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02/21/21: WBE Tools, Resources, Information, Connections Bulletin February 22-26

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

  • Join WBENC for a virtual event series in March celebrating Women’s History Month

    Registration is now open for a new virtual event series from WBENC — WBENC 2021 Focus on the Future. Join us for the entire month of March as we celebrate Women’s History Month and bring together our incredible network of women business owners and those who support them. 

    This event is laser-focused on providing meaningful education, resources, inspiration, connections, and conversation to help our network not only survive these uncertain times, but also grow and thrive. Attendees will have access to an exclusive virtual networking and event platform featuring the opportunity to network with corporations and women business owners, dozens of webinars and session recordings, inspirational celebratory events, industry-focused sessions, executive education, and more. 

    The virtual event series will take place each week throughout March. Explore the full event schedule, session details, and attendee pricing information at wbenc.org/march2021.To participate, register now!

    The Month will include:

    • Education | Breaking Down Barriers: Every Tuesday participate in educational sessions for WBEs and Corporate Members alike on breaking down barriers for success.
    • Inspiration & Innovation | WBE Growth & Resiliency: Every Wednesday, hear from inspirational and innovative WBEs in a weekly series of conversations, panel discussions, and WBE showcases.
    • Conversation | Real Talk: Every Thursday, participate in open but guided discussion on important topics facing women entrepreneurs and supplier diversity leaders.
    • Community & Celebration: Special celebratory events for our kickoff on March 1, International Women’s Day on March 8, and a grand finale on March 31. 

     

    What else to expect:

    • 31 days of exclusive content & resources
    • Networking opportunities with WBENC Corporate Members and WBEs
    • Executive education sessions with subject matter experts
    • Access to virtual networking and event platform
    • Exciting and inspirational celebratory events
    • Industry-focused spotlights and panel discussions
    • Important conversations on critical topics of importance to women business owners

     

    This event is laser-focused on providing meaningful education, resources, inspiration, connections, and conversation to help the WBENC network not only survive these uncertain times, but also grow and thrive. Attendees will have access to an exclusive virtual networking and event platform featuring the opportunity to network with corporations and women business owners, dozens of webinars and session recordings, inspirational celebratory events, industry-focused sessions, executive education, and more.

 

  • The U.S. Department of Education’s (ED) Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDBU) is hosting an online Simplified Acquisition Threshold (SAT) Conference on Wednesday, February 24, 2021 from 10:00AM-1:00PM EST. This event will cover information regarding ED purchases under the SAT ($250K). The event will also provide knowledge on how to engage with the program office designated points of contact. Please note that you must RSVP to join the webinar. Upon successful registration, you will receive an email containing a personalized access link. We look forward to your participation.To register for this event, please visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/osdbu-simplified-acquisition-threshold-sat-conference-registration-139963728279If you experience difficulties or have questions, contact small.business@ed.gov.

 

  • Presidential Scholars Program Support Services | The U.S. Department of Education is seeking information on the availability and interest of qualified sources with the capability to meet the Office of Communications and Outreach’s (OCO) need for a support services contractor for its U.S. Presidential Scholars Program. See attachment (at link provided) for the draft performance work statement.OCO requires the services of a Contractor to provide technical and logistical support for the annual identification, evaluation, selection and recognition of 161 U.S. Presidential Scholars from an eligible candidate pool of roughly 5,600 graduating high school seniors from across the United States and abroad, as well as to enter data, develop reports, and provide application-related assistance to users of the program’s online application OLAS currently provided by WizeHive. The Contractor shall provide expert educational advice on current scholastic assessment practices, standardize testing and the methodology and procedures for identifying high-achieving students, and shall also support the Commission‘s annual selection and recognition process.
  • Registration is open for the 10th Annual Real Estate Women’s Online Conference 
    • March 1 – 5, 2021. Register today for the early bird rate of $75 (regular price $99). Use promo code: GREENPEARL75

 

