9/21/2012 WCOE spotlight on membership

A hearty welcome to our newest member

We are delighted to welcome Stephanie Isaacson, President of New Horizons Enterprises, LLC in Kansas City, MO as our newest WCOE member. Stephanie's company is a national environmental management and contracting company working with both government and commercial clients. Stephanie has garnered a stack of awards since she founded the company in 2007 including WIPP's Member to Watch, “Women Who Mean Business” by the KCBJ and was recognized last year as one of “KC Small Business 25 under 25”, an award that recognizes outstanding Kansas City area companies with less than 25 employees. To top it all off, she was named the 2011 Small Business of the Year by the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce. Clearly Stephanie is a great addition to WCOE.

You may welcome her by emailing [email protected] or calling 816.569.5256.

WCOE shares the podium with former DOL Secretary Chao

Yesterday WCOE's National Executive Director Penny Pompei was in Cincinnati to meet with a group of women who are interested in forming a Cincinnati chapter of WCOE. Sharing the podium with Penny was former Secretary of Labor Elaine Chao who was, and still is, a very strong advocate for business women during her tenure with the Bush Administration. She is also a strong advocate for candidate Romney and spoke with a great deal of passion about the new attitude of OSHA and IRS and their need to meet "penalty" performance goals often at the expense of America's small business owners.

The stellar event was attended by a variety of women construction company owners and was hosted at the offices of Kelly Hollotz, President of First Star Safety, LLC. Many thanks go to the Ohio Valley chapter of Associated Builders and Contractors who organized the event. There was a lot of enthusiasm for starting an Ohio Valley chapter of WCOE. Stay tuned as you will soon be meeting a bunch of new members from this beautiful part of the US.

DOT proposes sweeping changes to DBE program

The Department of Transportation is proposing new regulations and policies that will dramatically alter its Disadvantaged Business Enterprise procurement program. Our Legislative Advocate, Ann Sullivan, has boiled the official Federal Register 75 page document down to its salient points and they are available on our website. If you are involved in transportation projects or with DOT in any way, these policy changes could affect you. WCOE will be preparing a formal response to DOT and we want to know what you think. Please send your thoughts, concerns and comments to Penny Pompei, [email protected] no later than October 15th so we can make sure that all WCOE members' voices are heard at DOT.


Strategic Partner's President named "Woman of Influence"

The current issue of HousingWire profiles its second annual Women of Influence list and Desirée Patno is on that list. Desirée is the National President of National Association of Women REO Brokerages (NAWRB) and also President/CEO of Desirée Patno Enterprises. This list is to recognize women decision-makers who have distinguished themselves as innovators, entrepreneurs, and trailblazers in the housing economy.

Congress once again punts on a budget

With the end of the fiscal year approaching in just 9 days, both the House and the Senate have decided to wait until after the election and even the inauguration before looking at the federal budget. They passed a Continuing Resolution this week which basically allows the government to keep operating and spending at current levels. This was one of the last official acts accomplished before turning off the lights in the Capitol so they can all go home to campaign. Congress will not be back in session until November 13th, after elections and Veterans Day. They are then scheduled for 14 days of work before the end of the year – and the end of the 112th Congress. By passing the CR, they are acknowledging what everyone knows to be true – they couldn't possibly agree on a federal budget in a lame duck session and have to agree to wait until a new Congress takes over in early January. This buys a little time, but very little making this election truly one of the most important in recent memory.


Google reaches out again

For those of you who do not yet have a website – or a robust website, Google is reminding you that they really are here to help. Quoting new statistics that 97% of internet users look online for local products and services while 58% of small businesses don't have a website, they are reaching out to WCOE members. If you, or someone you know, needs to get a web presence established, just complete this invitation. It's all free and can be the easiest thing a business can do to grow and thrive.

Media call for WCOE members to interview

A production team from a major cable network is looking for businesses who would be interested in being a part of a new real-life series that will showcase personnel issues and solutions in the American workplace. The series will show office environments that could benefit from a management expert – whether that is a disruptive employee, a lethargic sales team or a challenging manager.

Smart Money magazine is looking for input on an article about things people don't know about small business but should. Specifically, how pay/benefits at small companies differ from large companies, and while workers at small companies may not benefit from the kinds of benefits and compensation offered at larger companies, what are the benefits of working at a small business? The reporter would like to talk with an employee at a small business.

Remember, any PR is good PR – so if you think one of these fits you or your company, email [email protected].


Invitation from LA's TBAC

WCOE's representative on the Los Angeles Metropolitan Transportation Agency, Transportation Business Advisory Council, Deborah Dyson, is passing along an invitation to join with several cross-cultural advocacy organizations to discuss the recent city of Los Angeles audit report on city contracting. The National Association of Minority Contractors is coordinating an effort to draft a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to demonstrate a united front to the city of Los Angeles about what women business owners expect, want and desire to ensure participation in the tremendous growth projections of the city. There is no charge to attend but you must pre-register at www.mou.eventbrite.com.


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