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WIPP In Action - June 2019

Wednesday, June 5, 2019   (0 Comments)
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WIPP In Action: Change the Game undefined
Women Impacting Public Policy

Change the Game

Candace Waterman

Candace Waterman WIPP President & CEO

At the beginning of 2019, I never could have predicted the number of times WIPP would be called to Capitol Hill this year to speak about the importance of women-owned small businesses, especially our parity in federal contracting.


As we again prepare testimony for the Senate next week to discuss contracting issues for small businesses, we always think of bringing our members' collective voices to bear at every opportunity.


Because our organization sits uniquely at the intersection of public policy and education for women-owned small businesses, we have the confidence to create change. That confidence always comes from our members and our constituents.


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If you aren't a member already, join our efforts today! Our limited time , pairs our bestselling annual Advocate Membership ($125 value) with all the in-person advocacy education and engagement at #WIPPConf, including additional networking opportunities.


This is the time to advocate for women business owners and change the game as we know it.

Rep. Steve Chabot

Speaker Announcement

In addition to House Small Business Committee Chair Rep. Nydia Velázquez, we are excited to announce Rep. Steve Chabot, Ranking Member, will be joining our Legislative Breakfast on Tuesday, June 25 as a speaker!


Stay tuned for more speaker announcements as we get closer to the WIPP Business Leadership Conference!

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Knowing the Game Changers

Ann Sullivan

Ann Sullivan WIPP Chief Advocate

When I started representing WIPP in Washington some 17 years ago, Republican George W. Bush was in his second year as President and Senate Democrats held their majority by a very slim margin, while the House was controlled comfortably by Republicans. Women held 62 seats in the House and 13 seats in the Senate. No women chaired Congressional Committees and two women held Cabinet posts – Ann Veneman (Department of Agriculture) and Elaine Chao (Department of Transportation).


Things are a little different now— but maybe not as much as one might think. President Donald Trump is also a Republican, but this time the Senate is controlled by Republicans and Democrats control the House. But the game changer is women in power. As of January 2019, there are 106 women in the U.S. House of Representatives, including delegates, and 25 women in the Senate. Seven women head Congressional Committees—not to mention Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, who is second in the presidential line of succession, after the vice president...


Comments Due: SBA Proposed Rule

Last month, on WOSB/EDWOSB certification. In 2015 when WIPP secured sole source authorization for the WOSB program, Congress also directed the SBA to come up with its own WOSB certification, doing away with self-certification.


The public comment period for the rule is open until July 15. WIPP will be preparing a response to submit.

Member Spotlight: WIPP Board Member

Jeanette Prenger Testifies in Joint Hearing

Jeanette Prenger Spotlight

The Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship in conjunction with the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Subcommittee on Regulatory Affairs and Federal Management held a joint hearing titled “Reauthorization of the SBA Office of Advocacy" on May 22.


WIPP Board Member Jeanette Hernandez Prenger testified on behalf of WIPP and spoke on a variety of important business issues. Thank you, Jeanette!

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