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Recent reports and media coverage center on Healthcare Reform and Federal Contracting

U.S. Women's Chamber of Commerce reports on the largest opportunity loss for women business owners in history.

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SBA Inspector General Finds Serious Errors in Small Business Federal Contracting Data

The U.S. Small Business Administrator, Office of Inspector General recently released report finding that:

  1. The SBA certified to the accuracy of its FY 2008 contracting data, although 92 percent of the contracting actions in the sample used by the Inspector General contained one or more inaccurate or incomplete data elements in FPDS.
  2. While the SBA had developed a data quality plan for FY 2008, it did not fully implement the plan.
  3. Due to the volume of errors identified in FPDS, it appears that contracting personnel did not review FPDS data inputs to ensure they reflected accurate information, as required by the Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR).
  4. While the accuracy of some data elements improved in FY 2009, overall there was a higher rate of error in the FY 2009 data.
  5. Approximately 97 percent of the contract actions in their sample contained one or more inaccurate or incomplete data elements, indicating again that SBA contracting personnel were not properly reviewing data entries.
  6. SBA's Goaling Report may contain inaccurate information concerning the extent to which the Agency met its small business goals.

Read the full SBA Inspector General report.


These results are not surprising to the U.S. Women's Chamber of Commerce as we have been reporting serious errors in attribution of contracts and contract dollars to women-owned firms.

Read our report on the inaccuracies in the data (contains information in FY 2006 and FY 2007.

Read our report on the huge opportunity loss for women-owned small business contractors


USWCC | News & Updates (March 23, 2010)

Dear USWCC members and friends:

The U.S. Women's Chamber of Commerce continues to provide strong economic leadership - opening doors to contracts, business marketing and savings, and an innovative new community to foster interaction and growth for our members.

Please review the options below, and act upon the resources and tools that will power your business, career and financial growth.

Margot Dorfman, CEO

  U.S. Women's Chamber of Commerce

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Federal Contracting

National Small Business Federal Contracting Week (March 29 - April 1, 2010) is proudly presented by the U.S. Women's Chamber of Commerce and the National Association of Small Business Contractors in Washington, DC.

Each year we connect small businesses to federal agencies and prime contractors to give you a forum for learning about and meeting with federal agencies and prime contractrs to secure federal contracts for your firm.

This year's conference includes agency spotlights featuring the U.S. Dept of Energy, U.S. Navy and Defense Logistics Agency and our much requested "Industry Day" which provides attendees with one-on-one sessions with buyers and connections from a wide assortment of participating federal agencies and prime contractors. .

Additional information and registration details available here.

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Merchant Payment Solutions and Turnkey Online eCommerce Stores

The USWCC is helping our members to bring down your merchant processing costs and increase your marketing and outreach. USWCC | Pay Solutions provides merchant processing fees that help you compete with big companies using Interchange Plus Pricing instead of the costly and non-transparent tiered pricing. And, our USWCC | Small Business and Supplier Members are also eligible to open a turnkey ecommerce store using USWCC | MarketPlace - and be part of the new USWCC | Mall. We're here to help you compete and keep down costs. Let us know how we can help you.

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Elite USWCC | Council of Business & Financial Advisors

Are you a top tier business or financial professional? Learn how you can be part of the USWCC | Economic Force as a member of the USWCC | Council of Business & Financial Advisors. This select professional community provides trusted insights, education and mentoring so as to advance business, financial, and career growth for women. Be one of our select leaders and work with the USWCC to establish you as an economic leader within your community and at USWCC | Community 360.

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Women's Federal Procurement Program

Read about the developments for this federal contracting program for women-owned small businesses.


Business Owners Need a Strong Consumer Financial Protection Agency

The reckless and deceptive practices of our financial industry have devastated businesses, families and our economy. It is time for Congressional leaders to stop listening to financial industry lobbyists and start protecting the future of our nation. The U.S. Women's Chamber of Commerce believes the establishment of a strong Consumer Financial Protection Agency (CFPA) is a crucial step in reforming financial rules and restoring the trust we need to rebuild a thriving American economy.

The CFPA will benefit business, especially small businesses, which create most of the nation's new jobs. It's too often forgotten in the debate over the CFPA that small-business owners frequently rely on personal credit -- such as personal credit cards and home equity loans -- to start, run and expand their business.

