U.S. Representative Maria Elvira SalazarR-Fla., backs a proposal that she says will “help increase support for women entrepreneurs and women-owned businesses.”
Last week, U.S. Representative Grace MengD-NY, presented the “Interagency Committee on Women’s Business Lawwith Salazar, U.S. Representative Chrissy HoulahanD-Penn., and U.S. Representative Young Kim, R-Calif., as co-sponsors. The bill would “reauthorize the Inter-Agency Committee on Women’s Entrepreneurship (ICWBE)a US government entity responsible for coordinating federal resources to help women-owned businesses grow and succeed.
“It is imperative that we do all we can to help our small businesses recover from the impact of the coronavirus pandemic, and that includes women-owned businesses,” Meng said Monday. “Helping women business owners succeed and prosper is a way to ensure a strong economy as well as create jobs and drive innovation, and our bipartisan legislation would ensure that women entrepreneurs can access critical government resources. they need to help them start, grow, and sustain their businesses. Our government needs to be there to help our women-owned businesses, especially as we work to put COVID-19 in the rearview mirror, and I thank Rep. Salazar, Rep. Houlahan, and my colleagues in the Senate for joining me on this important piece of legislation, and I look forward to seeing the bill pass through the House and the Senate.
“Women own one in three small businesses and that number has only increased over the past year,” Salazar said. “We must continue to work together to give women the resources and tools to further fuel this entrepreneurial spirit. I am proud to join MP Meng in bringing forward this bipartisan legislation that will build women’s economic strength at a time when it is needed most.
“This pandemic has been devastating for women in the workforce,” Houlahan said. “To succeed in reconstruction, we must invest in American women workers. Investing in women’s work is a guaranteed way to boost our economy, spur job creation and start building a fairer economy. There is a reason this legislation is both bipartisan and bicameral – elected leaders recognize the economic importance of supporting working women, especially in the wake of this pandemic. As an entrepreneur myself, I know firsthand the barriers that women face when starting a business and that despite the passage of time, these barriers are still firmly in place. This is why this legislation is so crucial, so that we can begin to dismantle these barriers and put in place mechanisms to encourage and support women’s participation in our economy.
In the US Senate, US Senator Tammy DuckworthD-Ill., defend the bill with the hell of Sense. American Ben CardinD-Mary., Susan CollinsR-Maine, and Tim ScottR-SC.
“As we work to recover from the economic impacts of COVID-19, we should do everything we can to help businesses grow and create jobs in their communities, especially women-owned businesses. “said Duckworth. “I am proud that we have come together in a bipartisan way to introduce this legislation, which would help level the playing field for women entrepreneurs and business owners by ensuring they have access to resources from federal agencies. It would also ensure that the federal government shares and implements best practices so that women can start and grow their businesses and continue to contribute to our economy.
A host of bands, including Veteran Businesswomen’s Coalition (WVBC), Majority of small businesses, Center for American Entrepreneurship, Women Construction Owners and Executives (WCOEUSA), National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO), California Association for Micro-Enterprise Opportunities (CAMEO), GovEvolve, National Council of Entrepreneurs HUBZone, Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce (MCCC) and Organization of Women’s Entrepreneurship Day (WEDO)support the proposal.
The bill was sent to United States House Small Business Committee and the US Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship.
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