|Get Connected, September 2015|
This month was an important one for WIPP and all of you who have lent your organization’s voice to our fight to provide Sole Source Authority to the Women-Owned Small Business (WOSB) Procurement Program. SBA issued their final rule and contract officers will soon have this tool in their arsenal to help women-owned small businesses access contracting opportunities. Take a look at this piece by WIPP’s government affairs team on the long road to Sole Source. Thank you all again for your support!
WIPP NEWS SECTION:
WIPP is Hitting the Road – First Stop Cincinnati
As promised at the WIPP Awards Dinner Celebration, WIPP is hitting the road for a Women Accessing Capital event series. The first stop is Cincinnati, OH on Thursday, October 15 at Cintrifuse – Union Hall. This FREE half-day event will focus on teaching women entrepreneurs about financing options to start and grow your business and tips on how to be successful accessing capital. In addition to hearing from funding experts, you will have the chance to take part in our “Pitch Perfect Business Competition” for a chance to win a $500 prize and learn if your business is ready to access the capital they need to succeed.
SOCIAL MEDIA SUGGESTIONS:
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WIPP POLICY UPDATE:
SBA Issues Final Rule on Sole Source Authority
Women-owned small businesses seeking federal contracts won a big victory September 11. The announcement by the Small Business Administration (SBA), effective October 14th, allows for the use of sole source authority in the Women-Owned Small Business (WOSB) Federal Contract Program. Similar to other small business contracting programs, WOSB sole source contracts will be limited to certain sizes. For manufacturing contracts that cap is $6.5 million, while all other contracts have a cap of $4 million.
Women Impacting Public Policy (WIPP) has championed this issue over the years and applauds the Small Business Administration (SBA), Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet and legislators such as Senators Maria Cantwell, Jeanne Shaheen and Representative Jackie Speier for their leadership and efforts to bring parity to women contractors.
Click here to view the official WIPP press release.
View WIPP’s Blog here: Success: Sole Source Finalized by Ann Sullivan, WIPP Government Relations
Facebook: SBA issues final rule improving access to federal contracting opportunities for women-owned small businesses. See more here: http://bit.ly/1KeKBmn
Women’s Business Development Center - Chicago
The Women's Business Development Center (WBDC) is a one of a kind non-profit focused on fueling the economy through entrepreneurship. As the oldest, largest and most comprehensive women’s business assistance center in the United States, we have programs designed to help individuals in every phase of the business development and growth process. Recently they held their 29th Annual Entrepreneurial Women’s Conference in Chicago, IL. Conference included small business growth fueled breakout sessions, a Women’s Empowerment Luncheon, matchmaking sessions and an awards reception. See meeting highlights and hear from attendees below:
Entrepreneurial Woman’s Conference Puts Focus on Technology, Innovation
Reshma Saujani, founder and CEO of Girls Who Code, a national non-profit organization working to close the gender gap in technology and prepare young women for jobs of the future, delivered the keynote at the 29th Annual Entrepreneurial Woman’s Conference held on September 2 at McCormick Place-West, Chicago.
In her remarks, she said that young women need to consider careers in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) fields but instead often go into lower-paying jobs such as education and health care. She told the audience of nearly 2,000: “There’s no question than technology spurs innovation and has the ability to transform our workforce,” she said. “To leave women out of this growth is really, really shameful.”
Saujani continued that schools need to “invite female entrepreneurs and female coders into our classrooms” to share their stories and get girls excited about technology fields. Girls Who Code anticipates introducing some 10,000 girls nationwide to computer programming by the end of 2015.
Reshma Saujani, founder, Girls Who Code (left), keynote speaker at the 29th Annual Entrepreneurial Woman’s Conference at Chicago’s McCormick Place-West on September 2, is pictured with Allison Rosati, NBC5 anchor; Debra Jennings-Johnson, BP America and board chair of the Women’s Business Development Center, and Emilia DiMenco, WBDC president and CEO.
Emilia DiMenco, president and CEO of the Women’s Business Development Center, which presents the annual conference, set the tone for Saujani’s presentation when she said: “Innovation, fueled by technology, has changed the way we approach business and transformed the ways we start and grow businesses.” Strongly encouraging young women to think about technology careers is of paramount importance, she emphasized.
