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07/25/21: Tools, Resources, Information and Connections Bulletin July 26 - 30, 2021

WBENC Opportunities

  • Upcoming NextGen Sessions NextGen is an outreach program dedicated to nurturing the next generation of the WBENC network – millennial and Generation Z Women’s Business Enterprises (WBEs) and supplier diversity professionals. Throughout the year, the NextGen program provides targeted opportunities, education, and community building to help young women entrepreneurs and those who support them continue to grow and thrive.
    • July 22, 1-3pm ET | Essentials for an Effective Pitch
  • Women & Pride Peer Groups + Community Building August 12, 3:00-4:30pm ET
    Women & Pride is a new WBENC outreach and development program designed to support and strengthen the community of LGBTQ+ entrepreneurs and corporate professionals within the WBENC network and beyond. This session is designed to address the challenges faced by LGBTQ+ women business owners by sharing resources, strategizing to overcome problems, and forming new partnerships.

General

  • EIDL loan applications will continue to be accepted through December 2021, pending the availability of funds. Loans are offered at very affordable terms, with a 3.75% interest rate for small businesses and 2.75% interest rate for nonprofit organizations, a 30-year maturity, and an automatic deferment of one year before monthly payments begin. Every eligible small business and nonprofit are encouraged to apply to get the resources they need. Deadline 12/31/2021 Apply Here
  • Minimum wage raise A proposed rule would implement a recent executive order on increasing the minimum wage for federal contractors. The regulation will increase the minimum wage for workers performing work on or in connection with federal contracts to $15 per hour beginning January 30, 2022.The regulation will eliminate the tipped minimum wage for federal contract workers by 2024 and index the minimum wage to adjust to inflation. The proposal applies to “new contracts” entered into after January 30, 2022.  However, it also applies to extensions or renewals of existing contracts or contract-like instruments and exercises of options on existing contracts. This rule also includes outfitters and guides on federal lands, revoking a May 2018 executive order from President Trump.
    The proposal covers:
    • procurement contracts for services and construction;
    • contracts for services covered by the Service Contract Act;
    • contracts for concessions;
    • contracts with the Federal Government in connection with Federal property or lands and related to offering services for Federal employees, their dependents, or the general public (including leases); and
    • wages of workers under a contract governed by the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), Service Contract Act (SCA) and the Davis-Bacon Act (DBA).  

Comments are due on August 23, 2021. Read the Federal Register notice and submit written comments. https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2021/07/22/2021-15348/increasing-the-minimum-wage-for-federal-contractors Advocacy contact: Janis Reyes at 202- 619-0312

Small Business Administration

  • The U.S. Small Business Administration Office of Capital Access will host a webinar series COVID EIDL: Small Business Relief and Recovery July 27 – Aug 2 for small business owners to discuss the COVID EIDL (Economic Injury Disaster Loan) program’s small business loans. The COVID EIDL program is a Federal small business loan program designed to support small businesses to recover from the COVID-19 economic recession by providing accessible and borrower-friendly capital.  

The majority of the information in each webinar will be the same. Please also note these events are closed to press.

  • FCC Releases Agenda And Draft Proposals For August Open Commission Meeting The Federal Communications Commission has announced the agenda for its August 5, 2021 Open Commission Meeting, where the Commissioners will vote on the following draft items:
    • Establishing Two New Innovation Zones The Commission will consider a Public Notice that would create two new Innovation Zones for Program Experimental Licenses and the expansion of an existing Innovation Zone. (ET Docket No. 19-257)
    • Numbering Policies for Modern Communications The Commission will consider a Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to update the Commission’s rules regarding direct access to numbers by interconnected Voice over Internet Protocol providers to safeguard the nation’s finite numbering resources, curb illegal robocalls, protect national security, and further promote public safety. (WC Docket Nos. 13-97, 07-243, 20-67; IB Docket No. 16-155)
    • Appeals of the STIR/SHAKEN Governance Authority Token Revocation Decisions The Commission will consider a Report and Order that would establish a process for the Commission to review decisions of the private STIR/SHAKEN Governance Authority that would have the effect of placing voice service providers out of compliance with the Commission’s STIR/SHAKEN implementation rules. (WC Docket Nos. 17-97, 21-291)
    • Modernizing Telecommunications Relay Service (TRS) Compensation The Commission will consider a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on TRS Fund compensation methodology for IP Relay service. (CG Docket No. 03-123; RM-11820)
    • Updating Outmoded Political Programming and Record-Keeping Rules The Commission will consider a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to update political programming rules. (MB Docket No. 21-293)
    • Review of the Commission’s Part 95 Personal Radio Services Rules The Commission will consider a Memorandum Opinion and Order on Reconsideration that would grant three petitions for reconsideration of the Commission’s May 2017 Part 95 Personal Radio Services Rules Report and Order. (WT Docket No. 10-119)
    • Please contact Jamie Saloom at the Office of Advocacy with any questions.
  • The House Committee on Small Business held a virtual hearing on “SBA’s Role in Climate Solutions” yesterday to explore access to capital solutions to promote small business competition when facing climate issues. Also of note, the House Committee on Financial Services Subcommittee on Consumer Protection and Financial Institutions held a hearing on “Banking the Unbanked: Exploring Private and Public Efforts to Expand Access to the Financial System”.
  • Bills of Interest
    • Rep. Susan Wild (D-PA-7) introduced a bill to amend the Stevenson-Wydler Technology Innovation Act of 1980 to establish a regional technology and innovation hub program.
    • Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer (R-MO-3) introduced a bill to amend the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 to provide additional appropriations for, and oversight of, the Restaurant Revitalization Fund.

New York

  • NewYork.GrantWatch features more than 20,000 current grants, funding opportunities, awards, contracts, and archived grants (that will soon be available again) from foundations, corporations, federal, state, and local government funding sources.
  • Financial Basics for Small Business – Tuesday, July 27 Enhance your Understanding of your Business Financial Picture.  In this webinar you will learn about:  Recordkeeping basics, why records matter, what your records can tell you, review of financial statements, inventory basics, break even analysis and a Q&A session.  Link to Register:  Financial Basics for Small Business Tickets, Tue, Jul 27, 2021 at 9:00 AM | Eventbrite

Maryland

  • Tuesday July 27 | 1:00pm Virtual Speed Lending Event. Seeking funding for business startup, recovery and growth? Want to learn more about lenders and financing options across the state of Maryland? This unique virtual speed lending event co-hosted by the SBA Baltimore District Office and the Maryland SBDC, will introduce different lenders, funding programs and products. Network one-on-one with a wide train of lenders from across the state – all in one virtual room. There will also be a special presentation on the Maryland Small Business Outlook. Register Now!

Washington DC

  • Washington, D.C. GrantWatch features more than 26,827 current grants, funding opportunities, awards, contracts, and archived grants (that will soon be available again) from foundations, corporations, federal, state, and local government funding sources.
07/19/21: Tools, Resources, Information, Connections Bulletin July 19 - 23, 2021

WBENC Opportunities

  • Women Owned in Retail 2021 Programming Kickoff Event July 20, 2-4pm ET
    Women Owned in Retail is an education and outreach program designed to help women-owned business with consumer goods scale and thrive in the retail space. July to December, connect with representatives from some of America’s largest retailers, hear success stories from, gain insights into best practices for marketing, and more!
  • Upcoming NextGen Sessions NextGen is an outreach program dedicated to nurturing the next generation of the WBENC network – millennial and Generation Z Women’s Business Enterprises (WBEs) and supplier diversity professionals. Throughout the year, the NextGen program provides targeted opportunities, education, and community building to help young women entrepreneurs and those who support them continue to grow and thrive.
    • July 15, 2-3pm ET | NextGen Happy Hour
    • July 22, 1-3pm ET | Essentials for an Effective Pitch
  • REGISTER: Women of Color: The Art of Influence July 21 from 12-2pm ET
    The Art of Influence session promises to provide a unique and impactful way to develop and enhance your networking experience. It will help shape how you operate your life and business with intentionality to increase your circle of influence. During this session, discover how owning your truth and knowing your worth can significantly move you into opportunities and business relationships that you were previously not privy to. When you master the Art of Influence, the opportunities become endless.
  • Women & Pride Peer Groups + Community Building August 12, 3:00-4:30pm ET
    Women & Pride is a new WBENC outreach and development program designed to support and strengthen the community of LGBTQ+ entrepreneurs and corporate professionals within the WBENC network and beyond. This session is designed to address the challenges faced by LGBTQ+ women business owners by sharing resources, strategizing to overcome problems, and forming new partnerships.

