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WIPP Action Alert: Sole Source Parity for WOSBs

Wednesday, April 10, 2019  
Posted by: Laura Berry
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Ask Your Senator:

Sole Source Parity for WOSBs

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WIPP strongly supported Expanding Contracting Opportunities for Small Businesses Act of 2019 (), which will give all small businesses greater opportunities through sole source contracting. Action is now needed in the Senate. We need your help.

 

Your legislators are on recess from Monday, April 15 through Friday, April 26. They will be back home to meet with constituents like you! Now is your chance to get involved in our advocacy efforts. to urge them to introduce a bill that mirrors H.R. 190 and open doors for women business owners.

 

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WIPP fought and won sole source authority for the WOSB program in 2015—gaining parity with other federal contracting programs. While the fight has changed in 2019, the drumbeat is the same: parity.

 

Currently, the sole source dollar limits are $4 million and $6.5 million (construction and manufacturing) over the life of the contract. For government contractors, these amounts are small.

 

WIPP supported the Expanding Contracting Opportunities for Small Businesses Act of 2019 (), which passed the House and will give all small businesses including WOSBs greater opportunities through sole source contracting. The bill would raise the dollar amount for construction and manufacturing to $7 million and allow the amounts of $4 million and $7 million to be awarded each year, instead of over the life of the contract.

 

Please help us to urge them to introduce a bill that mirrors H.R. 190 and open doors for women business owners.

WIPP In Action on the Hill

131 & Counting Panel Members

This morning WIPP President & CEO Candace Waterman moderated a panel of public- and private-sector experts on issues affecting women entrepreneurs. Topics included parity for WOSBs in federal contracting, access to capital for women-owned businesses, and cybersecurity.

 

The panel featured (from left to right above):

  • Necole Parker Green, Principal of ELOCEN Group and WIPP Member
  • Meredith West, Majority Deputy Staff Director of the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship
  • Angela Dingle, President & CEO of Ex Nihilo and WIPP Board Chair
  • Sue Malone, Founder & CEO of Strategies for Small Business
  • Candace Waterman, President & CEO of WIPP
  • Melissa Jung, Majority Deputy Staff Director and Democratic Counsel for the House Small Business

The event was hosted by , a joint initiative of WIPP, Women in Government Relations (WGR), Young Government Leaders (YGL), Women’s Bar Association (WBA), Holland & Knight, and Bloomberg Government.

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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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