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March/April 2016

Next week, the Small Business Administration will celebrate National Small Business Week, themed “SBA: Dream Big, Start Small" with events throughout the country. Every year since 1963, the Administration has chosen a week to recognize the contributions of America’s entrepreneurs and small businesses. As a proud partner, WIPP is excited to be attending the DC area events! Join us in support for small businesses across the country. A complete list of the week’s events and programs is available here




Thank You for Joining Us To Celebrate the 5% Victory 

This month we were able to celebrate the first time achievement of the 5% federal contracting goal for women-owned small businesses. Since 2008, WIPP and American Express OPEN have provided Resources and Connections to Help Women-Owned Small Businesses Work with the Government and this year we were excited to celebrate the reaching of the 5% goal along with Congresswomen, Senators and the Small Business Administrator at a wonderful reception in DC.

Click here to view the official press release.

Click here to view pictures from the event on Flickr. 



Facebook: WIPP and American Express OPEN Celebrate the 5% Federal Contracting Goal for Women-Owned Small Businesses in DC. 

Twitter: Celebrating 5% #FederalContracting Goal for #WOSB’s in DC @WIPPWeDecide @AmexOPEN





Access to Angel Investors Just Got Easier

Seeking to clear up a gray area triggering securities registration, the House of Representatives passed The Helping Angels Lead Our Startups (HALOS) Act pushed by Small Business Committee Chair Steve Chabot (R-OH).

Pitch events or demo days are common methods for business owners to showcase their companies and products to a room full of investors. Right now, there is confusion about whether these events are allowed because the Securities and Exchange Commission’s rules prohibit “general solicitations.” The HALOS Act would clarify that pitch events hosted by angel investors are not general solicitations and do not require securities registration – a complex and expensive process for both angel investors and companies seeking investment.

Angel investment is particularly important for women-owned businesses. Recent data indicates that one in four angel-backed companies are led by women. The number of women-led companies receiving angel investments has increased by 234% in just the last decade. Since women-owned businesses receive only 4% of conventional small business loan dollars, it is vital to cultivate other sources of capital. 

This bill will now move onto the Senate for consideration. WIPP will continue to engage Members of Congress on access to capital issues. An additional recommendation in WIPP’s access to capital platform, Breaking the Bank, urges Congress to incentivize angel investments with tax credits.



Recommended Social Media Messaging to Post on Your Social Media Platforms

Facebook: Access to Angel Investors Just Got Easier – see how the HALOS Act will help your business grow:

Twitter: Access to #AngelInvestors Just Got Easier - #HALOS #A2C #WIPP 





WBENC National Conference and Business Fair 2016

Join WBENC for their National Conference and Business Fair entitled “Join Forces. Succeed Together” June 21-23 in Orlando, FL. Their "Join Forces. Succeed Together." theme underscores the need to strengthen their partnerships not only with valued Corporate and Government members but also with certified WBEs. This joining of forces across all constituents is critical to their collective success, which will result in fueling economic growth by opening up new channels of revenue and creating jobs across both the public and private sector. To learn more about the agenda and register, visit:



Recommended Social Media 

Facebook: Join WBENC for their National Conference and Business Fair in Orlando, FL June 21-23. Don’t miss this excellent opportunity to network and share your business! To learn more and register visit:

Twitter: Don’t miss @WBENCLive’s National Conference June 21-23 in Orlando!


WIPP Education, Events, Promotions:

Join us in DC for the First LIVE WE Decide 2016 Event

The Primary Process: Delegates & the Popular Vote. How Does it Work? 

Tuesday, May 3 from 3-4:30pm

Comcast – 300 New Jersey Ave, NW

Washington, DC 20001


WIPP invites you to a special WE Decide 2016 event for women in business. You’ve heard the buzzwords – “delegates”, “super delegates”, “brokered or contested convention”, now join us to learn more about how primaries work and get a preview of what to expect at the upcoming Democratic and Republican Conventions in July. This is an important election year, and through WE Decide 2016, you have the opportunity to educate the candidates, the media and voters on issues impacting women business owners, like you.


Guest Speaker: Elaine Kamarck

Founding Director, Center for Effective Public Management and Senior Fellow, Governance Studies at the Brookings Institution


Click here for more information and to register. 


 Recommended Social Media Messaging to Post on Your Social Media Platforms


Facebook: Register for the first WE Decide 2016 LIVE event in DC on May 3. Hear the inside scoop on the upcoming 2016 Conventions. #WEDecide2016

Twitter: Don't miss this Tuesday's #WEDecide2016 Event in DC! Hear #ElaineKamarck give the inside #scoop on the #conventions!




WIPP Procurement Committee Meeting (2nd Quarter)

Thursday, May 5 at 2pm ET

You must be a WIPP dues-paying member in good standing to register for this event.

Click here to register.



Twitter: Don’t miss #WIPP’s 2nd Quarter #Procurement Committee Meeting May 5

Facebook: Don’t miss WIPP’s 2nd Quarter Procurement Committee Meeting on May 5. You must be a member to register:




WIPP Education Foundation Presents:

Background Screening Importance and Latest Trends

Tuesday, May 10 at 1pm ET

Course Instructor: Karen Caruso, CEO/President and Founder of Mind Your Business

 Click here to Register. 



Twitter: #WIPP Edu Foundation Webinar - #BackgroundScreening Importance & Latest Trends May10

Facebook: Join WIPP’s Education Foundation for their first webinar on May 10 – Background Screening and the Latest Trends




Give Me 5: Where Human Resources and Government Contracts Intersect

Wednesday, May 11 at 2pm ET

Course Instructors: Barbara Kinosky and Marina Blickley, Centre Law & Consulting

Click here to Register. 




Twitter: Register 4 @GiveMe5 Where #HumanResources & #GovContracts Intersect May11

Facebook: Don’t miss Give Me 5 webinar - Where Human Resources and Government Contracts Intersect on May 11! Register today :





EconoCon25 Microbusiness Conference 2016

May 18-20 at the Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill

AEO is excited to host their 25th National Conference and Anniversary Celebration this May in DC. EconoCon25 is the 2016 signature event for the growing community dedicated to the development and growth of America's smallest businesses.

Click here to register.


5th Annual US Department of Energy Small Business Forum & Expo

May 23-25 at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis

The event will feature plenaries, educational workshops, a large Exhibit Hall, as well as business matchmaking sessions. Over 600 attendees will represent all levels of Federal, state, and local government agencies, the small business community, large/prime contractors, and many more!

Click here to register.


NAWRB Magazine: Volume5, Issue 1

This issue features Helen Hanna Casey as NAWRB’s SheCENTER(FOLD), who is the President & Chief Executive Officer of real estate brokerage Howard Hanna Real Estate Services. It also highlights their nationwide program NAWRB's Women's Homeownership Initiative, which aims to raise awareness and support for women acquiring homeownership in the U.S.

Click here to view this new issue.





Please contact Lynn Bunim at (415) 434-4314 or via e-mail at with questions/comments regarding your coalition partnership. 

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