Women-owned small businesses seem to be getting a rough deal when trying to get contracts from the federal government. For the second consecutive year the number of federal contracts won by women-owned small businesses declined. Although women-owned businesses won $16.4 billion of contracts from the government, this was 5.5 percent lower than in 2011. The number of contracts won by male owned small businesses also fell in 2011, but by only 4.1 percent.
As the number of contracts awarded to women-owned small businesses continues to decline, the government is failing to reach the goal that was set in 1994 of awarding at least 5 percent of the total value of eligible contracts to woman-owned businesses. The current level is around 3.2 percent.
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