TORONTO, February 28, 2019
WBE Canada is excited to announce that Public Services and Procurement Canada’s Office of Small and Medium Enterprises (OSME) has joined us as a new Corporate Member.
“OSME is focused on developing Canadian businesses and supporting entrepreneurs, but most importantly, they also introduce suppliers to federal procurement opportunities, and we know they’re going to bring incredible opportunities for Canadian women-owned businesses” said Silvia Pencak, President, WBE Canada. “WBE Canada is excited about this partnership and we are looking forward to seeing the ripple effect benefiting women-owned businesses across all regions in Canada in the upcoming years.”
Through its network of offices across Canada, OSME is an integral part of the federal government’s commitment to a procurement system that is accessible to small and medium businesses.
A long time event partner with WBE Canada, we are excited to have OSME join us in Vancouver at WBE IMPACT: BC at their first official “Meet the Buyer” session in this new partnership role, to further encourage and assist SMEs in doing business with the federal government and influencing positive change within the government’s procurement processes.
“Our Government is committed to increasing the diversity of small and medium-sized businesses in federal procurement. Our partnership with Women Business Enterprises Canada Council will help us gain valuable insight into women-owned businesses, helping us to reach women entrepreneurs across the country and make procurement more accessible for them.” The Honourable Carla Qualtrough, Minister of Public Services and Procurement Canada and Accessibility
About WBE Canada
Women Business Enterprises Canada Council (WBE Canada) is a Canadian nonprofit organization with mandate to bridge the gap between Corporate and Government buyers and Women Business Enterprises (WBEs). WBE Canada certifies majority-owned, managed, and controlled women’s businesses and provides a range of programs and services to assist WBEs in better accessing business opportunities with major corporations. This includes training and education, through an annual conference, workshops and webinars; mentoring programs and networking events with like-minded businesswomen and corporate members. WBE Canada also provides its corporate members with forums, tools and techniques to broaden and strengthen their goals.
The Office of Small and Medium Enterprises (OSME), as part of Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC), helps smaller businesses to better understand how the federal government buys goods and services, and how they can navigate the process to find opportunities. OSME does so by finding out what stops suppliers from submitting a bid; by advising government buyers and policy-makers on the concerns of small and medium businesses; and by suggesting ways to make tools and processes better so that it’s easier for smaller businesses to compete for contracts. OSME actively engages with smaller businesses to promote federal procurement opportunities and find ways to make procurement processes more accessible and inclusive.
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