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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/

 

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Big Dreams Deserve Big Rewards! Apply For A Chance to Win $25,000!

  • The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is proud to recognize the very best in American small business. The annual Dream Big Awards program honors the achievements of small businesses and highlights their contributions to America’s economic growth. Application Deadline: July 16, 2021 https://www.uschamber.com/dream-big-awards?mc_cid=673ed5e77a&mc_eid=3e9ceddc1f
  • PepsiCo Foundation Hispanic Business Program will provide $10,000 grants to 150 Hispanic-owned food and beverage businesses. Eligible businesses must have earned less than $1 million in 2020 and be located in Los Angeles, Dallas, Houston, San Antonio, Chicago, Miami, Denver, New York City, El Paso, Orlando, Phoenix, Albuquerque, or Las Vegas. Application Deadline: June 25, 2021 https://a4cb.org/hbp/?mc_cid=673ed5e77a&mc_eid=3e9ceddc1f
  • The Jane Walker IFW First Women Grant Program will be funding an additional 15 groundbreaking women-owned businesses through the end of the year. Together with a network of powerful icons, businesses will be selected across Entertainment & Film, Music, Sports, Journalism, STEM, and Hospitality, all on their journey towards a monumental first. Each recipient will receive a $10,000 grant plus a one-year IFundWomen Annual Coaching Membership. Application Deadline: Rolling basis through June 2021
  • https://ifundwomen.typeform.com/to/kSWfJthJ?_ga=2.22974779.1654762168.1621021348-1548746834.1621021348&mc_cid=673ed5e77a&mc_eid=3e9ceddc1f  
  • WomensNet gives away at least $10,000 every month to Women-Owned businesses. Whether you’re starting or growing a business, WomensNet can help! Hurry! The application cutoff for the next $10,000 Amber Grant is June 30, 2021.
  • Application Deadline: Rolling Basis
  • https://ambergrantsforwomen.com/get-an-amber-grant/?mc_cid=673ed5e77a&mc_eid=3e9ceddc1f
  • The Stacy’s Rise Project™ supports small businesses through funding, mentorship and community. The Stacy’s Rise Project is providing female-founded businesses with $10,000 grants and mentorship. Applications are open until July 9, 2021.
  • https://stacysrise.helloalice.com/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Stacys_Rise&utm_content=StacysRiseLandingPage
  • 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.

General Information

 

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. 

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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.

WBE Provided Resource

  • 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

Tools You Can Use

05/02/21: Tools, Resources, Information and Connections Bulletin May 3 – 7, 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.

Don’t forget to Join us Tomorrow for the Annual Awards to Celebrate Our Partners on May 4, 2021. Hear from WBEC Metro NY & Greater DMV Corporate Members who will provide a look into how they provide content, community and connection opportunities to the WBEC NY DMV network. Network with Corporate representatives and other WBEs to build community and connections. Join conversations to hear from Corporate thought leaders, gain insights moving the ecosystem from 2020 into 2021 and beyond, collaborate with your peers and build your network. Corporations hosting networking sessions include:
AARP – Accenture – Altria Group – Bank of America – Capital One – Dominion Energy – EY – Freddie Mac – Guggenheim Partners – HSBC – JPMorgan Chase & Co. – Marriott – New York Life – Sodexo – ViacomCBS – WSSC Water

Congratulations!
On WBENC’s latest episode from Season 2 of the Women Who Own It podcast, Ann Ramakumaran, Founder and CEO of Ampcus Inc., a WBENC-Certified Consulting and Professional Services firm, shares how she turned her passion for problem solving and innovative technology solutions into one of the fastest-growing women-owned businesses in the U.S. Listen now to learn the tools and practices Ann used to fuel her company’s steady growth year after year — and how you can use them to grow and scale your own business. Listen Now!

 General

  • On May 17, 2021, JPMorgan Chase will open its next Request for Proposals (RFP) for our annual Advancing Cities Challenge, which aims to source and seed creative, collaborative and sustainable solutions that catalyze systemic change.
  • Walmart has just released their 2020 Culture, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (CDEI) Report. Reflecting on the past year with its unthinkable set of challenges, our belief in the idea of “Better Together” has meant redoubling our commitment to CDEI inside our company and beyond.  To learn more from Walmart’s Sr. Vice President and Global Chief CDEI Officer, Ben Hasan, please visit here. And to read the full 2020 CDEI Report, please visit here
  • Funding Alert: $3.5 million for Organizations Supporting Women in Registered Apprenticeships and Nontraditional Occupations The U.S. Department of Labor Women’s Bureau announced $3.5 million in grant funding to encourage women’s employment in Registered Apprenticeship programs and nontraditional occupations such as those in the manufacturing, cybersecurity, and health-care industries. The Women in Apprenticeship and Nontraditional Occupations (WANTO) grant program will award up to 10 grants to community-based organizations to recruit, mentor, train, and retain more women in quality Registered Apprenticeship programs and nontraditional occupations. Apply by June 4, 2021.
  • Bank of America Institute for Women’s Entrepreneurship at Cornell The Bank of America Supplier Diversity & Responsible Sourcing Team proudly extends the opportunity to participate in an online course for women entrepreneurs as part of the Bank of America Institute for Women’s Entrepreneurship at Cornell. This certificate program will provide participants no-cost access to a virtual learning experience conducted by Cornell faculty. With a limited number of slots available, participation is by invitation only. Enrollment begins in May. Invitation to Participate – Cornell Program_2021

