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11/30/20: WBE Tools, Resources, Information and Connections Bulletin November 30 – December 4, 2020

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

 

General

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

 

Small Business Administration

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

 

New Jersey

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

 

New York 

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

 

Maryland

 

Partner Organization Offerings

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

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

Applicants must be one of the following:

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

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

Perfect Pitch 2021 Application

Perfect Pitch 2021 Guidelines

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

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

 

General

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

 

Small Business Administration

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

 

Connecticut

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

New York

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

Key Internship Information 

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

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

 

New Jersey

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

 

Maryland 

 

Webinars

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

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

The webinar will cover:

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

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

 

Don’t Forget to Join Us Tomorrow!

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

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

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

 

General

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

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

 

Small Business Administration

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

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

Learn More

 

Maryland

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

 

Virginia

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

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

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

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

 

General

 

Small Business Administration

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

 

New Jersey

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

 

New York

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

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

General

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

 

Small Business Administration

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

 

New Jersey

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

 

Maryland

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

 

Webinars

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

 

Tools You can Use

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

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

General

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

 

Small Business Administration

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

    To: XXXXXXXXXX

    Subject: Refund of your loan

    Hello,

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

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

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

    Brandon Alcott, Principal Partner Sba-attorneys

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

 

New Jersey

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

Webinars

 

Tools You Can Use

10/04/20: WBE Tools, Resources, Information and Connections Bulletin October 5 - 9, 2020

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

General

  • What’s New with WBENC? Find out in WBENC’s Monthly Newsletter for September 2020. Read about National Women’s Small Business Month and the #BuyWomenOwned campaign; WBENCs Cummins Grands for Black Student Female Founders and watch the Final Pitch Competition.
  • The deadline to fill out the census has been extended into October. This year, filling out the census is easier than ever. The census asks just 10 simple questions that can be answered in just a few minutes online by visiting gov, or by calling 844-330-2020 for assistance in English.

Small Business Administration

  • Did you know that SBA’s Lender Match tool helps connect minority-owned businesses with SBA-approved CDFIs and small lenders?

Here’s how it works:

    1. Describe your needs – Answer a few questions about your business in as little as five minutes.
    2. Get matched in two days – Receive an email with contact information of lenders who express interest in your loan.
    3. Talk to lenders – Compare rates, terms, fees, and more.
    4. Apply for a loan – Submit loan applications and paperwork. You’re well on your way to securing a business loan.

Get Started.

  • National Small Business Week 2020 has come to a close, but there’s still a chance to get to know our winners. Many of SBA’s winners are veterans, women and minority-owned small businesses. Learn about their achievements and dedication to their communities.

National winners

Local winners

  • SAVE THE DATE: National Veterans Small Business Week November 2 – 6, 2020.

 

New Jersey

  • The Hunterdon County Chamber of Commerce is asking for input through the Hunterdon Economic Recovery Survey. The information provided on this survey will help us to evaluate the impacts on Hunterdon County’s employers and the Hunterdon County economy. Individual survey responses will not be released, and the information will only be conveyed in the aggregate.
  • The Statewide Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of NJ is not accepting applications for their Hispanic Training Program (HETP) 2021. The HETP has a simple mission, to provide culturally and linguistically appropriate business education and mentorship services for free to small business owners. To see more information about our program and to apply, visit the following links:

HETP Home page: https://www.shccnjetp.com/

HETP Application: https://www.shccnjetp.com/apply-1

Make sure you apply today! Spaces are limited.

