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By Cielo Villasenor

 

WIPP members are fortunate to have such a strong support of true advocates and allies on Capitol Hill and within the administration.  It is those allies who recently made one of the most significant leaps forward in women-owned small business policy that we have seen in a decade.  We could not think of a better time to celebrate the leaders who advance the growth of women entrepreneurs than during Women's History Month and the 25-year anniversary of the passage of the Women's Ownership Act, H.R. 5050.

 

As a way to say "thank you" to the policymakers directly responsible for lifting the award caps on the Women-Owned Small Business Contracting Program, WIPP is hosting a luncheon with guests to include celebrated advocates in the administration and from several federal agencies as well as Members of Congress and their staff.

 

While it is not too often that the passage of one single provision merits a celebration, this one directly advances the success of women's greatest vehicle to doing business with the world's largest consumer - the federal government.

 

The luncheon will also serve as the official launch of a major new campaign and partnership for WIPP.  The new initiative is aimed at getting more women engaged in federal contracting, and more contracts awarded through the WOSB program.  It will bring education and training to women business owners across the country.

 

"We look forward to kicking off the year of the woman entrepreneur by formally thanking those who helped make the single most important program to American's women contractors a success," said WIPP President Barbara Kasoff. "If there were ever a time to celebrate our advocates in D.C. - it is now."

 

This event will be held at the Washington Court Hotel on Capitol Hill .  To receive priority notification for registration, please email Erika Wilhelm at Ewilhelm@wipp.org.

 

 

By James Rivera, SBA Official

 

Many communities are still feeling the effects of Superstorm Sandy, including power outages and flooding. The importance of listening to instructions and safety information from your local officials and FEMA cannot be understated.

 

Federal response teams are already providing assistance to affected communities. SBA is closely coordinating with our federal partners to share information in the immediate aftermath of the storm.

 

- For the latest on the Federal government's response to Sandy, you can read FEMA's blog or follow updates on Twitter.

- If you need emergency shelter, you can download the Red Cross Hurricane app, visit the Red Cross web site, or check your local media outlets. You should also register on the Red Cross Safe and Well website, a secure and easy-to-use online tool that helps families connect during emergencies. Finally, you can download the FEMA smartphone app or text SHELTER and your Zip Code to 43362 (4FEMA). Standard rates apply.

- If you are not in an affected area, please consider donating blood, because numerous blood drives have been canceled as a result of the storm. To schedule a blood donation or for more information about giving blood or platelets, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

 

SBA plays an important role in disaster recovery efforts for businesses and homeowners. As disaster assessments and declarations are made, various SBA disaster recovery loan programs become available to eligible applicants. We will continue to highlight these programs as communities turn to longer-term recovery efforts.

 

For more information about SBA's disaster assistance programs, visit www.sba.gov/disaster or call our disaster assistance center at 1-800-659-2955.

 

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Most of us can identify a mentor who has helped us foster important skill sets during difficult periods in our lives. WIPP is proud to support AT&T a valued WIPP partner - with the launch of Aspire Mentoring Academy. Aspire Mentoring Academy will offer AT&T employees three different ways to mentor students across the country that are at risk of dropping out of school:

Aspire Job Marketing: Building on AT&T's job shadow program, employees share life experiences and career advice through project-based activities during the workday.

Aspire Skills Mentoring: Employees share academic and life skills with students through self-planned or organized activities in schools and in the community.

Aspire e-Mentoring: Utilizing technology, employees share math skills and their relevance in the real world through online mentoring, starting in a San Francisco Bay Area pilot program and expanding next year.

AT&T Aspire has put together this key engagement program with a $350 million commitment focused on a high school success leading to college and career readiness. With this support of AT&T employees, they can provide students with 1 million hours of mentoring.

Aspire Mentoring Academy provides the opportunity for employees to help students stay on track to graduate high school and succeed in college, the workforce and beyond. WIPP is excited to promote this fantastic program that AT&T Aspire has worked so hard to put together.

For more information about the Aspire Mentoring Academy, click here.

More than 150 leading women business owners from Women Impacting Public Policy (WIPP) gathered at the Annual Leadership Conference to celebrate the recipients of this year's prestigious WIPP 2011 Awards. Denise Farris, attorney and managing member of the Farris Law Firm, LLC, based in Kansas City was the recipient of this year's "WIPP Member of the Year Award" because of her outstanding commitment of vision and resources in service to WIPP as an organization and to the membership-at-large.

"Denise is an inspiration to all of us.  For over a decade she worked tirelessly to help ensure that the Women Owned Small Business Federal Contract Program would be a reality for all women business owners,"said WIPP President Barbara Kasoff.

Farris is recognized by Martindale Hubbell in its national "Preeminent Women Lawyers" list, the Kansas City Business Journal's "Best of the Bar" and the KC Business Magazine's "Kansas City's 150 Most Influential Women." Farris is also a Small Business Administration "Regional Women in Business Champion", the State of Kansas "Woman Business Advocate of the Year" and Women Impacting Public Policy's "Public Policy Advocate of the Year."

Farris Law Firm provides services in general business, commercial construction and equine law. Visit www.farrislawfirm.com.

The WIPP Awards Ceremony was part of WIPP's three-day Annual Leadership Conference in Washington, DC, that ran from October 11th - 13th. The conference agenda included important economic briefings on current policy issues impacting women business owners growth, a high-level briefing by The White House, a Congressional Luncheon and the exciting unveiling of WIPP's updated Economic Blueprint used as the organization's call to action to the Administration, Congress and Federal Agencies.

WIPP is a national nonpartisan public policy organization, advocating on behalf of nearly 1 million women-owned businesses representing 59 business organizations. For more information, please visit www.wipp.org.

More than 150 leading women business owners from Women Impacting Public Policy (WIPP) gathered at the Annual Leadership Conference to celebrate the recipients of this year's prestigious WIPP 2011 Awards. Mary Schnack, President of Mary Schnack and Associates based in Silver Spring, Md., was the recipient of this year's WIPP President's Award for her leadership in elevating the voice of women business owners in the national public policy arena.

"Mary has been part of WIPP from its very beginning and has always been there to navigate national communications strategies as WIPP has grown to become the largest united voice for women business owners.  She is truly the spirit and voice of our membership," said WIPP President Barbara Kasoff.

Schnack is an award-winning writer, reporter, public relations professional and advocate. Mary Schnack and Associates represents sophisticated organizations from corporations and small businesses to government agencies and associations and non-profit organizations.

Schnack also delivers speeches and conducts communication trainings worldwide, including Kenya, Ghana, South Africa, Indonesia, India, Argentina, Ukraine, Switzerland - just to name a few. Her topics offer communication and entrepreneurial tips that can be put to immediate use. By using examples from her personal experiences in such places as Waco, Rwanda, Russia and Los Angeles, Schnack offers real world perspective and not just textbook examples from other people's work.

The WIPP Awards Ceremony was part of WIPP's three-day Annual Leadership Conference in Washington, DC, that ran from October 11th - 13th. The conference agenda included important economic briefings on current policy issues impacting women business owners growth, a high-level briefing by The White House, a Congressional Luncheon and the exciting unveiling of WIPP's updated Economic Blueprint used as the organization's call to action to the Administration, Congress and Federal Agencies.

WIPP is a national nonpartisan public policy organization, advocating on behalf of nearly 1 million women-owned businesses representing 59 business organizations. For more information, please visit www.wipp.org

 

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