NWBC/WIPP PARTNER’S MEETING
“OUR COLLECTIVE VOICE”
July 19, 2012
WASHINGTON – The National Women’s Business Council (NWBC) announced Monday the selection of Anie Borja as its new executive director. Borja will oversee the strategic and grassroots work of the independent Council. She joins at a time when women-owned businesses represent considerable untapped potential as one of the fastest growing segments of our economy.
What: The National Women’s Business Council (NWBC) will hold a public meeting via web and teleconference to discuss progress on its research agenda, review work completed since its last meeting, and examine other goals and projects. It also will take public comments and questions.
June 1, 2012
The Honorable Olympia J. Snowe
U.S. Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship
428A Russell Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510
Dear Senator Snowe:
On behalf of the National Women’s Business Council (NWBC), I want to express our support for S.2172, the Fairness in Women-Owned Small Business Contracting Act of 2012. Eliminating the current $5 million cap on contracts awarded to women entrepreneurs and allowing these same businesses to receive sole-source contracts will help level the playing field through better access to the federal contracts markets.
Women-owned businesses represent one of the fastest-growing segments of the economy – growing at a rate twice as fast as men-owned companies – yet they have been limited in their access to growth opportunities such as tapping into the billions of dollars’ worth of federal contracts this bill will allow.
NWBC is uniquely positioned to offer assistance and insights. Our recent research on the expansion and contraction of women-owned businesses during the economic downturn and our study on women with patents and trademarks are just two examples of our work’s focus. We are offering any assistance we can provide on this legislation or on any other matters in support of the economic growth of women-owned small businesses.
As you know, NWBC is a bipartisan advisory federal council that serves to provide independent research and counsel to Congress, the White House and the SBA on matters critical to the economic growth of women entrepreneurs. Our council is a diverse mix of women business owners and representatives of several women’s business organizations.
Please do not hesitate to let us know if we can be of assistance in this or any other matters affecting the growth of women-owned small businesses.
Chair, National Women’s Business Council
WASHINGTON – The National Women’s Business Council (NWBC) has appointed Magdalah Racine-Silva as the newest member of its nonpartisan federal advisory council. Racine-Silva is the president, chief executive and co-founder of the DMS International, a management, training and information technology services company based in Silver Spring, Md.
WASHINGTON –The number of women awarded patents has soared over the last several decades far beyond previously reported figures, and the percentage of trademarks granted to women has more than doubled, a new study commissioned by the National Women’s Business Council found.
What: The National Women’s Business Council (NWBC) will release findings from an extensive study of women who applied for and received patents and trademarks over the last 35 years. Preliminary findings indicate the number has accelerated in recent years. NWBC is examining the link between intellectual property rights and women business owners. The research will be released during a morning tribute to women whose ingenuity and inventions have improved our lives, Women Entrepreneurs: Celebrating the Past, Inventing the Future, co-hosted by the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office.
WASHINGTON – The National Women’s Business Council (NWBC) submitted its 2011 Annual Report to the president, Congress and U.S. Small Business Administration, providing its list of policy and program recommendations for how the government can best assist women-owned businesses.
WASHINGTON – The National Women’s Business Council (NWBC) unveiled a redesigned website Monday that will make it easier for the public and NWBC constituents to learn about the research and other work the Council is conducting to help women entrepreneurs.