General

  • IEEE-USA Entrepreneurs’ Research Sign-up In order to inform and influence policy, IEEE-USA, along with IEEE Strategic Research, is conducting a series of interviews to understand the unique needs faced by minority technology entrepreneurs in the United States. If selected, you will receive a US$100 gift card in appreciation of your time and input.
  • Hello Alice is excited to partner with SIA Scotch Whisky to launch a $250,000 fund to support groundbreaking entrepreneurs of color. Eligible businesses can now apply to The Entrepreneurial Spirit Fund by SIA Scotch for the chance to receive a $10,000 grant plus mentorship from the brand’s founder, Carin Luna-Ostaseski. Inspired by Carin’s as one of the first Hispanic people in history to create a scotch whisky brand, SIA has been challenging conventions since its 2012 launch on kickstarter.com. This fund was created to provide small business owners of color with access to the capital, mentorship, and community they need to succeed. Eligible businesses must be: A for-profit business producing less than $1M in annual revenue Owned (51%+) by a person/people identifying as a person of color Conduct business in California, Florida, Illinois, Nevada, New York, and/or Texas Eligible applicants must be: A citizen or legal permanent resident of the United States At least 25 years of age as of September 14, 2021 Visit siascotchfund.helloalice.com to learn more and apply today! Sponsored by SIA Scotch Whisky. PLEASE DRINK RESPONSIBLY. SIA Blended Scotch Whisky. 43% Alc/Vol. Imported by Diageo, New York, NY. Do not share with anyone under the age of 21. Certain types of businesses are NOT eligible, including businesses with a liquor/wine/flavored malt beverage/beer license, those producing/selling financial services, and those offering children’s or maternity products or services. Mentorship will be quarterly for 1 calendar year. Not all mentorship sessions are private. Additional restrictions apply. See the Terms & Conditions for details. No fee is required to apply for a grant. Sign Up with Hello Allice to Apply.
  • ANNOUNCEMENT: Melinda French Gates invests in Female Founders Fund’s new $57 million fund

Small Business Administration

  • 2021 National SBIR Week July 19 – 23. The 2021 National SBIR Week is a free virtual event that connects entrepreneurs working on advanced technologies to the country’s largest source of early stage funding – the SBIR/STTR programs. Also known as America’s Seed Fund, the SBIR/STTR programs provide over $4 billion in funding to small businesses each year in a wide variety of technology areas administering over 7,000 new awards annually. If you’re an innovator, entrepreneur, researcher, or small technology firm, don’t miss this opportunity to participate in live streaming sessions and to meet virtually with program decision makers. Register
  • Reconvenes the Council on Underserved Communities The SBA is reconvening the Council on Underserved Communities under the authority of the Federal Advisory Committee Act. In conjunction with the Biden-Harris Administration’s agenda, the restoration of the Council will help support the SBA’s prioritization of equity across its programs and initiatives. The Council will consist of 20 diverse stakeholders from every region of the country tasked with advising the SBA on strengthening and improving its strategies to help underserved communities. The Council on Underserved Communities was established to focus on communities and populations that have traditionally faced barriers in accessing credit, capital and other resources necessary to start and grow businesses. The CUC’s mission is to collectively provide SBA with input, advice, and recommendations on strategies to improve and strengthen equity among women, veterans, minority-owned businesses and/or businesses from low-to-moderate income or rural communities. The SBA is currently soliciting nominations from the public. The deadline to submit nominations is July 20, 2021.Learn more
  • Tuesday July 20 | 10:00am How to Register at sam.gov. Do you have Growth and Expansion on your mind for your business? The United States Small Business Administration (SBA) sets government contracting policies at the national level, creating contracting designations such as: women-owned small business (WOSB), small, disadvantaged business (SDB), small disabled veteran owned business (SDVOB), veteran owned small business (VOSB), historically underutilized business zone (HUBzone), etc. The federal government is the largest purchaser of goods and services in the world which procures in excess of $500 billion dollars in goods and services per year.   As a small business learn how to do business with the federal government.  It all begins with registering your business in SAM.GOV, the federal governments procurement portal. If your business is interested in working with the Federal government, it is essential that you register in the System for Award Management. This workshop will walk you through all that you need to know about registering with the Federal government and how to start your registration with SAM. Registration Link: http://events.constantcontact.com/register/event?llr=4miyfhdab&oeidk=a07ehoqzl4f84813e68
  • Finance & Equity: Insights from the PPP and How Technology Might Help Better Serve Business Owners of Color and Their Communities. Hear from SBA Administrator Isabella Casillas Guzman at the Finance and Equity online event on July 22 at 12:00 p.m. ET. She’ll discuss advancing a more equitable lending ecosystem for small businesses. This event is co-hosted by AARP and Reimagine Main Street in partnership with the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. Learn more

Washington DC

  • DC Water Opportunity Alert: DC Water is undertaking the establishment of two (2) new functions within the authority. They are looking to establish and Enterprise Risk Management (ERM) function with integrates Governance, Risk and Compliance in line with the International Standards Organization (ISO) 31000 & 196000 principals and guidelines. The Request for Proposal solicitation details will be posted on the DC Water’s website at https://www.dcwater.com/solicitations.
  • The BID’s Grow Golden Program is bringing small and local pop-up retail and restaurants to high-profile ground floor spaces. This month, the first Grown Golden business opened its doors at 1025 Connecticut Avenue NW. Spice Girlin’ Market Place is a stylish and eclectic shop from Angel Gregorio, who is well-known for her successful Spice Suite in Takoma Park. Spice Girlin features a broad variety of products — spices and gourmet popcorn to clothing and home décor— from local black women-owned businesses. Welcome!
    Help Spread the Word: Let the entrepreneurs in your network know that applications for Grow Golden are being accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis. Watch for news about more Grow Golden businesses opening over the next few months.
  • OUTDOOR WORKSPACE: Studio Outdoors by Tishman Speyer is an interactive art installation turned free workspace at International Square along 19th Street between K & I Streets. The space is perfect for a small group meeting or individual work time and features charging battery packs, shade umbrellas, free WiFi, and more. Reserve a free spot using the simple online system and enjoy some time working outdoors in this inventive space.

