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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. 

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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 AmericanExpress.com/MarketingSupport 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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