CWE meets with N.H. congressional delegation

NASHUA – Officials with the Center for Women & Enterprise in New Hampshire have returned from Washington, D.C., where meetings took place last week with members of the Granite State’s congressional delegation.

The visit’s purpose was to discuss supporting legislation that would expand and improve the work of Women’s Business Centers, according to a press release from CWE.

Center for Women and Enterprise’s New Hampshire Director Nancy Pearson said she had meetings with the offices of U.S. Sen. Maggie Hassan, D-N.H., and U.S. Reps. Carol Shea-Porter, D-1st District, and Ann McLane Kuster. D-2nd District. Pearson focused on the Women’s Business Centers Improvement Act of 2017 (H.R. 1680), which was unanimously passed in the House earlier this year. Corresponding legislation should be passed by the Senate to achieve key goals and strengthen the impact of the Women’s Business Centers across the country, she said.

The meetings were arranged by the Association for Women’s Business Centers (AWBC) during the 2017 AWBC Leadership Conference in Alexandria, Virginia. In total, the AWBC coordinated 150 meetings across Congress in support of H.R. 1680.

Women’s Business Centers serve more than 145,000 entrepreneurs each year, providing training, counseling, mentoring and access to capital to help women start, sustain, and grow their business. To serve the growing demand for services, the WBC program has expanded from only four centers 25 years ago to more than 150 locations today. The program, however, needs modernization, decreased regulatory burden and additional resources, Pearson said. H.R. 1680 seeks to address those needs, according to the press release.

Established in 1995, the Center for Women & Enterprise is a nonprofit organization that provides opportunities for women entrepreneurs and women in business to increase their professional success, personal growth and financial independence. CWE also operates the Veterans Business Outreach Center of New England, which equips veteran and active-duty service members and their families with the resources to help them start and run their businesses.

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