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8:25 PM April 14, 2015
Why it is Important to Recognize Equal Pay Day
Today, April 14, 2015, we recognize Equal Pay Day. This day marks how far into the year American women must work to earn what American men earned in the previous year. The National Committee on Pay Equality put Equal Pay Day into place in 1996 as a public awareness event to alert people of the gap between men and women's wages. The White House estimates that full-time working women only earn 77% of what their male counterparts earn. This means women need to work about 60 EXTRA days to earn what men have earned in the previous year! In short, it is important to remember this day each year, as long as this gap continues to exist.
Please check out this list of resources on Equal Pay Day:
- · http://www.dol.gov/equalpay/
- · http://www.pay-equity.org/day.html
- · http://www.aauw.org/research/the-simple-truth-about-the-gender-pay-gap/
- · http://www.fastcompany.com/3044613/strong-female-lead/today-is-equal-pay-day-how-can-we-finally-close-the-gender-wage-gap
- · http://www.nwlc.org/our-issues/employment/equal-pay-and-the-wage-gap
2:39 PM December 3, 2014
We Did It
By Ann Sullivan, WIPP Government Relations
WIPP Works In Washington
It was against all odds that the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) included a vitally important improvement to the WOSB procurement program - sole source authority. Yes, you read it right - the WOSB program will now have parity with every other small business procurement program.
The law wasn't written that way back in the year 2000, but through WIPP's persistence for 14 years, we finally have a program that is sustainable. First, of course, we had to get the program put into place. If you recall, SBA delayed implementation for 11 years. Then we went about changing the underlying law that was flawed. First, we advocated for the removal of the dollar caps on the program--the original law limited contracts under this program to $5 million, rendering the program largely ineffective. Since the caps on awards through this program were removed, the program has tripled in size.
But, in our view, removing the dollar caps was not enough to make this program work. The original law only permits contracts to be set-aside for women owned companies if the business is owned and controlled by women and two or more women owned companies will submit offers. Meanwhile, every other small business procurement program allows contracts up to $4 million (or $6.5 million in the case of manufacturing) to be directly awarded to one firm. That is a critical tool used by the federal government to award contracts to minorities, veterans and HUBZone firms to access the federal market.
Now that I have explained the long road toward making the WOSB procurement program work, we have a few things left to do. First, agencies (in this case the SBA) have to promulgate rules to implement the law passed by Congress. The SBA did this for the removal of dollar caps in six months, which is lightening speed for an agency. Second, the FAR Council, which oversees contracting rules, has to approve the changes. That takes additional time. Third, all the contracting officers and small business offices in the government need to understand the change and start using it.
It is a long process, but not as long as we have been working on making this program successful. And we certainly did not do this alone. To thank everyone that deserves thanks would require pages but here are some special shout-outs. If you ever responded to a WIPP Call to Action or ever wrote a letter to your elected officials on the WOSB program--THANK YOU, you made a difference. To the fifteen organizations that supported WIPP on this effort--THANK YOU. If you attended the hearing during WIPP's annual leadership conference, you played a big part--THANK YOU. Special thanks go to those on Capitol Hill who shepherded this program through the Congressional system- Senators Cantwell, Shaheen, Landrieu and Representatives Speier and Graves. The staffs of the Senate and House Small Business Committee were instrumental in this success. The SBA Administrators Mills and Contreras-Sweet made the success of this program a top priority and we will never forget their contribution. Speaking of staff members, the dedicated SBA employees on the Government Contracting team and in the General Counsel's office deserve our gratitude. The WIPP team and WIPP's board members have been solidly behind these successes devoting endless hours on these issues, ensuring that Congress heard directly from business leaders. Lastly I am really proud of my team's efforts. As I am sure you are aware, there has been very few votes in this Congress this year--this effort was particularly difficult and fraught with many twists and turns.
But in the end--WE WON--WOMEN BUSINESS OWNERS WON. Now, for the first time in history, let's make sure the federal government meets its goal of 5% with women owned firms.
6:09 PM October 8, 2014
11:08 AM July 18, 2013
Did you know that there are more internet-connected gadgets that people in the U.S.? Well, that is the news coming from Carbon War Room, 2013. This statistics gives us an idea about how people communicate now. Additionally, it was proven through a survey that people feel connected and productive by using gadgets on the go. About 1/3 of the businesses in the U.S. utilize broadband technology. The ones that are not utilizing the broadband technology are losing about $ 300,000 in annual revenue.
2:52 PM April 12, 2013
By Lynn Bunim
"The prevailing myth that only large companies can and should export has been loudly debunked: a 2010 survey showed that small-to-medium enterprises (SMEs) accounted for an overwhelming 98 percent of all exporting companies," wrote Barbara Kasoff , President and CEO, WIPP in the most recent edition of enterprisingWomen, (Vol.14, No. 1, 2013). Exporting SMEs outperform their competitors with higher revenues, faster revenue growth and higher labor productivity.
Exporting offers tremendous potential and opportunity for millions of women-owned businesses. Is it time to consider your business for exporting? Are you ready to take your spot in the global marketplace?
Last year WIPP launched its program ExportNOW to educate women entrepreneurs about the vast potential for enterprise that exists beyond our borders. To accomplish this, WIPP partnered with the Clinton Global Initiative as a 2012 Commitment to Action, with a commitment to open the doors to exporting for more than 5,000 women entrepreneurs. For more on our partnership, please read the press release here.
WIPP has developed a series of webinars to support its participation in ExportNOW. Our first webinar, "Export 101," with the Department of Commerce's International Trade Administration, was an important step in education women-owned businesses about the basics of export. Our second webinar featured Dario Gomez, associate administrator at the Small Business Administration's Office of International Trade. You can find the presentations as well as a podcast of the webinars here.
Please click here for a calendar of upcoming webinars and/or register.
For more information, please visit our ExportNOW page or call WIPP, (415) 434-4314.