October 8, 2021
WASHINGTON — During September, the U.S. General Services Administration’s Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDBU) marked Small Business Week by showcasing opportunities for small businesses to engage in the federal marketplace.
Last week, GSA’s OSDBU also hosted “Small Business Works: 2021 Level Up & Network Series” where Associate Administrator Exodie Roe joined federal leaders and experts across government and industry, all of whom shared their strategies to support America’s small business entrepreneurs. This large-scale virtual training and matchmaking event provided attendees with critical information to be successful in federal procurement. GSA Administrator Robin Carnahan delivered a keynote address at the event and reaffirmed the agency’s commitment to advancing diversity, equity, inclusion and accessibility (DEIA) across government.
“GSA is setting the bar by integrating DEIA principles into everything we do,” said GSA Administrator Robin Carnahan. “We want to ensure that small businesses from disadvantaged socioeconomic categories and communities are well-represented in the procurement process.”
In alignment with GSA’s mission critical work on the key priorities for the Biden-Harris Administration, part of this effort includes the Administration’s new goals to grow federal contracting with small disadvantaged businesses by fifty percent, translating to an additional $100 billion over 5 years. GSA is committed to supporting the whole of government approach that the Administration put forth by collaborating with industry on federal acquisition requirements and best practices promoting opportunities for all socio-economic entities.
GSA offers video resources, training opportunities and government contracting fact sheets available online for small business owners that are interested in looking for opportunities in the federal marketplace.
The GSA Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDBU) advocates for small, small-disadvantaged, service disabled veteran-owned, HUBZone, and women-owned small businesses. OSDBU has nationwide responsibility for GSA’s small business programs and promotes increased access to GSA’s nationwide procurement opportunities. OSDBU engages in activities that make it possible for the small business community to meet key contracting experts and be counseled on the procurement process. OSDBU monitors and implements small business policies and manages a range of programs mandated by law. For more information, visit: www.gsa.gov/smallbusiness and follow us on Twitter at @GSAOSDBU.
About GSA: GSA provides centralized procurement for the federal government, managing a nationwide real estate portfolio of nearly 370 million rentable square feet and overseeing approximately $75 billion in annual contracts. GSA’s mission is to deliver the best value in real estate, acquisition, and technology services across government, in support of the Biden-Harris administration’s priorities. For more information, visit GSA.gov and follow us at @USGSA.