Ventureneer Webinar Shows Minority- and Women-Owned Businesses How to Grow

Government agencies must give 5% of their contracts to minority- and women-owned businesses. Are you one of them?

New York, NY, January 11, 2012 --( Small business often miss out on opportunities for contracts and growing if they don’t become certified as minority- or women-owned. With government agencies and corporations that do business with the government mandated to give 5% of contracts to such firms, neglecting to become certified is just plain foolish.

Ventureneer’s free webinar, Grow Your Business Through Certification and Contracting will show business owners just how important certification can be to their businesses. It will be held Tuesday, January 24, 2012, 12n-1pm ET.

“Becoming certified is an investment in the future of your business. It opens doors and gives your business a competitive edge,” said Geri Stengel, founder of Ventureneer.

The free webinar will take the mystery out of the certification process and show business owners how to identify, qualify, and market their companies. It will be taught by Clovia Hamilton, founder Lemongrass Consulting, which provides strategic planning and government-contract strategy to small businesses. In addition to her consulting work, Hamilton teaches government contracting at Georgia Tech’s Procurement Assistance Center and helps manage small business programs for local governments in Georgia.

For more information or to register for the webinar, visit

About Ventureneer:

Ventureneer connects values-driven small business owners, social entrepreneurs, and nonprofit leaders with the knowledge they need to make the world a better place and to thrive as businesses. At Ventureneer, entrepreneurial and nonprofit training and advice are practical, accessible, and affordable. Ventureneer blends traditional, formal instruction with informal, peer learning. You can learn new skills, collaborate with peers, develop solutions to your real-world problems, get one-on-one help from experts, and access the information you need to make better decisions for your organizations.

Geri Stengel