Small Business Administration

  • SBA to Provide One Year 8(a) Program Extension to Participants Due to COVID-19. SBA’s 8(a) Business Development Program due to the challenges of COVID-19. The federal government’s goal is to award at least 5 percent of all federal contracting dollars to small disadvantaged businesses each year. Eligible 8(a) firms must meet the following qualifications:
      • Be a small business
      • Not have previously participated in the 8(a) program
      • Be at least 51 percent owned and controlled by U.S. citizens who are socially and economically disadvantaged
      • Have a personal net worth of $750K or less, adjusted gross income of $350K or less and $6 million or less in assets
      • Before you can participate in the 8(a) Business Development program, you must be certified
      • Demonstrate good character and potential to perform on contracts.
  • Mentor-Protégé program changes
    • As of November 16, 2020, the 8(a) Mentor-Protégé program and the All Small Mentor-Protégé program have merged into one program called SBA’s Mentor-Protégé Program (MPP). The ruling can be found in the Federal Register.
    • To stay up to date with the merger and associated changes, visit the new SBA’s Mentor-Protégé Program webpage.
  • 7(j) Management and Technical Assistance program. The 7(j) program provides assistance such as training, executive education, and one-on-one consulting in a wide range of business activities, including marketing, accounting, opportunity development and capture, contract management, compliance, and financial analysis. If you want to learn more about the 7(j) program or sign up for assistance, contact your local SBA district office. To receive assistance through the 7(j) program, a small business must be one or more of the following:
    • Located in areas of high unemployment or low-income;
    • Owned by low income-individuals; and
    • Certified as an 8(a) participant, HUBZone small business, and/or economically- disadvantaged women-owned small business.
  • Shuttered Venue Operators Grant Program. The Shuttered Venue Operators Grant (SVOG) program is Section 324 of the Economic Aid to Hard-Hit Small Businesses, Nonprofits and Venues Act (Economic Aid Act) signed into law on Dec. 27, 2020. Following are answers as of Feb. 5, 2021, to frequently asked questions about the program. These will bE updated as new information comes available and additional program details are finalized. Frequently Asked Question about SVOG.

 

  • You can apply for a First Draw PPP Loan until Wednesday, March 31, 2021. SBA is currently accepting First Draw PPP loan applications from participating lenders. Lender Match can help connect you with a lender. You can also view all lenders near you on a map. All new First Draw PPP Loans will have the same terms regardless of lender or borrower. If you wish to begin preparing your application, you can download the following PPP borrower application form to see the information that will be requested from you when you apply with a lender: PPP First Draw Borrower Application Form.

 

  • SBA Shares Resources for Black-Owned Businesses During National Black History Month By Victor Parker, Deputy Associate Administrator for the SBA Office of Field Operations
    This National Black History Month, we commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the destruction of Black Wall Street where hundreds of small business dreams were deferred in the town of Greenwood, Oklahoma. Today, Greenwood’s 1921 Commission and other small business leaders join forces to help this community rebuild and regain economic equity. SBA also celebrates the immeasurable contributions black business owners have made to entrepreneurship in this country. From key historical figures like Madame CJ Walker to well-known innovators like Oprah Winfrey, black business owners throughout history have shaped U.S. entrepreneurship and paved the way for today’s small business owners.

 

  • Looking for more information about the Targeted EIDL Advance? Earlier this week, the SBA added a new frequently asked questions which includes information about the application process, eligibility and program criteria. Learn More.

 

New York

  • NYC Restaurant Week To Go has been extended through Sunday, February 28, 2021. Registration is still open for restaurants who are interested in participating. The deadline for registration is Tuesday, February 2 at 5pm. Please click here for more details and to sign up. Diners may search for participating restaurants by visiting nycgo.com/restaurantweek.  

 

Connecticut

  • Thursday, February 25 | 11:00 am | Efficient Business: Serving Customers and Saving Energy
    & PPP

    During this webinar, Alex Sopelak, small business customer program administrator forEversource, will provide insight on how improvements to your heating and cooling system can impact customer comfort, safety and energy consumption. Together, we will also explore best practices and the resources available to help you pursue these and other energy efficiency opportunities in your business.

    • HVAC in Small Businesses
      • Identifying your system
      • Incentives for HVAC improvements
    • Best practices for minimizing the spread of COVID-19
      • IAQ Technology and Methodology
      • Employee & Customer Behavior
    • Case study/studies
    • Other ways to save energy
      • Virtual assessments
      • Financing options
    • Payment assistance
    • Residential HES

 

Maryland

  • Maryland Washington Minority Companies Association Contracting Opportunities
  • To be eligible, a business must have between two and 25 employees, less than $7 million in annual revenue, a demonstrated need for support, a strong plan for moving forward, and be in good standing with the state of Maryland. For more information contact Allyson Black, Manager, State Affairs and Economic Development, BGE Allyson.Black@bge.com 410.269.5286
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Webinars

  • Wednesday, February 24th | DOs and DON’Ts for Measuring and Proving Your ROI A six-week series kicks off on Wednesday February 3 at 1:00pm CT. Ever wish you could read journalists’ minds? Are you making the best use of social media? Does ‘proving your ROI’ feel like an impossible task? If you’ve ever had these questions, this webinar series is for you. Reflect, reset and revisit some industry best practices that will keep you thriving. Let this be the year of more proactive and less reactive.

