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Successful Government Contracting for Women Business Owners is Topic of Workshop for August 24 in Minneapolis

Chicago, IL, August 11, 2011 --( Women Business Enterprises (WBEs) seeking to do business within the public sector should attend, “Government Contracting: What WBEs Need to Know to be Successful,” a regional workshop presented by the Women’s Business Development Center (WBDC) and Give Me 5, an educational program created by Women Impacting Public Policy and American Express OPEN to help women business owners access and win federal contracts. Give Me 5 derives its name from the goal set by Congress that federal contracting officers award 5% of all contracts to women-owned businesses.

The event will be held on Wednesday, August 24, from 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., at Target Financial Services, 3701 Wayzata Blvd., Auditorium, in Minneapolis, Minn. Host sponsor is Target Corp.

Give Me 5 instructor Gloria Larkin, president of TargetGov and noted government contracting expert and author, will discuss the benefits of the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Women-Owned Small Business (WOSB) Contracting Program. She will describe how the WOSB program, established in October 2010, allows contracting officers to set-aside contracts where only WBEs can compete.

WBEs will learn how to leverage the new program to improve, elevate and enhance their company’s benefits to contracting officers and corporate buyers; locate viable direct government contractors or as a sub to prime corporate contractors; and maximize their competitive position by effectively connecting to decision makers and successfully building relationships.

Federal Government agencies and their prime corporate contractors are federally mandated to meet a 5% (of $540 billion) spending goal with women-owned small businesses. Attend this workshop and gain a better understanding of how to navigate this new program.

The workshop is free of charge for all certified WBEs. Space is limited; registration is required. For more information, please visit or call (312) 853-3477, ext 0.

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