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WIPP In Action - October 2019

Wednesday, October 2, 2019   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Laura Berry
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Women Impacting Public Policy

We Are Your Resource

Candace Waterman

(L to R) Dr. Pamela Williamson, WBEC-West; Candace Waterman, WIPP; and Michelle Richards, Great Lakes Women's Business Council

Last week I traveled from Michigan to Louisiana to New Mexico, presenting multiple workshops covering everything from advocacy training, building capacity, and parity for women-owned businesses in the federal government.


I met many leaders and spoke with WIPP members across the nation who are wondering what will happen when Congress returns from recess next week; specifically, what the impeachment proceedings could mean for our advocacy work. Understanding how things happen on Capitol Hill has never been more important, and WIPP has almost 20 years of relationships and experience in the halls of Congress. Our position will always be as your nonpartisan resource -- first and foremost.


I encourage you to read Ann Sullivan's column below and to join the Advocacy Team on their monthly , a WIPP Member Benefit, to learn about where we are on our WIPP Policy Priorities, including key legislation and appropriations as well as understanding the impeachment proceedings.


Read my entire column to learn more about the membership access, education, and advocacy resources we are providing this month!

Crisis Averted – At Least for Now

Ann Sullivan

Ann Sullivan WIPP Chief Advocate

October 1 marks a new fiscal year, FY2020, and the government will continue to be funded until November 21. Congress sent the continuing resolution (CR) to the President last Friday, who signed the bill into law before the September 30 deadline.


It is significant that during September, the Congress and the President agreed to two additional steps to bring stability to the budget process. Legislation to suspend the federal debt ceiling and set government spending levels for two years addressed issues that have proven to be problematic in the past. Budget bills, such as these, have provided opportunities for legislators and Presidents to hold government spending hostage to their demands. That’s not to say the demands don’t hold merit but shutting down the government is not without consequences.


Thirty-five days in length, the last government shutdown in January-February 2019 wreaked havoc on small federal contractors. According to a report by the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations, , the last three shutdowns cost taxpayers $4 billion—at least $3.7 billion of it in back pay to furloughed federal workers and $338 million in other costs such as lost revenue.

Using LinkedIn to Grow Your Business

WIPP Education Platform


WIPP Education Platform Webinar


Tuesday, October 22

3 PM ET / 2 PM CT / 12 PM PT


WIPP Members - Free
Non-Members - $25


In Part One, we covered how to perfect your LinkedIn profile. But your profile page is only as good as how you use it. Join us for a primer on how to engage, connect, and sell on the world’s largest business search engine. Led by WIPP staff and featuring WIPP Member Tina Patterson and expert "Go-To-Guy" Timberlake, this is the second 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 Member Pamela O'Rourke, Founder & 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

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


Thursday, October 17

3 PM ET / 2 PM CT / 12 PM PT




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, October 24 in Washington, D.C. - Capacity Event!


ChallengeHER presents American Express® Contract Connections

Opportunity to Nominate Women Business Leaders

Enterprising Women

If you are interested in receiving international recognition for the outstanding work you do as a woman-owned enterprise, consider nominating yourself or others for the 2020 Enterprising Women of the Year Award.



Award winners receive recognition for themselves and their businesses at the Gala Awards Dinner during the annual event from March 29 to 31, 2020.


National Disaster Preparedness Month

Held every October, National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (NCSAM) is a collaborative effort between government and industry to ensure every American has the resources they need to stay safe and secure online while increasing the resilience of the Nation against cyber threats.


The U.S. Small Business Administration will host a Twitter chat, “Cybersecurity Tips for Small Businesses” on Tuesday, October 22 at 12 ET/9:00 am PT. The chat will last about 45 minutes to one hour. Follow and to join the conversation.


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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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Featured Members
Jeanette Prenger (Hernandez)President & CEO, ECCO Select, North Kansas City, MO — September 2020 Member Spotlight
Tina PattersonPrincipal, Jade Solutions, Germantown, MD — August 2020 Member Spotlight

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