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01/18/21: WBE Tools, Resources, Information and Connections Bulletin January 18 – 22, 2021

We all know all this information is still unfolding daily so we urge you to review other resources so you can make the most informed decisions for your situation.

General

  • The U.S. Department of Labor announces a final rule which aims to protect the wages and job opportunities of American workers by reforming the minimum prevailing wages for permanent employment certification, H-1B, H-1B1, and E-3 visa foreign worker programs.
  • The Small Business Expo (SBE) is seeking speakers for their upcoming Virtual & Live Small Business Expos across the Country. We’ve just announced our 2021 Schedule of 45 Shows! Apply Here.

 

Small Business Administration

  • The U.S. Small Business Administration, in consultation with the U.S. Treasury Department, will re-open the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan portal to PPP-eligible lenders with $1 billion or less in assets for First and Second Draw applications on Friday, January 15, 2021 at 9 am ET. The portal will fully open on Tuesday, January 19, 2021 to all participating PPP lenders to submit First and Second Draw loan applications to SBA. Learn More.
  • The U.S. Small Business Administration has already forgiven more than 1.1 million Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans for over $100 billion, providing an extraordinary amount of critical relief to America’s small businesses just 3 months since the earliest PPP borrowers’ covered periods ended. The SBA provides PPP Forgiveness Submission & Payment Metrics, as well as Paycheck Protection Program reports, online at www.sba.gov/ppp.
  • The U.S. Small Business Administration announced the launch of the 2021 Emerging Leaders initiative for executives of small businesses poised for growth in underserved markets. Local area recruitment for the 2021 training cycle is currently underway at designated SBA District Offices. Interested small business owners can learn more regarding eligibility, how to apply, class schedules and locations at www.sba.gov/emergingleaders, or by contacting their local SBA District Office.
  • The U.S. Small Business Administration Administrator Jovita Carranza, today announced the launch of Ascent, a first-of-its-kind, free digital e-learning platform geared to help women entrepreneurs grow and expand their businesses.  Ascent has valuable content such as tips on preparing and recovering from disasters, strategic marketing and business financial strategy development. Ascent is a joint initiative between the White House, the SBA, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Women’s Bureau and the U.S. Department of the Treasury.  Designed to support women entrepreneurs looking to remain resilient in their operations, Ascent is packed with content and resources from each agency and backed by academic research. Join the Ascent today at Ascent.SBA.gov
  • U.S. Small Business Administration announced 38 companies, seven organizations and 14 individuals as the winners of the prestigious Tibbetts Award for their accomplishments in creating cutting-edge technologies. The Tibbetts Awards, named after Roland Tibbetts, the founder of the SBIR Program, honors these awardees for the exceptional successes they achieved through SBA’s Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs.

 

Connecticut

  • Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development announces its Business Recovery Grant. $35 million in grants focused on 2,000 of Connecticut’s hardest hit businesses including restaurants and hospitality. Grant sizes will range from $10,000 to $30,000.

No application process – Businesses which meet criteria will be sent a check directly from the Department of Revenue Services (DRS) in early January 2021.

Detailed Eligibility Criteria

    • Must have NAICs as follows with CT DRS or be restaurants, hotel/lodging facilities, or theater/entertainment/recreation businesses:44-45 (Retail), 71 (Arts, Entertainment, and Rec), 72 (Accommodation and Food), and 81 (Other Services), Breweries (312120), Wineries (312130), Movie Theaters (512131 and -2), Travel Arrangement and Reservation (5615 and all sub-NAICS), Other Transit and Ground Passenger Transportation (4859 and 485999), and Commercial and Industrial Machinery and Equipment Rental and Leasing (5324 and all sub-NAICS).
    • Includes businesses which may be in other NAICS but are restaurants, hotel/lodging facilities, or theater/entertainment/recreation businesses. These businesses must still meet the other criteria.
    • Restaurants are defined as (1) having NAICs 722511, OR (2) having 50% or more of 2020 gross receipts are due to prepared meals AND 2020 gross receipts for prepared meals of at least $100,000.
    • Hotels are defined as (1) having NAICs 721110, OR (2) having 50% or more of 2019 gross receipts are due to room occupancy tax AND 2019 gross receipts for room occupancy of at least $100,000.
    • Theater/entertainment/recreation businesses are defined as having 40% of more of 2019 gross receipts due to admissions taxes (not counting receipts due to dues taxes) AND gross receipts due to admissions taxes of at least $100,000.
    • Had (1) at least $250,000 in 2019 Wages AND at least $260,000 in 2019 gross receipts, OR (2) had at least $490,000 in 2019 Gross Receipts.Wages are gross Connecticut wages reported on form CT-941 and gross Connecticut nonpayroll amounts reported on form CT-945. Not all firms withhold for wages, in which case the business must meet criteria based on gross receipts alone.
    • Gross receipts are the sum of sales that is reported for the purposes of sales tax (excluding for rental vehicles), room occupancy tax, and admissions and dues tax. Gross receipts are measured from January-September of each year.Sales tax gross receipts is the sum of goods, leases and rentals, and labor and services, but excludes motor vehicle rentals as reported on form OS-114 Room occupancy tax gross receipts is the sum of line 1 and line 3 as reported on form OP-210 Admissions and dues gross receipts is the sum of lines 1,3,5,7 and 9 as reported on form O-372
    • At least $75,000 in 2020 wages OR at least $150,000 in 2020 Gross Receipts Suffered declines in gross receipts of at least 25% in the first 9 months of 2020 compared with the same period in 2019, but no more than 95% Have less than $12,500,000 in 2019 Gross Receipts, or less than $10,000,000 in 2019 Gross Receipts if in NAICS 81.
    • Have less than $5,000,000 in 2019 wages (or less than $10,000,000 in 2019 wages if restaurant, hotel/lodging, or theater/entertainment/recreation). This check doesn’t apply if a business doesn’t withhold for wages.
    • Must be an in-state business that filed room occupancy, sales tax, or admissions and dues tax returns for September 2020, and are in good standing as determined by DRS.

