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WIPP In Action - September 2019

Wednesday, September 4, 2019   (0 Comments)
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Women Impacting Public Policy

The Season of Back to Business

Candace Waterman

Candace Waterman WIPP President & CEO

For many of us, September is a month of transition. Students of all ages are starting school. The seasons distinctly change from the blaze of summer to the autumnal harvest. Yet for our coastal communities, specifically on the East Coast, it can also be a time of watchfulness and worry.


Our thoughts are with our business owners affected by Hurricane Dorian. September is National Disaster Preparedness Month, and all businesses should ensure they have an updated and relevant plan for emergencies. Look for our government agency resources below and reach out to us if you need additional assistance.


In addition to your emergency plan, now is the time to return to your overall strategic goals to recalibrate and prioritize as we approach the end of the year. As the federal government draws down the fiscal year, corporations, women-owned companies, and organizations need to consider how to meet their Q4 goals.

WIPP stands ready to assist you as we settle into our final months of the year, and we remain aligned on our important priorities for members:


  • Advocacy: Congress is in full swing after the summer recess, and we are committed to renewing our efforts to see an SBA Reauthorization bill pass the Senate. Join us next week for the to learn about the results of our Action Alert as well as our advocacy strategy approaching the end of the fiscal year.


  • Education: Most of our members already know about our upcoming three-part WIPP Education Platform , focusing on LinkedIn. This is the world’s largest search engine for business, and we hope you’ll join us to learn more on how to leverage this platform for positioning, networking, and selling! Reminder: This series is a WIPP Membership benefit!


  • Access: I’m excited to announce we will be opening ChallengeHER Virtual Contract Connections, which are matchmaking opportunities in partnership with American Express and the U.S. Small Business Administration. Look for dates on for events taking place in November and December.


As you consider your upcoming opportunities and plans, we hope you’ll use your WIPP Membership and our network in ways to help your business grow. I personally invite you to our monthly (on September 18) to learn how to best leverage your membership.


Although there is no finish line for empowering women business owners, WIPP is always seeking ways to elevate and evolve our programs to better fit our members. Stay informed, stay involved, and let’s face these challenges together!

Four Things to Watch For the Rest of 2019

Elizabeth Sullivan

Elizabeth Sullivan WIPP Advocacy Team

Congress is back in Washington, and there is certainly no shortage of items on their to-do list. One of the questions our policy team has been asked time and time again during this month-long recess is our prediction for what is to come for the rest of 2019.


Will the government be funded? Will the Senate Small Business Committee’s reauthorization bill move forward?


Here are four things you should be watching in the coming months:


1. Funding the Government (Appropriations)
2. Senate SBA Reauthorization
3. National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA)
4. 2020 Elections

Using LinkedIn to Grow Your Business

WIPP Education Platform


WIPP Education Platform Webinar


Thursday, September 19

2 PM ET / 1 PM CT / 11 AM PT


Your LinkedIn profile page represents your professional brand. Join us as we dive into how to strategically maximize and maintain your profile page, including how to leverage the options for imagery and keywords. Led by WIPP staff and featuring industry experts, this is the first in a series of webinars that will offer actionable steps and real business examples for attendees to implement immediately.

Member Spotlight

Member Spotlight

This month's Member Spotlight features WIPP Champion Member Julie Rothhouse, CEO of .


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.

Member Webinar

Membership Orientation Webinar

The WIPP Member Orientation is an on-boarding opportunity for new members and an organizational refresher for existing members.


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



ChallengeHER in-person workshops are presented in partnership with American Express, WIPP, and the U.S. Small Business Administration. These upcoming events are free, full-day workshops open to the public and are hosted in our classic format to network, schedule match making meetings, and learn more about strategies for winning business with the U.S. Government.


Upcoming events:


Thursday, November 7 in Huntsville, AL - Save the Date


Congratulations to Top 100 MBEs!


The Top 100 MBE awards were created to recognize those enterprising minority entrepreneurs that fuel the region’s economy through their innovation, sacrifices, and dedication.


Congratulations to all the recipients and especially to the following WIPP Members who will receive this 2019 honor:


Wendy Archer, Groshell Logistics, Inc.

Angela Bradley, BTI Security

Valarie Dock, Bolana Enterprises, Inc.

Necole Parker Green, The ELOCEN Group

Tina Patterson, Jade Solutions, LLC

Resources for Disaster Preparedness

National Disaster Preparedness Month

As Hurricane Dorian makes it way up the eastern seaboard of the United States, we are thinking of all the small businesses in its path. September is National Disaster Preparedness Month and it is important to remember that every business should have an updated and relevant plan for emergencies. The U.S. Government has resources available for you to start and sustain a plan:



The SBA will be hosting a Twitter chat on this topic “How to Prepare Your Business Before Disaster Strikes” on Wednesday, September 18 at 3:00 pm ET/12:00 pm PT. The chat will last 30-45 minutes. If your organization would like to participate, please RSVP to with your organizational handle by September 10 to receive the chat questions.


1120 Connecticut Ave NW Suite 1000

Washington, D.C. 20036



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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