In the May edition of Today’s Chicago Woman’s magazine, WBDC Co-President Hedy Ratner wrote about the new U.S. Small Business Administration’s Women-Owned Small Business Program and the increased government contracting opportunities this will provide for certified women-owned businesses. We’re excited to see what new opportunities will be available in the near future.
The WBDC has been alerted that there are companies trying to take advantage of businesses interested in government contracting by charging them to register in the Central Contractor Registration (CCR) system. CCR is “the official, free on-line registrant database for the U.S. Federal Government. CCR collects, validates, stores and disseminates data in support of agency acquisition and award missions.” You do not need pay to register in CCR, and U.S. Federal Contractor Registration is not a government agency.
Procurement Technical Assistance Centers (PTAC), like the one at the WBDC, which are funded through the U.S. Small Business Administration, can assist business owners with CCR registration and other aspects of navigating the government contracting process at no charge. For more information please contact Freida Curry, WBDC PTAC Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org, or find a PTAC center near you.