Exclusions

    • Non-profits, using NAICS code (all NAICs starting with 611, 623, 7121, and 813) and 501(c) status Auto dealerships, tire stores, and other auto/motor services or maintenance. This is done by excluding a list of NAICS (all NAICS starting with 4247, 441, 4471, 45431, and 8111) and any business with “AUTO” or “TIRE” in its name.
    • Golf courses and country clubs, by excluding NAICs 71391 and any business with “GOLF” or “COUNTRY CLUB” in its name. Exclude casinos and gambling facilities by excluding NAICS 7132.
    • Membership organizations like country clubs and yacht clubs by excluding organizations in which more than 50% of 2019 gross receipts were from dues.

Payment Amount Formula

    • Businesses are given 1 point if 2019 gross receipts (Jan – Sep) are between $1M and $2M, and 2 points if above $2M Businesses are given 1 point if decrease in gross receipts in 2020 v 2019 is between 40-55%, and 2 points if decrease is greater than 55%Businesses with 0 points will get $10,000 Businesses with 1 point will get $15,000 Businesses with 2 points will get $20,000 Businesses with 3 points will get $25,000 Businesses with 4 points will get $30,000.

Businesses cannot receive more than 10% of 2020 gross receipts or 20% of 2020 wages (whichever is higher).

 

New Jersey

  • WBEC MetroNY WBEs included in the twenty (20) New Jersey minority enterprises selected for the EY Entrepreneurs Access Network. Read the press release.

 

Maryland

  • Maryland Washington Minority Companies Associations announces more projects seeking MBE/DBE/WBE participation
  • BGE An Exelon Company announced that it is pledging $15 million to assist small businesses with COVID-19 relief and recovery. Starting in January 2021, eligible businesses located in BGE’s central Maryland service area can begin applying for BGE Energizing Small Business Grants of up to $20,000 each. The grants program is a multi-year commitment and is expected to run through at least 2023. This program is part of the company’s comprehensive Customer Relief and Energy Infrastructure Investment Plan, designed to help the state’s businesses and residents recover from the economic hardships caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Read More

 

Webinars

  • Remaining Competitive and Compassionate: 5 Trends in Employee Benefits for 2021 Thursday, January 28, 2021 at 1:00pm EST

REGISTER HERE to join WBE Company, Employment Enterprises, Inc. for this webinar. Full description:

There might be a vaccine available now, but no one has been immune to the economic and business effects of COVID-19. The 2020 global pandemic fundamentally altered how employers operate and engage with their employees—and the impact is perhaps most evident in the benefits we see businesses adopting in 2021.

This year the focus, not surprisingly, is on tools to help employees stay mentally and emotionally fit while social distancing for their physical health. In this presentation, we will discuss the most common employee benefits for 2021 and how to customize them to not only meet the needs of your current workforce, but also to remain competitive in your market.

The presentation will cover the following five trends:

    1. Telehealth and Virtual Care
    2. Mental Health Programs
    3. Paid Sick Leave and PTO
    4. Childcare Assistance
    5. Financial Health and Well-Being
  • Thursday Jan 21 | 5:30pm – 6:30pm JDC After Hours: Health and Wellness. Find your balance for 2021 with tips from our health and wellness experts. Learn how to organize your home office and digital workspace, get advice on how to stay limber with easy stretches throughout the day, and center yourself with a guided meditation. We’ll also have an expert teach us how to choose healthier wines for after-work indulgence.

Blogs 

01/10/21: WBE Tools, Resources, Information and Connections Bulletin January 11 – 15, 2021

We all know all this information is still unfolding daily so we urge you to review other resources so you can make the most informed decisions for your situation.

Small Business Administration

  • $284 billion was just allocated for another round of the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), a forgivable business loan offered through the federal government’s Small Business Administration (SBA) that helps businesses keep their workforce employed during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis.
  • SBA announced that the deadline to apply for a COVID-19 pandemic Economic Injury Disaster Loan has been extended to December 31, 2021. Learn more and apply for an Economic Injury Disaster Loan.
  • Business Trends for 2021. For small businesses across America, 2020 has been one of the most challenging years in history. Despite the coronavirus pandemic, small business owners have been resilient, pivoting, and adapting their business models to navigate continually changing conditions. With the new year on the horizon, there are potential new opportunities to take advantage of and ways to adapt to challenges you may face. Here are a few business trends that are likely to dominate in 2021, along with tips on how to position your business for growth.

General

  • On December 17, 2020, the National Women’s Business Council released its 2020 Annual Report to the White House, Congress, and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). This report features a recap of the Council’s critical engagement amidst a global pandemic, a landscape of the state of women’s business enterprise, and an actionable body of policy recommendations on the Council’s three areas of focus: access to capital, rural women’s entrepreneurship, and women in STEM.
  • 20 Women’s Business Centers to Open Across America Supporting Women-Owned Small Businesses. The SBA recently announced grant funding and the historic launch of 20 new Women’s Business Centers (WBC) across America. This is the largest single expansion of WBCs across America in its 30-year tenure.
  • SAVE-THE-DATES!
    • 23rd Anniversary of the 2020 LATINA Style 50 Awards & Diversity Leaders Conference in April 29, 2021!
    • 10th Annual Real Estate Women’s Forum Online Conference for both national and regional panels, is organized into brief, easy-to-consume portions from March 1 to 5, 2021. The conference uses a special platform that integrates webcasts with networking to allow you to interact directly with other attendees as well as speakers before and after each panel, via text chat or video. Register today for the early bird rate of $49 (regular price $99). Use promo code: GREENPEARL49