 

New York

  • New York Forward Loan Fund: The Empire State Development (ESD) announced that Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) recipients are now eligible to receive low-interest loans from the New York Forward Loan Fund (NYFLF). This conditional change will provide the Fund’s network of lenders and financial institutions with greater flexibility and enable them to provide more small businesses with working capital to cover expenses associated with reopening. Read More>>
  • Guidelines for Indoor Dining: In addition to the State-issued summary guidelines, affirmation document, and business plan, NYC Health has made available downloadable contact tracing logs for employees and customers, a checklist for Indoor Dining for restaurant operators, and more. Please use the buttons below to see all available materials. Read the Summary Guidelines.
  • The Manhattan Chamber of Commerce launched the NYC Small Business Resource Network, a city-wide initiative to bring technical assistance and business recovery support to NYC small businesses through borough-wide Chambers like ours. It is an outgrowth of our Pivot to Win initiative which began in June. The NYC Small Business Resource Network will be able to assist in technology, real estate, legal and accounting services, procurement opportunities, marketing, loans and grants, and more. Our on-the-ground Small Business Support Specialists will help guide you to the resources you need. Reach out directly for immediate help.
  • New York State Sick Leave Law is Effective: Governor Andrew Cuomo signed the Enacted Budget for fiscal year 2021, which included a statewide sick leave law. Employees start accruing sick leave under the law on September 30, 2020. Employers must provide the accrued leave for the covered uses set forth under the law starting on January 1, 2021.

 

District of Columbia

  • The application for the DC Small Business Resiliency Fund went live last night. DC businesses with less than $3M in gross receipts and 50 or fewer employees may qualify for a $10,000 grant. Applications are due by October 15. More information on this grant can be found at https://coronavirus.dc.gov/page/small-business-resiliency-fund.

Businesses must:

    • Be duly organized in the District of Columbia
    • Have a facility located in within the District of Columbia;
    • Have a current, active District of Columbia business license and Certificate of Occupancy;
    • Have or attain a Clean Hands from the DC Office of Tax and Revenue before grant funding;
    • Have been revenue-generating for at least three (3) months prior to the declaration of the COVID-19 Response Emergency Amendment Act of 2020;
    • Derive at least 51% of its gross receipts from the District of Columbia;
    • Generate less than $3,000,000 in gross receipts;
    • Demonstrate a loss of revenue of 25% or more;
    • Grant funds will be used for business model restructuring, business continuity plan development, related COVID-19 marketing expenses, and the purchase of personal protective equipment (PPE), and/or disinfection products for the business;
    • Businesses receiving grant funds must comply with local and federal guidelines for operating their businesses (social distancing guidelines, disinfection protocols, occupancy restrictions, and so forth); and,
    • Submit a W-9 form (if awarded).

Maryland

  • Mayor Young Announces Additional $2 Million Dollar in Funds for Baltimore’s Small Businesses. SBEs will be required to complete an application to request funding and provide necessary documentation. More information on eligibility and how to apply will be available at here on Monday, October 5.
  • Tuesday October 6 | 9:00am – 10:00am: Downtown Download A COVID Resources & Recovery Webinar hosted by Shelonda Stokes, President & CEO of Downton Partnership of Baltimore & Councilman Erick Costello. Join this live webinar for the latest and most useful information available from Councilman Eric Costello, Downtown Partnership CEO, Shelonda Stokes, and a variety of elected officials and business leaders who are guiding us through the pandemic recovery.
  • Tuesday October 6 | 12:00pm – 1:30pm: Mind Your Business: Lessons Learned During A Crisis – Moving Forward. Ever wonder how to reset your business after a crisis? During this virtual event participants will discover critical paths for your business after COVID. Many businesses have faced tremendous hardships during COVID-19 and many have learned lessons that can fuel their growth for the future.

Guests to include:

    • Paul Taylor – Mayor’s Office of Small, Minority & Women Business
    • Evert Sands – Lendistry
    • David Bramble – MCB Real Estate
    • Julie A. Hopkins – Hopkins IP
    • Dominick Davis – DIFFERENTREGARD
    • Steven White – DIFFERENTREGARD
    • Stephanie Geller – Community Wealth Builders

To view flier, click here

To register, click here

  • Thursday October 8 | 8:00am – 12:00pm: Whiting-Turner’s Contracting Company’s Get Down to Business Event. The event offers an opportunity for business owners to meet with the Whiting-Turner Contracting Company’s bid teams to find out about projects that will be put out for bid in the next several months. This event is exclusively for our diverse sub-contractors and vendors.