 

02/15/21: WBE Tools, Resources, Information, Connections Bulletin February 15 - 19, 2021

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

General

  • The U.S. Department of Education’s (ED) Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDBU) is hosting an online Simplified Acquisition Threshold (SAT) Conference on Wednesday, February 24, 2021 from 10:00AM-1:00PM EST. This event will cover information regarding ED purchases under the SAT ($250K). The event will also provide knowledge on how to engage with the program office designated points of contact. Please note that you must RSVP to join the webinar. Upon successful registration, you will receive an email containing a personalized access link. We look forward to your participation.To register for this event, please visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/osdbu-simplified-acquisition-threshold-sat-conference-registration-139963728279If you experience difficulties or have questions, contact small.business@ed.gov.

 

  • Presidential Scholars Program Support Services | The U.S. Department of Education is seeking information on the availability and interest of qualified sources with the capability to meet the Office of Communications and Outreach’s (OCO) need for a support services contractor for its U.S. Presidential Scholars Program. See attachment (at link provided) for the draft performance work statement.OCO requires the services of a Contractor to provide technical and logistical support for the annual identification, evaluation, selection and recognition of 161 U.S. Presidential Scholars from an eligible candidate pool of roughly 5,600 graduating high school seniors from across the United States and abroad, as well as to enter data, develop reports, and provide application-related assistance to users of the program’s online application OLAS currently provided by WizeHive. The Contractor shall provide expert educational advice on current scholastic assessment practices, standardize testing and the methodology and procedures for identifying high-achieving students, and shall also support the Commission‘s annual selection and recognition process.
  • Registration is open for the 10th Annual Real Estate Women’s Online Conference 
    • March 1 – 5, 2021. Register today for the early bird rate of $75 (regular price $99). Use promo code: GREENPEARL75

 

Small Business Administration

  • SBA to Provide One Year 8(a) Program Extension to Participants Due to COVID-19. SBA’s 8(a) Business Development Program due to the challenges of COVID-19. The federal government’s goal is to award at least 5 percent of all federal contracting dollars to small disadvantaged businesses each year. Eligible 8(a) firms must meet the following qualifications:
      • Be a small business
      • Not have previously participated in the 8(a) program
      • Be at least 51 percent owned and controlled by U.S. citizens who are socially and economically disadvantaged
      • Have a personal net worth of $750K or less, adjusted gross income of $350K or less and $6 million or less in assets
      • Before you can participate in the 8(a) Business Development program, you must be certified
      • Demonstrate good character and potential to perform on contracts.
  • Mentor-Protégé program changes
    • As of November 16, 2020, the 8(a) Mentor-Protégé program and the All Small Mentor-Protégé program have merged into one program called SBA’s Mentor-Protégé Program (MPP). The ruling can be found in the Federal Register.
    • To stay up to date with the merger and associated changes, visit the new SBA’s Mentor-Protégé Program webpage.
  • 7(j) Management and Technical Assistance program. The 7(j) program provides assistance such as training, executive education, and one-on-one consulting in a wide range of business activities, including marketing, accounting, opportunity development and capture, contract management, compliance, and financial analysis. If you want to learn more about the 7(j) program or sign up for assistance, contact your local SBA district office. To receive assistance through the 7(j) program, a small business must be one or more of the following:
    • Located in areas of high unemployment or low-income;
    • Owned by low income-individuals; and
    • Certified as an 8(a) participant, HUBZone small business, and/or economically- disadvantaged women-owned small business.
  • Shuttered Venue Operators Grant Program. The Shuttered Venue Operators Grant (SVOG) program is Section 324 of the Economic Aid to Hard-Hit Small Businesses, Nonprofits and Venues Act (Economic Aid Act) signed into law on Dec. 27, 2020. Following are answers as of Feb. 5, 2021, to frequently asked questions about the program. These will bE updated as new information comes available and additional program details are finalized. Frequently Asked Question about SVOG.