Small Business Administration 

  • Registration for the Restaurant Revitalization Fund (RRF) is now open at restaurants.sba.gov. If you are working with Square or Toast, you do not need to register. SBA will begin accepting applications via the application portal on Monday, May 3 at 12 p.m. EDT. The application portal will remain open to any eligible establishment until all funds are exhausted. 
    • In preparation, qualifying applicants should familiarize themselves with the application process in advance to ensure a smooth and efficient application. In addition to registering at the portal, follow the steps below. If you are working with Square or Toast, you do not need to register.
    • Review the sample application, program guide and cross-program eligibility chart on SBA COVID-19 relief options. SBA also added screenshots of the application portal that are available here.
    • Applications must be submitted in English or Spanish. SBA has documents in additional languages to help you understand eligibility requirements, fill out applications, and answer frequently asked questions. See the additional languages and materials here.
    • If you were unable to attend one of the webinars held earlier this week which covered program details and a demonstration of the application portal, you can watch the recording here.
    • For more information, visit sba.gov/restaurants. 

 Maryland

Washington DC

Tools You Can Use

  • There are some basic steps you can take to make meetings, webinars, conferences, and other events more easily accessible to all participants. In our latest article, we’ve outlined some best practices: Accessible Virtual Meetings and Events. (by Vigdis Eriksen, Eriksen Translations Inc.)
04/25/21: WBE Tools, Resources, Information and Connections Bulletin April 26 – 30, 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.

 

FINAL WEEK TO REGISTER!
Join us for the Annual Awards to Celebrate Our Partners on May 4, 2021. 
Hear from WBEC Metro NY & Greater DMV Corporate Members who will provide a look into how they provide content, community and connection opportunities to the WBEC NY DMV network. Network with Corporate representatives and other WBEs to build community and connections. Join conversations to hear from Corporate thought leaders, gain insights moving the ecosystem from 2020 into 2021 and beyond, collaborate with your peers and build your network. Corporations hosting networking sessions include:
AARP – Accenture – Altria Group – Bank of America – Capital One – Dominion Energy – EY – Freddie Mac – Guggenheim Partners – HSBC – JPMorgan Chase & Co. – Marriott – New York Life – Sodexo – ViacomCBS – WSSC Water

WBENC Opportunities

  • Applications Open for WBENC Executive Education Program Apply for the program happening April 29 – May 27. In this highly interactive, virtual program, WBENC partners with EOS Worldwide (the Entrepreneurial Operating System®) Professional and Certified EOS Implementers® to help WBEs achieve TRACTION in your business through self-implementing the Entrepreneurial Operating System (EOS) described in the book Traction: Get a Grip on Your Business by Gino Wickman. The EOS is a set of simple, practical, real-world tools that help entrepreneurs and leadership teams improve the operational value of their businesses. Learn More & Apply.
  • Register for the Women of Color Banking on Relationships Webinar on April 27! WBENC and JPMorgan Chase & Co. are pleased to invite you to attend “Banking on Relationships: Strengthen Your Business by Building a Solid Relationship with Your Bank”, a Women of Color session. While this session is targeted to women of color, all are welcome to attend. Join WBENC and JPMorgan Chase & Co. on April 27 from 1-2 PM ET to learn the secrets of developing and maintaining a lasting relationship with your bank. Learn More and Apply.
  • Do you have a retail-ready product? Walmart invites you to apply for their Open Call. Apply by April 30.  Open Call is an action packed one day virtual event. Walmart welcomes suppliers to virtually pitch product that is shelf ready and made, grown or assembled in the United States. Everyone looks forward to joining over 1,000 energetic entrepreneurs from across the country. The inspiration through newness and innovation is outstanding and leaves everyone motivated to grow U.S. jobs and increase U.S. manufacturing. Learn More and Apply.
  • COMING SOON: WBENCPitch  Applications opening April 26. WBENCPitch: Sustainability is a multi-round virtual pitch competition designed to highlight the most innovative business solutions committed to sustainability across the WBENC network. Learn More

