|Get Connected, Nov. 2014|
As we head into the holiday season, WIPP is diligently planning for the new year ahead. WIPP is working on expanding our business education offerings in 2015 and welcomes the opportunity to further partner with your organizations. Key topics we will be focusing on are access to capital, export, marketing and procurement. If there are business education or policy topics of importance to your stakeholders, please reach out to me to discuss how we may offer co-branded webinars or teleconferences to our networks. Happy Thanksgiving to you, your team and your families!
Record Number of Women in New Congress
With mid-term elections behind us, the new 114th Congress which begins in January 2015 will have a record number of women and minorities. At least 103 women – and possibly as many as 105 – will serve in the 114th Congress, according to the Center for American Women and Politics (CAWP), a unit of the Eagleton Institute of Politics at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey.
Pending the outcome of a December runoff, at least 20 women will serve in the Senate, and there will be a new record 83 women in the U.S. House. Before the election, there were 99 women in Congress: 20 women in the Senate and 79 in the House.
While there will be more female faces in the halls of the U.S. Capitol building, a key question is what the potential impact will be on public policy. Key chairmanships will be changing hands on committees important to women entrepreneurs with Senator David Vitter of Louisiana likely taking the reigns of the Senate Committee on Small Business & Entrepreneurship and Rep. Steve Chabot of Ohio taking charge on the House Small Business Committee.
Take a look at WIPP’s Election Overview, to find out more about how the midterm elections will impact women business owners.
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New Minimum Wage Requirements for Federal Contractors
Earlier this year, President Obama delivered his State of the Union address, and said this year would be a year of action. He then backed up his words on February 12, 2014 by using his Executive Order to raise the minimum wage to $10.10, for federal contractors. Executive Order 13658 directed the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) to issue regulations in which to implement the new Federal contractor minimum wage. And so, DOL has issued a final rule and here are some of the key provisions:
Order 13658 applies to new contracts and replacements for expiring contracts with the Federal Government that result from solicitations issued on or after January 1, 2015 or to contracts that are awarded outside the solicitation process on or after January 1, 2015. For more information, please visit: http://www.dol.gov/whd/flsa/eo13658/.
For more information on DOL regulations regarding pay transparency and reporting on employee pay, please click here.
President Obama stated that he believedAmerica deserves a raise, and to show Congress he’s serious, POTUS used Executive Order 13658 to raise the minimum wage for federal contractors to $10.10. The U.S.Department of Labor (DOL) was then responsible for the regulations in which to implement the new federal contractor minimum wage, and so, DOL has issued a final rule with key provisions. Read them here today: http://1.usa.gov/1pqxRMR
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The Howard County Chamber’s Business-to-Government Initiative, GovConnects seeks to advocate, educate and connect the government contracting community of Howard County and the region with best practices, critical information, and opportunities for connection with government customers in the federal arena. As cyber, health IT, and other areas of government contracting continue to grow, GovConnects seeks to assist regional businesses in positioning themselves competitively to benefit from these opportunities. Working with local industry, GovConnects collaborates with strategic partners in the community, universities, research institutions, incubator and entrepreneur centers to highlight the importance of workforce development, STEM, and veteran’s programs, recognizing that it takes a community to grow the workforce of the future. We meet our mission objectives through education programs, business breakfasts, conferences, and roundtable forums that bring leaders within the community together to voice priorities, share best practices and current trends.
Maureen Thomas, Executive Director, GovConnects says "we are excited to work with WIPP, recognizing the importance of giving a voice to businesses engaged in the federal space who are impacted by national policies. With the help of WIPP we can provide better information more quickly to our constituency and assist in raising the profile of current issues that affect them as federal government contractors."
“At this season in the year when you are feeling grateful, it is appropriate for WIPP to give thanks to the Howard County Chamber of Commerce for becoming a new Coalition Partner during 2014” said Kristie Arslan, WIPP Executive Director. With its commitment to helping women owned businesses secure federal government contracts the two organizations have already enjoyed successful collaborations. Among them was the Fall 2014 Women in Government Contracting Network Reception. In 2015 we look forward to having members of the Howard County Chamber engaging with our education programs and
raising their voices to support WIPP’s advocacy efforts in the Capitol.
GovConnects Fall Education Series
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The WIPP Federal Procurement Certificate Program – Registration Now OPEN!
Becoming a federal contractor can be a daunting task of trying to determine where to start, how to communicate with federal buyers, and how to successfully go after contracts. The WIPP Federal Procurement Certificate Program takes the guess work out! This program walks your members step-by-step through the process of positioning their business, learning the federal government language and process, marketing, and bidding on contracts. Whether your members are new to the federal space or looking to expand their federal business, this program has the tools to help them realize success. We encourage you to promote the WIPP Federal Procurement Certificate Program to your procurement members to assist them in starting or expanding their federal business.
Learn More: President's Message
Online Registration: http://bit.ly/1jCAWuA
Time to get motivated and moving along your federal contracting path! WIPP's Federal Procurement Certificate Program is your ticket to expanding your business into the federal marketplace. In 3 certificate levels, you will gain resources, tools, knowledge and hands on help to assist you in reaching your goals in federal contracting. REGISTER TODAY: http://bit.ly/1jCAWuA
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