The National Women’s Business Council (NWBC) will conduct its next public meeting via web-teleconference to review work accomplished since its last meeting, discuss its 2013 research agenda and take public comments and questions
Federal News Radio recently interviewed NWBC Executive Director Anie Borja about significant changes to the Women-Owned Small Business Federal Contract Program. In late December, Congress agreed to remove the caps placed on contracts awarded to women under the program. Ms. Borja discusses how this change will benefit women-owned businesses.
An audio clip of her Dec. 26 interview can be found here: http://media.dev-cms.com/wtop/27/2719/271930.mp3
Amendment Lifts Caps on Contracts Awarded to Women-Owned Small Businesses
WASHINGTON –The National Women’s Business Council (NWBC) applauds the inclusion of language to lift the current caps on the Women-Owned Small Business (WOSB) Federal Contract Program in the National Defense Authorization Act, which was passed by the House yesterday and the Senate today. NWBC recommended lifting these caps in its 2012 Annual Report, and we applaud the leadership of both Senate and House Small Business Committees: Chair Mary L. Landrieu, Ranking Member Olympia J. Snowe, Chairman Sam Graves, and Ranking Member Nydia Velázquez in their support of women-owned businesses throughout the 112th Congress. Senator Olympia J. Snowe introduced the amendment language during the Senate’s deliberation of the bill, and NWBC commends the efforts of Senator Snowe and her staff in lifting this unnecessary restriction on the ability of women-owned small businesses to compete for federal contracts.
Written remarks by NWBC Executive Director Anie Borja during her Jan. 12, 2013, address to the Veteran Women Igniting the Spirit of Entrepreneurship (VWISE) conference in Jacksonville, FL.
The NWBC 2012 Annual Report offers a list of recommendations to help increase the economic potential of women entrepreneurs, one of the fastest-growing segments in the country.
The NWBC is required by law to submit annual recommendations on how the government can best aid women business owners. This year’s recommendations addressed topics that include:
WASHINGTON – The National Women’s Business Council (NWBC) provided the first in-depth look at how women-owned businesses fared during the economic downturn, reporting in its year-end report that a majority of women-owned employer establishments either expanded employment or remained steady in 2007-2009 despite the shaky economy.
WASHINGTON –The National Women’s Business Council (NWBC) applauded the approval of legislation that would remove financial limits placed on contracts awarded to women business owners.
This second part to the NWBC research project, Intellectual Property and Women Entrepreneurs, covers the qualitative research from the original report and centers on six focus groups with women entrepreneurs and business women. The focus groups were conducted in different parts of the nation. Two of these focus groups were with women who had successfully obtained a patent or trademark, two were with women who had applied for but did not receive a patent or trademark and the remaining two groups were with women who had never applied for a patent or trademark.
The National Women’s Business Council will hold a public meeting at the iconic Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The Council will review work completed since its last meeting and discuss its 2012 accomplishments and 2013 research agenda. It also will take public comments and questions.