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WIPP In Action - June 2020

Wednesday, June 3, 2020   (0 Comments)
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Women Impacting Public Policy

Our Lives Depend

On Our Actions Now

Candace Waterman

Candace Waterman WIPP President & CEO

In the eyes of some, it may not be prudent for .

 

To those I say: to be silent is to be complicit. We know that social issues left unaddressed turn into civil issues and into business issues. Over the last three months, we have witnessed a global pandemic disproportionately affect minority communities. At the same time, our country is finally grappling with the reality of the Black experience and systemic racism. Now is the time for honest conversations and collaborative plans as we work towards addressing these issues, then healing as a community and as a country.

 

This Monday, WIPP welcomes our entire community to join in a conversation on how business owners and employers can best support and elevate the voices of Black and brown people in business.

 

Register for

Monday, June 8

2 PM ET / 1 PM CT / 11 AM PT

 

At WIPP, our legacy is steeped in leveling the playing field. Every day, my team and I work to provide valuable advocacy actions, community resources, and accessible education to the women’s business community to ensure their sustainable success. With the current state of the country, it is more than apparent that we need to engage in a larger conversation—what WIPP is doing to be part of the solution and not part of the perpetual problem of systemic injustice.

 

Today and moving forward, WIPP will continue to listen to our members, corporate and agency partners, as well as our strategic partner organizations, to acknowledge and take action when injustice demands it.

 

Our lives literally depend on it.

Monday, June 8

Intersectionality Series

WIPP is committed to working together to address systemic injustice and to be a part of ongoing solutions. Developing an inclusion action plan is the first step to acknowledging the problems that exist as well as building the internal scaffolding to support employees of color in your workplace. Join us for an environment of honest conversation and tools for implementation in this unprecedented time.

 

Monday, June 8

2 PM ET / 1 PM CT / 11 AM PT

 

Presenters:

  • Peggy Del Fabbro, CEO, M.Davis & Sons
  • Angela Dingle, President & CEO, Ex Nihilo; WIPP Board Chair
  • Candace Waterman, President & CEO, WIPP

This webinar follow the format of our popular , with up-to-the-minute business policy and funding information from Capitol Hill. The webinar will feature the WIPP Advocacy Team, the U.S. Small Business Administration, and a special topic of interest.

COVID Fatigue –

What About All the Other Issues

Ann Sullivan

Ann Sullivan WIPP Chief Advocate

The newness of COVID-19 has worn off and, though little attention has been paid to other issues Congress must address, those issues haven’t gone away. Although congressional staff and Members are working remotely, business is still being conducted.

 

I would be remiss if I did not mention the potential for social justice reform, due to protests we have seen over the last week. However, there has been no federal action as of this writing.

 

Here’s what to expect:

 

Funding the Government for FY21

The government calendar for funding has not changed. The fiscal year still ends on September 30 and Congress must pass appropriations legislation to continue to fund the government. Although the schedule has been pushed back due to the pandemic, House leadership says it plans to pass all of its appropriations bills by August. As usual, the Senate schedule is less ambitious, but the Senate Appropriations Committee plans to start deliberations in late June.

 

Authorizing Defense Department Programs

The National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) guides every defense program and sets priorities for the following fiscal year. It doesn’t fund the programs—it leaves that to the appropriators but authorizes and recommends the funding levels. Often included in this bill are changes to small business contracting programs that are deemed important to the defense supplier base. The Senate Armed Services Committee expects to have completed its bill by the end of June/early July. The House Armed Services Committee schedule follows roughly the same timeline.

 

Tackling Infrastructure Funding

In addition to roads, trains and ships, water infrastructure is also on the list to fund and authorize. Although it was initially thought to be a massive recovery initiative, it now appears the Congress may tackle this piece by piece. Either way, a number of the programs expire unless Congress takes action by September 30.

 

Extending Tax Cuts

Tax deductions and credits have expiration dates. Unless Congress extends them, they expire. Action is necessary to keep them intact and the list of expiring tax cuts since 2018 is pretty long. .

 

Although COVID-19 related actions will continue to be front and center for the Congress, it cannot neglect its other duties. Let’s not forget that there is an election coming in November, which includes the entire House of Representatives, one third of the Senate, and the Presidency.

 

The Congress, adapting to the ban of large group gatherings, will spend a significant amount of time campaigning for the November elections. In the end, the government still needs to be funded, and the need for a strong defense and services taxpayers expect from their government do not go away in a pandemic.

 

Despite the public dishearteningly partisan rhetoric, the Congress will quietly work together to get things done.

 

Wednesday, June 10

June Policy Update

Listen to live commentary and conversation from the WIPP Advocacy Team as they discuss the latest legislation, regulatory action, and news that will affect your business and other women-owned businesses.

 

Wednesday, June 10

2 PM ET / 1 PM CT / 11 AM PT

 

This webinar offers insight into the current COVID-19 environment within the framework of our ongoing WIPP Policy Priorities. Women business owners and their allies will learn how to effectively prepare, advocate, and take action on issues that affect their business.

GSA Town Hall: June 8

GSA Townhall

Join GSA Administrator, Emily Murphy, to explore strategies to enable support of the federal opportunities within the COVID-19 pandemic environment.

 

Monday, June 8

3 PM ET / 2 PM CT / 12 PM PT

 

Participants will learn about the most current federal requirements, how the federal business landscape has responded and how small businesses can engage. We will also address your questions around federal contracting.

WIPP Education: Tuesday, June 30

Compliance may be considered an afterthought or a necessary evil; however, marketing a “culture of compliance” can be an effective key message to contracting officers and buyers.

 

Tuesday, June 30

2 PM ET / 1 PM CT / 11 AM PT

 

Effective compliance begins before the win, and small size status is not an obstacle to building a culture of compliance.

ChallengeHER Catalog

ChallengeHER Webinar Series

ChallengeHER offers a digital catalog of free on-demand webinars. These webinars provide fundamentals of federal contracting anytime, anywhere. Use these webinars to build a solid foundation for entering contracts and maintaining business.

Tuesday, June 9

The National Women's Business Council (NWBC) announces a public meeting on June 9, 2020 at 12:00 PM ET. The 1988 Women's Business Ownership Act established NWBC to serve as an independent source of advice and policy recommendations to the President, Congress, and the Administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) on issues of importance to women entrepreneurs.

 

This meeting will allow the Council to provide an update on its latest initiatives and policy development. Each of the Council's four subcommittees (Rural Women's Entrepreneurship, Women in S.T.E.M., Access to Capital & Opportunity, and Communications) will present their current priorities and projects before the full body and the public.

Tuesday, June 23

Join 131 & Counting on June 23rd to discuss what Congress may look like in 2021, women to watch, efforts to increase the racial diversity of women in 2020, and how we may best support women candidates during COVID-19.

 

The virtual panel includes:

  • Representative Susan Brooks (R-IN)
  • Representative Lauren Underwood (D-IL)
  • Debbie Walsh, Director for the Center for American Women and Politics, Rutgers University
  • Jessica Knight-Henry, National Political Director for the DSCC
  • Betsy Ankney, Political Director for the NRSC
  • Lauren Leader, Co-founder and CEO, All In Together (moderator)

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WIPP thanks our Corporate Partners:

 

Accenture | American Express | Comcast | EY | Intuit | L3 Technologies | Live Oak Bank | Lockheed Martin | Northrop Grumman | Pfizer | PhRMA | 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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