New York

  • After months of battling COVID-19 and the social, emotional, and economic suffering it caused, new hope has arrived with vaccination finally underway in New York City. Click here to find out if you are now eligible to receive a vaccination at community locations and schedule an appointment.
  • Wednesday January 13 | 10:00am – 11:30am. The New York City Department of Small Business Services’ will present its first NYC Certification Webinar in Spanish. The Spanish version of the Certification Webinar will be held via the WebEx Platform, every second Wednesday of the Month. During this presentation, interested firms will learn about:
    • Certification program overview
    • Registering in the Payee Information Portal (PIP)
    • Registering for product service (NIGP) codes
    • Starting a MWBE certification application

To Register, please go to https://www.eventbrite.com/e/132576380523. Find out more about additional Small Business Services Webinars & Workshops by going to our Eventbrite page https://www.eventbrite.com/o/nyc-department-of-small-business-services-5423713077.

  • Open storefronts program has been extended through September 30, 2021. This program allows storefront businesses to use a portion of the sidewalk to conduct business, including Displaying merchandise, Completing transactions and Providing areas for customers to line up.

Maryland

Webinars

  • Thursday January 14 | 12:00pm Join the Nukk-Freeman & Cerra, P.C. team for an engaging webinar where we will review the 2021 “TOP TEN” EMPLOYEE HANDBOOK/POLICY UPDATES to get you prepared for the coming year. From remote work, to expanded paid leave laws, to diversity, equity, and inclusion issues, and more, this webinar will review the full gamut of critical labor and employment considerations that your business needs to be ready to navigate in 2021.

 

12/13/20: WBE Tools, Resources, Information and Connections Bulletin December 14 – December 18, 2020

We all know all this information is still unfolding daily so we urge you to review other resources so you can make the most informed decisions for your situation.

General

  • 5 New Signatories for the CEO Letter on Disability Inclusion Urging Companies to Register for the Disability Equality Index: David Cordani, President & CEO, Cigna Corporation; Steve Demetriou, Chair & CEO, Jacobs; Margaret Keane, CEO, Synchrony; Charles F. Lowrey, Chairman & CEO, Prudential; and Michael F. Neidorff, Chairman, President & CEO for Centene, Centene Corporation.
  • Are you a Latina in STEM? Latina Style, Inc. wants to hear from you. Be featured in Latina Style’s 2021 STEM series. Nominate yourself or a fellow Latina by sending full contact information and bio to editor@latinastyle.com.

 

Small Business Administration

  • PPP Saved Millions of Small Businesses, American jobs By SBA Administrator Jovita Carranza During a year when every sector of society grappled with how to defeat a novel virus, COVID-19, and survive sweeping government shutdowns, we can say with certainty the American small business sector was upheld by the Trump administration. By providing millions of small businesses with the short-term certainty and capital they needed to keep tens of millions of employees on payroll, the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) accomplished its mission, and now our nation’s small businesses are helping lead the great American economic comeback. Learn more
  • If you received a Paycheck Protection Program loan, you may be eligible for loan forgiveness. Here are four steps to apply for loan forgiveness.
    • Contact your lender and complete the correct form
    • Compile documentation
    • Submit the forgiveness form and documentation to your lender
    • Communicate with your lender throughout the process

Learn more

  • If your COVID-19 Economic Injury Disaster Loan was declined, you can request reconsideration within six months of the date of the decline letter. Include your application number and information required to overcome the reason for decline. You can send this information via email to pdcrecons@sba.gov or mail to the U.S. Small Business Administration Disaster Assistance Processing and Disbursement Center, 14925 Kingsport Road, Fort Worth, Texas, 76155. Learn more
  • SBA is proposing to revise size standards to boost SBA program eligibility for businesses in the following industries.
    • Education services
    • Health care and social assistance
    • Arts, entertainment and recreation
    • Accommodation and food services
    • Other services

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  • Did you know that the U.S. Small Business Administration and other agencies provide free resources to help small businesses sell to customers overseas? As more businesses use online storefronts and e-commerce platforms, they become well-positioned to enter the international marketplace. SBA helps these businesses succeed by providing access to grants, loans, and free advice. Learn more

 

New Jersey 

 

New York 

  • To mitigate the spread of this disease, food establishments will not be permitted to offer indoor dining beginning on Monday, December 14. Food establishments that are located outside of State-designated “red zones” are still permitted to offer take-out, delivery, and outdoor dining. Food establishments that are located within State-designated “red zones” may continue to offer take-out and delivery only. If you are a restaurant owner whose establishment is permitted to offer outdoor dining, you may still sign up to participate in the Open Restaurants program by visiting nyc.gov/openrestaurants. If you are already participating, you may use the same link to check siting requirements and ensure your set up is compliant. More details about this announcement.   

 

Maryland

12/13/20: WBE Tools, Resources, Information and Connections Bulletin December 7 – December 11, 2020

We all know all this information is still unfolding daily so we urge you to review other resources so you can make the most informed decisions for your situation.

General

This summer, WBENC launched WeTHRIVE, a new virtual executive education program designed to help support WBEs through the uncertainty and unprecedented economic challenges as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The feedback we received from the 200+ WBEs who participated in the inaugural program was so overwhelmingly positive, we are excited to announce that WeTHRIVE is back! Applications are now open for the second WeTHRIVE cohort, kicking off in January 2021. Applications close Monday December 7th. Learn More & Apply

 

Small Business Administration

  • National Write a Business Plan Month The pandemic is impacting small businesses across America. National Write a Business Plan Month is a good reminder to review your business plan and make any necessary adjustments. Learn More.
    Get COVID-19 federal resources on tax relief at covid-sb.org Did you know small businesses impacted by the pandemic may qualify for tax credits and other relief? Find out what options are available. Learn More.
  • Reminder! If you are a small business, nonprofit organization of any size, or a U.S. agricultural business with 500 or fewer employees that have suffered substantial economic injury as a result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, you can still apply for the COVID-19 Economic Injury Disaster Loan.
  • State Trade Expansion Program (STEP) Are you looking to set up an e-commerce platform and grow international sales? Join the SBA on Tuesday, December 15 at 2:00 pm ET for a webinar to learn how to apply for up to $10,000 in grant money to help make it happen. Register Today.

