WIPP & THE ASBC PARTNER TO STRENGTHEN WOMEN ENTREPRENEURS ACCESS TO FED CONTRACTING OPPORTUNITIES
Thursday, December 29, 2005
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Brenda Jones, for WIPP Guy Timberlake, for The ASBC
(405) 516-9686 (410) 381-7378, Ext. 703
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.
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.
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.
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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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.
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.