|Get Connected, March 2015|
MARCH 2015 Edition
Spring is here and so is event/conference season. Soon our calendars will be filled with events, conferences, summits, briefings and more. Don’t forget to take advantage of your WIPP Coalition Partnership and share with us your upcoming events. As a partner, we will highlight your event on our website and include it in our E-News which we share with WIPP’s extensive network. For regional/local events, WIPP will send a special e-mail to our network in that area. Let WIPP help you spread the word about your next event!
WIPP NEWS SECTION:
National Women’s History Month – A Look Forward
We join together this March to honor the important contributions of women for National Women’s History Month. From achievements in science, literature, medicine, and business to contributions to the arts, sports, government and our communities – this month we recognize the impact women have made in today’s world. WIPP works to recognize women business leaders all year round and now more than ever women are a driving force in our economy.
Through participation in our workforce, their role as consumers, and via business creation, women are critical to our economy. According to the Center for American Progress, women earn almost 60 percent of undergraduate degrees, 60 percent of all master’s degrees, and represent 59 percent of the college-educated, entry-level workforce. Women are also starting businesses at a rate 1½ times the national average. It is estimated that there are nearly 9.1 million women-owned businesses in the United States, generating over $1.4 trillion in revenues and employing nearly 7.9 million people. (American Express OPEN’s 2014 State of Women-Owned Businesses Report) Furthermore, women drive 80% of all consumer purchasing in the U.S., through a combination of their buying power and influence on buying decisions.
Yet, despite the economic power we wield and advancements that have been made in the workforce, women continue to face a leadership gap in the business arena. Women are only 14.6 percent of executive officers, 8.1 percent of top earners, and 4.6 percent of Fortune 500 CEOs. They hold just 16.9 percent of Fortune 500 board seats. [Statistics courtesy of the Center for American Progress https://www.americanprogress.org/issues/women/report/2014/03/07/85457/fact-sheet-the-womens-leadership-gap/]
At WIPP, one of our goals is to provide women business owners with the tools, resources and opportunities they need to expand your leadership skills. We believe that women entrepreneurs are in a unique position to be leaders in their industries, their communities, and the political arena.
As we honor all those who have paved the road before us, we encourage women to take that first step to becoming a leader in the women entrepreneurship community by signing up for WIPP membership or joining other business organizations that can help promote their business and entrepreneurship story.
Need a little inspiration…take a look at these women leaders:
Forbes Top 100 Most Powerful Women: http://www.forbes.com/power-women/
Most Powerful Women Entrepreneurs in 2014: http://www.forbes.com/sites/emilyinverso/2014/05/28/the-worlds-most-powerful-female-entrepreneurs-of-2014/
The 25 Most Powerful Women in the Last Century (TIME): http://content.time.com/time/specials/packages/0,28757,2029774,00.html
SOCIAL MEDIA SUGGESTIONS:
Facebook: Now more than ever women are a driving force in our economy and while we look back to celebrate the contributions of women during National Women’s History Month, we also should look forward to where we still need to go. Read more: http://bit.ly/1CMaSWX
Twitter: As we honor the contributions of women, let’s also look to where we still have yet to go. http://bit.ly/1CMaSWX #WomensHistoryMonth
WIPP POLICY UPDATE:
WIPP to Congress: Enact Common Sense Contracting Laws
Testifying before the House Small Business Subcommittee on Contracting and Work Force, Amber Peebles, President of Athena Construction and Women Impacting Public Policy (WIPP) Leadership Advisory Council member urged the Committee to enact common sense contracting changes. Citing personal experience, she gave examples of ill-conceived reverse auction practices and the impact of delays on women-owned federal contractors. The testimony also highlighted concerns with increased consolidation of contracts limiting participation of women-owned firms, known as strategic sourcing.
Peebles advocated for expeditious implementation of the sole source authority for the WOSB procurement program recently signed into law. She noted, "Every day this policy cannot be utilized is another day women business owners are disadvantaged by the contracting process.” The law must now be promulgated by SBA and adopted by the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) Council.
