Just as President Barack Obama announced his plan to spur small business, Fairfax County is doing its best to help small businesses win federal contracts, with a special focus on businesses owned by women.
Women-owned businesses in Fairfax County generate $6 billion of sales revenue each year. But those businesses aren't as well represented in the world of government contracting.
Fairfax County is hoping that will change with a new federal initiative setting aside certain contracts for women owned businesses.
Wednesday, the Fairfax Economic Development Authority is holding a symposium to help explain the program. Pamela Siek,the CEO of Marathon Technological Services in Herndon, will be there.
"I really don't think anybody doesn't want to do business with women, they think they can't -- I don't think that's out there. But it's just we...haven't been trained to know how, where those stepping stones are," she says.
Fairfax County has about 35,000 women-owned businesses.