General

  • The Women’s Business Council South has launched its Virtual Mother’s Day Market 2021. Shop women-owned businesses from April 19 – May 2, 2021. The Women’s Business Council – Southwest helps women business owners grow personally and professionally.
  • President Biden announced a new paid leave tax credit that will offset the cost for employers with fewer than 500 employees to provide full pay for any time their employees need to get a COVID-19 vaccination or recover from that vaccination. This tax credit will apply to nearly half of all private sector employees in America. And today, the Internal Revenue Service will release and post a fact sheet to educate employers on how to claim the paid sick leave credit on their quarterly tax filings. For more details on how the paid leave tax credits from the American Rescue Plan will work for employers to enable employees to get vaccinated and recover from after-effects of vaccination, as well as for other purposes, please consult this upcoming document from the Department of the Treasury.
  • How the American Jobs Plan will help cities Secretary of Labor Marty Walsh and Department of Transportation Deputy Secretary Polly Trottenberg joined the National League of Cities and mayors from across the country for a virtual discussion on how the American Jobs Plan will support local economies by investing in workforce development and training programs. Read about the American Jobs Plan

Small Business Administration

  • Join the U.S. Small Business Administration and the Public Private Strategies Institute for a national briefing on Wednesday, April 28 at 1 p.m. ET about the new $28.6 billion Restaurant Revitalization Fund (RRF). This briefing is cosponsored by the SBA and PPSI. To learn more about the RRF program and application, visit sba.gov/restaurants. Register Today!
  • In response to stakeholder feedback about reopening the Shuttered Venue Operators Grant application this weekend, the application portal will now reopen Monday, April 26, 2021 at 12:00 p.m. EDT. In preparation for the opening, potential applicants should register on the portal in advance. Applicants will also need a smartphone and a multi-factor authenticator app to register and apply. The SBA has also added the following updated resources.
    • Applicant user guide and FAQ: For help with the application process, refer to the applicant user guide and FAQ.
    • Checklist: Use the checklist to make sure you have everything you need to complete your application. 
    • Call Center:  For Shuttered Venue Operators Grant application portal technical assistance such as a password reset, browser suggestions, or how to use the multi-factor authentication with an app and the QR code, applicants can call 1-800-659-2955 or, for the deaf and hard-of-hearing 1-800-877-8339 and follow the prompts to SVOG assistance. The call center is open through the weekend from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. EDT. For additional information and to review applicant resources, visit www.sba.gov/svogrant.
  • In case you missed it! Last week, the SBA announced key details on application requirements, eligibility, and a program guide for the Restaurant Revitalization Fund (RRF). The SBA also announced a new initiative that will allow restaurants and other related businesses to apply for the RRF through point-of-sale service providers such as Clover ®, NCR Corporation, Square, and Toast. 
  • The SBA launched a new round of Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) assistance – called Supplemental Targeted Advances – on April 22, 2021 that will provide $5 billion in additional assistance to 1 million small businesses and nonprofit organizations that have been most severely affected by the economic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. Effective April 22, the SBA modified the Targeted EIDL Advance application process to determine if businesses also qualify for the additional $5,000 Supplemental Targeted Advance. SBA will contact eligible business entities to apply and applications will be processed on a firstcomefirstserved basis. To qualify for the Supplemental Targeted Advance, an eligible business entity must be in a low-income community, suffered greater than 50 percent economic loss, and have 10 or fewer employees. Learn more

Webinars

  • April 29 | 10:00am PT The Future of Collaboration: Top Ways to Amp Up Team Collaboration and Inclusion with Hybrid Work and Remote Team Members. Let’s take a moment to look past our eventual return to the office and consider what happens next. How will your teams, partners and collaborators make use of these new shared spaces and tools – both in the office and at home? Please join us on a deep dive into the latest updates from DTEN and Zoom that ensure a productive, safe and efficient return to the office.
  • April 29 | 1:00pm ET How the SBA and USCA Can Help Your Business Now. UPS has invited members of the SBA—along with the U.S. Commercial Service (USCS)—back to talk about their latest programs. Join them as they discuss Cash flow tools and updated resources available through the American Rescue Plan; Programs that can help your business grow through exporting and How UPS can help you connect and take advantage of these opportunities.
04/18/21: WBE Tools, Resources, Information and Connections Bulletin April 19 – 23, 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