Small-business owners have been hit hard by the continuing crisis in business and consumer lending. They have been rocked by waves of credit contraction, foreclosures and business closures -- affecting them, their customers, suppliers, the communities they do business in and their families.

Banks that profited from predatory lending now are choking businesses by cutting lines of credit or pulling them entirely.

Some of our members have been forced out of business. Others are struggling to keep doors open. Many of our members can't expand their businesses even though they have viable business opportunities because they cannot access the credit needed to capitalize on their opportunities. Even with orders and contracts in hand, they can't get credit needed to hire new workers, buy new equipment and add necessary business infrastructures.

The unscrupulous practices of the credit-card industry have delivered another hard blow, as unwarranted credit rate escalation, increased fees, and decreased credit availability have left many firms unable to manage day-to-day purchases.

Lenders offering sound mortgages and other credit were undercut by those pushing misleading products with hidden risks. Women were 32 percent more likely to have received subprime mortgages of all types than men, regardless of income. Women also are 41 percent more likely than men to have received higher-cost subprime loans, regardless of income.

Women business owners and consumers have been hurt especially hard by predatory lending. Millions of women business owners, who used their home equity to secure small-business loans, are at risk of losing both their homes and businesses.

Elizabeth Warren, chair of the Congressional Oversight Panel charged with reviewing the state of the financial markets and regulatory systems, provided this snapshot of economic devastation in a December article: "One in five Americans is unemployed, underemployed or just plain out of work. One in nine families can't make the minimum payment on their credit cards. One in eight mortgages is in default or foreclosure. One in eight Americans is on food stamps. More than 120,000 families are filing for bankruptcy every month. The economic crisis has wiped more than $5 trillion from pensions and savings, has left family balance sheets upside down, and threatens to put 10 million homeowners out on the street."

A disproportionate number of those suffering are women. Women, who were already at a higher risk for retirement insecurity, are now terrified about what the future will hold.

We cannot let the financial practices that drove us to this disaster continue. If we do, there will be no real recovery for business and for women generally. The next crisis, when it comes, will be even worse.

Business owners and consumers need the security of knowing that the costs and risks of financial products, services and lending are fully and fairly disclosed. We need a strong federal agency to promote financial product safety and accountability. We need a CFPA with independent rule-making authority and enforcement powers.

We cannot let financial industry lobbyists succeed in killing the CFPA or winning a pale substitute that would not actually be able to protect consumers and small-business owners. We cannot accept a CFPA subject to interference by bank regulators who have failed us time and time again.

We cannot let those whose risky, deceptive practices destroyed so many jobs and businesses kill the reforms designed to prevent the next calamity. It is time for our Congressional leaders to act to support the financial protection and well-being of all Americans.

Dorfman is CEO of The U.S. Women's Chamber of Commerce (TM), the leading advocate for women on economic and leadership issues, and vice president of the National Association of Small Business Contractors.

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USWCC | Opportunities Update

We're helping women in business drive growth, reduce expenses, and increase profitability.

Dear members and friends of the USWCC:

Over the last weeks and months we have connected with women across the country to stay in tune with your needs. While many women in business are challenged by decreased consumer spending, other businesses are growing and dealing with the challenges of accessing capital to support their needs. And, universally, businesses are seeking new markets and ways to hold down expenses.

The U.S. Women's Chamber of Commerce is here to help you on all fronts.

Please review the following and let us know how we can help you:

Access to Contracts -- The USWCC leverages our great relationships with federal agencies to bring you access to federal contracts. At next week's National Women Contractors' Week, we provide you with very deep access to contracts at the U.S. Dept of Health and Human Services, U.S. Army and many other agencies. If you haven't registered, you will be missing out on tremendous one-on-one sessions aimed to connect you with federal buyers. Attend one day, two days, or all three days and get connected to contracts with the federal government.

Women's Federal Procurement Program -- After more than a decade of delay, the U.S. Small Business Administration is finally taking positive steps to implement the Women's Federal Procurement Program (set-asides for women-owned firms). You may recall that the USWCC one a claim against the SBA for failure to implement this program. Read all about the new regulations,  learn if your NAICS code is in the list for the program, and register to receive updates.

