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WIPP In Action - August 2019

Wednesday, August 7, 2019  
Posted by: Laura Berry
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Women Impacting Public Policy

Each One, Reach One

Each One, Reach One

WIPP exists to show our elected leaders that women mean business. As you know, our team and our members have poured hundreds of hours of work this year alone into testifying and commenting on small business legislation with the Senate Small Business Committee.

 

Congress may be in recess until after Labor Day, but this is not the time for summer doldrums. We need your voices. If you have not already, now is the time to take action. Download our template letter, tailor it to your business, and send it to your Senators today.

Candace Waterman

Please help share this campaign! We ask Each One to Reach One. We are asking each one of our members to reach one new potential WIPP Member before September 5 with this Action Alert.

 

Is there a woman business owner who should be a part of this community? It affects not only federal contractors, but also all small business owners across the country. This legislation includes 15 highlights that, if passed, will be game-changers for women-owned businesses.

 

If potential members forward completed letters to by September 5, they will receive a code for 20% off any level of new WIPP membership. Every membership dollar goes toward our mission to educate and advocate for women-owned businesses.

 

WIPP works on your behalf in the halls of Washington, D.C., but we’ll also be in your neighborhood sooner than you realize. This week we have gathered in Chicago and we’re on our way to San Antonio for our ChallengeHER event roadshow. We will be traveling around the country in the next few months as we build our foundations for the Small Business Saturday Coalition again this year. I look forward to seeing many of you to discuss the important work that WIPP is doing to assist in the success of women-owned businesses.

 

We have an elevated WIPP passion in our team, our members, and all our constituents. Help us get this word out so we can prove that women mean business--every day of the week. Join us!

Taking Action When It Counts

Ann Sullivan

Ann Sullivan WIPP Chief Advocate

In the early days of WIPP when advocacy for women business owners was relatively new, we routinely issued action alerts to foster the engagement of our members with their Congressional delegation.

 

WIPP’s network generated thousands of phone calls, letters, signatures and engagement of organizations who supported our efforts to put a women’s procurement program in place. This was the cornerstone of our advocacy to encourage federal agencies to contract with women-owned firms. By giving agencies the ability to restrict contracts to women, we also encouraged women to enter the federal market. Through WIPP’s advocacy, the ability to sole source contracts through this program was enacted in 2015.

 

Fast forward to today. When you see , it is hard to believe the difference in attitudes toward women-owned firms. The Senate Small Business Committee is poised to open up access to capital for WOSB/EDWOSB federal contracting firms and make the WOSB program comparable to other SBA procurement programs, including lifting restrictions and dollar amounts that hamper contracting officers from issuing sole source awards to women.

 

The other changes are just as important as the contracting changes. And all of this good work is coming to the small business community – maybe. The Senate Small Business Committee has been working this year to reimagine and reinvigorate programs at the Small Business Administration (SBA) through a reauthorization bill. WIPP’s policy team has been at the forefront of these efforts – providing hearing witnesses, collaborating through meetings, and soliciting feedback from WIPP members on a slew of issues that are important to women business owners.

 

The House Small Business Committee is also in the throes of holding hearings and will most likely pass individual bills making changes in SBA programs, rather than compiling a comprehensive bill.

 

This is where you come in. We need to raise our voices once more in significant numbers. Our partners and our members need to communicate to their Congressional delegation the importance of this bill moving forward. There isn’t a bill number—not yet. When referencing these actions, just refer to them as the Senate SBA reauthorization draft.

 

 

Carrie Jokiel

Member Spotlight

Each month, WIPP highlights a member who has leveraged WIPP membership to grow their business, engage with elected officials, and/or elevate the mission of WIPP and the visibility of women-owned businesses.

 

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Join us for our monthly webinar to learn more about our vision, membership benefits, ways to engage, and the path to WIPP leadership!

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ChallengeHER webinars offer you an opportunity to hear from experts in government contracting from the comfort of your office, your home, or even on the road. Browse and view our existing webinar catalog.

 

Workshops

American Express: Summit for Success

ChallengeHER in-person workshops are our classic format to network, schedule match making meetings, and learn more about strategies for winning business with the U.S. Government. Save the dates for upcoming events!

 

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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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