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In celebration of Women’s History Month and in the spirit of women helping other women succeed, CWE is hosting a series of “HELP! Clinics” throughout the month of March. These workshops are tailored to address common problems WBEs face or points of confusion when navigating the supplier diversity world.

Do you ever get confused about which NAICS or UNSPSC code to put on your application? Or how to describe your business for the application or an RFP? If so, you’re not alone and this first session of our HELP! Clinic series is for you. Join speaker Michelle Simoes from the Massachusetts Procurement Technical Assistance Center (MA PTAC) as she educates us on why choosing the right commodity codes is so important and as she teaches us how to craft a powerful, engaging capability statement. You will walk away from this webinar with a better understanding of why capability statements are so important and how to best represent your business in supplier diversity spaces.

As for our powerhouse speaker, Michelle Simoes has 11 plus years of Government contract experience and joined the Massachusetts PTAC in 2018.

Prior to joining the Massachusetts PTAC, Michelle was the Small Business Liaison Officer (SBLO) at MIT Lincoln Laboratory (MIT LL).  While negotiating goals for the Laboratory’s Small Business Subcontracting Plan, Michelle implemented several critical initiatives to help small businesses contract with the research and development center, including the Small Business of the Year Award program and Annual Vendor Fair.  Michelle held the position of Small Business Chairperson for the National Contract Management Association (NCMA) Boston Chapter and maintained informal mentor-protégé relationships.  During her time at MIT LL, the institution was the SBA’s 2013 Dwight D. Eisenhower Award Winner for Excellence in Research Development and achieved the highest rating of ‘Outstanding’ for their Small Business Program from the Defense Contract Management Agency (DCMA) and Small Business Administration (SBA).

Michelle received her Juris Doctor from Suffolk University Law School, is a Certified Federal Contracts Manager (CFCM), and is a member of the Association of Procurement Technical Assistance Centers (APTAC), NCMA and DoD’s Northeast Regional Council for Small Business Education and Advocacy (NERC).  She enjoys spending time doing seasonal sports with her husband and two daughters.

This session is open to all WBENC Certified WBEs!