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WOMEN'S PROCUREMENT SEMINAR SCHEDULED FOR MAY 15

 WOMEN'S PROCUREMENT SEMINAR SCHEDULED FOR MAY 15
 PITTSBURGH, May 6 /PRNewswire/ -- A $200 billion market that's a


trade secret?
 Billions of dollars in federal contracts are not being bid on by women entrepreneurs, a spokesman said today.
 At the city and county level, the figures are even more lop-sided. Of the 18,000 firms owned by women in Allegheny County, only 200 are certified to sell to local government agencies.
 Even fewer women-owned businesses -- 1/2 of 1 percent -- are certified to do business with the commonwealth.
 Why? Because women either don't think of the government as a customer or don't like what they hear about having the government as a client.
 According to Alida Sterling of the Greater Pittsburgh Commission for Women, "Women who successfully bid on government contracts have two things in common: they know the government buys just about everything and they aren't intimidated by the bidding process."
 To help acquaint women with this vast and varied marketplace, the Greater Pittsburgh Commission for Women, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and the Center of Entrepreneurial Opportunity at Seton Hill College will conduct an all-day government procurement seminar, "How Women in Business Can Sell to the Government," Friday, May 15, 8 a.m.-4 p.m., at the Radisson Hotel, Monroeville, Pa.
 "This seminar will show women they can grow bigger businesses by targeting the government as a new market. We'll walk them through the process, introduce them to people who can help, and provide 'next step' assistance -- either in getting certification or directing them to the right people," said Brad Estep, SBA procurement specialist.
 The day's agenda includes a definition of the "female advantage" in bidding on government contracts, real-life stories of procurement success and failure, a "dos and don'ts list," and a description of directing women-owned businesses to appropriate government buying agencies.
 "The procurement process can be intimidating," indicated Seton Hill College President Dr. Joanne Boyle. "Our goal is to make the seminar as 'user-friendly' as possible. Our 75 years of experience in women's education should make that goal a reality. It's our job to make sure the attendee understands the material, gets her questions answered and leaves the room feeling she can succeed."
 A "user-friendly" manual will guide women through the procurement process. It'll be included in the handouts at the conference for attendees.
 For more information on the conference, call Seton Hill College, 412-838-4232, or the Greater Pittsburgh Commission for Women, 412-281-5533.
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 /CONTACT: Raymond N. Becki of SBA, 412-644-5441/ CO: U.S. Small Business Administration; Seton Hill College;
 Greater Pittsburgh Commission for Women ST: Pennsylvania IN: SU:


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