 

New York

  • This past July, the Office of the NYC Comptroller, conducted a survey of more than 500 M/WBEs during the COVID-19 pandemic. The survey revealed severe and systemic barriers to financial relief, exclusionary COVID-19 contracts and unresponsive agencies. It also found that 85% of M/WBEs report they cannot survive the next six months.You can read the New York Daily News article here and the report here.As a result of the survey, the Comptroller wrote a letter to the Mayor’s Office announcing that moving forward, every City agency will have to show us justification for any contract submitted to our office with an M/WBE goal under 30%. The letter is attached. After years of our collective efforts, this past summer, the City appointed Chief Diversity Officers in every City agency. You can find the list of agency CDOs here and the Comptroller’s statement here.
  • New York City Comptroller Scott M. Stringer released the annual “Making the Grade: New York City Agency Report Card on M/WBEs” report, finding that M/WBEs continue to face structural inequities and barriers to opportunities as 80 percent of City agency grades measuring M/WBE spending and transparency either remained stagnant or declined since last year.
11/30/20: WBE Tools, Resources, Information and Connections Bulletin November 30 – December 4, 2020

We all know all this information is still unfolding daily so we urge you to review other resources so you can make the most informed decisions for your situation.

 

General

  • US Black Chamber, Inc. Coronavirus Economic Impact on Black Businesses in America Survey. As the Coronavirus pandemic ceases to disappear, it is imperative that we gather the relevant information needed to justify legislation that addresses the disproportionate impact on Black businesses. With race relations at the forefront of current events, the Black business community has an unprecedented opportunity for growth. Please help the chamber in their advocacy by completing this short survey which will culminate in their second and highly anticipated “State of Black Business” report. Take the survey for a chance to win a $25 Visa gift card!

 

Small Business Administration

  • Go Global: Expand Your Market. Did you know that SBA and other agencies provide free resources to help small businesses sell to customers overseas? As more businesses use online stores and e-commerce platforms, they become well-positioned to enter the international marketplace. With the holiday season and the shopping surge associated with it, small businesses can use these resources to grow international sales.

 

New Jersey

  • Friday December 11 | 10:00am. Join the Statewide Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of NJ and Wells Fargo for Restore Boot Camp a free webinar to help businesses development a “restoration” strategy through long-term access to capital planning and networking opportunities.

 

New York 

  • New COVID Guidelines for New York State. Governor Cuomo announced that modifications have been made to the COVID Zone on Staten Island, and a new Zone has been added in Upper Manhattan. The updated map reflects these changes. See if you are in a red, orange, or yellow zone by visiting nyc.gov/covidzone. City and State officials are watching public testing data closely and we expect further restrictions in the coming weeks. Please keep this in mind when making business decisions and supply purchases. With infection rates varying from neighborhood to neighborhood, we encourage you to keep checking nyc.gov/covidzone to get updated guidance on any rules or regulations that may be in effect in your area.If you have any questions, you can always call our hotline at (888) SBS4NYC. 
  • Free Materials Available To Comply With Open Restaurants Winter Siting Criteria Beginning November 24, the NYC Department of Transportation (DOT) will be providing to Open Restaurants participants free sandbags, reflective tape, and snow sticks to ensure compliance with Open Restaurants Winter Siting Criteria by the December 15 deadline. These materials help protect roadway dining barriers as they face potential damage related to slippery roads, snow removal operations, and snow piles pushing against them.

 

Maryland

 

Partner Organization Offerings

GWBC Perfect Pitch 2021 Competition sponsored by The Coca-Cola Company provides an opportunity for women businesses to pitch their innovative business ideas to a panel of judges who represent The Coca-Cola Company and other businesses. Winner will receive an award of $5,000. Perfect Pitch 2021 will be virtual! Perfect Pitch will consist of three (3) rounds:

    • 1st Round: a 90-second video elevator pitch
    • 2nd Round (Semi-Finals): a 2-minute video pitch
    • 3rd Round (Finals): a 3-4-minute LIVE virtual pitch

Applicants must be one of the following:

    • Current WBENC certified women business enterprise at time of submission.
    • Applicants may compete with either a business idea OR business currently in operation.
    • WBE must be headquartered or have an office location within Georgia, North Carolina, or South Carolina.
    • One (1) applicant per WBE business may apply; the presenter should have an owner/co-owner/CEO role within the business.
    • WBE is responsible for attending all required virtual sessions related to Perfect Pitch. (refer to the calendar details on page 3)
    • WBEs who are selected for the semi-final round agree to a minimum of two (2) social media posts about Perfect Pitch; sample copy will be provided.

Applications and video submissions are due on Thursday, December 17th by 5PM (NO DEADLINE EXCEPTIONS!)

Perfect Pitch 2021 Application

Perfect Pitch 2021 Guidelines

11/22/20: WBE Tools, Resources, Information and Connections Bulletin November 23 – 27, 2020

We all know all this information is still unfolding daily so we urge you to review other resources so you can make the most informed decisions for your situation.

