WIPP works to ensure that federal buyers fully utilize the WOSB program and that women-owned businesses seeking federal contracts take advantage of these opportunities. Through its education programs, outreach through the ChallengeHER program and advocacy, WIPP opens doors for women owned businesses seeking to access the federal marketplace.
In 2017, WIPP is focusing on two major priorities. First, we must increase access for women-owned firms to multiple-award contracts. The government increasingly buys its products/services through these ongoing contracts, like Indefinite Delivery, Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contracts, and other large contracts. We will be asking for parity for WOSBs on these types of contracts.
Second, women must have adequate access to capital in order to start up federal contracts. The sad truth is that only 4% of all commercial loan dollars and only 2.7% of all venture capital funds go to women businesses. As the new administration works their way through updating the Frank-Dodd act, WIPP will be there making sure that women businesses are a part of the conversation and solution.
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NEWS & POLICY UPDATES
WIPP is actively tracking and supporting the following legislation.
S.416 - A bill to amend the Small Business Investment Incentive Act of 1980 to require an annual review by the Securities and Exchange Commission of the annual government-business forum on capital formation.
Sponsor: Sen. Donnelly, Joe [D-IN]
Status: 1/16/2017 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship
H.R. 471 - Establishes minimum standards of disclosure by franchises whose franchisees use loans guaranteed by the Small Business Administration.
Sponsor: Rep. Keith Ellison (D-IN)
Status: 1/25/2017 Referred to the Subcommittee on Digital Commerce and Consumer Protection.
H.R. 272 - Back to Basics Job Creation Act of 2017 - Creates a grant to assist low-income and unemployed individuals in developing self-employment opportunities, including starting a small business.
Sponsor: Rep. John Lewis (D-GA)
Status: 1/4/2017 Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means
H.R. 79 - HALOS Act - Builds on a provision of the 2012 JOBS Act by allowing angel investor groups to host events that connect entrepreneurs with potential backers.
Sponsor: Rep. Steve Chabot (R-OH-1)
Status: 1/10/2017 PASSED THE HOUSE. 1/11/2017 Received in the Senate and Read twice and referred to the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs.
H.R. 33 - Small Business Regulatory Flexibility Improvements Act of 2017 - Requires that federal regulators take into consideration indirect economic effects on small businesses when crafting regulations. It also modernizes the Regulatory Flexibility Act of 1980 (RFA) to more broadly include small businesses. The Chief Counsel for Advocacy of the Small Business Administration (SBA) is also granted expanded authority to ensure agencies are complying with the RFA.
Sponsor: Rep. Steve Chabot (R-OH-1)
Status: 1/12/2017 Referred to the House Subcommittee on Regulatory Reform, Commercial And Antitrust Law.
H.R. 5 - Regulatory Accountability Act of 2017 - Reforms the process used by federal agencies to analyze and formulate new regulations, to ensure regulations contain a complete analysis of potential impacts of small businesses.
Sponsor: Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-VA- 6)
Status: 1/11/2017 PASSED BY THE HOUSE. 1/12/2017Received in the Senate and Read twice and referred to the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs.
H.R. 191 - Amends the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to allow the work opportunity credit to small businesses which hire individuals who are members of the Ready Reserve or National Guard
Sponsor: Rep. Stacey Plaskett (D-VI-At Large)
Status: 1/3/2017 Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means
H.R.251 - Requires the SBA Administrator to establish a competitive grant program to award grants to States and local governments for purposes of assisting entrepreneurs planning to start a small business concern.
Sponsor: Rep. Julia Brownley (D-CA-26)
Status: 1/4/2017 Referred to the House Committee on Small Business
H.R. 255 – Promoting Women in Entrepreneurship Act - Authorizes the National Science Foundation to support entrepreneurship by women scientists.
Sponsor: Rep. Elizabeth Esty (D-CT-5)
Status: 1/10/2017 PASSED BY THE HOUSE - 2/14/2017 PASSED BY SENATE 2/28/2017 - Signed by the President and became law
H.J.Res.83 - Disapproving the rule submitted by the Department of Labor relating to "Clarification of Employer's Continuing Obligation to Make and Maintain an Accurate Record of Each Recordable Injury and Illness
Sponsor: Rep. Byrne, Bradley [R-AL-1] (Introduced 02/21/2017)
Status: 03/01/2017 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection
H.R.1004 - Regulatory Integrity Act of 2017
Sponsor: Rep. Walberg, Tim [R-MI-7]
H.J. Res 37 - Disapproving DOD, GSA, and NASA 'Blacklisting' Rule
Sponsor: Rep. Foxx, Virginia [R-NC-5] (introduced 1/30/2017)
Status: 03/06/2017 Passed Senate without amendment
S.526 - Amend the SBA Act to provide for expanded participation in the microloan program.
Sponsor: Sen. Fischer, Deb [R-NE] (Introduced 03/02/2017)
Status: 03/02/2017 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship
GIVE ME 5
Give Me 5 is a national program from WIPP and American Express OPEN designed to educate women business owners on how to apply for and secure federal procurement opportunities. It works to increase the representation of Women Business Owners that win government contracts by providing accessible business education tools to assist both new and experienced federal contractors.
Register for upcoming webinars and/or listen to previously recorded webinars by clicking on www.GiveMe5.com
ChallengeHER is an initiative from the Small Business Administration (SBA), Women Impacting Public Policy (WIPP), and American Express OPEN (OPEN) designed to strengthen and promote the WOSB Federal Contract Program. This program offers contracting events and workshops, access to online webinars, mentoring opportunities and matchmaking with government buyers. ChallengeHER provides women entrepreneurs with the knowledge and connections to help them successfully compete in the government marketplace. For more information, please go to www.challengeher.us