBs in federal contracting, which has been set at 21% for fiscal year 2022. “This is an ambitious goal, but that is exactly what is needed to promote equity and increase small and small disadvantaged business participation in federal procurement across all categories,” he added.
GSA supports the Biden Administration’s priorities on advancing diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility across government. Our goal is to level the playing field for small businesses in underserved communities by advocating for small and small disadvantaged businesses in every procurement at both the prime and subcontracting level.
It is critical that every small business has a fair opportunity at federal government business. GSA’s Forecasting of Contracting Opportunities Tool makes it easier for small businesses to locate contracting opportunities with federal agencies. We also offer government contracting factsheets that help small business owners find opportunities and navigate the federal marketplace. To see more resources, visit GSA’s Resources page. If you're interested in attending a future OSDBU socioeconomic matchmaking event, contact your local Small Business Specialist.