 

General

  • What happens when some of all of a PPP loan is not forgiven? The IRS Revenue Ruling 2020-27, issued on November 18, 2020, disallows a 2020 deduction for a calendar-year PPP loan borrower for eligible expenses incurred or paid in connection with the loan, where there is a reasonable expectation of forgiveness. The disallowance applies regardless of whether the borrower files a forgiveness application in 2020 or 2021, and regardless of when the actual forgiveness event occurs. The revenue ruling was accompanied by Revenue Procedure 2020-51, which addresses what happens when some or all of the PPP loan is not forgiven, or the borrow decides not to file for forgiveness. Learn More>>
  • 2020 Year-End Tax Guide This tax guide is a road map to many of the changes brought about by new governmental policies directed at COVID-19, not the least of which is the CARES Act. Due to the magnitude of the legislation, this cannot be an all-encompassing, definitive guide. Please utilize it as a summary of highlights, as it covers many top-level issues and opportunities in the country’s economic recovery efforts.

 

Small Business Administration

  • There is still time to apply for a COVID-19 Economic Injury Disaster Loan. Reminder! If you are a small businesses, nonprofit organization of any size, or a U.S. agricultural business with 500 or fewer employees that have suffered substantial economic injury as a result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, you can still apply for the COVID-19 Economic Injury Disaster Loan. Learn More>>
  • Small Business Saturday November 28, 2020. It’s been a challenging year for America’s nearly 32 million independent businesses. Now more than ever, it’s important to shop small and support small businesses on Saturday, November 28 and throughout the holiday season. Learn More>>
  • National Native American Heritage Month. American Indians, Alaska Natives, and Native Hawaiians have a strong history of entrepreneurship and small business ownership. There are about 300,000 Native American-owned small businesses in the U.S. today, generating around $50 billion of revenue a year. Native American business owners have made their mark in a variety of industries, including tourism, gaming, energy, agriculture, forestry, manufacturing, and federal contracting. These businesses sustain local communities, create jobs, and help grow the economy. If you are interested in starting a business or boosting your existing business, the U.S. Small Business Administration can help through a variety of financial support, contracting opportunities, and educational tools for Native American business owners.

 

Connecticut

  • REV-Up! Connecticut Back to Work is a Wage Subsidy and Training Program in partnership with the Governor’s Workforce Council, the CT State Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD) and the Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology, Inc. (CCAT). CCAT administers the REV-Up! Program. REV-Up! is intended to retain manufacturing talent pipeline by recruiting manufacturing employers to re-hire former employees or add to staff with manufacturing workers laid-off as a result of COVID; provide customized training and support; help employers grow their business for the future and build a stronger, vibrant workforce for a fast changing work world.

New York

  • The NYC Counsel to the Mayor released a series of FAQs to ensure that you can have a safe and happy holiday. In this new guidance, you’ll find details for how many people you can have in your home for the holiday (answer: 10 people max) and what steps you can take to ensure any holiday travel is done safely and responsibly. We are sharing this guidance widely across the city with the goal of keeping this next wave of the virus in check and avoid further restrictions.
  • NYC Business: Manage all services from the New York City Department of Small Business Services 
  • Access to Capital
  • Legal Assistance
  • M/WBE Certification for Minority- & Women-owned Businesses
  • Upcoming Webinars from NYC Department of Small Business Services
  • In partnership with the NYC Department of Youth and Community Development (DYCD), the Mayor’s Office of M/WBEs are seeking M/WBEs to host students in paid internships through the Work, Learn & Grow Employment Program (CareerReady WLG). CareerReady WLG offers talented NYC public high school students ages 16 to 19 free credit-bearing CUNY courses and City-paid remote and in-person internships for a comprehensive career development experience. CareerReady WLG interns can work on teams, be assigned to a specific project, or rotate through several departments and job functions within your organization. This is a great opportunity for you and your team to secure a bright, young mind and a new pair of hands to support your business while providing career exposure, industry knowledge, and mentorship to NYC youth – our future workforce! 

Key Internship Information 

    • Internship Period: December 21, 2020 through March 12, 2021 with flexibility to start after January 1, 2020
    • Students can work up to 12 hours per week while school is in session, and up to 30 hours per week during school recess periods 
    • Rate of pay: $15 per hour, paid by the City of New York 
    • Internship opportunities may be remote, in person, or a hybrid model 
    • DYCD recommends assigning five or fewer interns per supervisor for a remote model; the maximum allowable ratio is 12 interns per supervisor 

Please complete the short survey here to gauge your interest and compatibility to host a free WLG internship. The survey should take no more than five minutes and someone from the Mayor’s Office of M/WBEs will contact you regarding next steps. 

 

New Jersey

  • Gov. Phil Murphy ordered more restrictions Monday – this time targeting gathering limits – ahead of Thanksgiving as the number of people across the state being hospitalized or killed by the coronavirus continues to climb and case counts rise sharply. Though there are several exceptions, indoor gatherings now have a 10-person limit while outdoor gatherings are to include no more than 150 people after Murphy signed an executive order. The previous limits were 25 indoors and 500 outside. (NJ.com) Read More>>
  • Eligible small businesses and nonprofits in #NewJersey with 100 employees or fewer can qualify for discounts of up to 35% on PPE from approved retailers through the New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA) PPE Access Program! All New Jersey businesses & nonprofits qualify for at least 10% off.

 

Maryland 

 

Webinars

  • Tuesday December 8 | 1:00pm – 2:00pm Managing Crisis through Agility: Keeping Not-for-Profits Missions Possible. In the COVID-19 environment, not-for-profits have been forced to pivot quickly from their normal financial management routine and rely much more heavily on real-time, dynamic, and meaningful financial data. Join CohnReznick for this webinar as we discuss the pandemic-related shortcomings in organizations’ systems and processes, and how finance leaders can fully understand how to assess these weaknesses, improve on them, pivot, and respond to the new economic reality.

Additionally, panelists from the not-for-profit industry will share real-world examples of economic challenges and disruptions they’ve faced amid the pandemic and how they pivoted to keep their organizations functional and sustainable, while filling an increased demand for program services to members, the public and others.