WIPP regularly testifies before Congressional Committees on behalf of women business owners. Beyond contracting issues, WIPP has recently testified on healthcare reform, tax reform, cybersecurity, regulatory fairness, small business issues, and their impact on the women’s business community.
You can read the full testimony here.
Facebook: WIPP National Partner Amber Peebles testified before the House Small Business Subcommittee on Contracting and Work Force urging them to enact Common Sense Contracting Laws. See the full testimony here: http://bit.ly/1Dl7kwI #WIPP #Congress #Contracting #SmallBiz
Twitter: WIPP NP Amber Peebles to Congress: Enact Common Sense #Contracting Laws http://bit.ly/1Dl7kwI #smallbiz #WIPP
Enterprising Women Magazine
Celebrating their 15th anniversary this year, Enterprising Women magazine is the premier publication for women business owners. Enterprising Women's mission is to reflect and amplify the voices of entrepreneurial women, sharing their stories of risk and success while also chronicling their growing political, economic and social influence.
"Enterprising Women is not only a publication that provides women business owners with critical information and solutions to their problems, Founder & Editor-in-Chief Monica Smiley and her team have created a public forum and community that promotes a new generation of women leaders."
– Barbara Kasoff, WIPP President
To subscribe to Enterprising Women magazine and learn more about the events and programs run by Enterprising Women, please click here.
Twitter: Congrats #WIPP Coalition Partner of the Month @EWMagazine wmn owned mag published 4 wmn biz owners
WIPP Education, Events, Promotions:
Give Me 5 Providing Tools and Education for Federal Contractors of All Levels
For the past 5 years, WIPP has been producing quality webinars for women businesses owners as they work to successfully bid on federal contracts. The curriculum is easily sorted by Milestones to assist in finding the topics you need. Whether you are new and trying to figure out where to start; or an experienced federal contractor moving to the next level, the Give Me 5 curriculum offers quality training to help you achieve your goals.
Women business owners are moving into fields that previously had been dominated by men – construction is a perfect example. The Give Me 5 curriculum recognizes the unique needs of this industry and has developed a series of webinars devoted to this topic. Bonding, FAR regulations, Protests, and Source Selection are just some of the topics included. To catch up on the construction webinars in the series so far, CLICK HERE – to register for the remaining webinars in this series, CLICK HERE
The 8a program is a valuable tool to assist economically disadvantaged businesses to compete in government contracts; but, the sad reality is that the large majority of these businesses fail within 2 years after they time out of the program. WIPP is producing a webinar series designed to help the 8a businesses remain successful when they compete in federal contracts outside of the 8a benefits and protections. To catch up on the webinar series, CLICK HERE – to register for the remaining webinars in the series, CLICK HERE.
Facebook: WIPP's Give Me 5 Program provides Tools and Education for Federal Contractors of ALL Levels. Visit http://www.giveme5.com to register for the next educational webinar in your level. #GM5 #WIPP #GovernmentContracting #SmallBiz
Twitter: Learn more about the @GiveMe5 Program here: http://www.giveme5.com #Tools & Edu 4 #FederalContractors of ALL Levels
PARTNER NEWS & EVENTS
WBENC’s Women Owned Logo Launched
Next time you shop at Walmart, support women-owned businesses by purchasing products with the new Women-Owned logo - an initiative launched by WIPP Coalition Partner, WBENC. Learn more: http://bit.ly/18Ve5r9
Enterprising Women Releases Latest Digital Edition
Take a look at Enterprising Women’s latest digital edition which focuses on building your skill set, tips to help you plan the sale or transfer of your company, a Q&A with the President & CEO of WDS Inc. Jennifer Maier, and much more! Get access here: http://bit.ly/1xeVOAh
SBA & Microsoft Launch InnovateHER
To provide an opportunity for entrepreneurs to showcase their products or services, SBA has launched InnovateHER in partnership with Microsoft. Through partnerships with our Women’s Business Centers, Small Business Development Centers, SCORE chapters, accelerators, incubators, and other organizations, InnovateHER will be looking for inventions/services that have a measurable impact on the lives of women and families, have the potential for commercialization, and fill a need in the marketplace. Learn more: http://1.usa.gov/1EEFd6d
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