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Fairfax Chamber to Host Women-owned Small-Business Panel


The Fairfax Chamber of Commerce wants to encourage women-owned small businesses to actively participate in government contracting. The tools are in place, thanks to the Women-Owned Small Business Procurement Set-Aside Program.

The program supports the Obama administration’s initiative to expand small business activity in government contracting. The Set-Aside program provides WOSBs with the information and opportunity to compete for a piece of the government-contracting pie.

The Fairfax Chamber is partnering with the D.C. Chapter of the Federal Bar Association and the Government Contracts Section of the Federal Bar Association to host a panel discussion on how WOSBs can benefit from the new program.

“Women-owned small businesses are a critical force in the federal contracting arena and in the Northern Virginia business community,” said Fairfax Chamber President and CEO Jim Corcoran. “The chamber is eager to provide this forum for women-owned contractors to discuss ways to harness this exciting new program.”

Panelists for the event will include Ana Recio Harvey, associate administrator for U.S. Small Business Administration and Office of Women’s Business Ownership, Alan L. Chvotkin, executive vice president and counsel of Professional Services Council, and Ann M. Sullivan, president of Madison Services Group, Inc.

Tenley A. Carp, partner with Cohen Mohr LLP and chair of the Small Business Committee of the Federal Bar Association Government Contracts Section, will moderate.

“Despite the fact that the federal government has had a statutory goal of awarding five percent of federal contracts to WOSBs for the past 15 years, that goal has never once been met on a governmentwide basis,” Carp said. “In fact, WOSBs have been receiving less than half of that percentage on an annual basis. Now is the time for WOSBs to celebrate and seize this milestone regulation and educate themselves, potential customers and teaming partners about the eligibility requirements and options for certification. This discussion is the first step in taking advantage of this powerful program.”

The panel will hold its discussion April 13 from 7:30-9:30 a.m. at the Westin Tysons Corner.


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