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Women Owned Small Business Program (WOSB)

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Upcoming Webinars and Events:

  • Give Me 5: How to Use 8a Certification to your Advantage
    Wednesday, August 27, 2014 * 2:00 PM Eastern
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  • Give Me 5: Introduction to Federal Procurement and a guide to the System for Award Management (SAM)
    Wednesday, September 3, 2014 * 2:00 PM Eastern
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Women-Owned Small Business (WOSB) Program Sole Source Authority

WIPP is working to improve the Women-Owned Small Business (WOSB) Procurement Program to increase access to contracts for women entrepreneurs. Currently we are seeking sole-source authority within the program to make it even more effective, and on par with other small business contracting programs. We have made it through the House with your help and now we need you again in the Senate! A bill has been introduced by Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and cosponsored by Senators Maria Cantwell (D-WA) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) called the Women's Small Business Procurement Parity Act of 2014 (S. 2481).

We are asking that you send a quick message to your Senators – urging them to co-sponsor the Women's Small Business Procurement Parity Act of 2014 (S. 2481). This is a critical step, and one where we need your help. Take Action Now! Contact Your Senators!

Click Here for WIPP's Action Center to write your Senator. Click Here for more information.

2014: WOSB Sole Source Victory in the House

The Women-Owned Small Business Sole Source Authority Amendment (Amdt. #183), sponsored by Rep. Jackie Speier (D-CA-14), has PASSED in the House of Representatives and was added to the FY2015 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).

WIPP has been hard at work seeking sole-source authority within the Women-Owned Small Business (WOSB) Program to make it even more effective, and on par with other small business contracting programs. Sole-source authority would allow contracting officers to directly award a contract to a women-owned small business through the WOSB program. For contracts awarded under sole-source authority, this would remove the enormous barrier of identifying multiple women-owned businesses to award a contract. All other small business contracting programs have this ability, so making this change is about fairness and parity, as much as it is about improving the program.

We asked for your help and swift action and WIPP thanks you for your expedient efforts to contact your Representative on this important amendment. Your actions and feedback have helped us achieve success in the House and paved the way for our upcoming efforts in the Senate!

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2013 was an extremely busy and exciting year filled with WIPP member connections and successful advocacy work! Log onto the:

WIPP Activity Report to find out more about WIPP’s committee activities, meetings, awards, and board activities.
Legislative and Regulatory Success report to find out in particular about the successful advocacy work in the WOSB set aside program

SBA Finalizes Rule Adopting Changes to Contracting Program for Women-Owned Small Businesses

The SBA issued an interim final rule which is the first regulatory step in removal of the award caps on the WOSB procurement program. The SBA has announced the rule will go into effect immediately. WIPP urged the SBA to move expeditiously on implementing this important change to the law and is pleased the SBA honored WIPP's request. The last step is the requirement for the FAR Council to adopt this change to the existing code. WIPP will continue to urge swift adoption of this important change to the law. Click Here to read the SBA Press Release.

WIPP Procurement Briefing: Changes to Federal Contracting Policy in the FY2013 NDAA

Emily Murphy, who was at the heart of the House Committee on Small Business’ reform efforts, provides a special presentation on the extensive changes to contracting policies that were passed in the 2013 National Defense Authorization Act. Changes covered include removal of the dollar cap on WOSB awards, increased surety bonds, and fraud prevention measures. Presented by: Emily Murphy, Senior Counsel, House Small Business Committee

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Women Business Owners Celebrate Victories in NDAA

The President has just signed into law one of the most important provisions women-small business owners have seen in over a decade.

Women Impacting Public Policy and business leaders nationwide fought for the Women-Owned Small Business (WOSB) Federal Contract Program for 11 years before it was implemented and now the battle lies in making the program a success.

Several weeks ago Senators Olympia Snowe (R-ME) and Mary Landrieu (D-LA), Ranking Member and Chair of the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship respectively, added an amendment to the FY13 National Defense Authorization Act that allows the WOSB program to thrive by removing the caps on contract awards; and that amendment is now law.

Women Impacting Public Policy’s President, Barbara Kasoff, shared the following remarks: “This is a day that will be marked in the entrepreneurial history of America’s women. It is programs like the Women-Owned Small Business Federal Contract Program that make up the foundation for entrepreneurial growth among America’s women. We applaud Congress and the President for removing barriers to federal contracting, and look forward to the day when the next generation of American women can successfully launch their businesses from the platform we are building today.”

About Give Me 5

The Give Me 5 Program, named after the 5% federal contracting goal for women-owned businesses, was created by Women Impacting Public Policy (WIPP) and American Express OPEN to educate women business owners on how to apply for and secure federal procurement opportunities.

About WIPP

WIPP is a national nonpartisan public policy organization advocating on behalf of its coalition of 4.7million businesswomen including 75 business organizations. WIPP identifies important trends and opportunities and provides a collaborative model for the public and private sectors to increase theeconomic power of women-owned businesses. Visit