Virginia

 

07/12/21: Tools, Resources, Information and Connections Bulletin July 12 - 16, 2021

CONGRATULATIONS to the WBEC Metro NY and WBEC Greater DMV WBEs recognized as TOP WBE CEOs of 2021 by WE USA Magazine:

  • Dee C. Marshall, Diverse & Engaged, Newark, NJ
  • Linda Hamilton, Linda Hamilton, CPA, LLC, New York, NY
  • Debra Berry, Berry Industrial Group, Inc., Nyack, NY
  • Carol Musznyski, Eighth Day Design, Inc., Falls Church, VA
  • Staci Redmon, Strategy and Management Services, Inc., Springfield, VA
  • Liz Whitehead, 12PointFive, LLC, Springfield, MA

WBENC Opportunities

  • Women Owned in Retail 2021 Programming Kickoff Event July 20, 2-4pm ET
    Women Owned in Retail is an education and outreach program designed to help women-owned business with consumer goods scale and thrive in the retail space. July to December, connect with representatives from some of America’s largest retailers, hear success stories from, gain insights into best practices for marketing, and more!
  • Upcoming NextGen Sessions NextGen is an outreach program dedicated to nurturing the next generation of the WBENC network – millennial and Generation Z Women’s Business Enterprises (WBEs) and supplier diversity professionals. Throughout the year, the NextGen program provides targeted opportunities, education, and community building to help young women entrepreneurs and those who support them continue to grow and thrive.
    • July 15, 2-3pm ET | NextGen Happy Hour
    • July 22, 1-3pm ET | Essentials for an Effective Pitch
  • REGISTER: Women of Color: The Art of Influence July 21 from 12-2pm ET
    The Art of Influence session promises to provide a unique and impactful way to develop and enhance your networking experience. It will help shape how you operate your life and business with intentionality to increase your circle of influence. During this session, discover how owning your truth and knowing your worth can significantly move you into opportunities and business relationships that you were previously not privy to. When you master the Art of Influence, the opportunities become endless.
  • Women & Pride Peer Groups + Community Building August 12, 3:00-4:30pm ET
    Women & Pride is a new WBENC outreach and development program designed to support and strengthen the community of LGBTQ+ entrepreneurs and corporate professionals within the WBENC network and beyond. This session is designed to address the challenges faced by LGBTQ+ women business owners by sharing resources, strategizing to overcome problems, and forming new partnerships

General

  • Monday, July 12, 2021 2 pm ET | 1 pm CT | 11 am PT Join WIPP for the July WIPP Intersectionality session where we will learn from our special guest on creative marketing strategies that are in sync with today’s new environment.
    • Special Guest: Dr. Tonya Williams Bradford
    • Associate Professor of Marketing, UCI Paul Merage School of Business
  • Application Deadline July 16 for the 2021 Share the Green Event. All women-owned businesses who have products and services that could be used by major corporations are welcome to apply. We know your network of members includes the high-caliber women entrepreneurs we’re hoping to engage in this year’s event. Want more information? If you missed our Q&A session, check out this recording. For business looking to apply, visit https://sharethegreen.wm.com/Applicant.
  • Did you know? Eligible businesses that allow employees to get a COVID-19 vaccine can receive a tax credit. Partner with a vaccine provider to host an on-site vaccination clinic. Find a vaccine provider
  • Amazon’s new Black Business Accelerator provides access to capital, business guidance, mentorship, and marketing support to help Black business owners succeed as sellers in Amazon’s store. Learn more at amazon.com/bba.
  • Walmart has released their 2021 Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) Summary and launched a new ESG reporting site, which covers the fiscal year ending on Jan. 31, 2021 (FY2021). Walmart has long taken a shared value, whole-system approach to ESG issues and they aim to do more than operate responsibly and mitigate business risk. Walmart wants to create value by better serving our customers and stakeholders and helping to transform related societal systems (e.g., food systems, workforce development systems) for more equitable and sustainable outcomes. The events of this past year have served to underscore their shared value philosophy.
  • July 20 | 10:00am – 11:00am Doing Business with Anthem. For WBEs providing products and services in the following areas:
    • Tutoring or Educational Training
    • Healthcare Providers
    • Manage Plan Operations
    • IT (digital, AI)
    • Work benefits
    • Marketing (brand positioning, messaging, printing)
    • HR services
    • Accounting services

Don’t miss this exclusive WBE session to learn:

    • How to effectively engage and navigate Anthem’s procurement opportunities and process.
    • Tips on how to get noticed by Anthem. How to differentiate your company to stand out from the rest.
    • Hear from Sourcing team during a Q&A panel to address potential Suppliers’ questions. 
    • Tips for your Capability Statement. 
  • Join Minority Business Development Agency on July 14th 3:450pm – 4:30pm for the Enterprising Women of Color (EWOC) Summer Forum featuring discussions on creating a financially fit business model, a listening session about thriving in the Care Economy, and making self-care a priority for business success. Guest speaker is Marvet Britto, Founder and President, The Britto Agency, an internationally recognized public relations and brand architecture firm. Get your seat, here!

Small Business Administration

  • The SBA extended the application date for the Community Navigator Pilot Program from July 12, 2021 to July 23, 2021, and anticipates making award decisions by September 2021. Established by the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, the community navigator approach will reach our nation’s smallest businesses, with a priority focus on those owned by socially and economically disadvantaged individuals, as well as women and veterans.
  • The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is predicting another above-average hurricane season, which is nearing its peak. Tune in to SBA’s Q&A on July 14, 2021 at 3:00 p.m. EDT on Facebook and get preparedness tips from the Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety and the Insurance Information Institute. Learn more
  • Getting Back on Track: Help is Here. Join the SBA and Public Strategies Institute for the next webinar on July 15, 2021 at 2:00 p.m. EDT to:
    • Hear about what steps you can take now to learn and take advantage of new and existing programs that are available at the SBA.
    • Get an update regarding programs and recent policy announcements made by the Biden-Harris Administration.
    • Have your questions answered by SBA Leadership and small business experts.
    • Learn how you can become a vaccine leader in your community.
    • Discover tools and resources you can use to take your business digital.
07/06/21: Tools, Resources, Information, Connections Bulletin July 6 - 9, 2021

APPLY NOW FOR THE NEXT COHORT OF WETHRIVE!
Applications are now open for WeTHRIVE Summer 2021 cohort, kicking off in July. WeTHRIVE 2021 will take place virtually from Tuesday, July 27, 2021 through Thursday, September 23, 2021. Accepted participants will be assigned one of three course tracks based on a personal and business assessment completed in their application. Applications are open now through Monday, July 12. Apply today! Learn more>>

Register for the next WBENC NextGen Session: Essentials for an Effective Pitch happening Wednesday, July 22, 1-3pm ET. Join this informative session to learn how to pitch your way to success with featured speaker, Kat Samardzija, a national pitch competition winner, and WBENC-Certified business owner. During the session, you will have the opportunity to learn how to effectively pitch your business at a moment’s notice and practice your pitch with other business owners. 
Contact us at nextgen@wbenc.org for more information.

Barclays Global Supplier Diversity & Inclusion Capability Showcase July 13 – 15. You are invited to join Barclays for the Capability Showcase, part two in the series, from 13 – 15 July, where we’ll spend time getting to know these high-potential diverse suppliers from around the world, sharing our successes working with other diverse suppliers and offering venture development and growth content to guests. This exciting three day event will”

  • match pre-screened diverse suppliers with one-on-one meetings and/or pitch sessions with Barclays procurement, internal business and functional partners as well as prime supplier and client representatives. Where a match has been made, suppliers will be notified of interviews and pitch sessions by 23 June
  • showcase diverse suppliers doing great work for Barclays and contributing to the well-being of society
  • provide attendees with helpful information to understand how we’re thinking about ESG and what we’ll be expecting of all third-party providers
  • offer helpful strategies in controlling for risk, competitively positioning proof-of-concepts and request for proposals, creating operational scalability and positioning entrepreneurial ventures for access to capital and banking solutions

Event dates & times:
Tuesday, July 13, 2021

9:00am – 12:30pm EDT | 2:00pm – 5:30pm GMT | 6:30pm – 10:00pm IST

Wednesday, July 14, 2021
9:00am – 1:30pm EDT | 2:00pm – 6:30pm GMT | 6:30pm – 11:00pm IST

Thursday, July 15, 2021
9:00am – 1:00pm EDT | 2:00pm – 6:00pm GMT | 6:30pm – 10:30pm IST

CLOSING SOON! Applications are Open for the 2021 50 Fastest Growing Women-Owned/Led Companies 2021 marks the 14th anniversary of the Women Presidents’ Organization 50 Fastest Growing Women-Owned/Led Companies™ Sponsored by JPMorgan Chase Commercial Banking. For fourteen years this ranking has recognized women-owned and/or led companies for their incredible achievements and business growth. Winners are awarded at a keynote session during the WPO annual conference in October, 2021. The 50 Fastest are often publicized in local/national media. Applicants are not required to be members and will be ranked according to revenue growth from 2016 to 2020. To be eligible companies must be:

  • Privately owned
  • Women-owned/led
  • Generated at least $500,00 (USD) in 2016 revenue (and every subsequent year)
  • Revenues must be converted to USD

Application deadline is Thursday July 15, 2021. Click Here to Apply! Any question, email fastgrowth@womenpresidentsorg.com.

