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By Jason Lalak

 It's hard to believe, but this Saturday, November 30th is Small Business Saturday!   WIPP is so proud to be leading the Small Business Saturday Coalition for our third year - and thank all of you for your amazing support!  Our partners, small businesses, corporations, organizations, Mayors, Governors, members of Congress throughout the country are on track to make this the biggest and best ever.    

 The momentum coast to coast is overwhelming, but there is one last thing we need to make Small Business Saturday 2013 the biggest ever -- YOU!    But we need YOU to Shop Small on Saturday, November 30.

 Nearly 370 organizations across the country are spreading the word to their members and business owners.  The American Booksellers Association has rallied over 1,000 authors to work in independent bookstores on Small Business Saturday to help shoppers find the perfect gifts for everyone on their lists (for more information, please visit here.)  Over 270 Mayors have issued Proclamations declaring November 30th Small Business Saturday.  The SBA has again officially launched www.SBA.gov/Saturday and members of Congress are stepping up to the plate to spread the message and to go shopping in their home communities.  

We are down to the wire now.  We need you to shop this Saturday, and to message your friends and neighbors to Shop Small -- the communities and the businesses are ready, so lets all make sure we get out and shop!  

The Numbers Are Out

11:47 AM July 8, 2013

By: Roz Klann


The numbers have been counted, dollars (billions of them) have been tallied, and we now finally have the annual report on the government's effort to contract with small businesses in FY12. Though the government did not meet its 5% goal for contracts awarded to women-owned small businesses and did not meet its 23% goal or contracts awarded to small businesses, there was still a slight increase from FY11 in both areas respectively, although this is no cause for celebration.

Last year marks the 7th consecutive year in which government has failed to meet its obligations to small businesses. The numbers for women-owned small businesses and small businesses for FY12, FY11, and the government-wide contracting goals are below.

                                                 Government-Wide Performance

 

2011 Achievement

2012 Goal

2012 Achievement

Small Business

21.65%

23.00%

22.25%

Women-Owned Small Business

3.98%

5.00%

4.00%


These numbers reflect the growing importance of the Women-Owned Small Business (WOSB) Federal Contract program to increase opportunities for women-owned small businesses to contract with federal government. WIPP has staunchly advocated that the government reach its contracting  goals, starting Give Me 5 (a hardly subtle reference to the contract goal for WOSBs), as well as recent partnership with SBA and American Express OPEN to roll out our ChallengeHER initiative. Let's hope that FY13, in tandem with these initiatives, can break this cycle of coming up short. Check out Give Me 5 here, ChallengeHER here, and find the contracting report for FY12 here.



Women Business Owners are #PoweringTomorrow

1:57 PM September 24, 2012

Women Impacting Public Policy is always looking for more ways to be supporting #Womenhelpingwomen. Please view this great series of articles and info-graphics highlighting the achievements of women business owners from American Express OPEN! Share with your community and ignite support.

 

 

 

 


Women Business Owners are #PoweringTomorrow

1:57 PM September 24, 2012

Women Impacting Public Policy is always looking for more ways to be supporting #Womenhelpingwomen. Please view this great series of articles and info-graphics highlighting the achievements of women business owners from American Express OPEN! Share with your community and ignite support.

 

 

 

 


 

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