|Get Connected, Dec. 2014|
An end of year legislative victory makes for a strong start to the New Year ahead for WIPP! President Obama recently signed into law the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for fiscal year 2015 which included a provision that authorizes sole source authority for the Women-Owned Small Business (WOSB) Federal Contract Program. In the 2015, a big policy focus for WIPP will be ensuring swift implementation of sole source authority. Learn more in WIPP Policy News and a happy New Year to you all!
WIPP NEWS SECTION:
WIPP Launches WIPP International
WIPP has announced the formation of Women Impacting Public Policy International (WIPPI) to expand its goal of empowering women business owners with gaining more access to capital, markets, research and business counseling worldwide. We are proud to announce that by contracting with the London-based organization, Pink Shoe Club, WIPP International’s first partnering country to join as a member is the United Kingdom.
“The formalization of WIPP International broadens WIPP’s collaborative model of building and leveraging relationships with private and public sectors beyond U.S. borders,” said WIPP President and CEO Barbara Kasoff. “These relations ensure the full participation and inclusion of women as a vital source of economic growth. Pink Shoe Club, the first partner of WIPP International, is an organization dedicated to promoting female participation in public life, politics, government and business. It has gained notoriety by being a strong influence in Parliaments worldwide, and this will be a great partnership for women around the world aspiring to grow businesses.”
“WIPP has been extremely successful at elevating the voice of women business owners in Washington D.C.,” said Pink Shoe Club President Helene Martin Gee. “With over 224 million women engaged in the global economy, we need to partner with WIPP and empower these women to negotiate and secure business-friendly policies in their countries.”
Kasoff also announced that Jennifer Bisceglie will serve as President of WIPP International. Bisceglie has served as Chairman of WIPP’s Board of Directors for several years and is the owner of Interos Solutions and Vigillence, Inc., in McLean, Virginia.
Bisceglie added, “There is so much attention currently being focused on the power and effect of the women business owner in her home, community, and country that needs to be harnessed and channeled. This is a wonderful opportunity for WIPP International to partner with the highly respected Pink Shoe Club in working together on elevating the voice of women throughout the UK. This new relationship begins the movement into impacting the global economy.”
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WIPP POLICY UPDATE:
Sole Source Authority for the WOSB Program Signed into Law
On December 19, 2014, President Obama signed into law the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) which included an important provision which improves access to federal government contracts for women-owned businesses.
The WOSB procurement program, officially launched in 2011, is a critical entry point into the world of government contracting for women entrepreneurs nationwide. Since its inception, the WOSB procurement program has been hampered by restrictions on the size and type of contracts awarded. Including the fact that the WOSB procurement program does not have sole source authority. This new law fixes that inequity.
Additionally, a disparity study by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), which identifies under-represented industries for participation in the WOSB procurement program will be expedited as part of the law. Supporters have noted that the study is critical to expanding the program to more industries where the program is needed. The study was originally required by 2018—more than eleven years after the last study—but would be accelerated to 2015.
Sole source legislation had broad support in Congress as well as at the Small Business Administration. Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet made improving this program a priority. This victory was made possible with her support and from a broad coalition of women’s business and small business organizations that supported the legislation.
President Obama signs the NDAA, helping women-owned small businesses’ gain improved access to the federal government marketplace with a new law authorizing sole source authority for the WOSB Procurement Program. Read more here: http://bit.ly/1wYhQFm
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CAKE & WHISKEY
CAKE&WHISKEY magazine was born from gatherings that editor Megan Smith had among local businesswomen in her city. Motivated by the level of energy generated in these meetings, Megan began organizing larger groups, called "Hobnobs.” Now held nationwide, Hobnobs led to the development and launch of CAKE&WHISKEY Magazine, which debuted in the spring of 2013.
CAKE&WHISKEY embodies the sweet and spirited aspects of these gatherings. While eating cake, drinking whiskey and talking shop, women connect and collaborations begin. “I studied business publications and found there was nothing that truly addressed the diversity of interests of women in business," says Smith. "I wanted CAKE&WHISKEY to emulate the experience of enjoying a two-hour lunch with an inspirational girlfriend."
Smith has grown the magazine and the brand to an international level in two years on little more than ingenuity, creativity, and massive gumption. She is sought out by major publishing industry conferences to speak on out-of-the-box thinking in publication growth as well as speaking to MBA students, corporate leaders and women’s initiatives worldwide.
Today, the current issue of CAKE&WHISKEY is available for purchase at over 400 Barnes & Noble locations nationwide, as well as independent bookstores and online.
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WIPP Education, Events, Promotions:
"Build My Business" Ad Campaign
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