Federal agencies provide approximately $400 billion in contracts each year that are small business eligible. There are over 275,000 small businesses in Pennsylvania that employ over 3.2 million people, and I want to ensure that they have the tools they need to grow. That is precisely why I hosted a Small Business Procurement Workshop at Lehigh University in Bethlehem. I want to make sure that federal procurement becomes easier for Pennsylvania businesses.
By partnering with the Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce, Small Business Development Centers, and Lehigh Valley Economic Development Corporation, we were able to bring together about 75 businesses from across the region to learn how to do business with the government. The summit provided the informational toolkit these professionals will need to navigate the procurement process and strengthen their businesses. The Government Services Administrator David Ehrenwerth, along with leading experts in federal procurement, met with Lehigh Valley businesses to assist them with the process.
In these tough economic times, businesses need to find new customers and markets, and I believe this summit will help them do just that. For more information and a complete list of federal resources, please visit the procurement section of my website.