ChallengeHER Workshop is next week in Huntsville

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala - Debbie Batson of Teledyne Brown Engineering and Kevin Hoey, board member on the WBCNA, spoke with Steve Johnson about the upcoming ChallengeHER Workshop.

ChallengeHER is a half-day workshop designed to assist business professionals in competing for government contracts by reducing the competition utilizing the Women-Owned Small Business (WOSB) Set Aside Program.

ChallengeHER is a joint initiative from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), Women Impacting Public Policy (WIPP), and the American Express OPEN which is the small business division of the financial services company.

ChallengeHER works specifically with the WOSB federal contracting program as a tool to help to assist women business owners leverage federal awards, learn the federal procurement process, and to connect professionals with the right people. Partnering with the Women's Business Center of North Alabama, this event provides a great opportunity for women-owned small businesses to market their work to the government.

The ChallengeHER Workshop begins on Thursday, August 25th with the "Making the Most of a Business Matchmaker" from 3-5 p.m. at the atrium at Redstone Federal Credit Union on Wynn Drive in Huntsville. This workshop will help professionals maximize networking opportunity by learning the following:

• Capabilities statements - The 10 questions you must answer
• The do's and don'ts of matchmaking
• The importance of the first impression and why you need an elevator speech
• Learn valuable tricks and tips to be prepared and not waste time

The workshop continues on Friday, August 26th from 8:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., with a specific Matchmaking session from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The location is the same, the atrium at Redstone Federal Credit Union on Wynn Drive. Some of the ChallengeHER workshops this day will include:

• Marketing your business to help create WOSB set-asides
• Conversation with panel of federal buyers
• Who's Who in procurement buying
• Teaming and joint ventures
• Matchmaking with resource partners, agencies, and primes

The event is free but registration is required because seating is limited.  Register here.

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