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President's Message - Better Together

Posted By Candace Waterman, WIPP President & CEO, Wednesday, July 8, 2020

Our shared experience with this global pandemic has shown our community is better together today than we have ever been before. As we reflect on the first six months of this year, I invite you to join our conversation on what the rest of this year -- and the future holds for us.

Candace Waterman Join the entire WIPP team on Wednesday, July 22 at 2 PM ET to hear a recap of what we've accomplished, and to get an exclusive preview on the opportunities we are working on for the rest of 2020.


With more than a dozen different advocacy efforts over the first part of the year, we are still working toward ensuring women and minority business owners are heard in recovery efforts.

  • Up Next: Congress is in recess this week, but expect more information on another stimulus package and pushing for blanketed PPP forgiveness. Read Ann Sullivan's blog post for more.



Our membership has never been stronger! Thank you to our Board, our Leadership Advisory Council, and our returning members. Thank you to a host of new members who are joining our their voices with ours to drive sustainable change.



With more than a dozen free webinars available to the public, we are also offering exclusive member education this summer. We welcome our members and the larger community to access our online catalogs.

  • Up Next: Join us on Wednesday, July 22 to learn more about the exciting upcoming changes to the WIPP Education Foundation.

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President's Message - Robust Grant Programs Needed In Next Wave of Relief

Posted By Candace Waterman, WIPP President & CEO, Wednesday, May 6, 2020
Updated: Tuesday, May 5, 2020

This week I am celebrating my second anniversary leading WIPP, and this year also marks 15 years working to elevate women-owned businesses at the regional and national levels. During this celebratory time, we are also in the midst of a crisis that has already left an indelible impression not only because of how much it changed our lives, but also for how quickly this community has come together like never before. I have never been more proud to stand together with our partner organizations, corporate partners, and especially our stalwart members who continue to define the calm in the storm. 
Candace Waterman
I do not need to tell you that this pandemic has taken an enormous toll on women-owned businesses. Our recent impact survey showed more than 71% of the respondents reported a decrease in business. Approximately 73% of our survey participants had applied for federal funding, the majority listing either the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) or Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) programs. On a more positive note, 89% of respondents have been able to continue operations during this pandemic as of April 15.

Another survey-based study, "Women-Owned Businesses & PPP Survey Results," found that “women-owned businesses asked for and received less money than national averages” in the first round of PPP funding. In addition, “women relied heavily on large national banks and, when they did, their likelihood of obtaining a PPP loan plummeted.” We are watching the progress of second-round funding through the PPP and EIDL and will keep you updated.  

In the coming weeks, more relief is expected. Given the urgency of capital, we are asking Congress to consider revamping the programs to separate them into loans and grants rather than a combination of the two. While small businesses will need loans with generous terms in the recovery stage of this pandemic, they need grants now. 

Joining your voice with WIPP is necessary to make an impact on Capitol Hill. Contact your Representative and Senators today and share our letter urging small business grants rather than forgivable loans. If you have questions, please contact the WIPP ACE HelpDesk at



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President's Message: The Next Six Weeks

Posted By Candace Waterman, WIPP President & CEO, Wednesday, March 25, 2020
Updated: Thursday, March 26, 2020
I hope this message finds you, your family, and your business safe and well. My thoughts are with those directly affected by the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), including essential personnel called to serve during this time of crisis.
Candace Waterman
As part of our pivot to address challenges felt immediately by all our stakeholders, WIPP began offering free weekly Monday webinars at 2 PM ET on The Intersectionality of COVID-19 and The Small Business Community.

In addition to our ongoing programming over the next six weeks, WIPP commits to provide up-to-the-minute policy news; funding updates from our partners at corporations, strategic partner organizations, and public agencies; and a topic of importance for our small business community each week. These webinars are free and open to the public, and we welcome audience questions.

WIPP is also debuting our ACE HelpDesk, a multi-dimensional group of experts and resources who provide WIPP Members assistance with questions and basic challenges relevant to business policy, federal contacting, and private sector contracting. Email to learn more.
We hope you have a chance to see the tangible advocacy, community, and education benefits we will bring to the small business community during this challenging time. Please check for updates, and do not hesitate to reach out to me for assistance.

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President's Message - Sharing Facts About Women Entrepreneurs

Posted By Candace Waterman, WIPP President & CEO, Wednesday, March 4, 2020

2020 marks the historic 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment and women’s right to vote. In an election year, it has never been more important to discuss the economic powerhouse of women entrepreneurs.
6 Facts About Women Entrepreneurs
Kick off Women’s History Month by downloading our infographic Six Facts You Need To Know about U.S. Women Entrepreneurs, which includes examples of current legislation and member action on important topics. Share with your community leaders, your industry colleagues, and most importantly, your Members of Congress.


WIPP is always committed to making our members the center of our work. We debuted the infographic during the monthly WIPP Community Connection webinar, where we discussed the importance of voter education for all women businesses. I hope you'll join us to learn more about what we're working on for all women business owners across the country.



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Measuring Our Impact: The WIPP ACE Survey

Posted By Candace Waterman, WIPP President & CEO, Wednesday, February 5, 2020

Over the last two years, we’ve identified Advocacy, Community, and Education (ACE) as the guiding core principles for our WIPP member value. Now we want to measure that impact in the WIPP ACE Survey.