  • Applications are now open for the next WBENC Executive Education Program, sponsored by Wells Fargo. If you are looking for a transformational experience for your business, apply now! In this highly interactive, virtual program, WBENC partners with EOS Worldwide (the Entrepreneurial Operating System®) Professional and Certified EOS Implementers® to help WBEs achieve TRACTION in your business through self-implementing the Entrepreneurial Operating System (EOS) described in the book Traction: Get a Grip on Your Business by Gino Wickman
    The EOS is a set of simple, practical, real-world tools that help entrepreneurs and leadership teams improve the operational value of their businesses.
    Program Schedule
    The WBENC Executive Education program will take place each Thursday between April 29 and May 27 from 1 PM – 3 PM EST. 
    April 29: EOS Keynote
    May 6: Foundational Tools
    May 13: Vision
    May 20: Data, Issues, Process
    May 27: Traction, Pulling it All Together
  • Last Chance to Register for  WIPP Community Connections! Wednesday April 21 | 2:00pm ET WIPP is proud to work with many organizations who support small businesses, and this month’s WIPP Community Connections is pleased to spotlight an organization who is doing great work: National 8a Association.
    WIPP understands that connecting with other small business owners is important for collaboration, networking, and mentorship.
    Join us to meet and learn more about some of WIPP’s incredible business owners:
    * Meet the Member – Nehal Metah, President, Rainbow Secure
    * Meet the Member – Mary Sharrett, President, Stone Environmental Engineering & Science
    * Member Spotlight: WIPP Legacy Members (in celebration of WIPP’s 20th Anniversary)
    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. REGISTER

  • Join MBDA for the Enterprising Women of Color Spring Forum on April 21st. Just Announced: Keynote Speaker, Dr. Valerie Daniels-Carter. Dr. Valerie Daniels-Carter is one of the most preeminent business owners in the United States. In addition to auspiciously commandeering several restaurants branded operations in the United States, she has been widely recognized for her adroit business ingenuity.  She is the President and CEO of V&J Foods, Holding Companies, Inc. (V&J Holdings), a multi-brand/multi-state operation. It is recognized as the largest female owned franchise organization in the country.  Dr. Daniels-Carter’s quick-service restaurant empire operations are comprised of Auntie Anne’s Soft Pretzels, Burger King, Coffee Beanery, Nino’s Southern Sides, MyYoMy Frozen Yogurt, Pizza Hut and Captain D’s Seafood along with numerous Real Estate ventures. She is also a minority owner of the Milwaukee Bucks. Register now at: https://hopin.com/events/level-up-get-in-the-million-dollar-mindset.
  • Minority Business Development Agency is not accepting proposals for the MBDA Export Center project. For submission details, visit: https://www.mbda.gov/mbda-export-center-project. Submission deadline is April 22, 2021.

Small Business Administration

  • The current round of the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) is reaching smaller borrowers (small businesses), with 94% of all loans going to businesses with 20 or fewer employees. SBA is currently offering PPP loans until May 31, 2021. Apply for a first or second draw PPP loan and loan forgiveness. Learn more
  • Effective immediately, applicants can send a request for reevaluation of a Targeted EIDL Advance application that was declined to the following email address: TargetedAdvanceReevaluation@sba.govApplicants should follow these instructions when requesting a reevaluation:
    • Send an email to TargetedAdvanceReevaluation@sba.gov
    • Use the subject line “Reevaluation Request for [insert your 10-digit application number]
    • In the body of the email, include identifying information for the application such as application number, business name, business address, business owner name(s) and phone number
    • Important: Include an explanation and any documentation that addresses the reason for the decline, if available. SBA will contact applicants if additional documentation is required to complete the review.
  • The Restaurant Revitalizations Fund (RRF) Get the program details such as eligibility, funding amount, allowable use of funds and more. If you haven’t already, sign up for RRF email updates. Currently, SBA is not accepting applications for RRF. However, you can prepare your application by reviewing the sample application, program guide and cross-program eligibility chart on SBA COVID-19 relief options. You will be able to apply through SBA-recognized Point of Sale Restaurant Partners or directly via SBA in a forthcoming online application portal. Registration with SAM.gov is not required. DUNS or CAGE identifiers are also not required. The official application launch date will be announced shortly. Ahead of the application launch and over the next two weeks, the SBA will establish a seven-day pilot period for the RRF application portal and conduct extensive outreach and training on how to apply, application requirements and where to apply. Participants in this pilot will be randomly selected from existing PPP borrowers in priority groups for RRF and will not receive funds until the application portal is open to the public. Following the pilot, the application portal will be opened to the public. For the first 21 days that the program is open, the SBA will prioritize reviewing applications from small businesses owned by women, veterans, and socially and economically disadvantaged individuals. Following the 21-day period, all eligible applicants are encouraged to submit applications. Learn More>>

