|Get Connected, January/February 2016|
WIPP, SBA and American Express OPEN’s ChallengeHER program will kick off its fourth year of Programming March 22nd in Seattle, WA, with events announced in Houston on 3/31 and New Orleans on 4/25 to follow. ChallengeHER events for 2016 will feature a newly redesigned educational program providing a more advanced level of training for established business owners. A total of 15 events are planned nationally for the year, many of the events will include one-on-one matchmaking sessions. To learn more, click here.
WIPP NEWS SECTION:
WIPP and PBB Collaborate to Launch WE Decide 2016 to Give Women in Business a New Voice in the 2016 Election
In January, WIPP launched WE Decide 2016, a new initiative in collaboration with our partner Personal BlackBox (PBB) which aims to engage women in business in the 2016 election. WE Decide 2016 provides women with an opportunity to privately share their opinions via an array of polls, issues surveys, and discussion questions on the issues that matter most to them, their families and their businesses through our unique online platform.
Help us to engage women business owners across the country by signing up your organization to be a WE Decide 2016 supporter. Your organization will be listed on our site and highlighted as a WE Decide 2016 Supporter via our social media channels. In addition, you will receive special communications on WE Decide 2016 activities and news releases and we will share with you a toolkit to help you promote this important initiative to your network. Click here to sign up.
Women in business, like you, can visit the WE Decide 2016 website – www.WEDecide2016.org – to unlock your personal polling station and confidentially take quick polls on hot topics from the campaign trail, respond to in depth issue surveys, and participate in our “Tell Us!” section to express your unique perspective on the challenges you face. Participants control their personal data and unlike other polling and survey sites, the information you share with WE Decide 2016 will never be sold to anyone. With the anonymous polling data, WE Decide 2016 will take collective wants, needs and opinions directly to the candidates to influence future policies.
Along with weekly polling, WE Decide 2016 is also offering Twitter chats every Thursday at 2pm EST using #WEDecideChat. These weekly chats hosted by @WEDecide2016 give women the opportunity to meet other women business owners, share your opinions, and discuss issues affecting women voters. Follow @WEDEcide2016 on Twitter to know what each week’s topic will be! Also, don’t forget to follow us on Facebook.
SOCIAL MEDIA SUGGESTIONS:
Facebook: WE Decide 2016 is uniting women entrepreneurs across the country to engage in the 2016 election by raising their voices on the issues that are important to them. Learn more at: http://bit.ly/aboutwedecide
WIPP POLICY UPDATE:
WIPP Releases the 2016 Edition of Its Economic Blueprint
WIPP recently released the 2016 Edition of its Economic Blueprint featuring the principles most important to women business owners. The Economic Blueprint sets a bold, comprehensive set of public policy expectations on behalf of the women business owner community. According to Merriam Webster, a “Blueprint” is a detailed plan or program of action – and that perfectly describes the purpose and intent of this document.
Significant energy and commitment has been invested in member and coalition partner engagement on priority business issues with women business owners nationwide. This enormous information gathering effort serves as the glue to the entire Economic Blueprint process. The Economic Blueprint expresses our voice and our interests regarding the pressing business challenges that require action by our elected officials.
To read the Economic Blueprint in its entirety, click here.
Facebook: WIPP has released the 2016 Edition of its Economic Blueprint – view the principles most important to women business owners here: http://bit.ly/21r2ne3
2016 Women in Defense Annual National Conference
The 2016 Women In Defense Conference will be held on March 9 at the Crystal Gateway Marriott in Arlington, VA. This year’s theme is Driving Innovation, describing a landscape in which leading women in national defense and security are leveraging innovation to grow every aspect of their business. Sharing innovative ideas during this forum will help us grow and move forward in today’s rapidly evolving market. WID features keynote speakers from NASA, NSA, DHS, CyberCom and StratCom as well as a Government Leadership Panel, Industry Senior Executives panel, a Government Contracting panel and an Innovation in STEM Programs panel. Don’t forget to stop by WIPP’s booth while you are there! Click here to learn more about this conference and to register.
