National Women Contractors’ Week Activities and Awards Announced by U.S. Women’s Chamber of Commerce

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Washington (PRESS RELEASE – February 17, 2010) — The U.S. Women’s Chamber of Commerce is proud to honor the growth and achievements of women-owned contractors and lay the foundation for opportunity and job creation for the future through National Women Contractors’ Week and Awards ( ) in Washington, DC, March 16-18, 2010. The emphasis during the week will be access to opportunities including detailed spotlights on U.S. Army and U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services contracting opportunities and the much requested “Industry Day” featuring one-on-one meetings between businesses, federal agencies and prime contractors.

“Over the last decade, women-owned firms have fought hard to gain significant advances as suppliers to the federal marketplace,” said Margot Dorfman, CEO of the U.S. Women’s Chamber of Commerce. “As women’s businesses have grown, we have pushed the envelope seeking bigger and bigger market opportunities – including state and federal contracting. In FY2008, the federal government spent over $9B with women-owned small businesses – the largest single market opportunity for women-owned firms in the world.”

“Through the annual ‘National Women Contractors’ Week’ we bring increased access to opportunities for women-owned firms, fuel job creation, provide awards and recognition, and spotlight the great achievements of women business owners all across the United States,” adds Dorfman.

The U.S. Women’s Chamber of Commerce is accepting nominations for awards celebrating the contributions of America’s women-owned small business government contractors( ). Awards will be presented at the first annual National Women Contractors’ Week.

State and national awards will be given to contractors recognizing key areas of accomplishment: Innovation & Performance, Growth Master, Emerging Star, and Stellar. Awards will be given to prime contractors, government agencies and leaders who provide outstanding support for the growth of women contractors.

The U.S. Women’s Chamber of Commerce(TM) is the leading advocate for women on economic and leadership issues. The USWCC creates opportunities and change for women by building a strong community voice, advocating for members, and providing programs and benefits to support the economic growth of women across America. The USWCC is a not-for-profit 501(c)6 organization founded in 2001; its headquarters offices are located in Washington, D.C.

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