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Jordan Chapman

WASHINGTON, D.C. – (May 30, 2023) – The National Women’s Business Council (NWBC), announced today that it will hold a public meeting on Wednesday, June 14, 2023, from 12:30 PM to 2:30 PM EDT. 

This meeting will allow the Council to hear from subject matter experts on issues related to women’s entrepreneurship. After opening with guest remarks, the meeting will also allow Access to Capital and Opportunity Subcommittee Chair Roberta McCullough, Women in STEM Subcommittee Chair Selena Rodgers Dickerson, and Inclusive Entrepreneurial Ecosystems Subcommittee Chair Kathy Cochran to provide updates to the full Council on the activities of each of their respective subcommittees.

Council Members Pamela Prince-Eason and Katica Roy will then moderate a panel featuring representatives from Offices of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDBUs) and leaders in federal contracting across the federal government. The focus of this conversation will be how women business owners can connect to contracting opportunities and include:

  • Alisa Sheard, U.S. Small Business Administration
  • Calvin J. Mitchell Jr., U.S. Department of Education
  • Tamara L. Miles, U.S. Department of Energy
  • Denise Benjamin Sirmons, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
  • Shelly Thomas, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

The public will have the opportunity to ask questions and provide comments in advance of the meeting. These questions will be responded to during a session led by Council Member Samantha Abrams.

The Council encourages public comment and feedback. NWBC staff and/or a Council Member will read the first five questions or statements with most relevance to the topic of women’s business enterprise. Responses can be submitted through the Eventbrite registration page or by emailing with any comments, though all responses must be submitted by June 6th.


About The National Women’s Business Council

The National Women’s Business Council (NWBC) is a non-partisan federal advisory committee created to serve as an independent source of advice and counsel to the President, Congress, and the U.S. Small Business Administration on issues of importance to women business owners. To learn more, please visit:

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