11/16/2012 Strategic Planning Update from Your Board of Directors


 

Strategic Planning Update From Your Board of Directors

The WCOE Board of Directors met in early November to discuss strategy for the Association. The Board reemphasized our commitment to women-owned business of all sizes that are in the construction industry. As a group, we have a strong voice!

Specifics that came out of the meeting were:

  • With more than 700,000 women-owned construction businesses in the U.S., WCOE should have a strong voice in Washington DC. WCOE needs to increase membership to make our voice louder.
  • Many of our members are nearing the maximum size standards for federal construction programs. WCOE will work to expand the size standards.
  • WCOE will expand its publicity efforts to public companies so that they will learn more about our member companies.

Regional Meeting: Kansas City

On November 2, the Kansas City Caucus held a very successful meeting with record turnout. Members networked with each other and public officials from various city and state governments. Our special guest, Congressman Emanuel Cleaver of Missouri, spoke about his commitment to women-owned businesses and his thoughts for improving the economy.

Post-Election Update

The 2012 House and Senate elections are bringing more than 80 new members to Washington. It will take a while for all of them to settle into their new roles, but WCOE will make sure to introduce ourselves prior to April's Annual Leadership Conference in Washington. If you have contact with your Representative or Senator, please let us know so that we can ask you for a "warm" introduction. We're on friendly terms with many of them, but it never hurts to say hello more than once! Don't know who your Representative is?  Find out!

Howdy Texas!

WCOE is heading to the Lone Star State. On Monday, December 10, we will have a meeting in Dallas for both members and prospective members. Stay tuned to Turning Point for more information. If you know of women-owned construction companies who might not have heard of us (yet), please forward this information to them.

Speaking of Texas...

One of our WCOE members was recently profiled online by Womenetics! Gail Warrior, President and CEO of Warrior Group, is a general contractor in Dallas who founded her company in 1997. In the snapshot, Gail discusses her business challenges, her pioneering development and use of permanent modular construction and her reasoning behind starting a construction company. Read the article and get more information about Gail's company.

Hurricane Sandy Update

The SBA announced guidelines for small businesses affected by Hurricane Sandy. Once your area has been declared a disaster zone, you may visit www.disasterloan.sba.gov and apply online. Businesses of any size can apply for a low-interest Disaster Loan of up to $2M to repair or replace damaged real estate or inventory. Businesses can also apply for an Economic Injury Disaster Loan, also up to $2M. Even if you made it through the storm, your business may have been affected by power outages or evacuations. If you've lost significant amounts of business due to the Superstorm, you might be eligible for a loan to help with working capital.

 

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