USWCC CEO Testifies for House Small Business Committee

On February 13, 2013, Margot Dorfman, CEO for the U.S. Women's Chamber of Commerce, testified before the House Small Business Committee on the State of the Small Business Economy."   While the hearing itself identified Access to Capital to be the key issue for small businesses, USWCC member issues went beyond to access to contracts and affordable healthcare.  Additionally members are concerned about the federal budget issues and their impacts on their businesses.

Dorfman commented on the discrimination that women still face while trying to access capital, “Help small businesses secure affordable access to capital, and not just for the larger 'small' businesses and the gazelles. Help access to capital get down to mainstream businesses including women-owned, veteran-owned, startups and rural businesses. For example, women own nearly 30% of all firms in the United States, but are still receiving only 12 to 13% of SBA backed loans.”

Dorfman went on to say, “Help small businesses secure affordable business benefits so that we can compete for quality workers and support our own families.”

Dorfman also addressed WOSBs number one concern: access to contracts. “Most importantly to my constituents at the U.S. Women's Chamber of Commerce is the training and use of the Women-Owned Small Business and Economically Disadvantaged Women-Owned Small Business set-aside program. Many of our women-owned small businesses report that contracting officers remain unaware, untrained and unmotivated to make use of this program that was put into place to end the more-than-a-decade of shortfalls in the paltry 5% goal for contracting with women-owned firms.”

Read the full testimony here.


Hearing from 2.13.13  - House Small Business Committee:

Margot's Testimony -

and answering questions -

and more questions -

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