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NWBC Beyond Sole Source: Strategies to Meet the 5% WOSB Goal - Webinar

The focus of National Women’s Business Council’s (NWBC) next Public Meeting is women’s access to the federal marketplace, specifically strategies that women can use to successfully navigate the process and tactics that government agencies can use to increase the spend to women-owned small businesses.  

The Council leadership will first provide updates and highlights from recent research and engagement efforts, as well as share a preview of the upcoming Annual Report (expected later this month). Speakers include: Council Chair Carla Harris, Kimberly Blackwell, and Laura Yamanaka. The Council has confirmed two special guests for additional commentary:

  • U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen is confirmed to join for brief remarks
  • John Shoraka, Associate Administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration from the Office of Government Contracting and Business Development, is joining as a special guest to explain sole source authority and what it means for women small business owners and contracting officers.

The second half of the meeting will be a panel, during which practitioners and women entrepreneurs will discuss strategies to reach the government’s unmet WOSB goal – including agency outreach, WOSB certification and readiness assessments, streamlining the onerous process, industry matchmaking, or pipeline investments – and share actionable advice and best practices that women can leverage to successfully navigate the process and win contracts. Panelists include:

  • Erin Andrew, Associate Administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration and Director of the SBA Office of Women’s Business Ownership
  • Teresa Lewis, Director of the Office of Small & Disadvantaged Business Utilization for Health and Human Services
  • Rose Wang, Founder of The Binary Group and former Council Member
  • Elise Hernandez, CEO and founder of Ideal System Solutions
  • Amanda Brown, Executive Director of the National Women’s Business Council (moderator)

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