 

  • You can apply for a First Draw PPP Loan until Wednesday, March 31, 2021. SBA is currently accepting First Draw PPP loan applications from participating lenders. Lender Match can help connect you with a lender. You can also view all lenders near you on a map. All new First Draw PPP Loans will have the same terms regardless of lender or borrower. If you wish to begin preparing your application, you can download the following PPP borrower application form to see the information that will be requested from you when you apply with a lender: PPP First Draw Borrower Application Form.

 

  • SBA Shares Resources for Black-Owned Businesses During National Black History Month By Victor Parker, Deputy Associate Administrator for the SBA Office of Field Operations
    This National Black History Month, we commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the destruction of Black Wall Street where hundreds of small business dreams were deferred in the town of Greenwood, Oklahoma. Today, Greenwood’s 1921 Commission and other small business leaders join forces to help this community rebuild and regain economic equity. SBA also celebrates the immeasurable contributions black business owners have made to entrepreneurship in this country. From key historical figures like Madame CJ Walker to well-known innovators like Oprah Winfrey, black business owners throughout history have shaped U.S. entrepreneurship and paved the way for today’s small business owners.

 

  • Looking for more information about the Targeted EIDL Advance? Earlier this week, the SBA added a new frequently asked questions which includes information about the application process, eligibility and program criteria. Learn More.

 

New York

Topics will include:
• Vaccination
• Test and Trace if an employee tests positive for COVID-19
• How to keep workers safe in the workplace
• Changes in the Paid Sick Leave law
• Immigrant rights
• Identifying and reporting discrimination

  • NYC Restaurant Week To Go has been extended through Sunday, February 28, 2021. Registration is still open for restaurants who are interested in participating. The deadline for registration is Tuesday, February 2 at 5pm. Please click here for more details and to sign up. Diners may search for participating restaurants by visiting nycgo.com/restaurantweek.  

 

Connecticut

  • Tuesday, February 16 | 12:00 pm | Unemployment Resources & PPP

    The Economic Aid Act signed in December 2020 renews funding for several direct relief programs, extends unemployment assistance programs, and provides additional support for the Shared Work Program which allows employers to reduce employee hours while avoiding layoffs.

    The CT Department of Labor will join us to review the details of these programs, and discuss the new federal Mixed Earner Unemployment Compensation program for residents who have both self-employment earnings as well as W-2 earnings. Presenting will be Daryle Dudzinski, Deputy Commissioner, Connecticut Department of Labor. 

    While self-employed individuals and employers explore these programs, many have questions about how these interact with the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). Our CTSBDC Business Advisors will cover essential steps and considerations. for employers and self-employed navigating both.

    Free to attend. Registration required. If someone referred you to attend, please let us know in the “Referral From” section so we can thank them for helping us connect!

    You will receive an automatically generated e-mail after registration, including the WebEx and call-in details towards the bottom. We also send a reminder containing the join-in details at 24 hrs. in advance of the event. Please note automated e-mails are sometimes re-routed to spam/junk boxes by e-mail providers.

 

Maryland

  •  Thursday, February 18th |10:00 am – 11:30 am MWAA’s Local Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (LDBE) Certification Workshop

Come learn all about how the Local Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (LDBE) Certification can help you do business with the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority!  This workshop will provide a step-by-step guide on how to apply for your company’s LDBE certification, post certification benefits and tips, and allow for a face-to-face Q&A session to address all your questions and concerns regarding the program!

Post-certification benefits include:

  • Access to the Airports Authority Contracting Opportunities
  • Educational opportunities based on firm’s industry and capabilities
  • Real-time communication of MWAA Signature Outreach events to include “How to do Business with MWAA”, Industry days, Meet the MWAA primes
  • Invitation to MWAA strategic partners’ events to enhance connectivity with other prime contractors

Please visit https://mwaa.diversitycompliance.com/Default.asp? to register.  Once on the page, scroll to the bottom and on the left side of the page, click on “Events”.  Event registration will remain open until full. SPACE IS LIMITED.

  • Maryland Washington Minority Companies Association Contracting Opportunities
  • To be eligible, a business must have between two and 25 employees, less than $7 million in annual revenue, a demonstrated need for support, a strong plan for moving forward, and be in good standing with the state of Maryland. For more information contact Allyson Black, Manager, State Affairs and Economic Development, BGE Allyson.Black@bge.com 410.269.5286
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Webinars

  • Wednesday, February 17th | Building Your Corporate Cred: Effective Brand Monitoring & Management Techniques A six-week series kicks off on Wednesday February 3 at 1:00pm CT. Ever wish you could read journalists’ minds? Are you making the best use of social media? Does ‘proving your ROI’ feel like an impossible task? If you’ve ever had these questions, this webinar series is for you. Reflect, reset and revisit some industry best practices that will keep you thriving. Let this be the year of more proactive and less reactive.