Event Details:

    • There will not be an “in person” event at our offices. Instead there will be a dedicated time period-8:00am until 12:00noon, on Thursday October 8th, for you to call in to talk with a WT contact. It is an opportunity for a brief personal dialogue, without a lot of phone tag. You will be limited to a 5 minute conversation. Additional conversations can be scheduled.
    • Whiting Turner will compile a project list with backup project information sheets.
    • Whiting Turner will provide you multiple WT contacts on the project list, no different than having multiple contacts at our tables. Enough capacity to personally discuss the projects and develop relationships.
    • Whiting Turner will send you the project lists and backup sheets on Tuesday October 6th, two days prior to the call in date. Please do NOT call until October 8th.
    • Whiting Turner encourages attendees to review the information before you call in , so as to focus your conversation on specific projects and the information you need.

For more information contact Bernie LaHatte at 410-821-1100 or email: Bernard.lahatte@whiting-turner.com

 

Partner Organization Offerings

  • Don’t miss WBDC’s brand new podcast series, Make Your Mark – Breaking the Glass Ceiling, where we shine the spotlight on influential women as they share how they fought for their voice and rights, became civically engaged, and changed the status quo. Episode two explores how women in the corner office drive civic engagement and economic empowerment in their organizations and in their communities. Listen here and make sure to subscribe for more from Make Your Mark.

 

Webinars

  • Thursday October 29 | 12:00pm – 1:00pm ET – Disability:IN webinar featuring Tina Williams< OFCCP Policy Director. Tina Williams, Policy Director, Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP), U.S. Department of Labor, will present on Section 503 compliance, the Amended CSAL List, Focused Reviews and answer federal contractor’s questions. Deadline for Registration: Tuesday, October 27. Following your registration, you will receive a calendar hold within one business day and connection information will be sent 48 hours prior to the event.
09/27/20: WBE Tools, Resources, Information and Connections Bulletin September 28 – October 2, 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.

 

ATTENTION!

The House passed the stopgap funding bill (continuing resolution) to keep the government operating through December 11 after both parties and officials at the White House struck a deal to provide aid to farmers and food assistance for low-income families. The 359-57 vote now sends the CR to the Senate for a vote before the fiscal year ends on September 30. In addition to funding government agencies, the bill provides $30 billion for the Department of Agriculture’s Commodity Credit Corporation – something sought by the Administration. Democrats got almost $8 billion for a pandemic program to feed children who normally receive school lunches.

President Trump issued an executive order expanding a ban on the use of federal money for certain diversity training. Earlier this month, the President ordered his administration to stop paying for race theory diversity training in federal agencies. He said his new order will expand the prohibition on training for the U.S. military, government contractors, and other federal grantees.

The Biden-Harris campaign has said they will initiate an advisory committee on small business and entrepreneurship.

 

General

  • Marsha Firestone is on the cover of WEUSA Magazine latest issue – A legacy in advocacy: Marsha Firestone’s support for women business leaders.
  • Learn how MBEs can help larger corporations achieve sustainability goals. With sustainability gaining traction as a Wall Street metric, corporate success will hinge on reaching sustainability milestones. Two experts explain why minority businesses are crucial to corporate sustainability initiatives.
  • The National Women’s Business Council (NWBC), announced today that it will hold a virtual public meeting on Tuesday, September 29, 2020, from 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM EDT. A subsequent listening session will be held from 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM EDT. The NWBC will discuss the following issues of vital importance to the continued prosperity of women-led businesses: access to capital, women in STEM, and women’s entrepreneurship in rural communities.
  • 2021 Inclusion Awards Nominations Now Open! The 2021 Disability:IN Inclusion Award winners are recognized as visionary brands and individuals that are advancing disability inclusion. Disability:IN is pleased to recognize these award winners during the 2021 Disability:IN Annual Conference & Expo, taking place July 12-15 in Las Vegas. There are eleven Inclusion Award categories, including Employer of the Year, Top Corporation for Disability-Owned Businesses, and ERG/BRG of the Year. Download the nomination form for the award category and submit by Friday, November 20, 2020!