The webinar will cover:

    • Identifying information that is necessary to facilitate decision-making in a distressed and changing environment
    • Strategies to alleviate operational shortcomings unearthed after the COVID-19 pandemic began
    • Leveraging technology lessons-learned to help mitigate the impact of future crises
11/09/20: WBE Tools, Resources, Information and Connections Bulletin November 9 – 13, 2020  

We all know all this information is still unfolding daily so we urge you to review other resources so you can make the most informed decisions for your situation.

 

Don’t Forget to Join Us Tomorrow!

The WPEO Virtual Breakthrough Breakfast Tuesday November 10 from 10:00am. The program includes:

  • Sponsor Minutes: WPEO Corporate Members provide a first look at what’s in store for the 2021 new Corporate Landscape.
  • Done DealsTM Award Presentation: WPEO Corporate Members and Certified WBEs are recognized for providing business opportunities to women-owned businesses.
  • Innovative Pitch Competition: WBEs from both regions pitch their business pivots for a chance at a cash prize.
  • Corporate Meet & Greet: Take advantage of this great opportunity to meet with the corporate leaders.
  • WBE-to-WBE Meet & Greet: Take advantage of candid conversations with other business owners about historic challenges and unforeseen opportunities.
  • Access to Opportunities: Get exclusive entrée to the Access Guide on which categories Corporate Members plan on sourcing next year.

You can still register. Before you attend, here is what you need to Know Before You Go !

 

General

There is still time to submit your 2021 Inclusion Award Nominations with Disability:IN. The 2021 Disability:IN Inclusion Award winners are recognized as visionary brands and individuals that are advancing disability inclusion. Disability:IN is pleased to recognize these award winners during the 2021 Disability:IN Annual Conference & Expo. There are eleven Inclusion Award categories, including Employer of the Year, Top Corporation for Disability-Owned Businesses, and ERG/BRG of the Year. Download the nomination form for the award category and submit by Friday, November 20, 2020!

ZOOM IN November 12th from 9am-2:30pm EDT and join Executives and Entrepreneurs and their perspectives on the 5 Pillars of Success: Cultivate, Courage, Connect, Communicate, and Collaborate. Members from the WPO will serve as speakers/panelists at the Women Elevating Women ( W.E.W.) Global Virtual Business Conference.  W.E.W. spotlights CEO Camille Burns, Advisory Board and Greenbelt Chapter Member Barbara Hutchinson, MD., Chapter Chairs Elizabeth Davis, Karen Tracey, and Helena Rodrigues, and Houston Member Zawadi Bryant. Women Presidents’ Educational Organization supports women who are multicultural, Women of Color, Women Veterans, LGBTQ, and the visionary men, who know how to scale and elevate business around the globe. If you want to attend, please register HERE and use promo code: WPEO1 (case sensitive).

 

Small Business Administration

Did you take out a Paycheck Protection Program loan? Here are four steps to apply for forgiveness.

  1. Contact your lender and complete the form
  2. Compile documentation 
  3. Submit the forgiveness form and documentation to your lender
  4. Communicate with your lender throughout the process

Learn More

 

Maryland

2020 Minority Business Development / Supplier Diversity and Inclusion Week hosted by the City of Baltimore Mayor’s Office of Small, Minority and Women Business and the Minority Business Development Agency Advanced Manufacturing Center – Baltimore. Monday, November 9, 2020 – Friday November 13, 2020 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Baltimore Minority Enterprise Development Week (MEDWeek) convenes business leaders, promotes business opportunities, features outstanding Minority Business Enterprises (MBEs) and advocates, and reports industry trends. Amidst all the other changes, this year MEDWeek will look a little different. This year MEDWeek will take place on a virtual campus. To Register, Click Here. For more information please call 410-361-0964 or email reginald.mack@baltimorecity.gov.

 

Virginia

APPLY NOW! Rebuild VA Small Business Grant Program. Rebuild VA Grant Fund (Rebuild VA) has expanded its eligibility criteria to allow more small businesses and nonprofits to apply. Any small business or nonprofit with $10,000,000 or less in gross revenue OR 250 or fewer employees may now apply.

11/02/20: WBE Tools, Resources, Information and Connections Bulletin November 2 - 6, 2020

We all know all this information is still unfolding daily so we urge you to review other resources so you can make the most informed decisions for your situation.

There will be no Lunch with the Experts on Tuesday November 3 – use your time instead to GET OUT AND VOTE!

 

General

 

Small Business Administration

  • Join the SBA November 2-6, 2020 as they celebrate National Veterans Small Business Week. The SBA will be showcasing our nation’s military and veteran-owned businesses all week long. This year’s theme is #VetBiz Resources in Your Local Community which highlights the breadth of free to low-cost entrepreneurial resources that veteran and military entrepreneurs can access right in their neighborhood – from seeking business counseling services from a local SCORE chapter, to visiting the Veterans Business Outreach Center (VBOC) in their area for help formulating a business plan. Each day during NVSBW, different topics will be highlighted related to the veteran entrepreneurship journey and host various national-level events to align with each topic area.
  • In honor of National Women’s Small Business Month, the U.S. Small Business Administration and Performance.gov Team have partnered together to highlight the Women-Owned Small Businesses (WOSBs) data dashboard. According to the U.S. Census Bureau’s Annual Survey of Entrepreneurs, the U.S. has nearly 1.1 million women-owned businesses with 99.9% of them categorized as small businesses. In FY19, more than $25 billion was awarded to WOSBs, as the Federal Government met the goal of awarding five percent of all federal contracting dollars to women-owned small businesses each year.