 

02/08/21: WBE Tools, Resources, Information and Connections Bulletin February 8 – 12, 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

  • Registration NOW OPEN for the next Enterprising Women of Color Virtual event! “Charting Business Growth in the New Normal” for Thursday, February 11th at 3:00 pm EST. 
  • Take the NAWBO & Gusto Winter 2021 Survey Today. The best policy is driven by the best data. If we want to elicit change and convince lawmakers to help women business owners, we need to explain how we are doing and what we need. It will take less than 10 minutes and will be invaluable in our efforts with policymakers!
  • Merck’s Economic Inclusion and Supplier Diversity Virtual Educational Experience 2021, featuring Winning the Business Webinar has begun. You don’t want to miss out on this valuable content. Login below to access your experience.
  • Minority Business Development Agency, B&C International, and National Business League to grow U.S. MBEs through partnerships with African Small, Medium, and Micro Enterprises
    B&C International has developed an ecosystem to open business resource centers across Africa. Read the Press Release.
  • Registration is open for the 10th Annual Real Estate Women’s Online Conference March 1 – 5, 2021. Register today for the early bird rate of $75 (regular price $99). Use promo code: GREENPEARL75
  • Walmart and the Walmart Foundation pledged to contribute $100 million over five years through a Center for Racial Equity to help address racial disparities in the U.S. in June 2020. I’m excited to share Walmart and the Walmart Foundation are distributing the first $14.3 million of that commitment in grants to 16 different nonprofit organizations.
  • The National Women’s Business Council Releases its 2020 Roundtable Report a collection of testimonials from women entrepreneurs on current challenges and opportunities associated with access to capital, childcare, and patenting and trademark.

 

Small Business Administration

  • SBA to Provide One Year 8(a) Program Extension to Participants Due to COVID-19. SBA’s 8(a) Business Development Program due to the challenges of COVID-19. The federal government’s goal is to award at least 5 percent of all federal contracting dollars to small disadvantaged businesses each year. Eligible 8(a) firms must meet the following qualifications:
      • Be a small business
      • Not have previously participated in the 8(a) program
      • Be at least 51 percent owned and controlled by U.S. citizens who are socially and economically disadvantaged
      • Have a personal net worth of $750K or less, adjusted gross income of $350K or less and $6 million or less in assets
      • Before you can participate in the 8(a) Business Development program, you must be certified
      • Demonstrate good character and potential to perform on contracts.
  • Mentor-Protégé program changes
    • As of November 16, 2020, the 8(a) Mentor-Protégé program and the All Small Mentor-Protégé program have merged into one program called SBA’s Mentor-Protégé Program (MPP). The ruling can be found in the Federal Register.
    • To stay up to date with the merger and associated changes, visit the new SBA’s Mentor-Protégé Program webpage.
  • 7(j) Management and Technical Assistance program. The 7(j) program provides assistance such as training, executive education, and one-on-one consulting in a wide range of business activities, including marketing, accounting, opportunity development and capture, contract management, compliance, and financial analysis.If you want to learn more about the 7(j) program or sign up for assistance, contact your local SBA district office. To receive assistance through the 7(j) program, a small business must be one or more of the following:
    • Located in areas of high unemployment or low-income;
    • Owned by low income-individuals; and
    • Certified as an 8(a) participant, HUBZone small business, and/or economically- disadvantaged women-owned small business.
  • Shuttered Venue Operators Grant Program. The Shuttered Venue Operators Grant (SVOG) program is Section 324 of the Economic Aid to Hard-Hit Small Businesses, Nonprofits and Venues Act (Economic Aid Act) signed into law on Dec. 27, 2020. Following are answers as of Feb. 5, 2021, to frequently asked questions about the program. These will bE updated as new information comes available and additional program details are finalized. Frequently Asked Question about SVOG.
  • You can apply for a First Draw PPP Loan until Wednesday, March 31, 2021. SBA is currently accepting First Draw PPP loan applications from participating lenders. Lender Match can help connect you with a lender. You can also view all lenders near you on a map. All new First Draw PPP Loans will have the same terms regardless of lender or borrower. If you wish to begin preparing your application, you can download the following PPP borrower application form to see the information that will be requested from you when you apply with a lender: PPP First Draw Borrower Application Form.
  • SBA Shares Resources for Black-Owned Businesses During National Black History Month By Victor Parker, Deputy Associate Administrator for the SBA Office of Field Operations
    This National Black History Month, we commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the destruction of Black Wall Street where hundreds of small business dreams were deferred in the town of Greenwood, Oklahoma. Today, Greenwood’s 1921 Commission and other small business leaders join forces to help this community rebuild and regain economic equity. SBA also celebrates the immeasurable contributions black business owners have made to entrepreneurship in this country. From key historical figures like Madame CJ Walker to well-known innovators like Oprah Winfrey, black business owners throughout history have shaped U.S. entrepreneurship and paved the way for today’s small business owners.
  • Looking for more information about the Targeted EIDL Advance? Earlier this week, the SBA added a new frequently asked questions which includes information about the application process, eligibility and program criteria. Learn More.

