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Monroe County hosts federal contracting workshop for women-owned small businesses

Mar 8, 2019

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A workshop at the Greater Rochester International Airport on Friday aimed to get more female entrepreneurs involved in government contracting.

The event gathered female small-business owners to show them the steps required to do business with the government.

Monroe County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo talked about the rich history of female leaders in the area.

"Obviously, when we look back at our history and we think about Susan B. Anthony and that trail that she blazed for all of us, right? Someone who was courageous, stood up, did what was right, fought for what was right and reached her goals," Dinolfo said.

Anna Vulaj Fitzsimmons, director of the county's Procurement Technical Assistance Center,  led the workshop.

"We've brought in some of our great, successful women small businesses and those that are growing into the large category. And then we brought in a panel of our buyers, so people really have a good understanding of what it takes to sell to the government, " Vulaj Fitzimmons explained.

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The training was designed to accommodate a broad spectrum of businesses including manufacturing and information technology.

It also helped female business owners with contracting and bidding as well as tips for how to stay competitive in the marketplace.