 

New Jersey

  • Governor Murphy Signs New Executive Order Requiring Health and Safety Protocols for all New Jersey Workplaces. Governor Murphy signed Executive Order (EO) No. 192, which provides mandatory health and safety standards to protect all of New Jersey’s workers during the pandemic. A copy of the EO can be found HERE and the related Press Release can be found HERE. This EO, which is effective on 11/5/20 at 6:00am, establishes workplace health and safety standards that will cover all New Jersey-based workers in both the private and public sectors. It also creates a collaborative enforcement mechanism to ensure complaints and reports of noncompliance are properly addressed and ensures workers are informed of their rights, and that employers are informed of their obligations.
  • The Hunterdon County Economic Recovery Task Force seeks your help in understanding the impact of COVID-19 on the regional economy and to assess business needs. The information provided on this survey will help us to evaluate the impacts on Hunterdon County’s employers and the Hunterdon County economy. Individual survey responses will not be released, and the information will only be conveyed in the aggregate. Take the Survey.

 

New York

  • Shrinking Labor Force Drives New York State’s Unemployment Rate Below 10%. New York State’s unemployment rate dropped to 9.7 percent in September, marking the first time the rate has been below 10 percent since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. The 2.8 percentage point improvement in the unemployment rate was the second largest among all states, as shown in the map below. New Jersey led the nation with a 4.4 percentage point decline. Unfortunately, a deeper dive into the Bureau of Labor Statistics data reveals troubling context: New York State’s workforce declined by nearly 363,000 last month, a 2.3 percentage point drop from August (based on preliminary figures), while the number of individuals officially considered unemployed declined by 302,000. In short, the unemployment rate went down in large part because of the decline in New Yorkers counted as working or seeking employment. Such a decrease in the size of the workforce may indicate that individuals have ceased searching for a job actively. New York also led all states in September job gains, at 109,300. Again, the picture is complex; at the same time, the number of employed people in the State fell by more than 60,000. Increasing numbers of New Yorkers working more than one job (perhaps part-time or temporary) may be one factor in those changes.
  • Building from the success of the Open Restaurants program, the City is launching an Open Storefronts program that will allow storefront businesses to use a portion of the sidewalk to conduct business. Businesses will be able to display merchandise, complete transactions, and provide areas for customers to line up, as long as the business meets eligibility criteria identified by the City, which will be made available at nyc.gov/openstorefronts.  
10/25/20: WBE Tools, Resources, Information and Connections Bulletin October 26 – 30, 2020

We all know all this information is still unfolding daily so we urge you to review other resources so you can make the most informed decisions for your situation.

General

  • The 2020 NBIC Unity Week, which will take place from November 16 to 19, 2020. The event is a celebration of diversity, opportunity, equity, and collaboration among the leading business organizations that constitute the National Business Inclusion Consortium.
  • WBENC is excited to introduce the inaugural Women Owned Gift Guide, 100+ pages of products from WBENC-Certified WBEs, a curated selection of products from women-owned brands in a virtual, magazine-style format. As we celebrate National Women’s Small Business Month and enter into holiday shopping season during a difficult economic year, we know
  • 2020 Annual IWEC Foundation Virtual Conference, November 9 & 10 “Connecting Women Businesses Globally: Sustainable Growth in the New Decade”. This virtual conference will be an exciting mix of presentations, panels, networking sessions and presentations of our 2020 IWEC Awardees.
  • REGULATORY ALERT: Immediate wage increases for H-1B and E-3 visa program. Receive insight into the impact of this change and other regulations included in the Interim Final Rule. The industries most impacted at high tech, manufacturing and medical.

 

Small Business Administration

  • National Cybersecurity Awareness Month. According to the National Cybersecurity Alliance, many small to medium-sized businesses (SMBs) have the misconception that their data is not valuable and that, in turn, they are unlikely to be the target of a cyberattack. However, 28% of cyberattacks involve small business victims. In short, all data is valuable – and there are simple steps that small business owners can take to protect theirs. This Cybersecurity Awareness Month, we encourage you to leverage the following tips and resources to ramp up your cybersecurity safeguards.
  • ChallengeHER: Women-Owned Small Business NAICS Disparity Study Webinar. Did you know that the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2015 requires the U.S. Small Business Administration to produce a study every five years regarding the participation of small business concerns owned and controlled by women? The SBA is currently developing the process and methodology that will be used to conduct the 2021 study and is requesting public input and feedback. If you are a WOSB or you plan to be one, join this webinar on Wednesday, October 28 at 2:00 pm ET to engage with SBA’s Office of Advocacy, Barb Carson, SBA’s Deputy Associate Administrator, Office of Government Contracting and Business Development, and the researchers conducting the study. Now is the time to make your voice heard.
  • November 2 – 6 | National Veterans Small Business Week. Each year the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) celebrates, connects, and empowers service members, veterans, National Guard and Reserve members, and military spouses during National Veterans Small Business Week (NVSBW). This year marks the seventh annual NVSBW. This year’s theme is #VetBiz Resources in Your Local Community which highlights the breadth of free to low-cost entrepreneurial resources that veteran and military entrepreneurs can access right in their neighborhood – from seeking business counseling services from a local SCORE chapter, to visiting the Veterans Business Outreach Center (VBOC) in their area for help formulating a business plan. Join SBA district offices, resource partners, and other organizations as we celebrate the veteran- and military-owned small business community.

 

New Jersey

  • NAWBO Central and Northern NJ presents Virtual Networking to Support Women Business Owners through New Jersey and Beyond. October 22 4:00pm – 5:30pm | Simple Photography Tops to Boost Your Branding. Have you been using stock images for your business but they don’t match your branding? Or you spent hours to find stock images that you simply didn’t like at all? An image is a very powerful tool to use for your business because we obtain more information through visual than text. That’s why it is important to use CUSTOM brand images for your business to distinguish you from others. Learn simple photography tips to boost your branding and build your KNOW, LIKE, and TRUST factor. Charissa Yong is a branding and portrait photographer located in Westwood, New Jersey. She focuses on creating images that show connections and emotions rather than just smiling at the camera.
  • Tuesday October 27 | 4:30pm – 6:30pm Hunterdon County Open for Business Showcase. Come enjoy an evening on the terrace at the Red Mill of Clinton while connecting with local businesses. Registration is required to attend this event.

