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NWBOC Appearance on MSNBC
NWBOC President, Janet Harris-Lange was a featured guest on MSNBC morning show "Your Business" to discuss obtaining certification as a woman-owned or minority-owned company.  Click on the following link to watch the episode.

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/21134540/vp/26591632#26591632

"Obtaining WBE certification is an important business development strategy for business owners in general and particularly for women business owners," said Harris-Lange. "With women-owned firms accounting for 41% of all privately held firms, having WBE certification is the only way purchasing agents have confidence that a business representing itself as woman-owned is in fact woman-owned."


The Economic Blueprint
Women Impacting Public Policy (WIPP) presented the Economic Blueprint in special events at both the Democrat and Republican Conventions, and to Congress during its We Decide! Conference on September 8 and 9 in Washington D.C.  Underwritten by women-owned small businesses and 30 small business associations, the Blueprint outlines the immense progress women business owners have made since the passage of HR 5050 in 1988 and their plans for future growth. NWBOC is one of 14 supporting organizations.

NWBOC is an affiliate of WIPP, the nation's largest bi-partisan women's business group, representing more than 500,000 women in business in federal policy issues.

During the conference in D.C., WIPP members (including NWBOC-certifieds, such as Nancy Zurbuchen of Kansas City and Mary Schnack of Arizona), presented the Economic Blueprint to Democratic and Republican leaders during the Senate Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee's Women's Business Round Table held on Capitol Hill. They also met with their U.S. Senators and representatives from their respective states.

The key issues outlined in The Blueprint include health care, procurement, taxes, access to capital, energy, and telecommunications. The Blueprint, comprised of research derived over the last year from WIPP members and members of its Coalition Partners which number more than 500,000, provides a clear policy roadmap for Congress and the New Administration of the economic development needs and objectives in the coming years for women-owned businesses.

 "Women voters and entrepreneurs from both parties will play an integral role in the 2008 elections, making it increasingly necessary for this group to be informed on the issues that affect their lives and businesses.  The WIPP conference empowers women business owners with new public policy tools and increased knowledge to help grow their businesses and make informed decisions on Election Day," said Barbara Kasoff, President of WIPP and a board member of NWBOC.

To learn more, visit www.wipp.org.




Janet Harris-Lange, NWBOC President

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NWBOC was established in 1995 for the purpose of increasing competition for corporate and government contracts through implementation of a pioneering economic development strategy for women business owners. NWBOC is a national 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation, and is the first third-party, national certifier providing WBE Certification.

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