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WIPP holds successful small business convention opening in Washington today

Women Impacting Public Policy convened in Washington on Wednesday July 23, 2014, to make their voices heard on Capitol Hill.
Women Impacting Public Policy convened in Washington on Wednesday July 23, 2014, to make their voices heard on Capitol Hill.
Photos by Professor Metze

Women Impacting Public Policy coordinated a capacity level event today as women gathered from around the nation to discuss the current situation for women in small business. The Hyatt Regency in Capitol Hill was the center of the activity today as women business owners arrived for the event as early as 7 a.m. By the time the event started promptly at 8 a.m. the event center was full. Jennifer Bisceglie, WIPP Chairperson, greeted the guests as she outlined an action packed day of events for the women small business owners.

Jennifer Bisceglie, WIPP Chairwoman, opens the event at 8 a.m.
Jennifer Bisceglie, WIPP Chairwoman, opens the event at 8 a.m.
Photo by Professor Metze

It has been 14 years since Congress established the Women Owned Small Business procurement program; however, in 2014 women small business owners still face barriers to gaining federal contracts. WIPP is the largest women’s business group in America and the leadership meeting today was a clarion call to Leadership, Power, and Advocacy for the capacity crowd of women business leaders.

WIPP is a national nonpartisan public policy organization advocating on behalf of its coalition of 4.7 million businesswomen including 75 business organizations. The event today was the kick-off for a major effort to encourage policy makers to make statutory changes to make the Women Owned Small Business procurement program to function as it was intended. There are 8.6 million women small business owners in America as compared to over 20 million small businesses that are owned by men.

On Thursday July 24, 2014, SBA Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet will join United States Representatives Richard Hanna (R-NY-22nd) and Jackie Speier (D-CA-14th) will address the small business women before Congressman Sam Graves (R-MO6th) will host the WIPP participants at a special House Committee on Small Business. Congressman Graves and key committee staff will discuss the recent House victory authorizing the Women Owned Small Business Federal Contract Program.

At 8 a.m. on Thursday July 24, 2014, Ann Sullivan, WIPP Government Affairs and Margie Omero, Managing Director, Purple Insights, will address the women small business leaders at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill. WIPP leaders will visit with Senators on Capitol Hill and will meet with House members in the afternoon. “Women business owners from around the country are converging on Washington to expand their business leadership skills and hear from leading lawmakers. Women business owners are leading our economic recovery. WIPP is working to further women’s economic contributions by providing women business leaders more training and tools to develop their business and be leaders in their community and industry,” WIPP President Barbara Kasoff said.

The federal government has never achieved its goal of awarding 5% of federal contracts to women small business owners.

Examiner.com will cover the Senate and House meetings with the WIPP small business leaders.