 

Maryland

  • Baltimore County Public Schools (BCPS) will host their annual Meet the Primes virtually this year. The event will take place on Wednesday, October 28, 2020, from 8:30am – 11:00am. This virtual meet and greet will consist of the following:
  • Virtual Training and Presentation Sessions via TEAMS.  –  Links to the virtual training and presentation sessions will be emailed to registered attendees close to the event date.
  • One-to-One Introduction Meetings – A chance for you to speak on the phone with a representative from a prime company or government agency that would like to identify small businesses for their current and upcoming projects.

 

Webinars

  • Thursday October 29 | 12:00pm – 1:00pm webinar featuring Tina Williams, OFCCP Policy Director hosted by DISABILITY:IN. Tina Williams, Policy Director, Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP), U.S. Department of Labor, will present on Section 503 compliance, the Amended CSAL List, Focused Reviews and answer federal contractor’s questions. REGISTER.
  • Elevate Yourself, Advance Your Business. Don’t miss out on Marcum’s new free virtual webinar series. Elevate is a premiere online learning and continuing professional education program, brought to you compliments of Marcum. The robust selection of 14 presentations features distinct learning tracts for business executives and financial professionals.
  • Thursday November 12 | 12:00pm – 1:30pm. Hot Topics in Employment Law Annual Seminar hosted by Nukk-Freeman & Cerra, PC. Overview of the most significant judicial decisions & legislative  updates of 2020.

 

Tools You can Use

10/19/20: WBE Tools, Resources, Information and Connections Bulletin October 19 - 23, 2020

We all know all this information is still unfolding daily so we urge you to review other resources so you can make the most informed decisions for your situation.

General

  • WBENC is excited to introduce the inaugural Women Owned Gift Guide, 100+ pages of products from WBENC-Certified WBEs, a curated selection of products from women-owned brands in a virtual, magazine-style format. As we celebrate National Women’s Small Business Month and enter into holiday shopping season during a difficult economic year, we know supporting women-owned businesses by buying their products is more important than ever.
  • Disability:IN NextGen Leaders are college students and recent graduates (within 2 years) with disabilities, including veterans, who are top talent for corporate America. NextGen Leaders have the opportunity to connect with leading brands across all industries. Leaders are matched one-on-one with mentors from Disability:IN Corporate Partners and experience an all-expense paid trip to the Disability:IN Annual Conference where they network and interview with companies like Boeing, Facebook, JPMorgan Chase, and Microsoft. Apply now to become a 2021 NextGen Leader by November 20, 2020.

 

Small Business Administration

  • ATTENTION!! The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has discovered an email scam originating from sba-attorneys.com that seeks to create alarm among Paycheck Protection Protection (PPP) loan borrowers. The email falsely warns that PPP funds were issued to the recipient in error, and that immediate action must be taken to avoid “potential criminal liability.” A sample of the scam appears below. If you receive such an email, consider marking the item as SPAM and deleting it from your inbox. Under no circumstances should you reply to the sender or click on any of the message’s embedded links (all of which have been removed here for your protection).* * * From: Sba-attorneys <info @ Sba-attorneys.com>Sent: XXXXXXXX 

    To: XXXXXXXXXX

    Subject: Refund of your loan

    Hello,

    As a representative attorney of the SBA, personal guarantors and Federal debtors for the Treasury department’s bureau of Fiscal service, now mandated to contact and bring to your attention The SBA and the Treasury Department new guidance clarifying that the loans you took were not intended for you and companies with access to the equity market.

    The SBA and the Treasury Department clarified that the loans were not intended for you or a company with access to the equity market and other funding. Currently you are on the list of those who received SBA PPP Loans under the CARES Act which were not intended for you.

    We now warned you of impending consequences of an audit, and potential criminal liability as we did not receive the return of the funds “in good faith” from you, since the deadline of May 7th. Please note, Over $436 million of the over $1.3 billion received for SBA PPP Loans under the CARES Act has been returned to us. Awaiting your prompt response and more details will be provided to you on the way forward.

    Brandon Alcott, Principal Partner Sba-attorneys

  • If you are a small businesses, non-profit organization of any size, or a U.S. agricultural business with 500 or fewer employees that have suffered substantial economic injury as a result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, you can still apply for the COVID-19 EIDL. This loan applies to all businesses based in any U.S. state, territory, or the District of Columbia. Learn More
  • Join the U.S. Small Business Administration for a webinar on Tuesday, October 20 to learn how small businesses can benefit from advance rulings under the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement. Learn from Canadian, Mexican and U.S. experts about how to apply for and use an advance ruling as an exporter, importer and/or a manufacturer. Register.
  • SAVE-THE-DATE! National Veterans Small Business Week November 2 – 6, 2020.

 

New Jersey

  • Monday October 19 | 2:00pm A Conversation with NJEDA CEO Tim Sullivan About the New CARES Act Funding Available to NJ Restaurants and Micro/Small Business hosted by the Hunterdon County Chamber of Commerce. Join us for a special conversation with New Jersey Economic Development Authority CEO Tim Sullivan who will be discussing:
    • Phase 3 of the Small Business Emergency Grant Program which provides support for restaurants, micro businesses, and other small businesses
    • Phase 2 of the NJ Small and Micro Business PPE Access Program which uses an innovative public-private partnership model to provide reduced-price personal protective equipment to small businesses

Webinars

 

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