Facebook: Join Women In Defense for their Annual Conference in Arlington, VA on March 9. Don’t forget to stop by and visit the #WIPP booth! http://bit.ly/1T7EpTT
Twitter: Join @WIDNational 4 their Annual Conference n Arlington Mar9 http://bit.ly/1T7EpTT #DrivingInnovation
WIPP Education, Events, Promotions:
Give Me 5: Understanding Cyber Security Four Part Webinar Series
Understanding Cyber Security Part 1 – How Cyber Security is Impacting Your Business
Wednesday, March 2 at 2pm ET
Cyber security doesn’t just affect IT companies anymore. If you are doing business with the federal government, you need to know what cyber security is and your responsibility to protect against cyber threats. In the first of four sessions, we will discuss recent cyber security incidents and how they have changed the way the federal government procures products and services. We will examine what cyber security is, how it impacts government contractors, and what you need to know to protect your business. In our remaining sessions, we will examine recent changes to the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) and Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation (DFAR) and provide practical tips on how to protect your business.
Click here to register.
Understanding Cyber Security Part 2 – Protecting Unclassified Information
Wednesday, March 23 at 2pm ET
An effort has been underway for several years to put a system of guidelines in place requiring companies of all sizes to safeguard unclassified information stored in their systems. Well, that time has come. In part two of our series on cyber security, we’ll examine Executive Order 13556 and National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) 800-171 governing Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI). We will discuss what you need to know about unclassified information, when the regulations go into effect, which agency has cognizance, what to look for in solicitations and/or contract provisions, how long you have to comply, penalties for non-compliance and what you need to know to protect your business.
Click here to register.
Understanding Cyber Security Part 3 – Protecting Classified Information
Wednesday, April 13 at 2pm ET
Increasingly, senior management is being held accountable for establishing and monitoring adequate cyber security measures. In part three of our series, we will discuss what you need to know about protecting classified information and the associated Defense Federal Acquisition Regulations (DFAR). We will examine recent updates to the DFAR, when it goes into effect, which agency has cognizance, what to look for in solicitations and/or contract provisions, how long you have to comply, penalties for non-compliance, and what you need to know to implement the necessary components of the regulation.
Click here to register.
Understanding Cyber Security Part 4 – Privacy Act and Insider Threats
Wednesday, April 27 at 2pm ET
Federal contractors, especially Defense contractors are at a higher risk of being targeted by adversaries seeking information about US military and security systems. In part four of our series, we will examine the Privacy Act and changes to the National Industrial Security Program Operations Manual (NISPOM) Conforming Change 2 Insider Threat Program that affect how you do business. We will examine when it goes into effect, which agency has cognizance, what to look for in solicitations and/or contract provisions, how long you have to comply, penalties for non-compliance, and what you need to know to protect your business.
Click here to register.
Facebook: Register today for the Give Me 5 four-part webinar series on Understanding Cyber Security – you don’t want to miss this eye opening series! http://bit.ly/1QFcNF2
Twitter: Register 2day 4 @GiveMe5’s 4part #cybersecurity webinar series http://bit.ly/1QFcNF2
PARTNER NEWS & EVENTS
The Latest Issue of Enterprising Women Magazine
The latest digital edition of Enterprising Women is now available. Learn how to grow your business globally, hear from social entrepreneur Tara Russell, get marketing tips on designing an effective promotion, and much more!
Click here to view the latest edition.
SBE Council Releases Its “Small Business Policy Index 2016”
This month the Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council released its 20th “Small Business Policy Index: Ranking the States on Policy Measures and Costs Impacting Entrepreneurship and Small Business Growth”. The Index ranks the 50 states according to 50 different policy measures.
Click here to learn more and view the report.
WBENC National Conference and Business Fair 2016
On June 21-23 in Orlando, FL WBENC will be holding their annual conference with networking, workshops and the business fair. Registration is now open and the early bird special ends on April 1.
Click here to learn more and to register.
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