|Get Connected, May 2015|
WIPP is very excited to announce the launch of our National WOSB Directory this month highlighting qualified, women-owned businesses in the federal contracting arena. WIPP is taking the next step to assist women business owners by helping promote their businesses and expertise to federal buyers, prime contractors, and other companies interested in teaming opportunities. Learn more below!
WIPP NEWS SECTION:
WIPP Launches National WOSB Directory
Women Impacting Public Policy (WIPP) is pleased to announce the launch of its National Directory of Women-Owned Small Businesses in the federal contracting arena. WIPP's National WOSB Directory is the premier resource to find qualified women contractors across the country. The women-owned companies listed in WIPP's directory are WIPP Members and have participated in the WIPP Federal Contracting Certificate Program, a logical step-by-step training for women business owners looking for contracting opportunities with the federal government.
WIPP has long been an advocate promoting access to the federal marketplace for women business owners. The organization has championed and successfully pushed forward improvements to the Women-Owned Small Business (WOSB) Procurement program in the federal government. In addition, WIPP has pioneered procurement education with our online Give Me 5 program and our live event series, ChallengeHER, cosponsored with the SBA and American Express OPEN.
“WIPP has worked to educate and prepare women business owners to access the federal marketplace as a growth strategy for their business. With the launch of WIPP’s National WOSB Directory, we are taking the next step to assist our members by helping promote their businesses and expertise to federal buyers, prime contractors, and other businesses interested in teaming opportunities,” remarked Barbara Kasoff, WIPP President.
WIPP’s goal is that through the development and promotion of a central repository of qualified women contractors, we can move the needle to finally reach the goal of 5% federal contracts going to women-owned businesses. In the 20 years since Congress set the 5 percent goal, the federal government has never achieved it. In FY2014, approximately 4 percent of total contracts went to women-owned businesses, amounting to $15.5 billion. According to a 2014 report issued by the Senate Committee on Small Business & Entrepreneurship, the inability to meet this 5% goal has cost women business owners at least $63 billion in missed contracting opportunities.
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WIPP launches National Directory of Women-Owned Small Businesses in the federal contracting arena. WIPP's National WOSB Directory is the premier resource to find qualified women contractors across the country. The directory includes WIPP Members who have participated in the WIPP Federal Contracting Certificate Program, a logical step-by-step training for women business owners looking for federal contracting opportunities. Check it out: http://www.wippwosbdirectory.com/
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WIPP POLICY UPDATE:
WIPP Urges Congress to Support Funding that Benefits Women Entrepreneurs
With the House and Senate passing the FY16 budget resolution, appropriations season is ready to begin. WIPP is weighing in with recommendations to Congress to ensure that women entrepreneurs have the necessary federal resources to succeed.
Increased access to training and counseling for women-owned businesses could be achieved by allotting $16 million to Women’s Business Centers (WBCs). Currently, the WBC program assists women entrepreneurs with accessing more than $25 million in capital. Increasing funding from $14 million to $16 million for the WBC program would ensure that more women entrepreneurs could take advantage of the services of the WBCs. In addition, WIPP asked for the following appropriations:
National Women’s Business Council $1 million
Microloan Program Lending $25 million
Microloan Program Technical Assistance $25 million
PRIME Program $5 million
SBA Office of Advocacy $9.1 million
Follow the Appropriations process here.
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Association of Women's Business Centers (AWBC)
The Association of Women’s Business Centers (AWBC) is a national non-profit 501 (c) (3) organization founded in 1998 to secure economic justice and entrepreneurial opportunities for women by supporting the national network of more than 100 Women’s Business Centers (WBC). WBCs have more than 25 years of success in providing business training, counseling, mentoring, and access to capital to women entrepreneurs. Last year, more than 140,000 clients were served, adding to the more than one and a half million served in the last ten years. The WBC program is a public-private partnership with the U.S. Small Business Administration.
If you are interested in locating a Women’s Business Center near you, click here. To learn more about membership benefits and who can become a member of the AWBC, click here. View the AWBC website here: http://awbc.org.
Twitter: Congrats #WIPP Coalition Partner of the Month: @AWBC_USA ! Learn more about #AWBC here: http://awbc.org
WIPP Education, Events, Promotions:
ChallengeHER - New York City
ChallengeHER 2015 events are now in full swing and you don’t want to miss our event in New York! Join WIPP, along with American Express OPEN and the US Small Business Administration for this special event on June 12 in New York featuring an armchair discussion with US Small Business Administrator, Maria Contreras-Sweet and American Express OPEN President, Denise Pickett. This event will also include panels with local successful WOSBs and Federal Contracting Officers followed by a Contract Connections matchmaking opportunity. Click here to register for the June 12 New York, NY event.
The ChallengeHER initiative is designed to strengthen and promote the WOSB Federal Contract Program through local events across the country. We encourage everyone to listen to this webinar (ChallengeHER: How to Certify Under the WOSB/EDWOSB Program) before registering for any ChallengeHER event. Also check out our Dallas event on June 18.
Facebook: ChallengeHER 2015 is in full swing. Check out the next #ChallengeHER event in NYC June 12 - you don't want to miss US Small Business Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet and American Express OPEN President, Denise Pickett in a special Armchair Discussion. http://bit.ly/1LMb8Hf
Twitter: It's not 2 late 2 register for #ChallengeHER NYC on June 12 - http://bit.ly/1LMb8Hf #WOSB #FederalContractors
PARTNER NEWS & EVENTS
America’s Small Business Summit, June 8th – 10th: America's Small Business Summit is the largest annual small business event, hosted by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, which empowers YOU to become a voice for small business. Being held on June 8th – June 10th, the theme this year is . Speakers include Zappos CEO, Tony Hsieh and SBA Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet. WIPP Members & Friends interested in attending receive a special registration rate of $315, discounted from $500. Register here for the WIPP special pricing.
WBENC National Conference & Business Fair, June 23rd – 25th in Austin, TX: WBENC is holding their annual conference in late June this year for women business enterprises. If you are interested in learning about business opportunities with corporate America, this is a great event for you to learn about best practices in supplier diversity and build contacts. Learn more & register here: http://conf.wbenc.org/
Made in the USA Open Call & U.S. Manufacturing Summit – July 7th & 8th. Walmart will open its doors to new and existing suppliers for the company’s “Made in the USA” Open Call and U.S. Manufacturing Summit. During the event, current and prospective suppliers will have the opportunity to meet with the company’s senior leaders and merchants to pitch their products for the chance to have them sold at Walmart, on Walmart.com and in Sam’s Club locations. Learn more & apply to attend: http://bit.ly/1LGcYJP
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