USWCC Weekly – 8/26/15
USWCC Georgia Member Steps Up - U.S. Women’s Chamber of Commerce Commends Diane Adoma for her Bid for State Senate
The U.S. Women’s Chamber of Commerce is proud to announce that chamber member Diane Adoma is stepping up to run for the State Senate in Georgia. Mrs. Adoma will seek election for the Georgia State Senate in District 43 which encompasses parts of Rockdale, Newton and DeKalb counties. She will formally announce her candidacy on August 29, 2015 at 5pm in 4009 Brooks Mill Drive, Lithonia.
“The U.S. Women’s Chamber of Commerce, through our I Vote for Women initiative, strongly supports women stepping up to lead through elected office,” states Margot Dorfman, CEO of the U.S. Women’s Chamber of Commerce.“Diane Adoma’s drive to support her community combined with a strong background in business development and community leadership make her an excellent candidate for the Georgia State Senate,” adds Dorfman. “Mrs. Adoma’s commitment to women’s economic priorities, free enterprise, entrepreneurship and education is an excellent platform to improve the lives of all Georgians.Read more
Mrs. Adoma was born in Bainbridge and currently lives in Lithonia. She is a proud graduate of Kennesaw State University with Bachelor of Business Administration. She has an MBA from University of Phoenix with an emphasis in business management and is currently writing her dissertation titled: “The Correlation between Transformational Leadership Style and Employee Trust” at Capella University. Diane and her husband are franchise owners of all the H&R Blocks in Rockdale County. Diane has 25 plus years of marketing experience with companies such as Turner Broadcasting Systems, AT&T, Qwest Communications, ING Group, MCI WorldCom, and University of Phoenix. She is also a producer and host of Adoma and Company Radio Program and is owner of Diane Adoma Consulting, LLC.
Diane is active in both Rockdale and DeKalb Counties as a community advocate for businesses and nonprofit organizations. She currently is an instructor for the Entrepreneur Academy and has served as the Ambassador Chair, and on the Board of Governors for Conyers-Rockdale Chamber of Commerce. She is a current member of the Rockdale County Advisory United Way Board, board member and youth services committee chair for the Conyers Rotary Club, President of Friends of the Salem Panola Library and president of Brooks Mill Homeowner Association. Diane has served as treasurer of DeKalb Library Alliance, 2013-2014 United Way Campaign Fundraising Chair for Rockdale County, and board member and public relations and communications chair of the Georgia Rotary District Character Education Program, board member of Rockdale Foundation for Excellence in Education and the Atlanta Regional Commission Workforce Committee. Diane was the recipient of the James P. Culpepper, Jr. Volunteer prestigious award and the Rotary International Avenues of Service Citation for Individual Rotarians for her community service.
The U.S. Women's Chamber of Commerce (USWCC) is the leading advocate for women on economic and leadership issues. As the economic leader for women, the USWCC creates opportunities, drives progress, advocates, and provides tools and solutions to support the economic growth of women across America. The USWCC (uswcc.org) is a not-for-profit 501(c)6 organization founded in 2001 with over 500,000 members; its headquarters offices are located in Washington, D.C. Contact the USWCC at 888-418-7922.
U.S. Census Data Reports: Women-Owned Businesses Hit with $10 Trillion Annual Opportunity Loss
U.S. Women’s Chamber of Commerce calls for action to elevate the revenues of America’s 10 million women-owned firms.
The U.S. Women’s Chamber of Commerce ( http://www.uswcc.org ) has released top level data from the recently released preliminary results of the 2012 Survey of Business Owners. Key data includes:
- Women own 9.9 million representing 35.95% of all U.S. firms
- Women-owned firms generate $1.6 trillion in revenues annually
- Women-owned firms produce only 4.82% of all revenues from U.S. firms.
- The failure of women-owned firms to produce revenues commensurate with their numbers produces annual opportunity shortfall of over $10 trillion dollars.
“The newly released U.S. Census data informs us that each year, women-owned firms are hit with an opportunity loss of over $10 trillion dollars,” states Margot Dorfman, CEO of the U.S. Women’s Chamber of Commerce. “This is a devastating opportunity loss for women business owners, their employees, families and community,” adds Dorfman. Read more.
The U.S. Women's Chamber of Commerce has seen an increase recently in the applications posted at WomensBusinessLoans.org. If your firm hasn't taken advantage of immediate loan quotes and the "$250 "Cash in Your Pocket" reward" offering, please go to WomensBusinessLoans.org now.
August In-District Legislative Meetings – One Last Push
USWCC Members have committed to visiting congressional leaders in their districts during the month of August to raise our voices for economic growth for women. If you haven’t already done so, we ask that you step up – even if you cannot get in until September.
The SBA and Federal Agencies have been patting themselves on the back claiming that they are meeting their small business goals, but the U.S. Women’s Chamber of Commerce delved deep into their data and found several flaws: 1) the data itself was off by billions of dollars; 2) the data showed that the list of small businesses began with SAIC, Verizon, Lockheed Martin, General Dynamics, L3 and the list goes on (view slide 17 of the Accountability in Contracting presentation); 3) in the WOSB program, 40% of the contracts have gone to ineligible firms. So, the question – what is the real percentage of contracting going to WOSBs and small businesses overall?
To address these issues, USWCC Members have been meeting this month with their congressional leaders to build relationships while sharing our agenda – raising visibility to barriers to accessing contracts within the women’s program and asking representatives to hold the Small Business Administration and our Government agencies accountable to provide accurate data and prevent fraud and abuse.
We hope that you will join us. Several documents are provided to assist you with setting up meetings, carrying our message, reporting your results.
- USWCC Talking Points for In-District Meetings
- USWCC In-District Meetings Logistics
- Sample USWCC in-district meeting request, August
- USWCC In-District Meeting Report Form
USWCC Provides Visibility to Women-Owned Firms
The U.S. Women’s Chamber of Commerce has launched the new release of the USWCC on-line business and supplier directory. Now at www.womenowned.us, this tool provides our members with greater visibility while allowing you to connect with other businesses to respond to sources sought notices, team or simply do business with other USWCC members. New tools include – your business bug rotating on the home page, enhanced searches and the ability to view certified women-owned firms. Additionally, USWCC Leaders are promoting this tool to buyers at government, prime, commercial and women across the United States.
Please make sure to log in to www.womenowned.us using your USWCC information and update your profile (including your logo and picture) while we work to market your firm.
USWCC National Small Business Contracting Summit – DC Fall Conference Agencies Confirmed
Get a jump on 2016 contracts - Join us for the National Small Business Contracting Summit – DC Fall Conference. This two day event features Accountability in Contracting, taking your business to the next level through education and action, congressional meetings, agency/prime updates and forecast briefings and one-on-one agency/prime meetings. Agencies and Large Prime Contractors already confirmed include: Army, DOD, DLA, DOE, DOT, EPA, GSA, NGS, Treasury, USAID, USDA, Washington-DC, Accenture, Aptima, BAE, National Government Services, Skanska and Tetra Tech. Register today.
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