At an opening night reception, the WBDC presented awards to honor successful women entrepreneurs and advocates who have demonstrated a commitment to strengthening women’s business ownership. The honorees included Mayra Khan, managing director of Nova Driving School, who won the Entrepreneur of the Year Award. Traci O’Bryan, CEO of St. Louis-based architecture design firm Arcturis, won the Woman Business Enterprise of the Year. Midas Auto Service Experts president and CEO Andrea Brown received the Woman Veteran Entrepreneur of the Year. Andrea Sreshta and Anna Stork co-founders of Chicago-based LuminAID, were recipients of the Innovation Award. And, CDW, based in Vernon Hills, won the Corporate Champion Award.
At the reception, the WBDC also announced the first winners of the Hedy M. Ratner and S. Carol Dougal Legacy Award. They are Shirley Marx, board chairman of New World Van Lines, and Loretta Rosenmayer, founder and chief executive officer of INTREN.
Designed to accelerate the growth of women-owned businesses, the conference offered attendees a business trade fair featuring an opportunity for women business owners to make connections with supplier diversity leaders and decision-makers. Contract Connections connected certified Women’s Business Enterprises (WBEs) with corporate and government buyers, while Lender Matchmaking and Business Matchmaking sessions enabled attendees to meet one-on-one with experts from leading financial institutions.
Five interactive workshops were held on topics that included business financing, securing government contracts and a panel discussion, “Secrets Behind the Fastest Growing Women-Owned Businesses,” moderated by Marsha Firestone, Ph.D., founder the president of Women Presidents’ Organization. Lynda M. Applegate, the Sarofim-Rock Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School, led a well-received two-hour session in the afternoon on techniques for successfully scaling up a business.
A closing reception capped off the day, enabling attendees to wind down and network after a high-impact experience.
Facebook: Congrats to the Women’s Business Development Center, WIPP’s Coalition Partner of the Month and hear highlights from their September Conference:
Twitter: Congrats @WBDC #WIPP’s Coalition Partner of the Month - http://www.wbdc.org
WIPP Education, Events, Promotions:
Stay an Extra Day for ChallengeHER Cincinnati
Following WIPP’s Women Accessing Capital & Pitch Perfect Business Competition is ChallengeHER Cincinnati on October 16. ChallengeHER has assisted women business owners all across the country to help them understand the Women Owned Small Business Federal Procurement Program, the federal procurement process, and to connect them with the right people. With this knowledge, you are much better positioned to grow your business and increase your revenue.
Join us October 16 at the Cincinnati Contemporary Learning Center for ChallengeHER Cincinnati. In order to successfully navigate the federal contracting industry and win federal contracts, you MUST know the rules and understand the strategy. You don’t want to miss special guest The Honorable Steve Chabot, U.S. House of Representatives and Chair, House Small Business Committee.
Click here to register.
Facebook: Join us for Challenge Cincinnati on October 16. You don’t want to miss special guest US House of Representatives and Chair of the House Small Business Committee – The Honorable Steve Chabot. Register today: http://bit.ly/1NXlw3i
Twitter: Register 4 #ChallengeHER Cincinnati Oct16 http://bit.ly/1NXlw3i #WOSB #WIPP #FederalContracting
PARTNER NEWS & EVENTS
The Latino Coalition’s The Engine of America 2015 Small Business Summit
Registration is open for the Latino Coalition’s 2015 Small Business Summit in Los Angeles on October 8. Join small businesses from across the country to nework, learn from business experts, and advocate for pro-business policies.
Register today: http://www.thelatinocoalition.com/sbs
WBDC’s 14th Annual Business Breakfast
Join the WBDC Connecticut on October 23 for their 14th Annual Business Breakfast. Hear from a supplier diversity panel led by a small business expert. After the program hour long Business Workshops will take place, which are free upon purchasing a ticket to the breakfast!
For more information and to register: http://bit.ly/1UxjFAL
Chicago ATHENA Leadership Awards
Celebrate women leaders in Chicago at the Chicago Athena Leadership Awards on October 14 at the Mid America Club. The ATHENA award honors an individual for professional excellence, community service and for actively assisting women in their attainment of professional excellence and leadership skills.
For more information and to register: http://conta.cc/1Fyousb
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