The Imaginal Scale-up Program for founders of Women-Led Product and Technology Companies looking to accelerate their growth, scale, and impact is open and ready to accept applications. This new and innovative digital program, created by Imaginal Ventures, combined with a fully immersive platform and a bespoke online Eco-Space, will support the scaling of businesses, using evidenced based techniques that teach conscious decision-making and the building of a solid foundation to accelerate growth and impact. 
This Program will give participants an evolving dynamic process to build their strategies and structures as they scale. Applications need to be submitted by 16th July 2021 ready to start in August!

MBE Magazine Comcast RISE is helping BIPOC business owners take stock, rebuild, and achieve their goals now, and in the future.  
Comcast RISE stands for “Representation, Investment, Strength and Empowerment”, and brings together two of the company’s brands — Comcast Business and Effectv, both with expertise in the small business space — to help empower business owners with the tools, expertise and resources needed to navigate the economic effects of the pandemic. Recipients will receive help with their marketing, media campaigns and creation of 30-second commercials, as well as website and tech upgrades.  
Qualifying businesses can apply to receive consulting, media and creative production services from Effectv, the advertising sales division of Comcast Cable, or technology upgrades from Comcast Business. Comcast RISE is now accepting applications from Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC)-owned, small businesses. 
Go to www.ComcastRISE.com to learn more and share with your favorite Asian, Black, Latinx, and Native-American business owner, so that we may continue to rise, together. 

Small Business Administration

  • The U.S. Small Business Administration announced that it is reconvening the Council on Underserved Communities (CUC) under the authority of the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA). In conjunction with the Biden-Harris Administration’s agenda, the restoration of the Council will help support the SBA’s prioritization of equity across its programs and initiatives. The Council will consist of 20 diverse stakeholders from every region of the country tasked with advising the SBA on strengthening and improving its strategies to help underserved communities. With this announcement, the SBA is soliciting nominations from members from the public with a deadline of Tuesday, July 20, 2021. The requirements for nominations include:
    • Must be representative of the interests of urban or rural underserved communities;
    • Former or current small business owner;
    • Community leader;
    • Official from a small business trade association or academic institution.

Nominees should send a letter of self-nomination or a letter of nomination from a peer, professional organization, society, or member of Congress. The letter must indicate which underserved community – rural or urban – the nominee will represent and highlight accomplishments and experience working with small businesses in the previously mentioned communities. Along with the Nominee Information Form and resume, nominees should include the following:

    • Full name of nominee
    • Occupation
    • Physical address
    • Telephone number
    • Email address
  • Monday June 28 | 1:00pm How to Protect Your Intellectual Property Rights in Global Markets. Join SBA’s Office of International Trade’s new Learn to Trade Roundtable Series with Protecting Your Intellectual Property in Global Markets. This 45-minute session will provide an overview for small businesses of the fundamentals of protecting your intellectual property when selling internationally. The session will answer the following common questions:
    • How can I protect my intellectual property (trademarks, copyrights, patents, and trade secrets) outside the U.S.?
    • What international agreements exist to help me protect my intellectual property?
    • How can I request enforcement of my trademarks and copyrights against infringing imports and report companies that are importing infringing goods?
    • Learn about resources the U.S. Government provides to help small business exporters and manufacturers in protecting their valuable intellectual property from theft.

Turn to SBA’s STEP Grant to Globalize – Your Website To reach a larger audience, consider globalizing your website – that is, customizing it for different languages and countries. SBA’s State Trade Expansion Program (STEP) offers grants to eligible small businesses to launch or expand their export activities including translating or optimizing websites.

Connecticut

  • Wednesday June 30 | 3:00pm Powering Rural: Creating a Stronger Economic Environment for Rural America. The SBA, CT DoAg, DECD, FSA, SBDC and USDA, will partner on June 30th at 3pm for a panel discussion to guide local growers and producers on direct funding opportunities and a wide network of additional support services for community and economic development.
    Our Connecticut cohorts at the U.S. Small Business Administration, CT Dept of Agriculture, CT Department of Economic Development, CT Small Business Development Center, Farm Service Agency and U.S. Department of Agriculture, will present on opportunities to assist stakeholders and small businesses to improve access to capital and rebuild rural communities.
    Panelists include:
    • Bryan Hurlburt, Commissioner, CT Dept. of Agriculture
    • David Lehman, Commissioner, CT Dept. of Economic and Community Development
    • Carolyn Marlowe, Farm Loan Manager, USDA Farm Service Agency
    • Catherine Marx, District Director, U.S. Small Business Administration
    • Matt Pugliese, Associate State Director, CT Small Business Development Center
    • Johan Strandson, Area Director, U.S. Dept of Agriculture

Tools You Can Use

 

06/27/21: Tools, Resources, Information, Connections Bulletin June 28 – July 2, 2021

APPLY NOW FOR THE NEXT COHORT OF WETHRIVE!
Applications are now open for WeTHRIVE Summer 2021 cohort, kicking off in July. WeTHRIVE 2021 will take place virtually from Tuesday, July 27, 2021 through Thursday, September 23, 2021. Accepted participants will be assigned one of three course tracks based on a personal and business assessment completed in their application. Applications are open now through Monday, July 12. Apply today! Learn more>>

Barclays Global Supplier Diversity & Inclusion Capability Showcase July 13 – 15. You are invited to join Barclays for the Capability Showcase, part two in the series, from 13 – 15 July, where we’ll spend time getting to know these high-potential diverse suppliers from around the world, sharing our successes working with other diverse suppliers and offering venture development and growth content to guests. This exciting three day event will”

  • match pre-screened diverse suppliers with one-on-one meetings and/or pitch sessions with Barclays procurement, internal business and functional partners as well as prime supplier and client representatives. Where a match has been made, suppliers will be notified of interviews and pitch sessions by 23 June
  • showcase diverse suppliers doing great work for Barclays and contributing to the well-being of society
  • provide attendees with helpful information to understand how we’re thinking about ESG and what we’ll be expecting of all third-party providers
  • offer helpful strategies in controlling for risk, competitively positioning proof-of-concepts and request for proposals, creating operational scalability and positioning entrepreneurial ventures for access to capital and banking solutions

Event dates & times:
Tuesday, July 13, 2021

9:00am – 12:30pm EDT | 2:00pm – 5:30pm GMT | 6:30pm – 10:00pm IST

Wednesday, July 14, 2021
9:00am – 1:30pm EDT | 2:00pm – 6:30pm GMT | 6:30pm – 11:00pm IST

Thursday, July 15, 2021
9:00am – 1:00pm EDT | 2:00pm – 6:00pm GMT | 6:30pm – 10:30pm IST

Applications are Open for the 2021 50 Fastest Growing Women-Owned/Led Companies 2021 marks the 14th anniversary of the Women Presidents’ Organization 50 Fastest Growing Women-Owned/Led Companies™ Sponsored by JPMorgan Chase Commercial Banking. For fourteen years this ranking has recognized women-owned and/or led companies for their incredible achievements and business growth. Winners are awarded at a keynote session during the WPO annual conference in October, 2021. The 50 Fastest are often publicized in local/national media. Applicants are not required to be members and will be ranked according to revenue growth from 2016 to 2020. To be eligible companies must be:

  • Privately owned
  • Women-owned/led
  • Generated at least $500,00 (USD) in 2016 revenue (and every subsequent year)
  • Revenues must be converted to USD

Application deadline is Thursday July 15, 2021. Click Here to Apply! Any question, email fastgrowth@womenpresidentsorg.com.

