USWCC Weekly – 7/14/15
- Women-Owned Certification Process (WOSB, EDWOSB, NWBE) - 7/15/15 (web conference)
- FEMA Opportunities Briefing: Following the Money to Contracts - 7/22/15 (web conference)
- 2015 U.S. Department of State WOSB, SDV & HUBZone Outreach Session - 10/15/15 (Washington, DC)
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
Thank 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.
USWCC Holds Accountability in Contracting Small Business Summit
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.
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
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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Upcoming Meetings Women-Owned Certification Process (WOSB, EDWOSB, NWBE) – 7/28/15 (web conference) National Supplier Council: Intro & Assessment – 8/5/15 (web conference) Introduction to BidMatch – 8/12/15 (web conference) Supplier
Included: FedCon Optimize, Karen Ward testifies before Congress, GAO report on SBA leadership, US DOT SBIR program, USWCC in the news, USWCC | Atlanta meets with State Senator Parent USWCC
USWCC Weekly: 11/23/15 As we turn our attention to family and friends during this Thanksgiving week, we want to say thank you to all of our members and those who