Connecticut

  • The Connecticut Community Outreach and Revitalization Program (ConnCORP)  announced a new initiative of its Economic Justice Fund, developed to support Black-owned businesses through COVID-19 recovery and technical assistance. ConnCORP will be working with trusted business and community partners to solicit referrals to established Black-owned businesses. After a short application process, the 10 businesses accepted in the first round of grant funding will receive up to $10,000 depending on assessed need. In addition to financial capital, the fund will provide CTNext sponsored technical assistance of up to $15,000 in the form of identified consultants in areas such as marketing, financial/accounting, new product development, legal, web design, and communications and public relations. Businesses will also be able to take part in ConnCORP’s Economic Impact Lab (CCEIL) and participate in program offerings and resources. ConnCAT has committed to raising $1 million in grant funding to support New Haven’s community of Black-owned businesses. For more information, visit conncorp.org.
  • HEDCO Inc. Partnership Loan Program HEDCO, Inc., The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven, the City of New Haven, and The Amour Propre Fund are collaborating to provide financial relief and recovery resources to minority-owned and women-owned small businesses. Qualifying small businesses with 20 or fewer employees may apply for a 4% term loan for up to $25,000. Find more information on the loan program here.

New Jersey

  • The New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA) announced Phase 4 of the Authority’s Small Business Emergency Assistance Grant Program, adding $85 million in funds from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. Phase 4 will provide short-term operating support to a broad group of New Jersey small and medium sized businesses and non-profits that have been negatively impacted during the declared state of emergency. More information is available here.
  • The New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA) announced Phase 4 of the Authority’s Small Business Emergency Assistance Grant Program, adding $85 million in funds from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. Phase 4 will provide short-term operating support to a broad group of New Jersey small and medium sized businesses and non-profits that have been negatively impacted during the declared state of emergency. More information is available here. Interested business owners will need to pre-register here to access the application. Pre-registration will begin on Monday, April 19, 2021 at 9:00 a.m. and will close on April 29, 2021 at 5:00 p.m. The application will be available via a phased approach following the end of the pre-registration period, as detailed below. Applicants must complete the full application to be considered for grant funding.

New York

  • New York City Small Business Services – COVID-19 Assistance & Guidance for Businesses – As part of the City’s commitment to spur economic growth, SBS has released The New Normal: Adapting Your Small Business Playbook, a handbook filled with tools, technologies, and strategies to help entrepreneurs stabilize their business, protect their staff and customers, and build and grow beyond the pandemic. In conjunction with the playbook release, we are offering a multi-session workshop series run by business experts to help entrepreneurs stabilize their business, protect their staff and customers, and build and grow beyond the pandemic. Each session will cover topics from the playbook and will be accompanied by virtual classroom instruction and take-home exercises for business owners to maximize their learnings.

Maryland/Washington DC

Webinars

  • Thursday April 29 | 1:00pm Find the resources your business needs to adapt and grow. You’re invited to the next webinar of UPS “Be Unstoppable®” series—How the SBA and USCS Can Help Your Business Now. Members of the SBA—along with the U.S. Commercial Service (USCS)— are invited back to talk about their latest programs. Join us as we discuss:
    • Cash flow tools and updated resources available through the American Rescue Plan
    • Programs that can help your business grow through exporting
    • How UPS can help you connect and take advantage of these opportunities

Tools You Can Use

  • Telling Your Story is the most important communication tool you have to keep your audience engaged and off their phones. Use your stories to motivate action, celebrate your success, feature your progress and fire-up your initiatives. Learn more about virtual, hybrid events!
04/11/21: WBE Tools, Resources, Information and Connections Bulletin April 12 – 16, 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

  • Wednesday April 21 | 2:00 pm LEVEL UP! Get in the Million Dollar Mindset hosted by the Minority Business Development Agency. Learn how to leverage resources, tools, and identify strategic partners in your community to scale your business. Get to know key organizations, certifications, programs, grants, and access to funding available to help you take your business to the next level of growth and success! This event has limited virtual seating. Reserve your spot TODAY!
  • On Wednesday, March 24th  the Enterprising Women of Color Business Center-Hawaii, the Hawaii Small Business Development Center and others hosted the first seminar of the Hawaii Women in Business series. The event drew registrants from the islands of Hawaii to the West and East Coast of the U.S. mainland. To review the event recap and sign up for updates, visit: https://bit.ly/2Q1X4qw.
  • The U.S. Department of Labor announced today that, beginning April 12, it will open a two-week national online dialogue to gather ideas for ensuring equity in employment policies and programs for people with disabilities from historically underserved communities. Those seeking to participate should register at RacialEquity.ideascale.com.
  • Minority Business Development Agency is not accepting proposals for the