The Imaginal Scale-up Program for founders of Women-Led Product and Technology Companies looking to accelerate their growth, scale, and impact is open and ready to accept applications. This new and innovative digital program, created by Imaginal Ventures, combined with a fully immersive platform and a bespoke online Eco-Space, will support the scaling of businesses, using evidenced based techniques that teach conscious decision-making and the building of a solid foundation to accelerate growth and impact. 
This Program will give participants an evolving dynamic process to build their strategies and structures as they scale. Applications need to be submitted by 16th July 2021 ready to start in August!

MBE Magazine Comcast RISE is helping BIPOC business owners take stock, rebuild, and achieve their goals now, and in the future.  
Comcast RISE stands for “Representation, Investment, Strength and Empowerment”, and brings together two of the company’s brands — Comcast Business and Effectv, both with expertise in the small business space — to help empower business owners with the tools, expertise and resources needed to navigate the economic effects of the pandemic. Recipients will receive help with their marketing, media campaigns and creation of 30-second commercials, as well as website and tech upgrades.  
Qualifying businesses can apply to receive consulting, media and creative production services from Effectv, the advertising sales division of Comcast Cable, or technology upgrades from Comcast Business. Comcast RISE is now accepting applications from Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC)-owned, small businesses. 
Go to www.ComcastRISE.com to learn more and share with your favorite Asian, Black, Latinx, and Native-American business owner, so that we may continue to rise, together. 

Small Business Administration

  • The U.S. Small Business Administration announced that it is reconvening the Council on Underserved Communities (CUC) under the authority of the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA). In conjunction with the Biden-Harris Administration’s agenda, the restoration of the Council will help support the SBA’s prioritization of equity across its programs and initiatives. The Council will consist of 20 diverse stakeholders from every region of the country tasked with advising the SBA on strengthening and improving its strategies to help underserved communities. With this announcement, the SBA is soliciting nominations from members from the public with a deadline of Tuesday, July 20, 2021. The requirements for nominations include:
    • Must be representative of the interests of urban or rural underserved communities;
    • Former or current small business owner;
    • Community leader;
    • Official from a small business trade association or academic institution.

Nominees should send a letter of self-nomination or a letter of nomination from a peer, professional organization, society, or member of Congress. The letter must indicate which underserved community – rural or urban – the nominee will represent and highlight accomplishments and experience working with small businesses in the previously mentioned communities. Along with the Nominee Information Form and resume, nominees should include the following:

    • Full name of nominee
    • Occupation
    • Physical address
    • Telephone number
    • Email address
  • Monday June 28 | 1:00pm How to Protect Your Intellectual Property Rights in Global Markets. Join SBA’s Office of International Trade’s new Learn to Trade Roundtable Series with Protecting Your Intellectual Property in Global Markets. This 45-minute session will provide an overview for small businesses of the fundamentals of protecting your intellectual property when selling internationally. The session will answer the following common questions:
    • How can I protect my intellectual property (trademarks, copyrights, patents, and trade secrets) outside the U.S.?
    • What international agreements exist to help me protect my intellectual property?
    • How can I request enforcement of my trademarks and copyrights against infringing imports and report companies that are importing infringing goods?
    • Learn about resources the U.S. Government provides to help small business exporters and manufacturers in protecting their valuable intellectual property from theft.

Turn to SBA’s STEP Grant to Globalize – Your Website To reach a larger audience, consider globalizing your website – that is, customizing it for different languages and countries. SBA’s State Trade Expansion Program (STEP) offers grants to eligible small businesses to launch or expand their export activities including translating or optimizing websites.

Connecticut

  • Wednesday June 30 | 3:00pm Powering Rural: Creating a Stronger Economic Environment for Rural America. The SBA, CT DoAg, DECD, FSA, SBDC and USDA, will partner on June 30th at 3pm for a panel discussion to guide local growers and producers on direct funding opportunities and a wide network of additional support services for community and economic development.
    Our Connecticut cohorts at the U.S. Small Business Administration, CT Dept of Agriculture, CT Department of Economic Development, CT Small Business Development Center, Farm Service Agency and U.S. Department of Agriculture, will present on opportunities to assist stakeholders and small businesses to improve access to capital and rebuild rural communities.
    Panelists include:
    • Bryan Hurlburt, Commissioner, CT Dept. of Agriculture
    • David Lehman, Commissioner, CT Dept. of Economic and Community Development
    • Carolyn Marlowe, Farm Loan Manager, USDA Farm Service Agency
    • Catherine Marx, District Director, U.S. Small Business Administration
    • Matt Pugliese, Associate State Director, CT Small Business Development Center
    • Johan Strandson, Area Director, U.S. Dept of Agriculture

Tools You Can Use

 

06/20/21: Tools, Resources, Information, Connections Bulletin June 21 – 25, 2021

Apply Now for the next Cohort of WeThrive!
Applications are now open for WeTHRIVE Summer 2021 cohort, kicking off in July.
WeTHRIVE 2021 will take place virtually from Tuesday, July 27, 2021 through Thursday, September 23, 2021. Accepted participants will be assigned one of three course tracks based on a personal and business assessment completed in their application. Applications are open now through Monday, July 12. Apply today! Learn more>>

Applications are Open for the 2021 50 Fastest Growing Women-Owned/Led Companies 2021 marks the 14th anniversary of the Women Presidents’ Organization 50 Fastest Growing Women-Owned/Led Companies™ Sponsored by JPMorgan Chase Commercial Banking. For fourteen years this ranking has recognized women-owned and/or led companies for their incredible achievements and business growth. Winners are awarded at a keynote session during the WPO annual conference in October, 2021. The 50 Fastest are often publicized in local/national media. Applicants are not required to be members and will be ranked according to revenue growth from 2016 to 2020. To be eligible companies must be:

  • Privately owned
  • Women-owned/led
  • Generated at least $500,00 (USD) in 2016 revenue (and every subsequent year)
  • Revenues must be converted to USD

Application deadline is Thursday July 15, 2021. Click Here to Apply! Any question, email fastgrowth@womenpresidentsorg.com.

The Imaginal Scale-up Program for founders of Women-Led Product and Technology Companies looking to accelerate their growth, scale, and impact is open and ready to accept applications. This new and innovative digital program, created by Imaginal Ventures, combined with a fully immersive platform and a bespoke online Eco-Space, will support the scaling of businesses, using evidenced based techniques that teach conscious decision-making and the building of a solid foundation to accelerate growth and impact. This Program will give participants an evolving dynamic process to build their strategies and structures as they scale. Applications need to be submitted by 16th July 2021 ready to start in August!

The Women’s Business Development Center is inviting you to join, at no charge, hundreds of Illinois childcare entrepreneurs and leaders from the public and private sector on Saturday, June 26th from 9:00 to 12:30 at our annual Childcare Summit, being held virtually. This year’s event will be a deep dive into what’s important in this industry now – and what the future could look like. 

If you attend, you’ll gain significant information and inspiration from our keynote speaker, Dr. Jamilah Jor’dan, and three robust panels; three hours of professional credit; and reconnect with your colleagues in Townhall breakout rooms. Here is just one comment from the hundreds of childcare entrepreneurs who attended last year’s Summit.  “It was the shot in the arm I needed–I got concrete ideas and implemented them right away in my business.”

 Check out the full schedule here. 

As we all know, the problems beleaguering the childcare industry have been exacerbated by the pandemic and this is a critical time in childcare history. Here’s a headline from a recent article in the Chicago Tribune: “Child care supply was in a crisis before the pandemic. Can the supply meet the new demand as parents return to work?”  Tina Tchen, a Chicago native and key player in the Obama administration, is now heading the new Care Economy Business Council as part of her work as the CEO of Time’s Up. Click here to learn more. Tina and the Council are rallying corporate America to contribute childcare payments as part of salaries and to step up to assist in the childcare business ecosystem. Since you are on the childcare frontline, we hope that you won’t miss this year’s Summit where you can hear the latest and share your insights!

