As we move from a busy National Women’s Business Month and Small Business Saturday into the transition ahead, we want to sustain this momentum by presenting to you the Council’s latest research report, Supply and Demand Perspectives on Women’s Participation in Supplier Diversity Programs.
Today, from 2:00-4:00 p.m., the Council will be hosting a public meeting on this research: United We Thrive: Sustaining our Momentum in Corporate and Public Arenas (via webinar). If you are interested in tuning in, it is not too late to register!
During the first half of the meeting we will discuss research findings. The report provides recommendations to increase women business owners’ access to private markets through supplier diversity programs. And, during the second half of the meeting, we offer you critical reflections from:
Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet, U.S. Small Business Administration Meredith West, Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship Policy Director
Valerie Jarrett, Senior Advisor to the President, Assistant to the President for Public Engagement and Intergovernmental Affairs, White House and Chair of the White House Council on Women and Girls
Each will discuss major policy wins over the last few years and point out policy areas that will come up in the near future.
This year marks another period of tremendous growth and opportunity for women business owners. The 2012 Survey of Business Owners and Self-Employed Persons, which updated data we released in March, shows that women-owned businesses now comprise nearly 36 percent of the country’s businesses, generating over $1.4 trillion in receipts. The Council recognizes the significant contribution that women entrepreneurs have made to strengthen the American economy.
As the Council looks towards 2017, the continued support of the White House, the U.S. Congress, and the U.S. Small Business Administration is essential to cultivate and lead efforts to advance women entrepreneurs’ entrances to new marketplaces; access to funding and capital; and other challenges faced by women business owners.
Make sure to check out our synopsis of the report and our full report, Supply and Demand Perspectives on Women’s Participation in Corporate Supplier Diversity Programs on our website at www.nwbc.gov.
Finally, don’t forget: United we thrive!
The NWBC Team
The National Women’s Business Council is a nonpartisan federal advisory council created to serve as an independent source of advice and counsel to the U.S. Small Business Administration, the U.S. Congress, and the White House on issues of impact and importance to women business owners, leaders and entrepreneurs.