WASHINGTON – Administrator Isabella Casillas Guzman, head of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and the voice in President Biden’s Cabinet for America’s 33 million small businesses, announced that the SBA will cohost ChallengeHER events in Phoenix, Arizona, on September 14 and Silver Spring, Maryland, on October 24, alongside partners from Women Impacting Public Policy (WIPP) and American Express (AMEX).
ChallengeHER is a government contracting education initiative that helps women-owned small businesses gain access to federal contracts by encouraging participation in the SBA’s Women-Owned Small Business (WOSB) Federal Contract program and providing an avenue for government agencies to meet qualified women-owned small business contractors – all in service of bringing more women-owned firms into the federal government’s supply chain.
“ChallengeHER has helped tens of thousands of women-owned small businesses access federal contracting opportunities and grow their revenues by selling to the world’s largest buyer: the U.S. government,” said Administrator Guzman. “Our continued collaboration with Women Impacting Public Policy and American Express on the ChallengeHER initiative reaffirms the SBA’s commitment to leveling the playing field for women-owned businesses in the federal marketplace by advocating for them and matching them to the buyers directly so they can win more contracts.”
“WIPP is honored to be a national partner in this much needed and well-respected program. Now in its 11th year, we have served nearly 26,000, providing women-owned small businesses the education and resources needed to navigate the road to success and sustainability during these historical times,” said Angela Dingles, Acting President & CEO, Women Impacting Public Policy (WIPP).