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Women: Give Me 5!


American Express OPEN and Women Impacting Public Policy (WIPP) just launched the Give Me 5 campaign. The program is intended to assist women-owned businesses in securing more federal contracts. Learn more by visiting

The Situation: Women-owned businesses are a driving force in the national economy, generating nearly 1.9 trillion in sales and employing 13 million people. Every year, the federal government spends $400 billion on goods and services. The Equity in Contracting for Women Act (2000) stipulates that federal agencies award 5% of all contracts to women-owned businesses.

The Reality:  Nine years after the launch of this act, federal agencies allocate only 3.4% of contracts to women. Only 67,000 of the 10.1 million women-owned firms have completed the CCR and, consequently, are eligible for federal contracts.

The Program: Give Me 5 aims to close the gap in contract allocation and increase the percentage of women receiving contracts to 5% or more. Women business owners stand to gain more than $5 billion in annual revenues by reaching the 5% goal.

-Source: WIPP

As part of the program, WIPP and American Express Open are providing free, online training courses. Here are a few of the offerings:

Give Me 5 Training 101: Introduction to Federal Procurement and a Guide to Central Contractor Registration
April 29, 2009 @ 3pm EDT | Register

Give Me 5 Training 102: What’s next after I register on the CCR?
May 13, 2009 @ 3pm EDT | Register

Here are a few resources to help get you started:
1) Give Me 5 Web Site
2) Give Me 5 Brochure
3) Give Me 5 Federal Contracting Training Course Guide

-Jacalyn Barnes, SCORE
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Discussion (3) Comment

  1. J. BarnesVisitor

    Hello Everyone,

    The “Give Me 5″ Web site should be up and running again! Check out the links and contact SCORE if you need assistance growing your business.


  2. J. BarnesVisitor

    Hi Eleanor,

    Thanks for your note. You’re right. I just heard from the program manager that the Web site is experiencing some technical difficulties and the links should be working soon! Until then, you can access some of their resources here.


  3. Eleanor LyonsVisitor

    Good information – if only the links you provided were active. The 3 “resources to help you get started” links you listed are no longer live.


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