Small  Business Administration

  • SBA has raised the loan limit for COVID-19 Economic Injury Disaster Loans to up to 24 months of economic injury with a maximum loan amount of $500,000. Borrowers were sent an email about the new loan limit. Some borrowers are experiencing a technical issue when clicking on the email address to request a COVID-19 EIDL increase. When submitting the request, make sure to remove any additional characters that may appear in front of the email address so that your request can be delivered. For questions about your application, please contact the Customer Service Center at 1-800-659-2955 (1-800-877-8339 for those with disabilities) or email disastercustomerservice@sba.gov.
  • The Shuttered Venue Operators Grant application portal remains temporarily suspended through the weekend of April 9 while we work to resolve technical issues. We can confirm we did not accept any applications or distribute any funding. When a reopening date is determined, we’ll provide updates in advance so that applicants have time to prepare. For more information about the Shuttered Venue Operators Grant program, visit sba.gov/svogrant.

New York

  • April is Financial Literacy Month. The Office of the NYS Comptroller offers resources and links to give New Yorkers easy access to vital assistance and information to help them make informed money management decisions. Visit their website to get started.

Maryland/Washington

From Partner Organizations

WBEC South, Enterprising Women of Color and Apple are proud to provide the opportunity to apply for the Apple Impact Accelerator Program! Applications are now open for Black-, Hispanic/Latinx- and Indigenous (Native American)- owned businesses that provide environmental solutions and services in the following categories:

    • Climate Change: energy efficiency; renewable energy; direct emissions abatement; carbon removal
    • Resources and Renewable Materials: automation; recycling innovation; water stewardship; zero waste
    • Smarter Chemistry: product chemistry; protecting people/environment through green chemistry

Applications Due Friday April 30 11:59pm (PST)

Webinar

  • Tuesday April 13 | 6:00pm – 7:00pm Key Contract Provisions to Manage Supplier Relationships and Outcomes hosted by ISM-NCA. Key Contract Provisions to Manage Supplier Relationships and Outcomes provides an in-depth assessment of key contract provisions that the astute buyer should address in strategic contracts to help manage the supplier relationship and the supplier’s performance during the term of the contract.  An explanation of several essential contract terms will be provided, their application, benefits, and how the terms play a key role in helping to shape and ultimately determine a positive outcome.  The session will also focus on the unique attributes of Development Projects, how to manage them, and the rights that a buyer should establish in the contract in the event of the seller’s default.
04/04/21: WBE Tools, Resources, Information and Connections Bulletin April 5 - 9, 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

  • What makes your business unstoppable? Tell UPS for an opportunity to compete in The UPS Store® Virtual Small Biz Challenge. You could win up to $25,000, a feature article in Inc. magazine and a video shoot to showcase your business on Inc. and The UPS Store social channels.
  • Women Impacting Public Policy (WIPP) honors their 2021 Legacy Circle Inductees. As Women Impacting Public Policy celebrates its’ 20th Anniversary and Women’s History Month, there is no better time to launch the WIPP Legacy Circle and recognize past leaders who have worked tirelessly towards WIPPs success. The WIPP Legacy Circle was developed to honor the amazing women who have held leadership roles in the organization and who through significant contributions, such as time and expertise have impacted the lives of women business owners across the country. The inductees have demonstrated a strong commitment to women’s business development, influencing policy, strengthening communities, and growing the economy.
  • On April 20-23, 2021, Walmart will host its first Virtual Stakeholders Summit to encourage continued dialogue between Walmart and leaders representing diverse communities and interest groups across the country. The focus of this summit will be Walmart’s commitment to racial equity. We would like to share with you our journey thus far. We will start with we learned through the Racial Equity Institute and how this led us to do a deep dive into the systems that have created disparity in this country. And we will meet with the leaders who are helping Walmart drive change in these systems, particularly in Criminal Justice, Education, Healthcare, and Finance.   Lastly, it will be an opportunity to share your thoughts with us.
  • The application process for Walmart’s eighth annual Open Call for products made, grown or assembled in the United States is open now through April 30. We invite entrepreneurs dreaming of landing their products on Walmart shelves and online to apply for the opportunity to meet with Walmart merchants on June 30, 2021, via virtual pitch meetings. In addition to one-on-one pitch meetings with Walmart merchants on June 30, participants will have an opportunity to hear directly from Walmart executives at the hour-long kickoff of the event. Smaller breakout sessions will be available throughout the day where prospective suppliers can learn more on valuable topics and about resources available to them.