 

New Jersey

  • NEW JERSEY EMPLOYERS: UNDER NEW LAW, “ESSENTIAL EMPLOYEES” WHO TEST POSITIVE FOR COVID ARE PRESUMED TO HAVE CONTRACTED IT AT WORK. On September 14, 2020, Governor Murphy signed a new law determining that “essential employees” who test positive for COVID-19 are presumed to have contracted the virus while at work. The law is retroactive to March 9, 2020. Read More>>
  • Hunterdon County Chamber of Commerce will host its 32nd Hunterdon Business Expo virtually November 5th through December 31st. Register!

 

New York

  • The Westchester County Office of Economic Development is now accepting applications for the Westchester County Business FIRST grant program. Applications will be accepted through September 30, 2020.
  • Governor Cuomo announced that the commercial eviction moratorium has been extended until October 20, 2020. This moratorium prohibits the initiation of a proceeding or enforcement of any eviction of any commercial tenant for nonpayment of rent or a foreclosure of any commercial mortgage for nonpayment of such mortgage. View the full details in the updated Executive Order here.
  • New York City food establishments will be allowed to offer limited indoor dining beginning on September 30th. Read the Summary Guidelines. Read the Business Safety Plan.
  • Twenty-two local governments were designated in fiscal stressfor 2019, according to State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli’s Fiscal Stress Monitoring System (FSMS). The scores were based on financial information reported by local governments operating on a calendar year basis (Jan. 1 – Dec. 31) for 2019 (pre-pandemic). In New York, that includes all counties and towns, 44 cities and 10 villages.
  • Empire State Development announced that low-interest loans through the New York Forward Loan Fund ​(NYFLF) are now available to Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) recipients who received $50,000 or less in PPP assistance. Through NYFLF, eligible small businesses and small residential landlords can apply for a 60-month, no-fee loan with a 3% fixed interest rate; while eligible non-profits can apply for a 60-month, no-fee loan at 2% fixed interest. The maximum loan amount is $100,000, and funds can be used for working capital expenses associated with reopening, including payroll, operating and emergency maintenance, property taxes, utilities and costs associated with refitting physical space to follow social distancing guidelines.

 

Maryland

  • Tuesday October 6 | 9:00am – 10:00am ET – Downtown Download A Covid Resources & Recovery Webinar hosted by Shelonda Stokes, President and CEO of Downtown Partnership of Baltimore & Councilman Eric Costello. Join Downtown Partnership Tuesday at 9am for a live webinar with the latest and most useful information available from Councilman Eric Costello, Downtown Partnership CEO, Shelonda Stokes, and a variety of elected officials and business leaders who are guiding us through the pandemic recovery. Guests to include Dr. Sonja Santelises CEO of Baltimore City Schools. To register, click here.
  • Thursday October 8 | 8:00am – 12:00pm ET – Whiting-Turner’s Contracting Company’s Get Down to Business Event. The event offers an opportunity for business owners to meet with the Whiting-Turner Contracting Company’s bid teams to find out about projects that will be put out for bid in the next several months. This event is exclusively for our diverse sub-contractors and vendors. Event Details:
    • There will not be an “in person” event at our offices. Instead there will be a dedicated time period-8:00am until 12:00noon, on Thursday October 8th, for you to call in to talk with a WT contact. It is an opportunity for a brief personal dialogue, without a lot of phone tag. You will be limited to a 5 minute conversation. Additional conversations can be scheduled.
    • Whiting Turner will compile a project list with backup project information sheets.
    • Whiting Turner will provide you multiple WT contacts on the project list, no different than having multiple contacts at our tables. Enough capacity to personally discuss the projects and develop relationships.
    • Whiting Turner will send you the project lists and backup sheets on Tuesday October 6th, two days prior to the call in date. Please do NOT call until October 8th.
    • Whiting Turner encourages attendees to review the information before you call in , so as to focus your conversation on specific projects and the information you need.

For more information contact Bernie LaHatte at 410-821-1100 or email: Bernard.lahatte@whiting-turner.com.

  • SAVE THE DATE!!! 12 Annual Meet the Primes hosted by Baltimore County and the Baltimore Metropolitan Council. Wednesday, October 28, 2020 8:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m. To view flier, click here. More details to follow.

