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TO BUSINESS, AND NATIONAL EDITORS:

NAWBO: Women's Procurement Program Equalization Act of 2013

WASHINGTON, March 3, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The National

Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) is expressing their

support of a mark-up scheduled this week on H.R. 2432, "Women's

Procurement Program Equalization Act of 2013." The legislation,

sponsored by Representative Velazquez (D-NY), seeks to amend the Small

Business Act with respect to the procurement program for women-owned

small business concerns.

"Women own 8.6 million businesses across the country, employing over

7.8 million people and generated $1.3 trillion in sales as of 2013,"

said Billie Dragoo, the National Board Chair and Interim CEO of

NAWBO. "Female entrepreneurship has skyrocketed, increasing nearly 60%

since 1997. It is therefore appropriate to examine the current federal

procurement program to ensure women are being fairly represented. We

applaud Representative Velazquez for bringing this important issue to

the forefront."

The House Small Business Committee will hold a mark-up of "Women's

Procurement Program Equalization Act of 2013" on Wednesday.

About NAWBO@ Founded in 1975, the National Association of Women

Business Owners (NAWBO) propels women entrepreneurs into economic,

social and political spheres of power worldwide by: strengthening the

wealth creating capacity of our members and promoting economic

development within the entrepreneurial community; creating innovative

and effective change in the business culture; building strategic

alliances, coalitions and affiliations; and transforming public policy

and influencing opinion makers. Learn more at www.nawbo.org.

Media Contact: Joy Lutes NAWBO Public Policy jlutes@nawbo.org

703-362-0150

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