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WIPP LAUNCHES NATIONAL DIRECTORY OF WOMEN OWNED SMALL BUSINESSES IN THE FEDERAL CONTRACTING ARENA

Thursday, May 14, 2015  
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For Immediate Release                                                                                                   Contact:  Kristie Arslan

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WIPP LAUNCHES NATIONAL DIRECTORY OF WOMEN OWNED SMALL BUSINESSES IN THE FEDERAL CONTRACTING ARENA

  

WASHINGTON, D.C. (May 14, 2015) – Women Impacting Public Policy (WIPP) is pleased to announce the launch of its National Directory of Women-Owned Small Businesses in the federal contracting arena.  WIPP's National Directory is the premier resource to find qualified women contractors across the country.  The women-owned companies listed have participated in the WIPP Federal Contracting Certificate Program, a logical step-by-step training for women business owners ready to engage in federal contracting or are already experienced contractors with past performance. 

The organization has championed and successfully pushed forward improvements to the Women-Owned Small Business (WOSB) Procurement program in the federal government.  In addition, WIPP has pioneered procurement education with their online Give Me 5 program and live event series, ChallengeHER, cosponsored with the SBA and American Express OPEN.  

“WIPP has worked to educate and prepare women business owners to access the federal marketplace as a growth strategy for their business.  With the launch of WIPP’s National Directory of Women-Owned Small Businesses, we are taking the next step to assist our members by helping promote their businesses and expertise to federal buyers, prime contractors, and other businesses interested in teaming opportunities,” remarked Barbara Kasoff, WIPP President.

WIPP’s goal for the WIPP National WOSB Directory is to develop and promote a central repository of qualified women contractors in order to move the needle forward to finally reach the goal of 5% federal contracts going to women-owned businesses.  In the 20 years since Congress set the 5 percent goal, the federal government has never achieved it.  In FY2014, approximately 4.3 percent of total contracts went to women-owned businesses, amounting to $15.5 billion. Of this only $176.5 million came through the WOSB Procurement Program.  According to a 2014 report issued by the Senate Committee on Small Business & Entrepreneurship, the inability to meet this 5% goal has cost women business owners at least $63 billion in missed contracting opportunities.  

Currently, WIPP has over 110 women-owned small businesses in the federal contracting arena listed in the WIPP National WOSB Directory.  To view, please go to:  http://www.wippwosbdirectory.com/

 

About WIPP

Women Impacting Public Policy (WIPP) is a nonprofit, membership organization working to increase the economic power and public policy clout of women business owners by providing business skills education, leadership opportunities for business and personal growth, and a seat at the table amongst policymakers in Washington, D.C.  Founded in 2001, WIPP is recognized as a national, nonpartisan voice for women entrepreneurs, advocating on behalf of its coalition of 4.7 million businesswomen including 78 business organizations. For more information, please visit www.WIPP.org.

 

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