 

Virginia

  • Rebuild! VA Small  Business Grant Program Expanded Eligibility and new Guidelines by the Virginia Department of Small Business and Supplier Diversity.In July, SBSD Virginia shared that the Commonwealth would be launching a new grant program for small businesses and nonprofits called Rebuild VA. We’re writing today to let you know that Rebuild VA has expanded its eligibility criteria to allow more small businesses to apply. The application is open and available here: https://vsbfa.force.com/s/login/Small supply chain partners of businesses forced to close under Executive Order 53 or 55 as well as businesses that received CARES Act funding are now eligible to receive a $10,000 Rebuild VA grant. Businesses that have received CARES Act funding must certify that they will only use the Rebuild VA grant for recurring expenses and that the grant will not be used to cover the same expenses as the other CARES Act funds.Administered by the Department of Small Business and Supplier Diversity (SBSD), Rebuild VA has received over 3,000 applications. SBSD and its program partners, the Department of Housing and Community Development, the Virginia Tourism Corporation, and the Virginia Economic Development Partnership, made the decision to expand eligibility criteria after analysis of eligible and ineligible applications received within the first 30 days of the launch. More details about the program, including eligibility criteria, may be found by visiting https://www.governor.virginia.gov/rebuildva/. We hope that you will share this information widely with your networks.
  • The Virginia Department of Small Business & Supplier Diversity has released the list of their upcoming virtual events:

OCT 7Hampton Roads/Eastern Shore: SWaM Certification INFORMATION Workshop – SWaM Program and designations, certification process and on-line application portal (live demo), required documents needed to apply, and how to use the certification to do business with the Commonwealth

OCT 14 – Webinar: Selling to the Commonwealth – eVA Basics (Class 1) – Learn about Virginia’s procurement system.  State contracting 101 for businesses new to the state government contracting process.

OCT 19Hampton Roads/Eastern Shore Region: Virtual One-on-One Business Counseling – One-on-one counseling sessions on how to do business with Virginia state agencies and how to access business development resources, including SWaM Certification and State financing programs.  These 1 hour sessions are by appointment only.

OCT 21Webinar: Leveraging Video to Establish your Brand and Grow Your Business – join Cheryl Tan (Tan Media) as she discusses The Importance of Mastering Video when communicating with your internal teams, with your clients, and with your partners.

OCT 21 – Webinar: How to Generate Leads – eVA Advanced –  This workshop is the 2nd in our series & focuses on lead generation. This hands-on session explores the public transparency tools available on the eVA website, including the Report & Resource Center and the new “power” search.  You’ll learn how to identify buyers who are buying what you sell, determine prices being paid for goods/services, identify who’s getting business (is it you or your competition). We’ll also walk through the Virginia Business Opportunities public posting page – featuring collaboration tools like B2B Connect & VIBE – as we discuss how & when eVA builds a lead list for you and why rating your leads is important.

OCT 27Hampton Roads/Eastern Shore: Virtual SWaM Application Assistance – Virtual Hands-On assistance with accessing the online application portal, creating your account, uploading required documents and completing/submitting your application. (This is NOT an informational workshop – please read details/instructions)

OCT 28Webinar: Getting Your Business Financially Fit! (Session 1) – When you own a small business, every choice you make, from how you spend money, to how much you charge for services, makes a difference! Join us as we discuss Financing Your Venture and Managing Your Personal and Business Credit Score

NOV 2Hampton Roads/Eastern Shore Region: Virtual One-on-One Business Counseling – One-on-one counseling sessions on how to do business with Virginia state agencies and how to access business development resources, including SWaM Certification and State financing programs.  These 1 hour sessions are by appointment only.

NOV 9 – Webinar: Getting Your Business Financially Fit! (Session 2) – When you own a small business, every choice you make, from how you spend money, to how much you charge for services, makes a difference! Join us as we discuss The 8 C’s of Turning a Decline to an Approval for a Business Loan and Managing Your Personal and Business Credit Score

Partner Organization Offerings

  • September 29 & 30 – Great Lakes Women’s Business Conference presented by Greater Lakes Women’s Business Council. Click here for the full list of speakers. Register!

