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National Women’s Business Council

 

Calling All Innovators!

 

Invention-Con 2022

 

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is holding a free, online conference known as Invention-Con 2022 from noon to 5 p.m. ET on August 10-12th. Learn from the experts how to take your product from idea to invention and find business success. 

Register Today!

 


 

America's Seed Fund Week

 

America's Seed Fund Week

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) held it's inaugural America's Seed Fund Week during this month. There were numerous panels and events in which the public could participate. Participants learned more about federal funding opportunities like the SBIR/STTR program, which gives $4 billion annually to companies engaging in research and development.

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Mind The Gap... In Contracting Opportunities

 

US Department of Transportation

 

The U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) has proposed improvements to the Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) program and the Airport Concession Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (ACDBE) program. A Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) has been issued in hopes of promoting equity when it comes to federal contracting opportunities across the transportation sector. 

According to USDOT, "USDOT invites comments to the NPRM from all interested parties, including advocacy organizations and their members, funding recipients and project sponsors, firms participating or seeking to participate in USDOT-assisted contracts, and the prime contracting community at large. Written comments to the Federal Register must be submitted by September 19, 2022. [USDOT] will be hosting multiple public meetings beginning July 27, 2022. Please sign up for the GovDelivery DBE listserv to receive updates throughout the notice and comment period."

 


 

IN-FOCUS: Women In STEM

 

Olive Ann Beech Quote

 

Topics relating to Women In STEM were highlighted across NWBC's social media platforms over the month of July. Be sure to follow NWBC on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, and Twitter to help continue the conversation on:

  • Women Entrepreneurs from History: In 1888, Ellen Eglin split her time between serving as a government employee and as a housekeeper. Looking to save time and labor, she invented a special clothes wringer. This wringer greatly improved the laundry process and the principles behind it are still used today to wring mops. However, she received little credit for her invention. She chose to sell the rights for her patent because, as she put it, "I am Black and if it was known that a negro woman patented the invention, white ladies would not buy the wringer." 
  • Five Fast Fixes: Five ways to level the playing field for women entrepreneurs in STEM? Passing: the RAMP for Innovators Act, the Small Business Innovation Voucher Act, the MSI STEM Achievement Act, the UPLIFT Act, and the STEM Opportunities Act.
  • Valuable Resources: For all the STEM incubators and accelerators out there, the Growth Accelerator Fund Competition (GAFC) offers $50,000 to each of its winners. With that money you could support tons of startups or buy 26,455 slurpees… maybe go with supporting startups.
  • And More!

About the National Women's Business Council

The National Women's Business Council (NWBC) is a non-partisan federal advisory committee created to serve as an independent source of advice and policy recommendations to the President, Congress, and the U.S. Small Business Administration on economic issues of importance to women business owners. To learn more, please visit: www.NWBC.gov.