RedTracker| Senator Olympia Snowe, ranking member and former Chair of the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship, wrote recently on The Hill’s Congress Blog that women-owned businesses continue to be under-represented in the federal contracting process.
Fifteen years ago, Congress passed a five percent government-wide contracting goal for women-owned small businesses. Senator Snowe reports that this goal has never been met and as no set of tools in place to help this process.
Service-disabled veteran-owned, HUBZone, and small disadvantaged businesses all have tools in place to help contracting officers award contracts to their businesses. Women do not.
In 2000, a women’s contracting program was enacted into law, providing the critical tools. Senator Snowe reports that after three Congressional reports, numerous Congressional hearings, two proposed rules, one highly deficient final rule and nearly a decade of inaction, the necessary regulations to heolp women entrepreneurs remain unimplemented. via The Hill’s Congress Blog
Inc. posts an ct. 27, 2009 article about a new SBA online training ‘Winning Federal Contracts: A Guide for Women Entrepreneurs.’
I did not know that South Africa mandates that every government contract must be issued to a business with women directly involved. This is a key reason why South Africa is in the top 10 gender equality global countries in last week’s World Economic Forum Gender Equality Report 2009.
Interesting then, that we can’t even fill 5% of US federal government contracts to women-owned businesses.