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 www.giveme5.com.
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.
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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You’ll read a lot of blog posts here that require you to do some work. And you’ve probably wondered “How on earth will I find time to do all this?” Well, you don’t have a choice, so turn off the TV and start developing ways to work smarter and create more time.
Keep a time log. If you don’t believe you waste a lot of time, keep a log. How many times did you surf the Internet reading useless blogs (not mine), etc., that are not work-related? How many personal phone calls? How much time spent on personal errands, events, etc? How much time are you spending looking for a file on your computer? Keep track of every minute for a few days and be honest with yourself about how you’re spending work time.
Organize everything. Save hours a day by creating paper, computer, Inbox, etc., filing systems so you can find anything you need the instant you need it. Start with your clothes closet and purge the things you don’t need and put like items together by color. Use this same system for everything else that you organize, not necessarily by color, but by putting broad categories of items together. In a filing system, this could mean putting all of your marketing files together, accounting files together, etc. Get everyone to use the same logical systems so anyone can find anything anywhere in the office.
Set goals and prioritize. You have to determine what your goals are so you’ll know how you should spend your time. The things you value and need (not want) will take priority.
Check back next week for more helpful tips on getting and staying organized!