WIPP's myContracting Magazine January 2015 - Page 23

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The 8a program creates opportunities for small and disadvantaged businesses as they attempt to compete in the federal market place; making it possible for them to become federal prime contractors, experience revenue and profit growth, formed important partnerships – and more. But, what you may not know is that graduating from 8(a) is often a difficult transition to make. An alarming number of businesses fail within 2 years after leaving the benefits and protections of 8a!

This workshop is the first in a series of webinars designed to address the steps necessary for a Transitioning 8a Firm to take in order to position and prepare itself for continued success through government contracting. Throughout the life of your 8(a) status, you must be strategically ready to grow and to maintain that growth once you graduate.

During this introduction webinar we will…

1. Provide detailed insight on how, why and when you should start the process of preparing for your post-8(a) status.

2. Provide an overview of…

o Fine tuning your pricing

o Optimizing your market strategy

o Getting financials in order

o Establishing an excellent recruiting system

o Making teaming your business culture

o Developing relationships -- the most essential ingredient!

This webinar is being presented to you by the Women’s Business Development Center (WBDC) and Women Impacting Public Policy (WIPP). Both organizations are committed to supporting businesses in their growth and contracting goals.

WBDC is a 28-year old not-for profit organization focused on fueling the economy through entrepreneurship, and is the oldest, largest and most comprehensive women’s business assistance center in the United States. WBDC’s programs are designed to help individuals in every phase of the business development and growth process.

Speaker: Barbara English, Owner of English Solutions, consults with small businesses to optimize their ability to win contracts with federal agencies, state/local government agencies and large prime government contractors. Ms. English is guided by her 36 years meritorious federal contracting career with the Department of Defense.