USWCC Weekly: 11/30/15 – Presidential Debates, Small Business Lending, Atlanta, HHS, Policy Brief

2016 Elections – USWCC Invites You to Weigh In

As we watch the various 2016 presidential debates, we are listening closely to learn what candidates will do to support the economic growth for women and small businesses. This year, as we did in 2014, the U.S. Women’s Chamber of Commerce will rank Congressional candidates that are committed to the Women’s Economic Priorities. We have learned from the preliminary results of the 2012 Survey of Business Owners by the U.S. Census Bureau which reveals stunning growth in the number of women-owned firms -- finding that women now own 35.95% of all U.S. firms (an increase of 2.1 million businesses since 2007), we also learn that women-owned firms produced only $1.6 trillion in revenues representing just 4.82% of all firm revenues. While women-owned firms have grown in numbers in 2012, their revenues have virtually remained flat from the last census and this current disparity costs women $10 Trillion annually.

Are you ready to see change? I am and we can do it! Women represented 53% of the voter determining the 2012 election. Let’s take this election by storm and vote in leaders who are committed making the Women’s Economic Priorities a reality.

I invite you to read the Women’s Economic Priorities and weigh in on your priorities.

>>Complete the USWCC Member Survey (open until 12/5/15)

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Seeks Assistant Director for Small Business Lending

The U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is seeking candidates to apply for the upcoming vacancy of the Assistant Director for Small Business Lending. This is a senior-level position. This person will build/lead the team that will spearhead landmark data collection on small business lending to minority and women owned businesses (per Section 1071 of the Dodd Frank Act). More info here.

USWCC | Atlanta to Set 2016 Agenda

USWCC | Atlanta Region has been quite active in 2015. From the launch in June to monthly Growth Masters meetings, we have grown a core team of USWCC Atlanta members who are taking the lead. We are poised to make great economic progress in 2016. Join us for an update and planning session for the USWCC | Atlanta Regional Meeting web meeting December 8, 2015.

USWCC Supplier Council Spotlights Health & Human Services

The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services has funded $832 Billion in contract awards for 2015. It is the mission of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) to enhance and protect the health and well-being of all Americans. HHS fulfills that mission by providing for effective health and human services and fostering advances in medicine, public health, and social services. Join us December 9, 2015 at 11am Eastern for this timely web meeting to learn how you can access HHS contracts for 2016. Register today.

USWCC Policy Brief

While you are working hard to secure economic growth for yourself and your firm, your efforts are impacted by federal, state and local policy. The U.S. Women’s Chamber of Commerce is a confirmed watchdog when it comes to DC policy and we welcome USWCC Policy Lead – Janet Kopenhaver to keep a close eye on legislation impacting women and business.  Join Janet December 10, 2015 at 1:30pm Eastern for the next Policy Council Meeting who will provide a brief overview of USWCC 2016 Legislative Priorities and discuss strategies to advance economic growth for women and small businesses.

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