Upcoming Policy Events & Training Calendar
Upcoming Webinars and Events:
- Give Me 5: The Perks, Procedure, and Common Pitfalls Relating to WOSB Certification
Tuesday, February 11, 2014 * 2:00 eastern
- Give Me 5: Building a Compliant WOSB/EDWOSB
Tuesday, February 18, 2014 * 2:00 eastern
- Give Me 5: Using WOSB Certification To Team With 8a
Wednesday, February 26, 2014 * 2:00 eastern
2013 was an extremely busy and exciting year filled with WIPP member connections and successful advocacy work! Log onto the:WIPP Activity Report to find out more about WIPP’s committee activities, meetings, awards, and board activities.
Legislative and Regulatory Success report to find out in particular about the successful advocacy work in the WOSB set aside program
SBA Finalizes Rule Adopting Changes to Contracting Program for Women-Owned Small BusinessesThe SBA issued an interim final rule which is the first regulatory step in removal of the award caps on the WOSB procurement program. The SBA has announced the rule will go into effect immediately. WIPP urged the SBA to move expeditiously on implementing this important change to the law and is pleased the SBA honored WIPP's request. The last step is the requirement for the FAR Council to adopt this change to the existing code. WIPP will continue to urge swift adoption of this important change to the law. Click Here to read the SBA Press Release.
WIPP Procurement Briefing: Changes to Federal Contracting Policy in the FY2013 NDAA
Emily Murphy, who was at the heart of the House Committee on Small Business’ reform efforts, provides a special presentation on the extensive changes to contracting policies that were passed in the 2013 National Defense Authorization Act. Changes covered include removal of the dollar cap on WOSB awards, increased surety bonds, and fraud prevention measures. Presented by: Emily Murphy, Senior Counsel, House Small Business Committee
VIDEO: Women are an Economic Force in Global Economy
Women Business Owners Celebrate Victories in NDAA
The President has just signed into law one of the most important provisions women-small business owners have seen in over a decade.
Women Impacting Public Policy and business leaders nationwide fought for the Women-Owned Small Business (WOSB) Federal Contract Program for 11 years before it was implemented and now the battle lies in making the program a success.
Several weeks ago Senators Olympia Snowe (R-ME) and Mary Landrieu (D-LA), Ranking Member and Chair of the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship respectively, added an amendment to the FY13 National Defense Authorization Act that allows the WOSB program to thrive by removing the caps on contract awards; and that amendment is now law.
Women Impacting Public Policy’s President, Barbara Kasoff, shared the following remarks: “This is a day that will be marked in the entrepreneurial history of America’s women. It is programs like the Women-Owned Small Business Federal Contract Program that make up the foundation for entrepreneurial growth among America’s women. We applaud Congress and the President for removing barriers to federal contracting, and look forward to the day when the next generation of American women can successfully launch their businesses from the platform we are building today.”
About Give Me 5
The Give Me 5 Program, named after the 5% federal contracting goal for women-owned businesses, was created by Women Impacting Public Policy (WIPP) and American Express OPEN to educate women business owners on how to apply for and secure federal procurement opportunities.
WIPP is a national nonpartisan public policy organization advocating on behalf of its coalition of 4.7million businesswomen including 75 business organizations. WIPP identifies important trends and opportunities and provides a collaborative model for the public and private sectors to increase theeconomic power of women-owned businesses. Visit www.wipp.org.