Click here to register today. 

Small Business Administration

  • Join the SBA on June 24 at 1:00 p.m. EDT for an online panel discussion with Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender-owned small businesses as they share their small business stories and how they utilized SBA’s economic aid to pivot during the pandemic. You will also learn about the SBA resources available to help entrepreneurs compete in the marketplace: launch or expand businesses; receive counseling; funding opportunities; and help to recover or rebuild from disasters. REGISTER.
  • SBA and Public Private Strategies Institute are hosting several webinars from June to August to help you get your business back on track. Join us for our next webinar on June 24, 2021 at 2:00 p.m. EDT to:
    • Hear about what steps you can take now to learn and take advantage of new and existing programs that are available at the SBA
    • Get an update regarding programs and recent policy announcements made by the Biden-Harris Administration
    • Have your questions answered by SBA Leadership and small business experts
    • Learn how you can become a vaccine leader in your community
    • Discover tools and resources you can use to take your business digital

The webinars in this series are open to any small business owner and leader. They are divided geographically by SBA regions and feature guest speakers from the corresponding areas. However, the majority of the information pertains to a national audience, so you may register for a webinar outside your location. Register

  • SBA is currently accepting applications for the Shuttered Venue Operators Grant. To submit an application, visit sba.gov/svogrant.
  • 2021 A2S Business National Virtual Conference. Strengthening Small Businesses: From Access to Opoortunity. June 29 & 30, 2021.
    What will you find at this free, small business conference?

    • A completely virtual, simulated conference accessed from the comfort of your home or office.
    • A fun, high-energy, and collaborative environment.
    • Business-critical keynote presentations from incredible speakers to drive immediate action and business growth.
    • Virtual webinars, panel discussions and workshops delivered by government and industry experts.
    • An opportunity to meet one on one with HHS representatives, prime contractors and financial institutions in the virtual exhibit hall.
    • eMatchmaking opportunities with federal government and commercial organizations looking for your capabilities.

    Free media and reference materials in your virtual swag-bag to accelerate your access to success!

    Click here to Register

 

Connecticut

Powering Rural. Creating a Stronger Economic Environment for Rural America. The SBA, CT DoAg, DECD, FSA, SBDC and USDA, will partner on June 30th at 3pm for a panel discussion to guide local growers and producers on direct funding opportunities and a wide network of additional support services for community and economic development. Connecticut cohorts at the U.S. Small Business Administration, CT Dept of Agriculture, CT Department of Economic Development, CT Small Business Development Center, Farm Service Agency and U.S. Department of Agriculture, will present on opportunities to assist stakeholders and small businesses to improve access to capital and rebuild rural communities. REGISTER

06/13/21: Tools, Resource, Information, Connections Bulletin June 14 – 18, 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.

 

YOU DON’T WANT TO MISS THIS!
If you haven’t heard, #WBENC has created a new program called Women & Pride that’s working to cultivate an inclusive environment for LGBTQ+ entrepreneurs and corporate professionals through the pillars of Advocacy & Allyship, Community Building, Education & Development, and Resources. Attend the Women & Pride Keynote session on Thursday, June 17, at 2PM with speaker Jennifer Brown of Jennifer Brown Consulting. Learn more and register: https://www.wbenc.org/programs/women-and-pride/

 

General

  • Applications are Open for the 2021 50 Fastest Growing Women-Owned/Led Companies 2021 marks the 14th anniversary of the Women Presidents’ Organization 50 Fastest Growing Women-Owned/Led Companies™ Sponsored by JPMorgan Chase Commercial Banking. For fourteen years this ranking has recognized women-owned and/or led companies for their incredible achievements and business growth. Winners are awarded at a keynote session during the WPO annual conference in October, 2021. The 50 Fastest are often publicized in local/national media. Applicants are not required to be members and will be ranked according to revenue growth from 2016 to 2020. To be eligible companies must be:
    • Privately owned
    • Women-owned/led
    • Generated at least $500,00 (USD) in 2016 revenue (and every subsequent year)
    • Revenues must be converted to USD

Application deadline is Thursday July 15, 2021. Click Here to Apply! Any question, email fastgrowth@womenpresidentsorg.com.

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Small Business Administration

  • Mon June 14, 2021 Take Stock of Your Mental Health When you start a business, you must decide on a legal structure for it. Usually, you’ll choose either a sole proprietorship, a partnership, a limited liability company (LLC), or a corporation. There’s no right or wrong choice that fits everyone. Your job is to understand how each legal structure works and then pick the one that best meets your needs and perceived level of risk. The best choice isn’t always obvious. Join us for this free webinar!
  • Wed June 16 | WEBINAR: Resources for Small Businesses. Join Economist Lisa Boily of the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics for an overview of the Small Business data through the pandemic on June 16 at 11:30 amFREE webinar registration here. We will cover total employment and payroll fluctuations, job openings and labor turnover, gross job gains and losses, employer costs per hour worked, and an overview of how small businesses responded during the pandemic from the Business Response Survey.
  • Getting Back on Track: Help is Here Educational Webinar Series The Small Business Administration (SBA) & Public Private Strategies Institute (PPSI) are providing several educational opportunities for you to learn more about programs that will help your business get back on track.  This is part of an effort to ensure that American small businesses know about the many resources to help their business grow and thrive! Please join us for a webinar hosted by the SBA and PPSI to:
    • Hear about what steps you can take now to learn and take advantage of new and existing programs that are available at the SBA
    • Get an update regarding programs and recent policy announcements made by the Biden-Harris Administration
    • Have your questions answered by SBA Leadership & small business experts
    • Learn how you can become a vaccine leader in your community 
    • Discover tools and resources you can use to take your business digital
      These sessions are open to any small business owner & leader. Learn More and Register
  • Community Navigator Pilot Program Grant Funding Opportunity SBA is implementing this initiative by building upon its extensive network of resource partners across the country. To ensure the Community Navigator Pilot Program reaches communities across the country in the coming months, SBA has issued a grant funding opportunity that will be open to proposals from SBA resource partners, states, tribes, units of local governments, and other nonprofit organizations. Competitive grant awards will range from $1 million to $5 million for a two-year performance period. Applicants have until July 12, 2021, to submit their applications at grants.gov. Performance periods are projected to commence in September 2021. Those eligible to apply must meet and demonstrate abilities to support the requirements of this funding opportunity. Learn More>>
  • The American Rescue Plan extended a number of critical tax benefits for small businesses. Learn more on Wednesday, June 23 at 10am. Join the Small Business Administration (SBA) New England Regional Office and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) for an informative webinar on American Rescue Plan (ARP) tax benefits for small businesses. This webinar will highlight the Employee Retention Tax Credit and the Paid Leave Tax Credit. Register
  • SBA Announces Funding Competition to Organizations Providing Federal Procurement Training to Veteran Entrepreneurs The U.S. Small Business Administration announced that non-profit organizations and private sector firms are now eligible to compete for funding of up to $500,000 to deliver federal procurement training to veteran and service-disabled veteran entrepreneurs. The application period begins today through July 12, 2021. Up to two awardees will use the $500,000 in total funding to participate in the Veteran Federal Procurement Entrepreneurship Training Program (SB-OVVT-21-001) with grants from SBA’s Office of Veterans Business Development. Awards will be made for a base project period of 12 months, with three option periods of 12 months each. These funds will be used to cover the costs of educating veterans and service-disabled veterans who intend to pursue, or are already engaged in, federal procurement.

