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NWBC to Hold Public Meeting (UPDATED)

NWBC to Hold Public Meeting (UPDATED)


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.

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NWBC Supports S.2172, Fairness in Women-Owned Small Business Contracting Act

June 1, 2012

The Honorable Olympia J. Snowe

Ranking Member

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.

 

Sincerely,

Donna James

Chair, National Women’s Business Council

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Magdalah Racine-Silva Appointed to 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.

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More Women Obtaining Patents, Trademarks in Recent Years

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.

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NWBC to Release Research on Patents, Trademarks; Observe Start of Women’s History Month

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.

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More Patents Granted to Women in Recent Years

New Study Examines Patent Applications by Gender,  Link to Women Entrepreneurs

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NWBC Submits 2011 Annual Report to White House, Congress, SBA

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.

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National Women’s Business Council Launches Updated Website

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.

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National Women’s Business Council To Hold Public Meeting, Roundtable Discussions

What:

The National Women’s Business Council (NWBC) will hold a public meeting to discuss its 2012 research agenda, review work completed since its last meeting, and outline topics to be included in its annual report to the White House, Congress and SBA. It also will take public comments and questions.

Following the public meeting, NWBC will convene a series of roundtable discussions on topics including high-growth industries, microenterprises, access to capital and the hurdles for women business owners who want to grow beyond the start-up phase.

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Results From Women In Green Focus Groups

On behalf of the National Women’s Business Council (NWBC), Hart Research conducted two focus groups on August 31, 2011, among 13 self-described “established” or “aspiring” female entrepreneurs attending the “Women in Green” Forum in Santa Monica, California. It should be noted that the findings presented here reflect the fact that nearly all of the participants are in the early stages of establishing new business ventures. It also is important to remember that our participants made a conscious choice to attend (and pay for) the Forum, a fact that may differentiate them significantly from other entrepreneurs in the green sector (or other sectors).

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