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WIPP In Action - April 2019

Wednesday, April 3, 2019  
Posted by: Laura Berry
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WIPP 2019 Business Leadership Conference

What does it mean to be “in” with a client? Does it change with a government agency? How do you scale your contract or move a connection forward when the floor is always changing? Once you are in the door, how can you get to the table? And most importantly, are you elevating your voice, your brand, and your business in the process?

 

It’s time to Change the Game. Join us for , from June 23 to 25, at the Washington Court Hotel in Washington, D.C. Meet, learn, and advocate with women-owned businesses as well as the government agencies, corporations, and prime suppliers who want to work with them.

 

Hosted just steps from the U.S. Capitol, our conference is the largest national gathering tailored to help women business owners understand the federal contracting landscape, build the capacity to compete, leverage their assets to grow their businesses, and advocate for parity in the process.

 

With hundreds of attendees, the conference features a fantastic opening networking reception as well as a full-day of education workshops, match making meetings, inspirational speakers, and more. Our classic Legislative Day offers our attendees the opportunity to meet with their legislators and staff to advocate for issues important to you and your business.

 

Thank you to our sponsors Accenture and Comcast, who have already committed to supporting our community and changing the game for women business owners. In addition, thank you to the WIPP Board and Leadership Advisory Council, who have already put us on pace to sell out! Please do not wait—register today!

Candace Waterman

Candace Waterman WIPP President & CEO

In addition to registering during our Early Bird pricing, which secures your eligibility for match making and participation in the Legislative Day, please ensure to

 

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Finally, we hope you’ll connect with our community on social media using the #WIPPConf hashtag and look for updates this month on , , and .

 

Thank you for your continued commitment to the WIPP Network, and I cannot wait to see all of you on the steps of the U.S. Capitol this June.

 

WIPP Works In Washington

Ann Sullivan

Ann Sullivan WIPP Chief Advocate

Recently, I heard Representative Chip Roy from Texas state that the U.S. accumulates $100 million in debt every hour. That is a staggering, unsustainable number. It begs the question – is anyone in Congress concerned about this mounting debt, given that it is budget season? Does anyone care?

 

According to the former Treasury Secretary Robert Rubin, “Despite rising debt, interest rates have remained low, and a fiscal crisis has not occurred. That is because private demand for business investment has been sluggish in a slow recovery, the Federal Reserve has provided liquidity through its unconventional monetary policy, and financial markets often ignore unsustainable fiscal conditions for an extended time.” He goes on to say: “Now, the imperative must be to develop a political strategy, and, in that context, a narrative, that persuades the broad American public that its economic well-being depends on getting our fiscal house in order.”

 

Given the absence of a financial crisis, elected officials have not convinced the American public that mounting debt, even to the tune of $100 million an hour, requires action. The place where fiscal policy starts is the Senate and House Budget Committees...

 

 

Bills That Mean Business

The Senate Small Business Committee passed two WIPP-supported bipartisan cybersecurity bills last week, the Small Business Cyber Training Act of 2019 () and the SBA Cyber Awareness Act (). These bills are a step in the right direction to help small businesses with cybersecurity compliance as well as hold the SBA accountable to secure the sensitive data it collects. The next stop is a vote by the full Senate.

 

sent to Committee Chair Marco Rubio (R-FL).

 

Did you know? We hosted the first WIPP Education Platform training on the topic of cybersecurity! WIPP Members can access the webinar recording at .

 

Rubio also introduced The New Parents Act () with Senator Mitt Romney (R-UT). The legislation would allow new parents to use their Social Security benefits for one, two, or three months of paid leave. Parents using this option could either delay their Social Security retirement age by 3 to 6 months per benefit taken or accept a reduced monthly benefit for the first 5 years of retirement. In the House, Reps. Ann Wagner (R-MO) and Dan Crenshaw (R-TX) introduced a similar bill (). .

 

WIPP Responds to Section 809 Panel Recommendation

WIPP signed on to a letter denouncing a recommendation from the Section 809 Panel that the Department of Defense (DoD) should do away with small business set-asides and institute a 5% price preference instead. The Panel is an independent commission created by Congress to modernize and streamline the Defense acquisition system. WIPP joined 25 other organizations/businesses in signing onto the letter, which was sent to top lawmakers on the House and Senate Armed Services Committees.

 

 

SBA Administrator McMahon Resigning

The former business executive, who has been Administrator since February 2017, announced she is leaving SBA on April 12 and returning to the private sector. We appreciate the emphasis on women entrepreneurs under McMahon’s leadership. The President has not yet nominated someone to replace McMahon.

 

WIPP Education Opportunities

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The WIPP Education Platform (WEP) is a new WIPP Member benefit offering education, programs, and opportunities to women-owned businesses across the nation. Our three areas of focus are 1. understanding the federal procurement landscape; 2. building capacity; and 3. managing wealth.

 

Each webinar offers high-level content and speakers on topics designed to immediately increase your business profitability and security. Our goal is to make each training available for virtual participation. Once recorded, the trainings will be posted on the WIPP website and accessible to current WIPP members

SBA Seeking Input on Research Topics

The is seeking input on potential topics to research on small business-related issues. The Office of Advocacy examines the role and status of small business in the economy and independently represents the views of small businesses to federal agencies, Congress, and the President.

 

Please send any suggestions to Elizabeth Sullivan at by COB Monday, April 15.

WIPP Leadership Featured in Diversity Professional Magazine

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We are so proud and thrilled to see WIPP President & CEO Candace Waterman and WIPP Board Chair Angela Dingle on the cover of Diversity Professional Magazine this month!

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WIPP thanks our Corporate Partners:

 

Accenture | American Express | Comcast | Intuit | L3 Technologies | Live Oak Bank | Lockheed Martin | Northrop Grumman | Pfizer | Southern California Edison | Southwest Airlines | Verizon | Walmart

 

WIPP is a national nonpartisan organization advocating on behalf of women entrepreneurs—strengthening their impact on our nation’s public policy, creating economic opportunities, and forging alliances with other business organizations. .

 

 

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