New York

  • Tips and tricks on marketing your business to the federal government The SBA Buffalo District Office and the Cattaraugus County Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) present a series of free online courses to provide useful tips for marketing to the federal government. Webinars are from 10:00am – 11:00am ESTNo fee registration here.
    • Monday, June 21st: Creating a Winning Capability Statement
    • Tuesday, June 22nd:  Finding Contracting Opportunities
    • Wednesday, June 23rd:  Building Winning Relationships
    • Thursday, June 24th:  SBA’s All Small Mentor Protégé Program
    • Contact Jennifer Talarico, Business Opportunity Specialist with any questions at jennifer.talarico@sba.gov.  

Maryland

  • SBA Awards Funding to Veterans Business Outreach Center at the University of Maryland, College Park  The U.S. Small Business Administration announced the awarding of $400,000 in funding to the University of Maryland, Division of Research to provide training and counseling as a Veterans Business Outreach Center (VBOC) serving veteran small business owners in Washington, D.C., Maryland, Delaware, and Pennsylvania. The funding opportunity, offered by SBA’s Office of Veterans Business Development, has an initial project year of 11 months with up to four additional one-year option periods, subject to the availability of funds. The project period is effective starting June 1, 2021 and ends on April 30, 2026.  To learn more about the VBOC program, and to find your local center visit www.sba.gov/vboc.

Virginia

Webinars

  • Thursday June 24 | 1:30pm – 3:00pm EDT Proposal Writing-Things Unsaid presented by the FDIC’s Office of Minority and Women Inclusion and the Division of Administration-Acquisition Services Branch. Minority and/or Women-Owned Businesses (MWOBs) interested in enhancing their knowledge on how to approach proposal writing to the FDIC. Learning objectives for this technical assistance event: 
    • Sharing best practices for responding to FDIC’s request for proposals.
    • How to articulate your company’s position in a proposal – your added-value.
    • Providing opportunity for vendors to share their proposal writing experiences.
      To register for the event, please click here
      Don’t wait! Registration closes on Friday, June 18. 

Tools You Can Use

 

06/07/21: Tools, Resources, Information, and Connections Bulletin, June 7 – 11, 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

  • Last Chance to Register! American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 American Jobs Plan Made in America Tax Reform PRO Act | Extension of PPP on June 9th! The Senate Small Business Committee is incredibly important for regulations that affect small business. We are pleased to host Kylie Patterson, workforce development subject matter expert from the Senate Small Business Committee for Chair Sen. Ben Cardin (MD) as our guest. We will discuss the current focus of the Committee and legislation she facilitated to bring economic relief to women owned small businesses. REGISTER!
  • The final days of accepting submissions are here for National MED Week! Be sure to nominate the outstanding achievements of minority entrepreneurs, organizations and individuals that have demonstrated their commitment to advancing minority business enterprises, today! Submit your nomination, here!

 Small Business Administration

  • Briefing on Covid-19 Economic Programs and How to Be a Vaccine Leader in Your Community Join the U.S. Small Business Administration and the Public Private Strategies Institute for a webinar on Thursday, June 10 at 2:00 p.m. EDT featuring SBA Administrator Isabella Casillas Guzman and Dr. Bechara Choucair, White House COVID-19 Vaccinations Coordinator to discuss the importance of vaccinations, provide updates on COVID-19 economic aid programs, such as the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) and what they mean for your business. Please Note: The session is open to business leaders, community-based organizations, business associations and community financial institutions at the national, state, local and regional levels. REGISTER!
  • SBA announced it is now accepting applications for the new Community Navigator Pilot Program, which is open to nonprofit organizations, state, local, and tribal governments, SBA resource partners, and other community organizations. Watch a video of SBA Administrator Isabella Casillas Guzman announcing the program. Competitive grant awards will range from $1 million to $5 million for a two-year performance period. Applications have until July 12 to submit their applications at grants.govLearn More>>
  • The U.S. Small Business Administration announced its 6th Annual Growth Accelerator Fund Competition (GAFC) with the addition of a new component aimed at spurring investment in underrepresented communities within the innovation economy at scale. The 2021 Growth Accelerator Fund Competition and Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Catalyst programs will recognize the nation’s most innovative organizations with inclusive approaches towards supporting entrepreneurs in research and development (R&D). New to this year’s competition, two tracks will run totaling over $5 million in cash prizes. Competition rules, requirements and additional information can be found at www.sbir.gov/accelerators.
  • U.S. Small Business Administrator Isabella Casillas Guzman issued the following statement on the closure of the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) to new loan guaranty applications, which has provided over $798 billon in economic relief to small businesses and nonprofits across the nation, keeping employees employed and helping businesses come back stronger than ever. “The Paycheck Protection Program provided over 8.5 million small businesses and nonprofits the lifeline they needed to survive during a once-in-generation economic crisis. I’ve heard story after story from small business owners across the country about how PPP funds helped them keep the lights on, pay their employees — and gave them hope,” said SBA Administrator Isabella Casillas Guzman. “At the same time, millions of underserved businesses – particularly our smallest businesses and those owned by women and people of color – were left out of early rounds of relief. I’m proud of the work we did to begin to rectify these inequities — in 2021, 96% of PPP loans went to small businesses with fewer than 20 employees.  Moving forward, we will continue to prioritize equity in all SBA’s programs and services.”
  • The U.S. Small Business Administration and Public Private Strategies Institute are hosting several webinars to help you get your business back on track. 
    • Hear about what steps you can take now to learn and take advantage of new and existing programs that are available at the SBA
    • Get an update regarding programs and recent policy announcements made by the Biden-Harris Administration
    • Have your questions answered by SBA Leadership and small business experts
    • Learn how you can become a vaccine leader in your community
    • Discover tools and resources you can use to take your business digital

These sessions are open to any small business owner and leader. They are divided geographically by SBA regions and feature guest speakers from the corresponding areas. However, the majority of the information pertains to a national audience, so you may register for a webinar outside your location.

    • June-August Webinar Schedule (All webinars are scheduled for 2pm ET)
    • July 8 New England Region (serving Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont) Register
    • July 22 Southeast Region (serving Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee) and Atlantic Region (serving New York, New Jersey, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands) Register
    • August 5 Mid-Atlantic Region (serving Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Washington, DC and West Virginia)
      Register

 

Virginia

  • The Virginia General Assembly recently funded a new Virginia Statewide Business District Resurgence Grant Fund. This fund seeks to advance and accelerate the post-pandemic recovery of Virginia’s business and commercial districts by supporting historically economically disadvantaged communities and those business districts and sectors that have been disproportionately impacted by the pandemic. Funding will provide a more inclusive framework for community-driven, comprehensive revitalization, resilience and vitality. Local governments and/or nonprofit organizations may apply for both the Capacity Building and Business Support grants for a total potential award of $150,000. Applications will be due July 30, 2021. Register now for Virginia DHCD’s How-to-Apply webinar on June 15, at 2 PM to learn more about eligibility, application submission requirements, grant selection and more specific program information! And as always DHCD staff is happy to help identify and prioritize appropriate projects and provide direct technical assistance for applicants – contact us at cro@dhcd.virginia.gov 
    Eligible Applicants
    Local governments or economic development organizations
    Regional economic development organizations, including PDCs
    Non-profit and local organizations with a focus on small businesses within a commercial district
    Chambers of Commerce

 

Washington DC

  • The Minority Business Development Agency is now accepting proposals for the MBDA American Indian, Alaskan Native, and Native American (AIANNH) Project. We invite you to review the full announcement, learn more about eligibility, funding, and locations. To get started:

Webinars

  • Wednesday June 10 | 1:00pm – 2:00pm ET. Clearing the Haze Around Workplace Marijuana Rules hosted by Nukk-Freeman & Cerra, P.C. Join NFC team members, Rachel M. Manne and Joseph M. Vento, for an informative session that will guide employers through the haze of this emerging topic, providing the tools necessary to help an organization navigate its approach. This 1-hour course is designed for leaders, HR professionals, and legal teams to review the applicable local marijuana laws, analyze their impact on employers, and provide best practices to ensure legal compliance in the following key areas – Workplace Policies, Hiring and Background Checks, Impairment in the Workplace/Testing and Impact of Off-Duty Usage/Conduct.

