July 11, 2011

U.S. Women’s Chamber of Commerce Approved Third Party Certifier for Federal Women-Owned Small Business Contracting Program

Applications Accepted Now for the WOSB/EDWOSB Contracting Program; Women's Chamber Holds National Conference for Women-Owned Contractors

WASHINGTON, July 11, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The U.S. Women's Chamber of Commerce has been approved by the Small Business Administration as a Third Party Certifier for the Women-Owned Small Business Federal Contracting Program. Applications are now being accepted for firms eligible as WOSB and EDWOSB contractors. Information is available at http://www.uswcc.org/certification.

The U.S. Women's Chamber of Commerce continues national leadership for women-owned contractors with the upcoming launch of the WOSB National Council at the Summer Conference (http://www.wosbnationalcouncil.org) on July 27 - 28, 2011 in Washington, D.C.

In addition to educational sessions, a broad array of federal agencies and prime contractors have committed to meet one-on-one with women-owned firms during the conference, including: Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Goddard Space Flight Center, HQ U.S. Army, Corps of Engineers, NASA, National Energy Technology Laboratory, NAVFAC, Savannah River Nuclear Solutions, Small Business Administration, Transportation Security Administration, U.S. Air Force - Bolling AFB, U.S. Army - Mission and Installation Contracting Command- Ft Myer, U.S. Dept of Homeland Security, U.S. Dept of Transportation, U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, U.S. Dept. of Education, U.S. Dept. of Energy, U.S. Dept. of Labor, U.S. Dept. of State, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Navy, USAID, Aptima Inc, Bechtal, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), IBM, The SI Organization, Inc., Weston Solutions.

"The Women's Chamber looks forward to supporting women-owned contractors as a Third Party Certifier for the WOSB Federal Contracting Program and through our leadership of the WOSB National Council," said Margot Dorfman, CEO of the U.S. Women's Chamber of Commerce. "For more than a decade, women waited for the implementation of this important contracting program that enables contracting officers to set-aside contract competitions between women-owned firms. We are confident this program will help federal agencies to finally provide women-owned firms with fair access to federal contracts," adds Dorfman.

The U.S. Women's Chamber of Commerce(TM) is the leading advocate for women on economic and leadership issues. The USWCC creates opportunities for women by building a strong community voice, advocating for members, and providing programs and benefits to support the economic growth of women across America. The USWCC is a not-for-profit 501(c)6 organization founded in 2001; its headquarters offices are located in Washington, D.C. Contact the USWCC at 888-418-7922.

SOURCE U.S. Women's Chamber of Commerce