Save the Dates!
We will kick off the conference on Wednesday night with a fabulous cocktail party at the Minna Art Gallery and fundraiser for Tradeswomen, Inc. The day and a half conference will include leadership training, panel discussions, and workshops on issues ranging from Building Your Business, Building Your Brand, Building Your Negotiating Power, and Building Relationships with key public agencies and large general contractors.
WCOE Welcomes New Members
WCOE would like to welcome all new members who have joined our organization recently.
WCOE Action in California Brings Results!
Re: Caltrans Disparity Study Analysis
As noted in the April Turing Point, we are pleased to report that Caltrans staff has now confirmed in a formal letter to WCOE California that it has removed from the website of the Office of Business & Economic Opportunity (OBEO) the 2015 Federal Highway Administration's Disparity Study, which was poised to eliminate Caucasian Females and Asian Subcontinent DBE subgroups in FHWA funded projects with DBE goals.
As a result of the leadership of AGC and teamwork with WCOE California, Caltrans has agreed to review the disparity study and its ramifications and then revisit the issue next year. WCOE will be actively involved in the public comment period when it comes back up and will keep all members advised of how you can get involved in this effort to protect the right for women to participate in transportation projects in California.
Thank you to WCOE members, Rebecca Llewellyn, Lee Cunningham, and Deborah Wilder, who worked diligently with AGC to effect this action.
In Memory of our Friend and WIPP Co-Founder, Barbara Kasoff
It is with heavy hearts that we write to tell you our friend and colleague, Barbara Kasoff, the co-founder of Women Impacting Public Policy, passed away Tuesday, May 23.
Barbara embodied vision and leadership, which was crucial to the advancement of women's entrepreneurship. Her participation in the 1986 White House Conference on Small Business led to her co-founding WIPP in 2001.
She served as WIPP's president for nine years, building the organization into an advocacy powerhouse. In addition, she served on the National Women's Business Council, representing WIPP and its partner organizations.
Building a national advocacy organization brought Barbara great joy because she knew women all over the country and internationally benefitted from her work and engagement. Her message to business owners was simple: "If you don't like the way government regulations affect your business, get involved."
We will miss her friendship, leadership and grace.
We owe Barbara a debt of gratitude. We hope to pay it forward by continuing her legacy.
Call to Action! Ask Your Senators to Support S. 1038 &
Senators Joni Ernst (R-IA) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) introduced bipartisan legislation (S. 1038) in response to WCOE and WIPP's Do Not Enter Report: Women Shut Out of the Government's Largest Contracts. The report found that major contracts leave women-owned small businesses out, as only a third of the contracts examined reserved tracks for them. However, the report also showed that when women were awarded contracts, they successfully completed for task orders.
The bill asks the Small Business Administration to conduct a comprehensive study on all socio-economic group participation, including women, service-disabled veteran-owned small businesses, and those participating in the 8(a) and Historically Underutilized Business Zones (HUBZone) programs on these contracts. This is an important step to ensure that all small businesses have equal access to contracts, increasing opportunities for women-owned small businesses.
We urge our members to ask their legislators to support S. 1038 by signing on as a co-sponsor.
LA Energy Projects Would Create 6,000 Construction Jobs
Addition of petrochemical plant in Cameron Parish, LA brings the G2 project to $23 billion which could be the most expensive part of Southwest Louisiana's economic boom. Originally proposed as an $11 billion LNG facility, the G2 project on the Calcasieu Ship Channel in Cameron will now include a petrochemical facility. The two sites will create 6,000 construction jobs and 700 permanent positions.
Self-Operating Construction Machines Part of Shifting Workforce
Advances in semi-autonomous and operator-assisted technology are coming. Recent developments in automated construction machine technology have coincided with a changing industry workforce's increased reliance on newer operators of limited skill who have been primed to work with screens, rather than massive machinery. The younger workers entering the construction industry are more used to interfacing with a screen than working with heavy machinery. This technology can allow for the expansion of the workforce by allowing other workers with limited skills to be able to do these jobs.
White House Budget Proposal & Small Business
The President released the full budget proposal for Fiscal Year 2018. Read more about the proposed funding changes for Small Business Administration programs.
F.H. Paschen Creates Value For Its clients Through Its MBE/WBE/DBE Efforts
F.H. Paschen, S.N. Nielsen & Associates LLC
F.H. Paschen has become the fastest growing JOC contractor in the Washington, DC Metropolitan area. Paschen credits this growth to their commitment to diversity. "At F.H. Paschen, we believe that a diversity of viewpoints, experiences, and backgrounds creates long-term value for our clients and for the communities in which we work". Diversity at F.H. Paschen is so important to the company that all of their employees have responsibilities that include MBE/WBE/DBE and EEO compliance monitoring and implementation. They are also required to participate in annual, extensive in-house MBE/WBE/DBE and EEO training.
WCOE CA Membership Meeting: Getting Qualified Labor & Employment Risks
WCOE CA Board Meeting
WCOE Chicago Caucus Board Meeting
WCOE Women Build America Mid-Year Conference
Califonia 2017 WCOE CA Leadership Summit
WCOE Women Build America
Each Summit features educational sessions and match-making opportunities with agencies & primes.
July 27 – Columbus, OH
Build Your Business: An event on strategy, marketing and relationships
Illinois Tollway Technical Assistance Program Meet and Greet
The Illinois Tollway, in partnership with the Illinois Black Chamber of Commerce (ILBCC), is hosting a free Technical Assistance Program Meet and Greet to discuss available technical assistance resources and how firms can apply to participate.
This event is open to disadvantaged, minority- and women-owned firms, as well as veteran-owned and small businesses interested in participating as prime contractors and subcontractors on highway and vertical construction contracts.
Illinois Tollway Technical Assistance Program Meet and Greet
RSVP to Arthur J. Gass Sr. at 847-596-2937 or Lydia Lewis at 847-596-2938.
NOME Leadership Summit
Partnering With Our Veteran Businesses