Legislation aims to give women-owned businesses fair shot
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Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is joined by Assemblywoman Nily Rozic, Congresswoman Grace Meng, State Senator Toby Ann Stavisky and others at DCL this week.
Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is joined by Assemblywoman Nily Rozic, Congresswoman Grace Meng, State Senator Toby Ann Stavisky and others at DCL this week.
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Data Conversation Laboratory chief operating officer Amy Williams supports the legislation.
Data Conversation Laboratory chief operating officer Amy Williams supports the legislation.
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Nearly 30 percent of all Queens small businesses are owned by women, according to the latest Census data.

And while Congress set a goal to award 5 percent of federal contracts to women-owned small businesses (WOSBs) nearly two decades ago, it was reported that just 4.3 percent of the contracts were awarded across the country last year, making up just 1.48 percent of all federal contract dollars.

This week, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and Congresswoman Grace Meng joined other elected officials in northeast Queens to call for the support of the Women’s Small Business Procurement Parity Act, aiming to close the gap for growth and job creation in WOSBs.

“When we equip more Queens women entrepreneurs with the access and opportunities to achieve their best in the economy, and their best for their family, that’s when America’s middle class will thrive again,” Gillibrand said. “Without a doubt, if given a fair shot, women-owned businesses will help grow our economy.”

According to Women Impacting Public Policy, women own roughly 8.6 million small businesses nationwide, carrying a $3 trillion economic impact and providing nearly 23 million jobs.

If passed, the newly proposed legislation would remove sole-source contract restrictions on WOSBs, as well as fund a study to look into the true impact of ensuring 5 percent of federal contracts to WOSBs.

Meng said that with the support and passage of the bill in the Senate, she would push for the same in the House to make it law.

“It’s time to knock down the barriers that for too long have blocked female entrepreneurs from doing more business with the federal government,” Meng said. “Women-owned businesses have just as much right to federal contracts as all other businesses do.”

According to a recent study, a failure to reach the 5 percent goal last year alone cost WOSBs nearly $5.7 billion in government contracts.

Amy Williams, chief operating officer of Data Conversation Laboratory, invited the elected officials to her business at 61-18 190th St. in Fresh Meadows to discuss the proposal.

“We’re excited about this legislation as it would enable DCL to substantially increase our federal contracting competitiveness, allowing us to grow our business and bring more technology jobs to Queens,” Williams said.
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Arshad Sherif MA MEd
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August 18, 2014
I have never been a big fan of female politicians doing stuff that is tailored specifically for the female gender. But these very able female legislators have no problem whatsoever saying that they are going to create new laws with the specific aim of helping only those of their own sex. I think male legislators would have a much harder time standing up on a podium and declaring that they will draft legislation that helps only men. I would like to see a male legislator try to do just that. They will probably hang him by the balls. Maybe women feel okay doing it because no one can hang them by the balls. But they certainly have the balls to stand up and fight for their own sex. And only their own sex.

But I would like to know if Nily Rozic and Toby Stavisky actually spoke at this event. They are not quoted anywhere here in the article. They are local Queens politicians and this is a local Queens paper. There is really quite a bit of irony here. Here we are talking about the importance of women-owned small businesses and we don't hear from the women who are in “small government.” We don’t hear from Nily Rozic who is in the New York State Assembly or Toby Stavisky in the New York State Senate. We only hear from the “big government” women, Congresswoman Grace Meng and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand. The two big girls who are all about big corporate power and who derive their campaign funding and political momentum from the “Big Boys.”

But Nily Rozic is absolutely gorgeous in her gray dress with the red belt around her waist. She is, without doubt, a rising political star. She is the youngest member of the New York State Assembly and she very likely has her sights set on the U.S. Senate. There can be no doubt that she will one day occupy the seat now held by Kirsten Gillibrand.

And they have at least one thing in common. Both Kirsten Gillibrand and Nily Rozic are avid runners. Kirsten ran the New York City Marathon twice and Nily is an accomplished long-distance runner. It would be awesome to watch those two go at it. A Democratic primary the likes of which we have never seen before: the glamorous Nily Rozic versus hottie Kirsten Gillibrand. What a race that would be! Nily Rozic would likely have to come from behind, as she is the youthful challenger facing a popular incumbent. Nily will be running from behind for most of the race, but she will keep the front runner, Kirsten, in her sights. And she will follow her closely throughout the race. Nily will likely make her move, as an experienced runner would, in the home stretch. But can Kirsten hold off a serious challenge from a woman twenty years her junior coming from behind and making a final sprint to the finish line?

No doubt she has it on her mind. No doubt Nily plans to take over from Kirsten and become junior senator. She has the political drive and the political dream. Her sexual orientation is unclear, but she may have an intense desire to give Kirsten a good spanking. Her lovely hands are large and firm. But she also has a red belt around her gorgeous waist.

The tall and glamorous Nily Rozic against the petite hottie Kirsten Gillibrand. That would be an exciting political race. Maybe the most exciting ever in New York’s history.
Arshad Sherif MA MEd
|
August 18, 2014
I have never been a big fan of female politicians doing stuff that is tailored specifically for the female gender. But these very able female legislators have no problem whatsoever saying that they are going to create new laws with the specific aim of helping only those of their own sex. I think male legislators would have a much harder time standing up on a podium and declaring that they will draft legislation that helps only men. I would like to see a male legislator try to do just that. They will probably hang him by the balls. Maybe women feel okay doing it because no one can hang them by the balls. But they certainly have the balls to stand up and fight for their own sex. And only their own sex.

But I would like to know if Nily Rozic and Toby Stavisky actually spoke at this event. They are not quoted anywhere here in the article. They are local Queens politicians and this is a local Queens paper. There is really quite a bit of irony here. Here we are talking about the importance of women-owned small businesses and we don't hear from the women who are in “small government.” We don’t hear from Nily Rozic who is in the New York State Assembly or Toby Stavisky in the New York State Senate. We only hear from the “big government” women, Congresswoman Grace Meng and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand. The two big girls who are all about big corporate power and who derive their campaign funding and political momentum from the “Big Boys.”

But Nily Rozic is absolutely gorgeous in her gray dress with the red belt around her waist. She is, without doubt, a rising political star. She is the youngest member of the New York State Assembly and she very likely has her sights set on the U.S. Senate. There can be no doubt that she will one day occupy the seat now held by Kirsten Gillibrand.

And they have at least one thing in common. Both Kirsten Gillibrand and Nily Rozic are avid runners. Kirsten ran the New York City Marathon twice and Nily is an accomplished long-distance runner. It would be awesome to watch those two go at it. A Democratic primary the likes of which we have never seen before: the glamorous Nily Rozic versus hottie Kirsten Gillibrand. What a race that would be! Nily Rozic would likely have to come from behind, as she is the youthful challenger facing a popular incumbent. Nily will be running from behind for most of the race, but she will keep the front runner, Kirsten, in her sights. And she will follow her closely throughout the race. Nily will likely make her move, as an experienced runner would, in the home stretch. But can Kirsten hold off a serious challenge from a woman twenty years her junior coming from behind and making a final sprint to the finish line?

No doubt she has it on her mind. No doubt Nily plans to take over from Kirsten and become junior senator. She has the political drive and the political dream. Her sexual orientation is unclear, but she may have an intense desire to give Kirsten a good spanking. Her lovely hands are large and firm. But she also has a red belt around her gorgeous waist.

The tall and glamorous Nily Rozic against the petite hottie Kirsten Gillibrand. That would be an exciting political race. Maybe the most exciting ever in New York’s history.