New Markets -- The U.S. Women's Chamber of Commerce has established USWCC | MarketPlace which provides turnkey online stores, merchant processing, internet gateway services, and virtual merchant accounts for our small business and supplier members. The products/services from your store will also appear in the USWCC | Mall -- where women across the country may support other women in business by making purchases through USWCC | Mall. Associations may also have regional malls within our system to support sales directly within your region.

More New Markets -- Once you have one of our online stores, you may also qualify for the USWCC | Benefits+ Program. Through this program, you power our own member benefits program - reaching our entire network of members and associates.

Lower Costs -- The U.S. Women's Chamber of Commerce has several programs to assist you with lowering the cost of doing business. USWCC | New Deal provides discounted merchant processing accounts and gateway services, turnkey online stores, our USWCC | Benefits+ Card -- a prepaid MasterCard® card (which provides convenience and cost savings for your business, payroll, and personal payment needs), USWCC | Health & Benefits Solutions (group and individual health plans), and more.

Connections -- The new USWCC | Community 360 is open! Through this online community, we connect you with one another and with our ongoing education programs, tools and solutions. There is no cost to register. USWCC | Small Business and Supplier Members may also establish a featured business listing.

Get Started -- Let our USWCC | 360 Support Team help you get started leveraging our many resources and tools to help you drive growth, reduce expenses, and increase profitability.  And, if you haven't already - please join us.


As you can see, the USWCC is working hard for you. We're sponsored by the interests, aspirations, and needs of our members - not by corporate or political funds.


Margot Dorfman, CEO
U.S. Women's Chamber of Commerce



National Women Contractors' Week to Include Indepth Look at New Women's Set-Aside Program

Dear Friends:

The U.S. Women's Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce that National Women Contractors' Week will include an indepth session on the new Women's Federal Procurement Program (set-aside for certain women-owned small businesses).

We'll hear directly from the Small Business Administration about the proposed regulations, industries included in the program, how this set-aside will be innacted, requirements for authentication of women-owned status, and more.

Also included during National Women Contractors' Week are full day spotlights on opportunities with the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services and U.S. Army -- as well as an extensive one-on-one session with dozens of federal agency representatives during our much requested industry segment.  (view the event packet)

There is a big push at the federal level to open the doors to contracts for women-owned small businesses.  Join us for National Women Contractors' Week and get connected to these opportunities.



Margot Dorfman, CEO
U.S. Women's Chamber of Commerce


USWCC CEO Testifies Before Congress on Small Business Challenges Accessing Capital and Credit

February 26, 2010:  U.S. Women's Chamber of Commerce CEO Margot Dorfman testified before Congress during a joint hearingof the U.S. House of Representatives Small Business and Financial Services Committee.  She was asked to provide insights into the current status of small business lending.  (View as PDF)



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U.S. Women's Chamber of Commerce Endorses the Consumer Financial Protection Agency

On December 9, 2009, the U.S. Women's Chamber of Commerce formally endorsed the Consomer Federal Protection Act.  Below is the statement given by Margot Dorfman, CEO.

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The extraordinary abuse of small businesses and every day Americans by a financial industry that has taken unwarranted profits through ruthless predatory practices must be stopped. It is time for our Congressional leaders to act to support the financial protection and wellbeing of all Americans.

Our leaders must act swiftly to restore the integrity of our financial institutions and our trust in the use of credit and lending so that we can bring back financial stability and job creation. The U.S. Women's Chamber of Commerce believes the establishment of a strong Consumer Financial Protection Agency (CFPA) is a crucial step in restoring the trust we need to rebuild a thriving American economy. The CFPA will benefit business, especially small businesses, which create most of the nation’s new jobs.

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U.S. Women's Chamber of Commerce Releases Report; Women-Owned Small Businesses Suffer Largest Federal Contracting Opportunity Loss in History

FY2008 Contracting Misses Goal for Contracting with Women-Owned Small Businesses by Over Twelve Billion Dollars

WASHINGTON, Aug. 24, 2009USWCC | Contracting Report /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- After more than a decade of failure to meet federal contracting goals with women, and nearly nine years of delay in the implementation of the Women's Procurement Program, the recently released FY2008 federal spending report shows that women-owned small businesses suffered the greatest opportunity loss in history. FY2008 federal spending with women missed the paltry five percent goal for spending with women by twenty-two percent representing a shortfall of over $12 billion in just one year.

>>Read the press release

>>Read the report