This Week at NAWRB


As the week concludes, we bring you our exclusive recap of the weekly developments at NAWRB headquarters. Like what you’re reading? Click here to become a NAWRB member and get involved! Together, we can work towards a better future for women and women-owned businesses in the housing economy.

Contracting Opportunities for Women

NAWRB monitors both existing and proposed legislation, regulations, and agency policies in order to provide insight that would improve access to government contracting opportunities for women-owned businesses.

As part of our dedication to increasing access, we hold active discussions with relevant representatives from the federal and regulated agencies. This week, NAWRB CEO Desirée Patno spoke with representatives from Freddie Mac regarding contracting opportunities for women. NAWRB will use the essential information discussed with the GSE to further develop its Women in Housing Financial Fitness Road Shows. The GSEs will also be represented at this year’s NAWRB Conference from August 17-19. Click here to register!

Exciting Key Events

NAWRB works hard to ensure that its staff is well-versed in small business concerns and the 5th Annual Southern California 8(a) and Small Business Conference was the perfect opportunity to remain updated.

Referred to as ‘Southern California’s largest business development and 8(a) matchmaking event of the year,’ the event featured informative workshops, networking opportunities, matchmaking, and business development. By remaining consistently aware of the opportunities presented by federal, local, and state governments, NAWRB can better serve not only its members but the entire housing continuum of women.

NAWRB CEO Desirée Patno was a guest of symposium speaker Desiree Doubrox—Founder of An Empowered Woman—at the Los Angeles Business Journal’s 2015 Women Making a Difference Symposium & Awards. The symposium featured eight additional women speakers including Paula Schneider, CEO of American Apparel; Michelle Patterson, CEO of Women Network LLC; and Gina McLeod, Principal with Deloitte Tax in Los Angeles.

NAWRB-Proposed TRID Program

Are you ready for the upcoming implementation of TRID? TRID, also known as TILA-RESPA Integrated Disclosure, will be implemented on August 1, 2015. As the countdown begins, small businesses without the luxury of in-house compliance and legal departments are struggling to reach compliancy by the impending due date. NAWRB wants to change this.

This week, NAWRB spoke with the CFPB Director of the Office of Minority and Women Inclusion (OMWI)—Stuart Ishimaru. The CFPB has released a host of guides, timelines, and downloadable sample forms to help professionals in the housing industry prepare for TRID implementation. To address the issue of additional resources for small business compliancy, NAWRB is currently working on a proposal for a free program to help small businesses navigate emerging regulatory and compliance issues. More information will be released soon! Click here to sign up for our newsletter to stay updated.

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