 

Webinars and Virtual Events

  • Thursday October 8 | 2:30pm ET – Rebuild My Town Spectrum Reach has partnered with entrepreneurs Chip and Joanna Gaines and local advertising experts to uncover key tactics that are helping small businesses thrive and rebuild. Register today and find out how other business owners are staying the course. Walk away inspired and ready to rebuild. Don’t miss an afternoon of celebrity appearances, marketing insights, and exciting giveaways!
  • Thursday October 8 | 10:00am ET – 30th Anniversary of The Global Summit of Women Celebration. Join and hear global salutes from delegations worldwide.

 

Tools You Can Use!

 

09/21/20: WBE Tools, Resources, Information and Connections Bulletin September 21 - 25, 2020

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

General

  • The 2020 Census deadline is September 30. If you haven’t done so already, please fill out your Census form.
  • The National Women’s Business Council (NWBC) is hosting a public meeting and subsequent listening session on September 29, 2020, at 12:00 PM EDT. NWBC welcome public comments and feedback on key topics related to women’s business enterprise. We hope you can join for a recap of NWBC’s Fiscal Year 2020 engagement. Each of the Council’s four subcommittees (Access to Capital and Opportunity, Women in STEM, Rural Women’s Entrepreneurship, and Communications) will present their policy recommendations and current projects to the full body for deliberation.
  • WE USA assembled a panel of experts to weigh in on supplier diversity in banking and financial services industries. During our Q&A, the panel also offered advice on how diverse suppliers can gain the attention of buyers while in-person events are on hold. Read the Q&A with the expert panel.
  • Are you a diverse supplier who has supplies, or pivoted to produce supplies, that are critical in fighting the pandemic? Diversity Alliance for Science is a not-for-profit organization that helps small and diverse life- science suppliers connect with pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies. Learn more about ways DA4S can help your business. Read More>>
  • The latest Marcum-Hofstra CEO Survey shows middle-market companies confronting several intersecting challenges, in these unprecedented times in our nation. More than half of middle-market CEOs say increasing racial diversity and inclusion is a top priority, and plan to examine their companies’ policies in light of nationwide civil rights and social justice protests in recent months. Download the Survey Results.

Small Business Administration

  • Join us tomorrow, September 22, as we kick off our free National Small Business Week virtual conference. The event will feature presentations by business experts, mentoring, and virtual networking all designed to help entrepreneurs retool, pivot, and come back stronger than ever before. We will also announce the National Small Business Person of the Year. Register today

  • As part of National Small Business Week, the U.S. Small Business Administration and cosponsors will host all virtual events September 22-24, 2020. This year’s National Small Business Week activities will include numerous educational panels providing retooling and innovative practices for entrepreneurs as our nation’s small businesses look to pivot and recover, contributing to a stronger economy. The event will recognize the national award winners, including the naming of the National Small Business Person of the Year. The National Small Business Week event schedule includes three days recognizing America’s outstanding entrepreneurs, shining a spotlight on the nation’s 30 million small businesses across the country. Details and registration information will be posted on https://www.sba.gov/NSBWas events are finalized. 

 

New York

  • On September 11, 2020, the Department of Labor (“DOL”) announced that it had revised its Final Rule on the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (“FFCRA”) in response to the Southern District of New York’s August 3, 2020 decision in New York v. Scalia, which stemmed from the State of New York’s lawsuit challenging certain provisions of the DOL’s Final Rule first issued on April 1, 2020. The revised Final Rule can be found HERE. Health care employers should pay particular attention to the Rule’s new guidance relating to which employees can now be excluded from FFCRA coverage.
  • The New York State Department of Health has published a free Business Reopening Safety Plan Template.  The plan does not need to be submitted to a state agency for approval but must  be retained on the premises of the business and must must made available to the New York State Department of Health (DOH) or local health or safety authorities in the event of an inspection.

