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SBA Administrator Guzman, WIPP, AMEX Announce the Return of Government Contracting Education Initiative for Women Entrepreneurs: ChallengeHer

August 26, 2022 | Release Number 22-69
Contact U.S. Small Business Administration at Press_Office@sba.gov

ChallengeHer is celebrating 10 years of helping women-owned small businesses access federal contracts

WASHINGTONAdministrator Isabella Casillas Guzman, head of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and the voice for America’s 33 million small businesses in President Biden’s Cabinet, announced the return of ChallengeHer—a government contracting education initiative to help women-owned small business gain access to federal contracts and encourage participation in the SBA’s Women-Owned Small Business (WOSB) Federal Contract program, alongside partners from Women Impacting Public Policy (WIPP) and American Express (AMEX), during an event in Silver Spring, Maryland.

Celebrating its 10th anniversary, ChallengeHer is free for all registrants as part of a national initiative designed to promote the WOSB Federal Contract Program, bring more women-owned firms into the federal government’s supply chain, and provide an avenue for government agencies to meet qualified women-owned small business contractors.

“Throughout the past decade, ChallengeHer has helped tens of thousands of women-owned small businesses break glass ceilings and grow their revenue by selling to the world’s largest buyer: the U.S. government,” said Administrator Guzman. “Thanks to the SBA’s collaboration with Women Impacting Public Policy and American Express, ChallengeHER continues to level the playing field in the federal marketplace by investing in and empowering more women-owned firms, connecting federal buyers directly with women entrepreneurs via matchmaking, and providing continued advocacy on behalf of WOSBs in every sector of the economy and every corner of the nation—and we are committed to ensuring it continues to open doors to revenue for women entrepreneurs for decades to come.”

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