Small Business Administration

Maryland

Washington, DC

Webinars

  • Thurs April 15 1:00 EDT | OPENING DOORS Eva Longoria Talks Inclusivity in Business and Beyond hosted by UPS part of the be unstoppable Webinar Series. You’ve seen Eva Longoria light up the screen as an award-winning actor. But like any entrepreneur, she wasn’t satisfied letting others make the decisions while she just played a part. In this VIP webinar, UPS CMO Kevin Warren talks with Eva about how she took control over her brand, her future, and the impact she could make on others.

WBE Provided

  • Supplier Diversity Is Key to a Strong, Inclusive Recovery Diverse businesses not only demonstrate success in times of disruption, but have the attributes needed to support our social and economic revitalization. We are pleased to see diversity and inclusion remain a strategic priority for many organizations, as we hope women- and minority-owned businesses will be a driving force in our recovery.

 

03/21/21: WBE Tools, Resources, Information and Connections Bulletin March 22 - 26, 2021

 

General

  • In celebration of Women’s History Month, NWBC invites you to join a fireside chat featuring Chair Liz Sara and Council Member Nicole Cober. This insightful discussion will highlight key trends in women’s business enterprise and cover notable, free resources to help you start and scale your business. Women own or co-own 45% of all businesses in the United States. These businesses represent a wide range of industries and are owned by women from all walks of life. The majority are small, with great potential for growth in both revenues and job creation. Register Now!
  • On February 4, 2021, The National Women’s Business Council (NWBC) released its 2020 #LetsTalkBusiness Roundtable Series Reporta collection of testimonials from women entrepreneurs on current challenges and opportunities associated with access to capital, childcare, and patenting and trademark. After the successes of the 2019 Women in Small Business Roundtable Series, the Council rebranded the initiative and continued hosting policy discussions through 2020. The #LetsTalkBusiness Roundtable Series launched in San Juan, Puerto Rico just before the onset of COVID-19. Participants highlighted women business owners’ role in catalyzing an economic recovery following recent natural disasters and shared effective methods to increase female founders’ access to growth capital. 
  • (USDOL) OSHA is enhancing COVID-19 worker protections OSHA is conducting a COVID-19 national emphasis program focused on high-risk industries and employers that retaliate against employees who complain about workplace hazards.
  • (USDOL) New grants will expand and diversify registered apprenticeships We are making $87.5 million available for states to expand and diversify their registered apprenticeship programs. States can also apply for new equity and innovation grants to expand apprenticeships, ranging from $2 million to $10 million.

 

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

  • As part of its continued support for small businesses and U.S. manufacturing, Walmart announced this morning that the application process for the company’s eighth annual Open Call is now open. The deadline to apply for participation in this year’s virtual event is April 30. The event will be held June 30. The application and additional information about the event are available here. Earlier this month, Walmart announced a new commitment to spend an additional $350 billion on items made, grown or assembled in the United States. It’s estimated that this spend will support more than 750,000 new American jobs. Walmart’s Open Call is one way in which the company supports this commitment.

Small Business Administration

  • The U.S. Small Business Administration is launching a splash page for the Shuttered Venue Operators Grant (SVOG) application portal today in anticipation of opening applications for the much-anticipated critical economic relief program on Thursday, April 8, 2021.
  • The U.S. Small Business Administration announced extended deferment periods for all disaster loans, including the COVID-19 Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program, until 2022.
    • All SBA disaster loans made in calendar year 2020, including COVID-19 EIDL, will have a first payment due date extended from 12-months to 24-months from the date of the note.
    • All SBA disaster loans made in calendar year 2021, including COVID-19 EIDL, will have a first payment due date extended from 12-months to 18-months from the date of the note.

Existing SBA disaster loans approved prior to 2020 in regular servicing status as of March 1, 2020, received an automatic deferment of principal and interest payments through December 31, 2020. This initial deferment period was subsequently extended through March 31, 2021. An additional 12-month deferment of principal and interest payments will be automatically granted to these borrowers. Borrowers will resume their regular payment schedule with the payment immediately preceding March 31, 2022, unless the borrower voluntarily continues to make payments while on deferment. It is important to note that the interest will continue to accrue on the outstanding balance of the loan throughout the duration of the deferment.

