|Get Connected, February 2015|
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WIPP NEWS SECTION:
WIPP’s 2015 Policy Priorities
WIPP recently announced our policy priorities for the year ahead. Continuing down our long history of ensuring women business owners have access to the federal marketplace, the top priority for WIPP is ensuring SBA implements the Sole Source Authority provision that passed into law last year. Additionally, increasing access to capital for women entrepreneurs and making needed changes to the Affordable Care Act to improve access and affordability for women business owners top our list of policy issues we will be focus on in the year ahead.
Assist Women-Owned Businesses Secure Federal Government Contracts
With the important addition of sole source to the WOSB Procurement Program, the federal government is poised, for the first time, to meet its five percent goal of contracting with women-owned businesses. For this reason, WIPP urges the Small Business Administration (SBA) to implement this change swiftly. WIPP is also working to advance access to the federal marketplace for women entrepreneurs through Offices of Minority and Women’s Inclusion (OMWIs). The Offices, established in twenty federal institutions, are mandated to increase contracting with women-owned businesses. Lastly, WIPP continues to engage the federal contracting world through its ChallengeHER campaign in partnership with the SBA.
Increase Access to Capital for Women Entrepreneurs
According to the 2014 Senate Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee “21st Century Barriers to Women’s Entrepreneurship” Report, only four percent of the total dollar value of all small business loans goes to women entrepreneurs. WIPP is working with stakeholders and policymakers across the financial and entrepreneurial sectors to identify solutions to the ongoing access issue. Past efforts to increase small business lending programs and advance alternative sources of capital like CrowdFunding, while successful, are only a part of a much broader package of solutions WIPP is developing.
Make Needed Changes to the Affordable Care Act
For nearly a decade, WIPP has been dedicated to creating insurance exchanges in order for small businesses to access competitively priced healthcare options. Changes to existing law that enhance these exchanges, should be embraced to maximize the positive impact for, and minimize burdens on women business owners. Examples include: changing the definition of a full-time employee from the statutory thirty hours per week to the traditional definition of forty hours per week, expanding eligibility for the Small Business Health Care Tax Credit, and reinstating Healthcare Reimbursement Arrangements (HRAs) for small businesses.
SOCIAL MEDIA SUGGESTIONS:
WIPP announces our Policy Priorities for the year ahead. SBA implementation of sole source authority for the WOSB Procurement program, increasing access to capital for women entrepreneurs, and making necessary changes to the Affordable Care Act to improve access and affordability for women business owners top the list. Learn more: http://bit.ly/17QhiXW
WIPP announces 2015 Policy Priorities- #procurement, access to capital & #healthcare top the list. More: http://bit.ly/17QhiXW #WomeninBiz
WIPP POLICY UPDATE:
Making the Affordable Care Act Work
WIPP’s Government Affairs team recently highlighted changes to the Affordable Care Act that WIPP is championing this year in a special post on WIPP’s blog. First up is tackling the Obamacare definition of a full-time worker (30 hours per week, rather than the standard 40 hours). Second, is working on a fix to allow Health Reimbursement Arrangements (HRAs) remain a valid tool for small business owners to provide financial assistance to their workers to pay for health care premiums and costs. Finally, on WIPP’s list of health reform fixes is expanding the Small Business Health Tax Credit to allow more small businesses to benefit.
Read the full WIPP blog post here: http://blog.wipp.org/2015/02/making-the-affordable-care-act/
Facebook: Do you know the changes thus year to the #ACA that affect your small business? Check out this recent article that WIPP’s DC team wrote highlighting the changes that WIPP is championing this year. Check out the blob post here: http://bit.ly/1zDqdnr
Twitter: Making the Affordable Care Act Work–See the changes in the #ACA that affect your #smallbiz http://bit.ly/1zDqdnr #WIPP
PACIFIC COMMUNITY VENTURES
Pacific Community Ventures fosters small businesses that are based in or hire from low- and moderate-income communities. Our small business lending program provides affordable loans from $50,000 to $200,000 to high-growth California businesses. These funds put small businesses on a path to grow and scale so they can attract additional capital. We also connect small businesses with expert advice through BusinessAdvising.org — our extensive pro bono business advisor network.
“The benefit PCV gets by aligning itself with a national organization of WIPP’s caliber is immeasurable. From our collaboration around Small Business Saturday — which supports the constituents that we serve — to opportunities to weigh-in and work together on policy issues impacting small businesses, we appreciate the opportunity and partnership.” –Allison Kelly, Managing Director
Entrepreneurs in WIPP’s network can join PCV’s BusinessAdvising.org for free! Enter “WIPP” as your reference during the signup process, and BusinessAdvising.org will waive all fees.
Twitter: Congrats #WIPP Coalition Partner of the Month: @PCVtweets! Learn more about PCV here: http://bit.ly/178cKfO #smallbiz
WIPP Education, Events, Promotions:
myContracting Magazine January Edition Released
myContracting Magazine - January 2015 Out Now!
WIPP is proud to release the fourth edition of myContracting Magazine, a federal contracting resource for women entrepreneurs, new and experienced, offering insights on government contracting. myContracting Magazine spotlights women-owned small businesses (WOSBs) that are federal government contractors and shares their contracting strategies for success. It provides best-practice “Top Tips” and insights from industry leaders as well as leaders in various federal agency offices of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDBUs).
Spread the word on your social media channels! Suggested posts are below.
myContracting Magazine is a digital magazine, distributed quarterly (four times per year) to over 25,000 women business owners, federal agency contracting officers, OSDBUs and companies in the procurement community. The publication has readers in 38 states.
WIPP is currently offering the opportunity to share your message and promote your organization or conferences and events to a targeted audience through myContracting Magazine. Please take a look at the myContracting Media Kit for advertising opportunities today!
If you are seeking to reach women business owners, myContracting Magazine is the ideal forum to reach established business owners from across the country. WIPP Members receive 15% off all advertising rates.
WIPP's myContracting Magazine, Issue 04 is now out! A fantastic resource for women-owned small businesses interested in federal government contracting. Learn new strategies and gain expert advice on how to succeed in the federal marketplace: http://bit.ly/1vtXox8
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PARTNER NEWS & EVENTS
Search for 50 Fastest Growing Women-Owned/Led Companies: The Women Presidents' Organization (WPO) has launched the search for the 50 Fastest Growing Women-Owned/Led Companies™ sponsored by American Express. Applications must be submitted by March 15th. Learn more & apply: http://svy.mk/1EMkApW
WBENC 2015 Summit in Baltimore, MD: WBENC’s 2015 Summit & Salute provides you an opportunity to join forces with your fellow WBEs as well as Corporate and Government Members. Participate in thought provoking workshops, formal and informal networking and the Salute Gala. Registration open: http://summit.wbenc.org/
SBA Office of Advocacy Releases Small Business Profiles for All 50 States. SBA’s Office of Advocacy released their Small Business Profiles for the States and Territories, an annual analysis of each state’s small businesses. These state profiles include information on the number of firms, employment, demographics and other topics using the most recently available government data. Learn more: http://bit.ly/1B78FV4
Reach Your Target Women Entrepreneur Audience in WIPP's myContracting Magazine
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