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WIPP and WBENC Join Forces to Further Support Women Entrepreneurs, New WIPP President Announced

Wednesday, March 21, 2018  
Posted by: Erin Musgrave
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National Women Business Owner Organizations Join Forces to Further Support Women Entrepreneurs

 

Women Impacting Public Policy and the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council form partnership to strengthen advocacy and education of women business owners across the country and in Washington, D.C.

 

Washington, D.C., March 21, 2018—Women Impacting Public Policy (WIPP) and the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC) today announced a new partnership that will enable both organizations to strengthen their education and advocacy efforts to support women business owners across the country and at the public policy table.

WIPP and WBENC have forged a National Partner Organization agreement that will make WIPP’s public policy advocacy and federal procurement education programs a key part of the benefits that WBENC’s 14 Regional Partner Organizations offer to their members. In return, WBENC will add the voices of its 14,000 certified women-owned businesses to WIPP’s national advocacy work in Washington.

“WIPP’s legislative and regulatory successes directly impact the success of women business owners.  Our presence in Washington is enhanced by WBENC’s powerful network of women businesses beyond the Beltway. WIPP’s education and advocacy tools will strengthen the fastest growing business sector of our nation’s economy,” said WIPP Board Chair Lisa Firestone.

Since its inception in 2001, WIPP has been a leading advocate for women entrepreneurs on Capitol Hill. WIPP was instrumental in the government meeting its goal of awarding 5 percent of government contracts to women-owned businesses in 2016, and has launched numerous innovative programs, including federal contracting education programs ChallengeHER and Give Me 5, and the Small Business Saturday Coalition—the national grassroots initiative for Small Business Saturday.

WBENC is the largest third-party certifier of businesses owned, controlled, and operated by women in the United States. WBENC provides business development opportunities for member corporations, government agencies and more than 14,000 certified women-owned businesses at events and other forums.

 “I am so excited about this new partnership opportunity and strengthening our relationship with WIPP,” says Pamela Prince-Eason, president and CEO of WBENC. “I have no doubt this will have a positive impact on our network of women-owned businesses and those who support them.”  

In addition, Candace Waterman, WBENC’s vice president of certification and program operations, will join WIPP as its president on May 1, 2018. Waterman’s tenure at WBENC ensured a world-class certification standard now relied upon by thousands of corporations and government agencies, and that leadership experience in the development of women-owned businesses will provide immediate value to WIPP.  

“Through its tireless advocacy efforts and valuable educational offerings, WIPP has been a true leader in the effort to give women entrepreneurs a seat at the table. I’m thrilled to be joining an organization that has accomplished so much,” Waterman said. “I look forward to building on those accomplishments and working to ensure women’s entrepreneurship continues on an upward trajectory of growth and success.”

“Candace has proven herself a fierce advocate for women business owners over the years,” Firestone said. “The breadth of expertise and experience she will bring to WIPP is invaluable and we’re honored to have her join our team.”

 

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About WIPP
Women Impacting Public Policy (WIPP) is a national nonpartisan organization advocating on behalf of women entrepreneurs—strengthening their impact on our nation’s public policy, creating economic opportunities, and forging alliances with other business organizations. Learn more at 
www.WIPP.org

 

About WBENC
WBENC is the largest third-party certifier of businesses owned, controlled, and operated by women in the United States. WBENC partners with 14 Regional Partner Organizations (RPOs) to provide its world-class standard of certification to women-owned businesses throughout the country. WBENC is also the nation's leading advocate of women-owned businesses and entrepreneurs. Throughout the year, WBENC provides business development opportunities for member corporations, government agencies and more than 14,000 certified women-owned businesses at events and other forums. Learn more at 
www.wbenc.org

 

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