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AOL Dinero Features Lourdes Martin-Rosa and WIPP's GM5 Program

Tuesday, September 21, 2010  
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The government is a gold mine
BY JAIME MEJIA

In the current economic conditions it is possible to say that President Barack Obama is who has the best opportunities especially for small financial controls negocios. El United States government is the largest purchaser of goods and services in 2009 the value mundo.Solo purchases was about $ 600 billion plus another $ 700 billion for the ARRA (American Recovery Reinvestment Act).

That source of business is available to all, especially small businesses of Hispanic origin. According to Lourdes Martin-Rosa, owner deGovernment Business Solutions, a firm specialized in advising companies on how to engage with the government, "many small businesses are missing out on business that exists in the government." Martin-Rosa is also an advisor to the American Express OPEN program, the subject of government contracting.

According to Martin, government entities are required to employ at least 23% of their budgets with small businesses. "If business is minority and Hispanic-owned businesses, the opportunities are even greater."

The time to see the government as a source of business could not be more timely. Given the magnitude of the economic crisis, Obama's government launched an economic stimulus package that is essentially public spending.

And while the deficit spending has many political enemies and is of a complex debate among economists, small business and individuals can take the opportunity while the politicians agree.

What to do? According to Martin-Rosa, small businesses must begin under the 8A certification, which is a program for minority businesses.

The following is a list of online tools that Martin-Rosa recommended for finding business opportunities with government

http://www.ccr.gov/ <https://www.bpn.gov/ccr/default.aspx> (Central Contractor Registration) all firms must be registered to do business with the federal government.

http://www.fbo.gov/ <https://www.fbo.gov/> (Business Opportunities), this is the only point of entry for each government contract with a value greater than $ 25,000. With this resource small businesses may find their contracts, the supply of opportunities.

http://www.usaspending.gov/ <http://www.usaspending.gov/> provides information to the community and taxpayers as to how our money is spent.

The Business Development Program 8 (a) of the SBA (Small Business Agency) assists in the development of companies owned and operated by individuals socially and economically disadvantaged. Businesses that meet the requirements of this program are entitled to special consideration in awarding federal contracts and other business development support.

http://www.giveme5.com/ <http://www.giveme5.com/> (created by American Express OPEN and is aimed at women entrepreneurs). 5% of procurement must be for women's businesses.

http: / / govtcontracts.open.com / <http://govtcontracts.open.com/> - American Express OPEN site to help achieve government business.

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