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Would you like to sell your product or services to the Federal Government? The U.S. government awards more than $500 billion in contracts, and 23% of those contracts are available for small businesses.
In this session, SCORE mentor Karen Williams and SBA's Policy, Planning and Liaison Director Kenneth Dodds discuss how to become a certified small business to contract with the government.
You will learn:
Certifications needed for set-asides (contracts designated for small businesses)
Requirements for set-asides
Qualifications for set-aside procurements
Next steps to get qualified
About the presenters
Karen Williams - District Director for the Washington DC SCORE District
Karen A. Williams retired from Northrop Grumman Corporation as the vice president of corporate contracts, pricing & supply chain in 2013 and currently serves as the District Director for the Washington, DC SCORE District. She is also a member of the SCORE Advisory Council and the SCORE Women's Cohort Group.
Previously, Ms. Williams was the Chapter Chair of the Washington, DC SCORE Chapter. SCORE is a nonprofit association dedicated to helping small businesses get off the ground, grow and achieve their goals through education and mentorship.
Kenneth Dodds - Director of Policy, Planning and Liaison at Small Business Administration
Mr. Kenneth Dodds is the Director of Policy, Planning and Liaison at the Small Business Administration (SBA).
His office is responsible for small business government contracting regulations, small business size standards, and small business prime contracting goals for executive agencies. Mr. Dodds has served in many roles at SBA including Director of the Office of Government Contracting and senior attorney in the Office of General Counsel.
He is a graduate of James Madison University and received his law degree from the Marshall-Wythe School of Law at the College of William & Mary.