USWCC Member Iviana Stewart Takes Action to Breakthrough to Access Federal Contracts

IVIANA StewartAug 14, 2012 Alexandria, LA – USWCC Member Iviana Stewart, owner of SolScapes LLC in Turkey Creek, Evangeline Parish, stepped up and held a news conference on the steps of Alexandria City Hall on to publicize H.R. 4203.

“I congratulate Iviana for taking the lead to get the word out about challenges of the current WOSB/EDWOSB legislation,” said Margot Dorfman, CEO for the U.S. Women's Chamber of Commerce.  “It is through her efforts and others that we will drive change to the statute and regulations, and improve the program to increase our fair share of federal government contracts.”

The U.S. Women's Chamber of Commerce released a report in March of this year, Women's Chamber Report: Women's Business Set-Aside Program Grievously Underutilized,  to report on the results of the use of the program after its first year of implementation.  The findings show a decline of women-owned firms accessing contracts, highlighting the current challenges and the remedies for increased usage.

In response to these findings, the USWCC launched the Breakthrough Campaign, asking women-owned firms, their families, their employees, their employees’ families and their community leaders to step up and take action. Our first order of business is to get HR 4203- The Women’s Procurement Improvement Act to the floor and passed.

Iviana Stewart took this message to heart and took action.  She set up a press conference in her community, brought her employees and rallied community leaders. Read her comments here.

It is through Iviana’s efforts and efforts of those like her that will ensure women-owned firms fair access to federal contracts.

Additional Coverage:

Business Beat: Business advocate from Central La. promoting access to federal contracts: http://www.thetowntalk.com/article/20120819/BUSINESS/208190326/Business-Beat-Business-advocate-from-Central-La-promoting-access-federal-contracts

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