 

New York

  • Thursday February 11 | 12:30pm – 2:00pm Personal Cybersecurity: Prevention, Awareness, and Career Pathways hosted by the NYC Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and the New York Institute of Technology. Given the growing number of security breaches and recent cybersecurity attacks, it is now more important than ever to learn how to secure your personal devices. In this webinar, presenters will discuss personal cybersecurity, as well as careers in this field. Join us for an animated conversation with experts in the field.
  • NYC Restaurant Week To Go has been extended through Sunday, February 28, 2021. Registration is still open for restaurants who are interested in participating. The deadline for registration is Tuesday, February 2 at 5pm. Please click here for more details and to sign up. Diners may search for participating restaurants by visiting nycgo.com/restaurantweek.  

 

Connecticut

  • Tuesday February 9th | 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm Free Webinar on How to Apply for PPP: Focus on Self-Employed. The information in this webinar is tailored specifically to assist self-employed individuals, sole proprietors and independent contractors in understanding the program and how it works for this group of entrepreneurs. Advisors will walk you through how PPP specifically works for you, whether this is your first time applying or you are seeking additional funds.  We will also explain how the allowable uses have been updated and expanded. Topics cover:
    • How to calculate the amount you are eligible for
    • Allowable payroll and non-payroll loan uses;
    • Documentation needed; and
    • Forgiveness enhancements
  • Thursday February 11 | 12:00 pm Free Webinar on How to Apply for PPP: Focus on Small Employers. The information in this webinar is tailored specifically to assist businesses with two or more employees, independent of legal structure (sole-proprietor, LLC, S-Corp, C-Corp, non-profit)  in understanding the program and how it works for this group of entrepreneurs. Topics cover: 
    • How to calculate the amount you are eligible for
    • Allowable payroll and non-payroll loan uses;
    • Documentation needed; and
    • Forgiveness enhancements
  • The Women’s Business Development Council is pleased to offer grants of up to $10,000 to qualified small business owners who live in Connecticut.Grants are available to women–owned and/or minority–owned businesses in Connecticut and are designed to help these businesses pivot, expand or restructure during pandemic times and beyond.  Grants between $2,500 and $10,000 may be given for clearly defined projects that will have a measurable impact on the business.  Applicants are required to match 25% of the grant funding with their own money.The application period for the next round of funding is now open until 11:59 PM EST on Monday, February 15th. For more information or assistance, please visit,  The Women’s Business Development Council

 

Maryland

  • Maryland Washington Minority Companies Association Contracting Opportunities
  • To be eligible, a business must have between two and 25 employees, less than $7 million in annual revenue, a demonstrated need for support, a strong plan for moving forward, and be in good standing with the state of Maryland. For more information contact Allyson Black, Manager, State Affairs and Economic Development, BGE Allyson.Black@bge.com 410.269.5286
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Webinars

  • Wednesday, February 10th | What’s Your Story? How to Tell Great Stories that Get Heard and Get Results A six-week series kicks off on Wednesday February 3 at 1:00pm CT. Ever wish you could read journalists’ minds? Are you making the best use of social media? Does ‘proving your ROI’ feel like an impossible task? If you’ve ever had these questions, this webinar series is for you. Reflect, reset and revisit some industry best practices that will keep you thriving. Let this be the year of more proactive and less reactive.

