September 2009 Archives

2009 WIPP Member Award Winners Announced!

7:20 PM September 22, 2009

Women Impacting Public Policy is delighted to announce its 2009 Member Awards. We congratulate Michele R. McGough, President/CEO, Solutions4Networks, the recipient of the AT&T Innovator of the Year Award; Leylani Cardoso, Vice President, Duty Free World, Inc., recipient of the Member of the Year Award; Deborah Wilder, The Law Office of Deborah Wilder, recipient of the Public Policy Award; Nicolina A. Stewart, CPA, President CMA Solutions, Inc., recipient of the President's Award; and Stephanie Isaacson, President, New Horizons Environmental, LLC, recipient of the Member to Watch Award.

Their dedication, devotion and achievements as business owners and as leaders in our organization are widely recognized and greatly honored and appreciated. We will present them with their awards on Thursday, October 1st, at our Awards Breakfast. These women are role models for all our members, excelling in business, advocacy involvement, generosity of spirit, and setting an example for all to emulate.   

WIPP is proud to be the nation's largest advocate for women owned business in the United States, and we are proud to harness the collective vision and voice of women to directly impact the politics and legislation that affects the business community.

Give Me 5 Helps a Chicago Businesswoman

7:36 PM September 18, 2009

The Chicago Sun-Times recently published an article about Valarie King-Bailey, a Chicago businesswoman who is on a mission to tell female entrepreneurs about the federal government's goal of allocating 5 percent of its contracting business to women-owned companies.   King-Bailey hopes to win her first government contract by working with Give Me 5, the program created by WIPP and American Express OPEN which aims to educate women on the opportunities available through federal contracts.  Click here to read the full article.   

Sadie Wathen, Small Business Policy Analyst

Michelle Crumm, WIPP National Partner and Adaptive Materials co-founder and chief business officer, is a finalist for Entrepreneur magazine's Entrepreneur of the Year award.  The award, which recognizes entrepreneurial leadership and excellence, pits Crumm against four other entrepreneurs from around the U.S.

"To represent Adaptive Materials in a national competition, much less to be the only woman finalist in the Entrepreneur of the Year competition, is humbling," said Crumm.  "The constant culture of innovation at Adaptive Materials fuels our success in the market.  Being a finalist for the Entrepreneur of the Year award recognizes the meaningful advancement of our efforts to bring real, portable power to soldiers in the field and consumers who want to go off-grid." 

To qualify as a finalist, Crumm had to submit written essays on entrepreneurial challenges as well as her approach and outlook on start-up success.  Crumm also had to produce a video on her entrepreneurial vision and her vision for Adaptive Materials.

She needs your votes in this final phase of the competition! 

Please vote here!!!:

Crumm's profile and video are available to view at

Under Crumm's leadership, Adaptive Materials has enjoyed run away success.  The company's achievements include placing second in a national wearable power prize competition sponsored by the Department of Defense Research and Engineering, achieving a record-breaking 10-hour fuel cell-powered aircraft flight and a 40-mile unmanned ground vehicle test drive. 

About Adaptive Materials, Inc.
Based in Ann Arbor, Mich., Adaptive Materials is the leader in fuel cell innovations.  At the forefront of portable power innovation, Adaptive Materials is the first company to develop, demonstrate and deliver a portable, affordable, and fuel flexible solid oxide fuel cell system.  Unlike other fuel cells, Adaptive Materials' systems are powered by lightweight, inexpensive and globally available propane.  Adaptive Materials' fuel cell system provides portable power to the United States Armed Forces as well as industries including recreational vehicles, boating, and medical devices.  For more information, visit

WIPP Healthcare Micro Survey

5:51 PM September 14, 2009

WIPP has been surveying its members frequently on health care issues as legislative activity is unfolding on the Hill.  Thank you for your participation.     
The results as of September 14:

In keeping with WIPP's Statement on Healthcare Reform, 68.7 percent of respondents do not support an employer mandate for healthcare.

84.3 percent of respondents are in favor of stricter federal regulation to prohibit insurance companies from imposing higher premiums or denying coverage to individuals with pre-existing conditions.

With respect to increased funding for establishing an interconnected, nationwide health technology system, 65.7 percent of respondents are in favor.  The Economic Blueprint calls for the establishment of such a system.  Visit to read the complete Economic Blueprint.
In addition, 65 percent of respondents would support the overall healthcare reform effort if a public option plan is included in the legislation.    

Finally, 64.4 percent of respondents support the expansion of Medicaid to cover low-income working adults that currently don't qualify for benefits. 

Sadie Wathen, Small Business Policy Analyst, WIPP

SBA's Sixth Month Recovery Act Report Card

6:16 PM September 11, 2009

This past week I participated in the SBA's Sixth Month Recovery Act Report Card Conference Call, hosted by Administrator Mills.  We discussed the effect of the Recovery Act on small businesses across the country, as the Administrator reviewed the Recovery Act Report Card presentation

In March, the SBA implemented two important Recovery Act provisions: 1) 90 percent guarantees on 7(a) loans and 2) fee reductions in both the 7(a) and 504 programs.  According to the SBA, these provisions have helped drive improved loan volumes.  The SBA has supported almost $8 billion in lending to small businesses since the Recovery Act became law.  In addition, from February 17 to July 31, nearly 850 lenders made SBA loans that had not previously made a SBA loan since October 2008.  Since February 17, 19 percent of loans have gone to women-owned businesses, and 20 percent have gone to minority-owned businesses. 

As of August 6, 2009, 23.4 percent of federal agency Recovery Act contracting dollars have gone to small businesses, and 4.3 percent of Recovery Act federal contracts have gone to women-owned businesses. 


Sadie Wathen, Small Business Policy Analyst, WIPP


WIPP Members:

Please take 30 seconds to complete the following Health Care "Micro Survey" - the results will help WIPP deliver our message as Congress returns to Washington:


Thank you for your time.




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