The Impact of Federal Procurement Certification on U.S. Female-Owned Businesses

11 Pages Posted: 8 Dec 2015

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Barbara J Orser

University of Ottawa - Management

Allan Riding

Telfer School of Management, University of Ottawa

Julie R. Weeks

Womenable, Inc.

Date Written: December 8, 2015

Abstract

Governments, as dominant purchasers of goods and services, use procurement policy as a vehicle to facilitate the development ecosystem for small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) (Ram and Smallbone, 2003). Historically, federal procurement policy has been viewed as a means to redress perceived market failures, such as discrimination and economic or social exclusion. More recently, supplier diversity is seen as providing direct and indirect benefits to government, such as: expansion of supplier diversity and customer bases; cost economies from increased competition in the supply chain; promotion of innovation and supplier efficiencies; and enhanced knowledge transfer and exchange (WEConnect International, 2012; Canadian Aboriginal and Minority Supplier Council, (CAMSC) 2006, 2015; Women Impacting Public Policy (WIPP), 2009). Today, the U.S. government is committed to directing at least five per cent of its spending to women- and minority-owned SMEs. This goal is yet to be realized.

Suggested Citation

Orser, Barbara J and Riding, Allan and Weeks, Julie R., The Impact of Federal Procurement Certification on U.S. Female-Owned Businesses (December 8, 2015). 6th Annual George Washington University (GWU)-International Council for Small Business (ICSB) Global Entrepreneurship Research and Policy Conference. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2700786 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2700786

Barbara J Orser

University of Ottawa - Management ( email )

Ottawa, Ontario
Canada

Allan Riding (Contact Author)

Telfer School of Management, University of Ottawa ( email )

55 Laurier Avenue East
Ottawa, Ontario K1H6E7
Canada
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Julie R. Weeks

Womenable, Inc. ( email )

13601 S. Beaver Pond Road
Empire, MI 49630
United States
1-231-326-3300 (Phone)

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