 

01/31/21: WBE Tools, Resources, Information and Connections Bulletin February 1 – 5, 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

 

Small Business Administration

  • The SBA is taking steps to improve the First Draw Paycheck Protection Program loan review so that small businesses have as much time as possible to access much needed PPP funds. The Biden-Harris Administration is focused on ensuring small businesses receive the support they need to keep their doors open and continue to employ millions of Americans across the country. Learn More.
  • SBA to Provide One Year 8(a) Program Extension to Participants Due to COVID-19. The U.S. Small Business Administration published an interim final rule effective January 13, 2021 allowing 8(a) Program participants to elect a one-year program extension in the SBA’s 8(a) Business Development Program due to the challenges of COVID-19. Eligible 8(a) firms must meet the following qualifications:
    • Any firm that participated in the 8(a) Program between March 13, 2020, and September 9, 2020, has the option to extend its program participation for one year from the end of its program term;
    • Firms that were terminated, early graduated, or voluntarily withdrew from the 8(a) Program during this period are not eligible for the extension; and
    • Firms admitted to the 8(a) Program on or after September 10, 2020, are not eligible for the extension.
  • Shuttered Venue Operators Grant Program. Looking for more information about the Shuttered Venue Operators Grant Program? On January 28, 2021, the SBA added a new frequently asked questions which includes information about eligibility, application, use of funds and more. Learn More.
  • Did you know that businesses impacted by the pandemic may be eligible for federal tax credits and other relief? Get up-to-date information on COVID-19 tax and filing requirements and benefits. Learn More.

 

New York

  • Thursday February 11 | 12:30pm – 2:00pm Personal Cybersecurity: Prevention, Awareness, and Career Pathways hosted by the NYC Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and the New York Institute of Technology. Given the growing number of security breaches and recent cybersecurity attacks, it is now more important than ever to learn how to secure your personal devices. In this webinar, presenters will discuss personal cybersecurity, as well as careers in this field. Join us for an animated conversation with experts in the field.
  • NYC Restaurant Week To Go has been extended through February 28, 2021. Registration is still open for restaurants who are interested in participating. The deadline for registration is Tuesday, February 2 at 5pm. Please click here for more details and to sign up. Diners may search for participating restaurants by visiting nycgo.com/restaurantweek.  

 

Maryland

 

Webinars

  • Best Practices in Communications in 2021. A six-week series kicks off on Wednesday February 3 at 1:00pm CT. Ever wish you could read journalists’ minds? Are you making the best use of social media? Does ‘proving your ROI’ feel like an impossible task? If you’ve ever had these questions, this webinar series is for you. Reflect, reset and revisit some industry best practices that will keep you thriving. Let this be the year of more proactive and less reactive.
  • NAWBO’s Virtual Leadership Academy Thursday February 4 – Friday February 5. NAWBO’s Leadership Academy will advance your leadership through a general session as well as two tracks of programming: one with tools and resources for chapter leaders and another with professional and personal leadership skills training for all women business owners. Register before the end of the year to save! The cost is $75 for member/$100 for non-members. Click here to see the agenda one-sheet! Click here to register now!

 

 

01/24/21: WBE Tools, Resources, Information and Connections Bulletin January 25 – 29, 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

  • You can apply for a PPP loan through Chase. Congress has approved additional funding for the SBA’s Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), which is designed to support businesses affected by COVID-19. If you’re interested in applying for a PPP loan, you can do it through Chase if you have an active Chase business checking account. If you don’t already have one, find out how to open an account and learn more at chase.com/ppp. JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A. Member FDIC. Equal Opportunity Lender. © 2021 JPMorgan Chase & Co.
  • Introducing the NAWBO Established and Ready to Grow Entrepreneurship Program sponsored by AARP offering scholarships for 40 Women Business Owners of Color, Aged 45+. This program is ailed to engage these women business owners who are in the early stages of business ownership and seeks to propel them to the next level of their business journey.
  • Real Estate Women’s Forum Online Conference. Hear from BlackRock, Carlyle, Goldman Sachs, CIT Bank, Duval & Stachenfeld and Marcus & Millichap Capital Corporation as they discuss emerging trends in real estate equity investment and debt finance activity. Register today for the early bird rate of $49 (regular price $99) Use promo code: GREENPEARL49
  • There is still time to apply for the 2021 Inc. Best Workplaces awards. But don’t wait—take the first step to being nominated as an Inc. Best Workplace and submit your application today. Nominate your company and receive visibility and media exposure; invaluable insights; national recognition and greater productivity. APPLY NOW! Final Application Deadline February 5, 2021 11:59pm PT.

