Dr. Garnett Newcombe

Dr. Garnett Newcombe

WASHINGTON, DC – Women Impacting Public Policy (WIPP), the nation’s largest bipartisan women’s business group, recently presented Carson (CA) business leader Dr. Garnett Newcombe, CEO of Human Potential Consultants, with the Give Me Five Award. The award recognizes a WIPP member who has taken a leadership role in elevating the voice of women business owners in the national public policy arena and was presented at WIPP’s annual leadership conference in Washington, DC.

“Garnett is one of thousands of women business owners who are leading our nation’s economic recovery,” said WIPP President Barbara Kasoff. “Her continual hard work, dedication and desire to be the change agent for identifying opportunities to grow women-owned businesses is an inspiration for all.”

Dr. Newcombe has significantly impacted and contributed to the education and success of women navigating the path of federal procurement. She authored “Be a Successful Government Contract: Essential Strategies for Women-Owned Businesses to Talk on the Government as a Customer.”

“I am honored to receive this award from WIPP who is leading the industry of women entrepreneurship,” Dr. Newcombe said in a statement. “This award is a tribute to the outstanding Human Potential Consultants team. ”

Additionally, Dr. Newcombe is the co-founder of CEO Real Talk initiative, a program designed to mentor small women-owned businesses by sharing experiences and business strategies. She is also a WIPP National Member.

When women business owners from around the country converged in Washington, D.C., earlier this month with stories of layoffs and work stoppages by government contractors due to the shutdown, they called for the government to ensure paying its small business contractors.

Kasoff stated, “To sustain the economy’s momentum, government must do its part by providing stability and certainty in its economic policies. Small business contractors are conducting the government’s business, but are left holding the bag with financial risks, meeting payroll and business obligations.”

Despite the shutdown, many WIPP leaders were able to visit their Member of Congress last week to discuss how the fiscal uncertainty surrounding federal budgets is hampering business growth. In addition, they stressed how tax reform should reflect simplicity and fairness and asked for assistance to reach the 5% goal for federal contracting with women-owned businesses.

“Women business owners contribute $1.2 trillion to the economy and employ 7.6 million. In light of this economic data, it is more important than ever that women lead with their voice in both policy and business,” said Kasoff.

WIPP is a national nonpartisan public policy organization, advocating on behalf of woman business owners and 75 organizations.  Together, we form a coalition which reaches over 4.7 million women.  WIPP identifies important trends and opportunities and provides a collaborative model for the public and private sectors to increase the economic power of women-owned businesses. For more information, please visit www.wipp.org.


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