9/28/2012 WCOE featured in national press conference

WCOE featured in
national press conference

On Thursday, WCOE's National Executive Director Penny Pompei was invited to make a presentation at a press conference at the National Press Club in Washington, DC. The press conference was organized by WCOE strategic alliance partner, Business Coalition for Fair Competition (BCFC), a Washington DC based coalition of business organizations and private think tanks. Joining Penny as presenters were the organizer, John Palatiello (President of BCFC), Grover Norquist (President of Americans for Tax Return), Manny Rosales (The Latino Coalition), Larry Hart (American Conservative Union), and Christian Zur (US Chamber of Commerce). This broad based coalition is focused on key issues affecting government competition with the private sector.

Labeled as the "Yellow Pages" test, the group believes the government should not be involved in doing anything that can easily be found in a quick Yellow Pages search. BCFC's research has found an unprecedented level of government expansion into numerous activities that should be left to the private sector where – as Penny said – entrepreneurs can always do anything better, faster and cheaper. A Yellow Pages Caucus has been formed by members in both the House and the Senate to support the goals of this coalition. A scorecard of House and Senate key votes during the 112th Congress dramatically points to those who support free enterprise and small business and those who support a bigger government that competes with free enterprise. You can view the scorecard and press release on our website.


WCOE member issues highlighted in AmEx article

Yesterday also saw the publication of a web article on American Express Open Forum which includes excerpts from an interview of Penny by business writer Katie Morell about gender stereotypes in small business. Yes, we have come a long way baby – but we still have a long way to go.

You can read the full article on our website.


Kansas City event now open for registration

On November 2 through 4, the WCOE Board of Directors will be meeting in Kansas City (MO) for their annual strategic planning meeting. However, they also want to spend some time visiting with all of our Heartland-Of-America members and prospective members. Bright and early on Friday morning at 8:00 am, please join the Board of Directors for a networking continental breakfast at Mark One Electric (909 Troost Avenue, KCMO) followed by brief presentations from key players in the Missouri/Kansas area including Kansas Governor Sam Brownback. There is no charge for members to attend. Guests and non-members are welcome for a $25 fee. Registration is available on our website.



Happy 5th Birthday ConsensusDOCS

Yes, it's true ConsensusDOCS have been with us for 5 years now and this year saw the launch of their new cloud-based platform. WCOE is a part of the 37 construction industry organization consortium that supports and promotes this universal contract platform for design and construction projects. If your contract documents are not yet living the "in the clouds", take a quick tour of the documents and the clouds this afternoon (9/28/12) from 2:00 to 3:00 pm (ET) through a quick webinar. It's guaranteed to save you time, litigation (a.k.a. headaches) and lots of money. Here's a quick link to the registration page.

Congress passes one last bill before adjourning for elections

Before turning out the lights in Congress late last Friday night, the House passed the "Contaminated Drywall Safety Act of 2012". This bill would urge the Commerce Department to take steps to eliminate the importation of unsafe drywall from China while the Consumer Product Safety Commission would be directed to issue new rules.  Additionally the contaminated drywall is added as a banned substance. The Commerce secretary also should "insist" that the Chinese government direct companies that manufacture and export drywall to submit to U.S. federal court jurisdiction in cases involving "problematic" drywall. There is no companion bill in the Senate and this bill is expected to join the hundreds of other DOA (Dead On Arrival) House passed bills languishing in the Senate.

New Payroll Tax - Employers take note

Beginning on January 1, 2013, employers will be responsible for withholding an additional 0.9% Medicare tax on individual employee wages paid over $200,000 in any calendar year. There will be no employer match required.

Bid Opportunities Galore!

There are literally dozens of bid opportunities posted on our website. Do yourself a favor and make it a point to check it frequently. Yes, you are on a lot of bid lists already, but are you sure you are on all of them? These projects are looking for YOU – they have specifically sent their information to WCOE because they want to include women-owned firms on the project. Now is your chance to jump on these. Many have bids due next week – so check it out now.

There is a specific WBE outreach for subcontract participation on the Diamond Neighborhoods Family Health Center in San Diego, CA. Details are on our website.

Canada is also reaching out with the Ontario Infrastructure and Lands Corporation issuing a RFP for the purpose of selecting a vendor to provide commissioning consultancy services for the Pan American Aquatics Centre, Field House and Canadian Sport Institute Ontario. Proposals are due on 10/5/12


DOT announces implementation of "MAP-21"

On Monday, October 1st, the new "Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century" act will be in effect at the Department of Transportation. According to the press release, this program "really changes the transportation status quo".

Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood says "This is a good, bipartisan bill that will create jobs, strengthen our transportation system and grow our economy." Let's hope he's right! You can read the implementation plans on the DOT website.

Have you answered the survey yet?

Don't forget to take 5 minutes from your busy day to answer the WCOE Coalition Partner's survey of women entrepreneurs. This is being conducted by the non-political Center for Women's Business Research and is intended to provide timely and compelling information about trends, operation, opinions and behaviors of women business owners who power the economy.

» Take the survey.

Complimentary seminar on 10/9/12

The WCOE member group in Kansas City, MO is sponsoring "Understanding Your Fiduciary Responsibilities" seminar and breakfast at Mark One Electric, 909 Troost Avenue in KCMO. Beginning at 8:00 am on October 9th, Department of Labor Representative Mark Underwood will discuss ERISA duties and relevant EBSA investigations; ERISA attorney Bob West will discuss fiduciary responsibility and Colleen white (Strategic Workplace Solutions) will provide a brief overview of construction labor laws and their related risks. You must RSVP as seating is limited. Just send an email to [email protected] to reserve your place.

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