    Karen R. Jenkins
  • Our advocacy efforts have created a generation of women business owners claiming their seat at the table and using their voices to create change. We have testified before Congress, helped draft legislation, and provided regulatory input.
  • Our community engagement means members, stakeholders, and partners have access to industry leaders and resources. Our members are the heart of our organization, and we provided an ecosystem to support them.
  • Our education programs have helped thousands of women business owners across the country scale their businesses, connect with decision makers, and access resources in the federal contracting and commercial landscapes.

This is a great time to join WIPP and get involved in our next era. We invite you to our WIPP Member Meeting on Wednesday, February 19 to learn more about the ACE Principle and our vision leading up to our 20th anniversary next year. 

We are only as good as the value we provide to you. As we enter this new year and new decade, we need your help to measure our impact and gain your input on some exciting new services we plan to offer.


Please take a few minutes of your time to give us invaluable feedback by responding to our survey.



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Looking Backward, Moving Forward

Posted By Candace Waterman, WIPP President & CEO, Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Over the last year, I have been heartened and encouraged by our flourishing WIPP community. Our members, new and established, are bringing renewed passion and dedication to our mission.


WIPP 2019 Year In Review

Across the nation, we are expanding our corporate partners, government agency partners, and strategic organizational partners to reach new audiences and grow our resources. 


I'm thrilled to release our 2019 Year in Review report today. Please join Team WIPP and our WIPP Board of Director's Chair Angela Dingle for a discussion on the report at 2 PM ET today during our Monthly Member Meeting.


As we move forward to our 20th anniversary in 2021, we are focused on sustaining the momentum you'll see in the report: leveraging our relevancy in the political environment and further evolving our member experience.


Thank you to our team, our Board of Directors, and especially all our members and partners for everything you do. I look forward to a great year with all of you!

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President's Message: Saving the Best For Last

Posted By Candace Waterman, WIPP President & CEO, Wednesday, December 4, 2019
Updated: Tuesday, December 3, 2019

There is a saying in the golf community: It isn't just how you drive, it's how you arrive. As we start the culmination of 2019--the end of not just another year, but another decade--we at Team WIPP are starting to realize this is one year for the record books. 


Our flourishing grassroots community, with a central heartbeat network of our WIPP Members, continues to showcase how women entrepreneurs are pivotal to the growth of our national economy. It has been a year when the hashtag #womenleaders meant more than ever before. 

NASDAQ Nov 29, 2019


This was front and center last weekend, as our team celebrated Small Business Saturday, including ringing the closing bell at Nasdaq last Friday. This week our team is wrapping up our work on the Small Business Saturday Coalition, an always-growing grassroots network of more than 600 national, state, and local associations across the country and in U.S. territories that support strengthening local economies through the Shop Small® Movement.


From the local and regional engagement to our off-the-charts advocacy accomplishments on Capitol Hill, despite the partisan uphill battle, learning to be an effective advocate is a gift that keeps on giving. Please read WIPP Chief Advocate Ann Sullivan's blog post and look forward to next week's 2019 Holiday Recess Guide, where you can take action to ensure your legislators know what is important to women business owners. 


Not quite sure what is happening in Congress? For a limited time, we are opening our final WIPP Policy Update webinar, a WIPP Member Benefit, to everyone for free registration. Join us next Wednesday, December 11 to learn what to expect in 2020. 


Not quite sure why you aren’t a WIPP Member yet? Non-members can register for the upcoming Managing Your LinkedIn Content in 2020 webinar with featured guest and speaker Jennifer Brown, and you can apply that registration to a new WIPP Membership! And you can always join us for the monthly WIPP Membership webinar to learn more about why you should join and how to leverage your existing membership.  

As WIPP continues to charge into our 19th year of leading advocacy, community, and education for women business owners, I hope you are a part of the journey.

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President's Message: Get Ready for Small Business Saturday

Posted By Candace Waterman, WIPP President & CEO, Wednesday, November 6, 2019
Updated: Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Every day, WIPP is on Capitol Hill advocating for federal policies and legislation that benefit women-owned and minority-owned businesses. But most small business, like politics, is local. Each year, WIPP leverages our grassroots origins to help celebrate local business owners across the nation. 

On November 30, we ask you to join us in celebrating the 10th annual Small Business Saturday®, backed by American Express. 

Founded in 2010 by American Express, the Saturday after Thanksgiving has become a holiday shopping tradition dedicated to uniting communities and supporting all kinds of small businesses. 

Since 2011, WIPP has been a part of Small Business Saturday by leading the Small Business Saturday Coalition, an always-growing grassroots network of more than 600 national, state, and local associations across the country and in U.S. territories that support strengthening local economies through the Shop Small® Movement.

As leader in the Coalition, WIPP leverages our relationships on Capitol Hill as well as with local public officials to recognize Small Business Saturday and acknowledge the contributions of more than 10 million women-owned small businesses in the backbone of our economy. 

Get Ready and Get Involved: 

  • Visit for customized marketing materials for your storefront, website, and social networks, and to show your support. Download them for free in the Shop Small Studio. 

  • Connect with your community. Connect with other organizations and businesses in your community to see how you can work together on Small Business Saturday events and promotions.

  • Make plans on November 30 to visit your local corner store, your favorite cleaners or restaurant, or your trendy online boutique.

Commit to #ShopSmall on Saturday, November 30 and celebrate the small businesses that help our local communities grow jobs and stay vibrant.

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