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WIPP & THE ASBC PARTNER TO STRENGTHEN WOMEN ENTREPRENEURS ACCESS TO FED CONTRACTING OPPORTUNITIES

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Brenda Jones, for WIPP                                                         Guy Timberlake, for The ASBC

(405) 516-9686                                                                       (410) 381-7378, Ext. 703

brenda@jonesprgroup.com                                                     gtimberlake@theasbc.org

                                   

WIPP AND THE ASBC PARTNER TO STRENGTHEN WOMEN ENTREPRENEURS ACCESS TO FEDERAL CONTRACTING OPPORTUNITIES


WASHINGTON, DC (December 29, 2005) --  Women Impacting Public Policy (WIPP), the nation’s largest bi-partisan women's business group, and The American Small Business Coalition (The ASBC), a leading business membership organization providing companies with access to information and relationships critical to doing business in the federal sector, have formed a partnership to create growth opportunities for women entrepreneurs.


“One of the biggest hurdles for women business owners to enter the federal contracting arena is identifying the buyer of their products and services within the federal government.  This partnership with The ASBC will help facilitate matchmaking activities between women entrepreneurs and prospective customers in the government,” said Barbara Kasoff, President of WIPP.


In the WIPP 2005 annual national survey of women business owners, “What Women Want,” 60% of respondents stated that the inability to get to the “buyers” in the federal government was the leading challenge to winning federal contracts.   The complete survey is available online at www.wipp.org/2005_member_report.asp.


"Women entrepreneurs are clearly emerging as a strong economic power base.  The ASBC enhances their ability to identify opportunities and teaming partners in the federal sector,” said Guy Timberlake, Chief Visionary Officer and Co-Founder of The ASBC.

Currently, nearly half of all privately held businesses are owned by women and growing nearly twice as fast as other companies.  However, only 2.6% of federal contracts are awarded to women-owned companies, which is short of the 5% set-aside goal mandated by Congress in 2000.


In addition to participation in WIPP Legislative Issue Committees, The ASBC Members can receive Capitol Hill based legislative benefits including regular updates on information concerning small business economic issues and discounts on special events and trainings.


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About WIPP:

Women Impacting Public Policy is a national bi-partisan group comprising over half-a-million members.  The non-profit organization is the public policy voice for 37 national Women in Business groups and is The Voice for Women in Business in Our Nation’s Capital.  WIPP strengthens its members’ sphere of influence in the legislative process, creates economic opportunities for members and builds alliances with other small business organizations.  For more information, visit www.wipp.org.


About The ASBC:

The American Small Business Coalition is a private membership organization providing access to relevant, actionable information and valuable relationships essential to doing business with the United States Government and Government Prime Contractors.


Members of The ASBC benefit from advisory-based practical and technical support, matchmaking activities and education opportunities targeted to successfully navigating the federal sector. The ASBC’s value is demonstrated by qualified collaborations facilitated with Government and Industry organizations with the intent of enhancing the ability of their Members to capture and exploit business intelligence and key business relationships. For more information, visit www.theasbc.org.

The American Small Business Coalition… Information, Relationships And Access For The Federal Sector.


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