USWCC Weekly – 7/14/15

This week --- growth, opportunity, influence and accountability!

Upcoming Meetings

Atlanta Region

U.S. Women's Chamber of Commerce | Atlanta Women's Economic Summit Defines Direction USWCC | Atlanta Region

On June 24, 2015, the U.S. Women's Chamber of Commerce held the Atlanta Women's Economic Summit and marked the beginning work for the USWCC | Atlanta Region. Hosted by Contracting Education Academy at Georgia Tech, this event focused on the economic outlook for Georgia women and the potential growth available.

Attendees identified interest in business growth at all levels and the need to focus on community, job creation, access to affordable healthcare, retirement security and public policy priorities / advocacy to support the full set of Women's Economic Priorities.

Next Steps for USWCC | Atlanta drive economic growth for women in the region. The USWCC | Atlanta Region Business Council will hold GrowthMasters™ monthly meetings for all businesses to continue highlighting regional opportunities, general business growth insights, engaging with successful business owners and influencers, etc.  The USWCC | Atlanta Region Supplier Council will meet live/in-person as well as via web conference. Our National Director of Supplier Development will work to focus and support the ongoing needs of this regional council. The USWCC | Atlanta Region High Growth & Venture Firms Council will focus on the unique needs of established firms that have high growth initiatives.

Please join us for the Atlanta Supplier Council web meeting: FEMA Opportunities Briefing: Following the Money to Contracts

Fair Access to Contracts

U.S. Women's Chamber of Commerce Members Take Action to Ensure Fair Access to Federal Contracts

letters-to-sba-1696Thank you to the hundreds of majority-women-owned firms who stepped up to submit letters of comment in support of protecting WOSB / EDWOSB set-aside contracts for legitimately majority-women-owned firms. Comment letters to the Small Business Administration for their proposed rule on the Women’s Program were submitted in person on June 30, 2015 and highlighted the need to shut down self-certification immediately to prevent continued fraud and abuse.  If you are not up to date on this important issue, please read more here.

Read comments from:  U.S. Women's Chamber of Commerce, Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez, Small Business Administration Inspector General

Accountability Summit

USWCC Holds Accountability in Contracting Small Business Summit

accountability-summitThe U.S. Women's Chamber of Commerce in partnership with the American Small Business Chamber of Commerce held the Accountability in Contracting Small Business Summit on July 8 in Washington DC.

Over the last months and years, mounds of reports, whistle-blower testimony and other evidence have shown that small business suppliers to the federal government are being left out of billions of dollars of contracts. This summit showcased the issues and data — and provided small business advocates with the tools needed to turn the tide and bring real transparency and accountability to small business contracting.

View the Accountability in Contracting presentation here.

We extend our thanks to all the businesses taking part in Hill visits on this important issue. Your commitment of time to tell your stories makes all the difference. Our advocates met with the following:

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

Office of Rep. Richard Hanna (R-NY) - Chairman, House Small Business Committee, Subcommittee on Contracting & Workforce

Office of Rep. Steve Chabot (R-OH) - Chairman, House Small Business Committee

Office of Rep. Brenda Lawrence (D-MI) - Member, House Small Business Committee

SENATE

Office of Senator Benjamin Cardin (D-MD) - Member, Senate Small Business Committee

Office of Senator Kelly Ayote (R-NH) - Member, Senate Small Business Committee

Office of Senator David Vitter (R-LA) - Chairman, Senate Small Business Committee

 

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