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WIPP In Action - March 2019

Wednesday, March 6, 2019   (0 Comments)
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Women Impacting Public Policy

History Is Happening Now

Candace Waterman

Candace Waterman WIPP President & CEO

I was just starting my career when Congress formally recognized Women’s History Month in 1987. The following year, the historic , the Women’s Business Ownership Act, was passed, which finally acknowledged the barriers to entry for women business owners and established our strategic partner organization, the National Women’s Business Council (NWBC).


Yet, more than 30 years later, we are still fighting inequality in access to capital and inadequacy in training for women business owners.


This morning, the WIPP team was on Capitol Hill to host a roundtable on women’s entrepreneurship with House Small Business Caucus, including Caucus Co-Chairs Rep. Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) and Rep. Scott Tipton (R-Colo.). Our panel included WIPP Members, Lisa Renshaw of and Rebecca Askew of as well as myself and NWBC Chair Liz Sara.


Our discussion focused on three core : parity in federal contracting, workforce development, and access to capital. It is significant that the Caucus chose to focus on women’s entrepreneurship for the first event of the new Congress.


In addition to this event, our Advocacy team is busy this month, including submitting testimony, analyzing proposed legislation, and attending roundtables on federal subcontracting.


Tomorrow Michelle Richards, Executive Director of the Great Lakes Women’s Business Council, will testify on behalf of WIPP at a hearing entitled called before the House Small Business Committee Subcommittee on Economic Growth, Tax and Capital Access.


Our Programming continues to come together and our strategic partners continue to support our mission, including the following events:


WIPP is partnering with Women Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC) for their during their Summit & Salute event from March 11 to 13, which will feature experts from our corporate partner Live Oak Bank amongst others.


Our first WEP event of 2019, is being hosted by The National LGBT Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC) on March 26. This event and all of the WEP series are WIPP Member-only benefits.


And finally, this is the month we will launch registration for our 2019 WIPP Business Leadership Conference: Changing the Game, June 23 to 25 in Washington, D.C. Our conference will feature a full-day of programming as well as a legislative day on Capitol Hill.


History is happening now. And I hope you are following WIPP on , and for more up-to-date news and opportunities as we go through this month. Even better, and help us write more history for women in business!


Who Is The FAR Council?

Why Are They So Slow?

Ann Sullivan

Ann Sullivan WIPP Chief Advocate

A letter from the Chair and Ranking Member of the House Small Business Committee recently came to my attention urging the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) Council to adopt changes made by law in 2013. And I thought Congress was slow.


Who is this Council? According to the law, the FAR Council membership consists of: the Administrator for Federal Procurement Policy and — (A) the Secretary of Defense, (B) the Administrator of National Aeronautics and Space; and (C) the Administrator of General Services. Now, admittedly these are busy people. Maybe they just don’t have time. However, upon further investigation, these very busy people have representatives for various sections of the FAR. They are called FAR Teams.


For example, in 2007, the Federal Acquisition Regulatory Council established a Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) Small Business Team. The purpose of this Team is to focus on small business issues and to coordinate with the Small Business Administration (SBA) on concurrent SBA and FAR rulemaking. So, even with a team devoted to small business, there is still a backlog on adoption of small business changes dating back as long as six years...




IRS Webinars

The IRS has released a series of webinars to explain the new tax reform provisions that affect small businesses, including the following:


WIPP Policy News

about the recent headlines and resources on the federal level that may impact your business:

  • House Small Business Committee Supports SBA Entrepreneurial Development Programs
  • SBA Official Reports Progress on Loan Approvals Since Shutdown
  • President Trump Highlights Infrastructure
  • SBA Office of Advocacy Releases Report on State of Small Business Lending


And...We're Off to the Races!

Senate Small Business Committee held the first hearing of the year with Small Business Administration Administrator Linda McMahon


The first Committee hearing in a new Congress sets the tone for the two years ahead—priorities, attitudes and bipartisanship (or lack thereof) are on display. The Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship held their first hearing on February 13 by hearing from SBA Administrator McMahon.


Three areas of focus bubbled up during the hearing: Challenges facing women-owned small businesses, access to capital and issues around the workforce.




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