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05/23/21: Tools, Resources, Information, and Connections Bulletin, May 24 – 28, 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.

CONGRATULATIONS!

  • Heidi Worcester, Neatgoods LLC on being accepted in to the 2021 CVS Health & RMU Executive Learning Series.

General

  • JPMorgan Chase opened its request for proposals for our annual AdvancingCities Challenge, which aims to help solve the complex issues at the root of economic inequality. This year, we’re evolving the AdvancingCities Challenge to advance economic progress for Black and Latina women by tackling the key drivers of the racial and gender wealth gaps. Black and Latina women are the backbone of many of America’s cities – as consumers, homeowners, entrepreneurs, business owners, and essential workers in critical sectors affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. There is an urgent need for bold, structural change to secure and catalyze recovery and long-term economic success of Black and Latina women and their families. The request for proposals is now open and closes on Monday, June 28, 2021.
  • Last Chance to Register! Networking with with Women Business Owners is a great key to success – and the WIPP Community Connections offer you the chance to get to know other successful WOSBs. Join us to meet successful women who generously share some of their secrets for success. Who knows, this may be your next partner!
    * Meet the Member – Hannah Kain, CEO, ALOM
    * Member Spotlight: Doreen Blades, CEO, US Eco Products Corp
    These highly successful women business owners are excited to share their knowledge as they inspire others on their journey to success.
    Not yet a WIPP member? You will want to be after joining this webinar and learning more about the work we are doing on the Hill, the educational programming we provide and experiencing the value of this great business ecosystem.

Small Business Administration

  • Coming soon! SBA will launch the Community Navigator Pilot Program, a $100 million grant program enacted through the American Rescue Plan Act, which will provide counseling, networking and the assistance needed during this time of economic recovery to the nation’s smallest businesses. The program will target small businesses owned by socially and economically disadvantaged individuals, as well as women and veterans. The SBA will engage with states, local governments, SBA resource partners, Community Financial Institutions (CFIs), and other organizations in directed outreach efforts. These partners and people in the community are key to this pilot program as they will serve as a two-way information stream, enabling enterprising business owners to receive the help needed from the SBA. Learn more
  • SBA is currently offering PPP loans originated only by participating community financial institutions including Certified Development Companies (CDCs), SBA Microlenders, Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs), and Minority Depository Institutions (MDIs) until May 31, 2021 or until remaining funds are exhausted. Please note that not all community financial institutions are participating in PPP. Learn more
  • SBA and Millennium Challenge Corporation Announce Strategic Collaboration to Advance Emerging Technologies from Small Businesses The U.S. Small Business Administration and The Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) signed a Memorandum of Understanding today to advance emerging technologies and innovations developed through the Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer (SBIR/STTR) programs. The SBA/MCC partnership will identify, pilot, and scale innovative technologies to address country-specific needs in sectors such as renewable energy, agriculture and irrigation, health, water, sanitation, and hygiene. 

Maryland-Virginia-Washington, DC

  • The U.S. Small Business Administration and the non-profit Public Private Strategies Institute present a new regional webinar series, “Getting Back on Track: Help is Here,” to provide Main Street entrepreneurs with information and resources needed to continue to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. The educational webinars feature speakers from The White House, the SBA, members of Congress, and small business leaders, and will provide updates on the American Rescue Plan.

“The ‘Getting Back on Track: Help is Here’ webinar series is an important outreach effort to help small businesses recover, rebuild and gain resiliency,” said SBA Administrator Isabella Casillas Guzman. “Small businesses are beginning to see the light at the end of the tunnel as marketplaces and main streets reopen thanks to strong vaccination rates.  We are empowering small businesses to reopen fully and safely by connecting them with helpful resources and tools, including the Biden-Administration’s tax credits that cover paid time-off for employees getting vaccinated. We all must double down on our efforts to help our beloved small businesses survive and get our economy back on track.”

The webinar for districts in the SBA’s Mid-Atlantic Region (Delaware, Maryland, Eastern & Western Pennsylvania, Virginia, Washington, DC, and West Virginia) is Thursday, August 5, 2021 – 2 p.m. EDT. To join is or other regional webinars in this series and learn more about programs helping  small businesses get back on track, register at Getting Back on Track: Help is Here! Webinars will also be recorded and made available on www.sba.gov shortly after the live presentation.

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  • June 1 – 7 |10:am – 1:00pm & 5:00pm – 8:00pm ET P.U.S.H – “Loving on Yourself” – Empowered Women’s Week.This is a virtual conference designed to empower women of all shapes and walks of life! Through dynamic programming, this week-long event will include a host of workshops and trainings from nutrition, to health, to business growth. Registrants will leave the conference empowered and with a T-Shirt to remind them of their strength!This event is hosted by LaTrell Fitchett, owner of Promoting Love & Wisdom Home Childcare Center and Promoting Universal STEM Hub, or P.U.S.H. Academy Summer Camp. Her goal for the event is to raise funds for domestic violence survivors (through Promoting SueB’s Domestic Violence Relief) and to provide resources for kids participating in her childcare and summer camp programs.

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05/17/21: Tools, Resources, Information and Connections, May 17 - 21,2021


Friday May 21 | 9:00am – 2:30pm EST Join WBEC Metro NY & Greater DMV, President & CEO at the 11th Anniversary of Women of Prince George’s Women’s Conference. The theme this year is “This Is Our Time”. REGISTER.

General

  • This May, we honor the invaluable contributions to innovation and culture by Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander business leaders. We begin our celebration of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month with the Presidential Proclamation.

Small Business Administration

  • The U.S. Small Business Administration will begin delivering economic relief from the Restaurant Revitalization Fund, established by the American Rescue Plan and signed into law by President Joe Biden, to more than 16,000 approved applicants. This first round of funding represents over $2 billion of relief awarded since last Monday’s successful program launch. Restaurants and other food and beverage businesses across the nation will begin to see funds in bank accounts as early as Tuesday, May 11.
  • National Small Business Week Virtual Summit | September 13 – 15. For more than 50 years, the U.S. Small Business Administration has celebrated National Small Business Week (NSBW), which recognizes the critical contributions of America’s entrepreneurs and small business owners. This year is one unlike the half-century that has come before. We are facing unique challenges together. However, American small businesses continue to play a central role in building a strong country, prepared for any obstacles in the future. Learn More>>

New York

  • The U.S. Small Business Administration Buffalo District Office is inviting area small business owners to participate in our 2021 SBA Virtual Government Contracting Day on Wednesday, May 26. This year’s Contracting event offers small business owners the chance to discuss potential contracting opportunities with representatives from:
    • 107th Attack Wing, Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station
    • US Army Corps of Engineers, Buffalo District
    • Air Force Research Laboratory
    • Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority
    • ConServe
    • Reichert , Inc.
    • LeChase
    • Tesla

Registered participants will receive log-in information and program agenda prior to the event. REGISTER.

Washington DC

  • Wednesdays May 19 – June 23 | 5:00pm – 7:00pm EDT Federal Contracting Closing the Deal. Join Roderick “Rod” Johnson, Lender Relations Specialist with the Washington Metropolitan Area District Office of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), as he leads this in-depth webinar series on how small business owners can generate sales through the purchasing power of the federal government. REGISTER.
  • SEED IMMERSON POGRAM by Peapod Digital Labs  https://www.retailbusinessservices.com/news-releases/news-release-details/retail-business-services-partners-other-ahold-delhaize-usa

    Program Schedule

    March 16, 2021 – Applications Open

    May 31, 2021 – Applications Close

    May 31 – June 30, 2020 – Application Review and Selection

    July 1, 2021  – Announcement of Finalists

    July 8, 2021 – Program Starts (mentor matching & bi-weekly coaching)

    September 16, 2021 – Supply Chain Innovation Conference

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