Maryland

  • BGE Energizing Small Business Grant Program launched on January 20th. part of its $15 million pledge to assist small businesses with COVID-19 relief and recovery. This is a component of BGE’s comprehensive Customer Relief and Energy Infrastructure Investment Plan, designed to help the state’s economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. Through the BGE Energizing Small Business Grants Program, eligible businesses located in BGE’s service area will have three opportunities to apply for grants of up to $20,000: 
    • Round 1: January 20 – March 3, 2021 
    • Round 2: May 5 – June 16, 2021
    • Round 3: September 1 – October 13, 2021

To be eligible, a business must have between two and 25 employees, less than $7 million in annual revenue, a demonstrated need for support, a strong plan for moving forward, and be in good standing with the state of Maryland. For more information contact Allyson Black, Manager, State Affairs and Economic Development, BGE Allyson.Black@bge.com 410.269.5286

Virginia

SWAM/DBE OVERVIEW (Presented by Angela Barber and Nina Britton, SBSD)

Learn about SWaM/DBE certifications and their benefits … what does it mean to be certified and how to access opportunity.

ESTABLISHING RELATIONSHIPS WITH PRIME CONTRACTORS (moderated panel discussion)

Meet our prime construction contractors and what you need to ready for the job.

Webinars

  • Wednesday January 27 | 12:00p – 1:00pm I Am Not Okay. Are you tired of saying “I’m Okay” when you are actually not okay? Join the National Women’s Collaborative for a panel of experts in a safe virtual space to have open and honest dialogue about your mental health. This is the first of a two part series on wellness hosted by NWC. Part two will focus on body positivity.
  • Thursday January 28 | 2:00pm – 3:00pm New COVID-19 Relief and the Impact on Businesses hosted by CohnReznick’s  National Tax Team along with members of our SBA Task Force as we dive into the details and host a Q&A session on the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021 and its impact on businesses.
  • Thursday February 4 | 12:00pm – 1:00pm The State of Women’s Participation and Empowerment: New Challenges to Gender Equality hosted by Women & Public Policy Pogram In this seminar, Pippa Norris, Paul F. McGuire Lecturer in Comparative Politics, takes stock of the state of women’s participation and empowerment in public life since the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action in 1995.

WBE Offerings

 

Partner Organization Offerings

  • Greater Women’s Business Council (GWBC) launches the new season of Morning with GWBC Mondays at 10:00am. Register Now for

Monday February 8th with Guest Cherelle Cortez, East Regional Supplier Diversity & Inclusion Manager, JE Dunn Construction.

Monday February 22nd with Guest, Kaddra Greene, Program Manager of Supplier Diversity, Atrium Health.

 

Tools You Can Use

  • SBN At-Home: Marketing to Corporate America in 2021. Tracey Edwards, Julia Hodge, and Jon Suber join Kelly Leonard for MyMCM’s January episode of Small Business Network at Home. Listen to the recording.
  • The 2020 Racial Equity Virtual Summit. PRWeek’s first Racial Equity Virtual Summit was held on December 10, 2020 to shed light on topics stemming from the heightened focus on issues around diversity across the whole of society, including business, brands and the PR industry. This important read captures the content covered during this event. Download Now.
01/18/21: WBE Tools, Resources, Information and Connections Bulletin January 18 – 22, 2021

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

General

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

 

Small Business Administration

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

 

Connecticut

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

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

Detailed Eligibility Criteria

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

Exclusions

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

Payment Amount Formula

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

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

 

New Jersey

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

 

Maryland

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

 

Webinars

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

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

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

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

The presentation will cover the following five trends:

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

Blogs 

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

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

Small Business Administration

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

General

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

New York

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

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

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

Maryland

Webinars

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

 

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

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

General

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

 

Small Business Administration

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

Learn more

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

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

 

New Jersey 

 

New York 

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

 

Maryland

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

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

General

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

 

Small Business Administration

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

 

New York

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

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

 

General

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

 

Small Business Administration

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

 

New Jersey

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

 

New York 

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

 

Maryland

 

Partner Organization Offerings

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

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

Applicants must be one of the following:

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

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

Perfect Pitch 2021 Application

Perfect Pitch 2021 Guidelines

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