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In August 2012 Women Impacting Public Policy (WIPP) announced a strategic partnership with Pacific Community Ventures (PCV). This new partnership will allow both organizations to strengthen their ability to advocate for women business owners and work together to help their members experience successful business growth. Pacific Community Ventures builds responsible small businesses in lower income communities. It has three core initiatives : Business Advising, InSight, and the provision of small business capital. "Partnering with PCV will help WIPP strengthen its outreach to women business owners and increase its advocacy and educational programming", said WIP President Barbara Kasoff. Beth Sirull, Executive Director at PCV commented "WIPP represents another important development in PCV's commitment to partnering with best-in-class. Through this partnership we hope to continue to support and develop women business owners both on the ground and in the field. WIPP is a trusted partner in that effort." To read the full press release click here.

WIPP applauds unanimous Senate recognition of Small Business Saturday.   "The leadership by Senators Landrieu and Snowe that brought full and complete bipartisan support together is to be commended," said WIPP President Barbara Kasoff.  "A majority of privately-held small businesses are owned by women, and when shoppers patronize these local companies, they are helping their own communities in many ways.  Women business owners make major contributions to the local and national economy through the creation of jobs, giving back to their communities and serving as leaders in their local business communities."

The Small Business Saturday resolution cites a number of reasons for encouraging consumers to shop local.   Small businesses employ half of the employees in the private sector; create 60 to 80% of all new jobs; and 99% of U.S. consumers agree that it is important to support the small businesses in their community.

Joining Sens. Landrieu and Snowe as co-sponsors were members from the Senate Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee that includes Kelly Ayotte (R- NH), Scott Brown (R-MA), Maria Cantwell (D-WA), Benjamin Cardin (D-MD), Michael Enzi (R-WY), Kay Hagan (D-NC), John Kerry (D- MA), Joe Lieberman (I-CT), Mark Pryor (D-AR), James Risch (R-ID) and Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH).

For Immediate Release
Contact: Ann Sullivan
WIPP Government Relations
202-626-8528
asullivan@madisonservicesgroup.com

Washington, DC - October 5, 2010 - Women Impacting Public Policy (WIPP) applauds the release of the final rule which will implement the Women's Procurement Program, enacted into law in the year 2000. When enacted, contracting officers will have the ability to restrict competition to women-owned small businesses if the procurement falls within one of the eighty-three (83) North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) codes. 

"For eleven long years, we have anxiously awaited final implementation of the Women's Procurement Program. Thanks to Administrator Karen Mills and her team, the program is finally underway," said Barbara Kasoff, President of WIPP. "WIPP's efforts led the way to ensure that women contractors have the opportunity to receive their fair share of contracting dollars.  We believe that increased federal contracting opportunities will give women business owners a chance at growing their business," added Kasoff.

Since 2008, our Give Me 5 Program (www.GiveMe5.com) has helped increase the number of women-owned businesses registered on the Central Contractor Registration (CCR) by over 30%.  The CCR is the government database that was used to determine the number of eligible industries in the new program. Along with advocacy for passage and implementation of the Program, WIPP's educational initiatives have worked to build the pool of women-owned businesses ready to bid on federal contracts.

Important to the program's success is a change made in the Small Business Jobs Act of 2010 which restored "parity" among all of the Small Business Administration's (SBA) small business contracting programs. The program will be considered equal to any other small business contracting program. This issue is highlighted in WIPP's Economic Blueprint: The Women Business Owners' Platform for Growth, unveiled during the WIPP 2010 Annual Leadership Conference. The Blueprint serves as WIPP's voice regarding challenges unique to small businesses that require action by our elected officials.

To read the final rule, click here.

Women Impacting Public Policy (WIPP) is a national nonpartisan group with over half-a-million members. WIPP is the collective voice in Washington, D.C., for 51 national women and small business organizations. WIPP advocates for and on behalf of women in business in the legislative process of our nation, creating economic opportunities for members and building alliances with other small business organizations. 

Legislation affecting the Small Business Administration's (SBA) small business programs is pending in the House and Senate, and WIPP needs your help getting these bills passed! One bill addresses the issue of parity among the small business programs. The other bill makes significant changes to the proposed Women's Procurement Program.


A Government Accountability Office (GAO) court decision overturned an Office of Management and Budget (OMB) directive, which placed the SBA's small business programs in parity with one another. Prior to this decision, contracting officers were free to choose among the small business programs when issuing procurements, with preference given to programs where the small business goal has not yet been met. S.3190 and H.R.3729 seek to restore the OMB directive. 

S.3399 addresses a number of concerns that WIPP voiced to the SBA during the comment period for the women's procurement program, including:

Removing the contracting dollar limits of $5 million for manufacturing contracts, and $3 million for other goods and service contracts
-  Allowing for sole-source awards
-  Conducting data reviews every five (5) years which determine which North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) codes will be eligible

These are two important pieces of legislation that if passed, will benefit small businesses. Contact your local representatives expressing your support!

Click here to read WIPP's letters of support. 


On the heels of the Small Business Administration's (SBA) proposed women's procurement program, I am thrilled to see that legislation introduced by Senator Olympia J. Snowe (R-ME) and Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) will strengthen the proposed program. The bill ensures that critical components included in other socioeconomic programs administered by the SBA will part of the women's procurement program. 


The Fairness in Women-Owned Small Business Contracting Act of 2010 (S.3399) has a number of provisions that are designed to help women contractors, including:
- removing the dollar limits of $5 million for manufacturing contracts, and $3 million for other goods and service   contracts
- allow for sole-sourcing
- data reviews to determine program eligibility every five (5) years

WIPP has issued a statement applauding the efforts of Senator Snowe and Senator Gillibrand. To read this, please click here.

WIPP has also sent letters of support to Senator Snowe and Senator Gillbrand. To read those letters, please click here

 

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