  • SBA webinars:

Mon. March 22, 2021 at 12:30pm (SBA and Tech Incubator at Queens College) PPP Forgiveness Application Forms and Rules
https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZEpf-yrqT8iG9PSL2pulFobm89pHxsR4zDC 

Wed. March 24, 2021 at 3pm (US Department of Transportation, Northeast Small business Transportation Resource Center at LaGuardia Community College)
Yes! You can Get Bonded, too https://www.eventbrite.com/e/yes-you-can-get-bonded-too-tickets-142772198489

Thurs. March 25, 2021 at 12:00pm (SBA and Manhattan Chamber of Commerce) How to Start a Business https://app.livestorm.co/p/9233a5ab-60d7-48e0-935a-61b1bd392623

 

Washington, DC

  • The Minority Business Development Agency is now accepting proposals for the MBDA Federal Procurement Center Project. We invite you to review the full announcement, learn more about eligibility, funding, and locations. To get started:
    Review the full Notice of Funding Opportunity announcement
    Register for the Pre-Application Conference on March 22, 2021 2:00pm – 3:00pm. For registration, please visit https://go.usa.gov/xsHJm.
    View the video and resources for helpful tips on MBDA Grant Competition Submissions
    Submit your proposal on Grants.gov by 11:59 pm, Eastern Time on April 17, 2021

 

Webinars

  • Tuesday March 23 | 3:00pm ET Fifth 2021 Enterprising Women Business Roundtable Series.  Featuring 28 members of the Enterprising Women Advisory Board leading roundtable discussions via Zoom on their topics of expertise! Sessions will be hosted every two weeks through July 2021. Moderators will present 10 minutes of valuable content and then lead 20 minutes of roundtable discussion and Q & A, followed by a second moderator presenting 10 minutes of content followed by 20 minutes of discussion and Q & A.
  • Wednesday March 23 | 12:30pm HST Getting SBA Certified as a Woman-Owned Small Business: Opening New Doors of Opportunity. In celebration of Women’s History Month, hear from industry experts in this free online seminar on the benefits and steps to becoming certified as a woman (or minority) owned small business (WOSB.MOSB).
  • Wednesday March 24 | 2:00pm ET Welcome to the New Workplace: Making it Work hosted by Verizon. New interactive webinar: Explore how to support your remote employees’ well-being. Speaker: Seth Mattison, Founder and CEO of FutureSight Labs, and a renowned expert on workforce trends and generational dynamics. Host: Ramon Ray, an entrepreneur, author and speaker, as well as the founder of Smart Hustle Media.
  • Thursday March 25 |10:00am PT Successful Strategies for the Hybrid Workplace. Now that we’re getting closer to managing this pandemic, it’s time to prepare to return to the office. With solutions for every workspace, DTEN and Zoom are perfectly positioned to help. New updates to Zoom and Zoom Rooms, paired with DTEN all-in-one devices create modern, productive work environments that foster seamless collaboration and communication while maintaining safe distances. Please join us on a deep dive into the latest updates from Zoom and DTEN that enable the safe and productive return to the office.
  • Thursday March 25 | 1:00pm EDT It takes a lot of ambition to get a small business off the ground. But you don’t have to do it alone. In the next webinar of UPS’ “Be Unstoppable®” series— 4 Growth Secrets to One Startup’s Success —you’ll hear how cutting-edge clothing brand Ministry of Supply went from startup to success with support from leading e-commerce marketing platform Yotpo, a UPS® Digital Connections partner. 
    Join Ayana Green, UPS Vice President of SMB Strategy and Revenue Channels, Ministry of Supply CEO Aman Advani, and Yotpo Strategic Alliances Manager Kevin Lindberg as they discuss how to:
    Turn customer content into sales by collecting and leveraging reviews, ratings, and Q&A
    Integrate customer photos and videos to engage buyers and enhance branding
    Get an array of solutions from UPS® Digital Connections partners at discounted rates
    For the first 1,000 participants of the webinar, Ministry of Supply is offering a $125 Men’s or Women’s Aero Zero Shirt for just $15 (to cover shipping and handling), while supplies last. Tune in to the webinar for details. REGISTER NOW!

 

Tools You Can Use

  • Are you ready to return to the office? Learn how powerful and innovative NEW Solutions from DTEN and Zoom can help navigate a safe return to work for employees, customers and clients; meet the challenges of a hybrid work environment that supports team collaboration and remote workers and manage in-office and personal shared spaces. Learn More.
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Do you have a consumer products that is ready for retail? @WBENCLive and @Target will host a Women Owned in Retail session on 10/15/20 on12:30 PM! Learn more & register https://t.co/HE43bzw8DP #WPEO #womenowned #wbencnetwork
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WPEO @WPEONYDC
@WBENCLive: 12 amazing NextGen #WomenEntrepreneurs will advance to the Live Pitch Competition on October 5, featuring $10K in grant awards! Check out the NextGen Pitch Intensive https://t.co/4lLvHHCkdL . #WBENC #NextGenWBE #WBENCnetwork #businesspitch #femalefounder #startup #femalefounders https://t.co/HIJgRTnlGD
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