RFP: CWCC Lobbyist

CWCC is seeking a lobbyist to advocate, promote, and influence political decisions that impact women in business.

About The Colorado Women’s Chamber of Commerce (CWCC)
CWCC is one of the largest women’s chambers of commerce in the country with a community of over 400 member businesses and 1,800 individual members representing a wide variety of both for- and non-profit organizations. Our members range from presidents and CEOs to small business owners, from large corporations to small non-profit organizations. More than half of CWCC members are small business owners and represent the largest segment of our membership.

CWCC was founded in 1988 by a group of nine women to give women a voice in business, support women in business, and provide resources to help them succeed. Women own 10.6 million businesses in the United States and employ 19.1 million workers – or one in every seven employees.

Women-owned businesses account for $2.5 trillion in sales. Colorado is ranked first in the country for economic success, and second in the country for most entrepreneurial. For more than 33 years, CWCC has been a vital part of the Colorado business community. CWCC focuses on supporting transformation for women and non-binary individuals.

The Colorado Women’s Chamber of Commerce presents and conducts approximately 100 workshops,
educational seminars, and events annually attended by more than 3,500 people each year. This variety
of programming provides outstanding, high-visibility opportunities for sponsors to participate and
support our mission.

Scope of Work
CWCC is seeking a lobbyist to advocate, promote, and influence political decisions that impact women in business.

The ideal lobbyist will:

Influence Organizational Strategy

  • Assist in reviewing, refining, and carrying out Legislative Priorities
  • Propose an annual strategic advocacy and lobbying engagement plan designed to achieve
    legislative goals and support business objectives
  • Develop a plan for off-season activities/outreach

Lead Advocacy and Relationship Building

  • Help shape the organization’s business voice and become a go-to business organization that has a strong presence at the Colorado State Capitol.
  • Help build relationships with representatives and local staff from municipal leaders and the Congressional Delegation
  • Serve as the eyes and ears and act as the day-to-day contact for legislators and other lobbyists on behalf of the organization
  • Assist in developing relationships with key legislators, local governments, and community organizations, consistent with the business objectives and policy priorities for the organization
  • Work to achieve the organization’s goals on key legislation, issues, or rules by lobbying members of the Legislature, legislative staff, and state government officials
    Elevate the organization’s profile by making introductions to other groups or businesses that have an interest in public policy and outreach in other organizations that may have an interest in the organization (biz dev)

Provide Tracking and Reporting during the legislative session

  • Identify, track, and report on key state legislation and proposals that intersect with the organization’s policy principles, the overall business community, or other areas of focus.
  • Track and attend key committee and rulemaking hearings, coordinate, and assist in the preparation of testimony, submissions, and in-person testimony
  • Attend and participate in interim hearings and meetings regarding issues important to said organization
  • Report activities through the following: Meet bi-weekly during the legislative session to communicate key legislation and positions with the policy committee and with the Board of Directors as needed
  • Weekly email updates or calls on pending issues as they arise
  • A brief weekly written status report to be sent for utilization in the organization’s communications
  • A final written report and in-person presentation at the completion of the Legislative session for stakeholders
  • Organize state lobby registration, compliance, and reporting

Please direct questions and/or send responses to Simone D. Ross at sross@cwcc.org by Monday, September 19th, 2022.