 

Maryland

  • Are you a Champion of Maryland Manufacturing? The ‘Champions of Maryland Manufacturing’ represent beacons of change and inspiration for creating a new and positive narrative for Maryland manufacturing as a wealth generator, job creator and community builder. Submit your 2020 Champions Story Today!
  • The Governor’s Office of Small, Minority & Women Business Affairs Presents: Empowering Women Entrepreneurs: Unlock Your Path to Purpose, Profit & Prosperity. Thursday October 15 | 10:00am – 12:00pm ET. Are you stuck in your comfort zone, but still find yourself wanting more for your business, your family, yourself? Dr. Jena L. Bell will help you break through your abundance blockers. You’ll learn how to empower your 5 Cs to personal greatness and live in economic freedom.

 

Partner Organization Offerings

  • Center for Women & Enterprise: 2020 Virtual Women’s Business Leaders Conference October 6 – 9. CWE’s Annual Women Business Leaders Conference is the premier event for women in business. Each year this event brings together women business leaders and owners, entrepreneurs, community leaders, supplier diversity teams and purchasing professionals. Having the opportunity to host the conference virtually has allowed us to be more innovative and present subject matter directly impacting those severely affected by COVID-19 and information beholding to CWE’s commitment to Diversity and Equity.

 

Webinars and Townhalls

  • Wednesday October 21 | 2:00pm – 3:00pm ET – Get Found on Google: What Your Business Needs to Do in 2020. It can be difficult to keep up with Google’s constantly changing algorithms. At the same time, it is essential that your business can be easily found by this most popular search engine. By understanding Google’s current and future ranking signals, you can help ensure that your business meets Google’s latest search criteria.
  • Thursday, September 24 | f11:00 am – 12:30 ET via Zoom, you’re invited to join the Special Interest Group: Health Care for a discussion with Ivy Ng, CEO of Singapore Health and Services and member of IWF Singapore, Elena Orfanos-Boeckel, Internist, Praxis fuer Ganzheitliche Innere Medizin and member of IWF Germany, and Dr. Lucy Hone, Director, New Zealand Institute of Wellbeing & Resilience and member of IWF New Zealand.

 

Tools You Can Use!

09/14/20: WBE Tools, Resources, Information and Connections Bulletin September 14 - 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.

WBENC

Women Owned in Retail is an outreach and development program from WBENC and Target to help women-owned businesses with consumer products navigate, scale and thrive in the retail industry. The program will officially kick-off on Thursday, October 15, with dynamic four-hour virtual session featuring expert speakers from across the vendor journey at Target and success stories from women-owned businesses currently on Target shelves.

 

Small Business Administration

As part of National Small Business Week, the U.S. Small Business Administration and cosponsors will host all virtual events September 22-24, 2020. This year’s National Small Business Week activities will include numerous educational panels providing retooling and innovative practices for entrepreneurs as our nation’s small businesses look to pivot and recover, contributing to a stronger economy. The event will recognize the national award winners, including the naming of the National Small Business Person of the Year. The National Small Business Week event schedule includes three days recognizing America’s outstanding entrepreneurs, shining a spotlight on the nation’s 30 million small businesses across the country.

Details and registration information will be posted on https://www.sba.gov/NSBW as events are finalized. 

Tuesday, September 22, 1 p.m. EDT – “Pride in America’s Small Businesses
Day’s events include:
National Small Business Week Welcome – SBA Administrator Jovita Carranza
Keynote Address
National Small Business Week Awards Presentations

Wednesday, September 23, 9 a.m. EDT– “Preparing for a stronger tomorrow: Recovery, Adaptation, and Innovation
Day’s events include:
Panel Discussion Series – America’s Strength, Learning to Pivot and Innovate
Mid-day Sessions – SBA’s Veteran Resources and Veteran Success Story Videos

Thursday, September 24, 9 a.m. EDT – “Preparing for a stronger tomorrow: Recovery, Adaptation, and Innovation
Day’s events include:
Panel Discussion Series – America’s Strength, Learning to Pivot and Innovate
Mid-day Sessions – The Business Landscape of today and Federal and Local Resources to Empower Small Businesses

Register today

 

Wednesday September 16 | 2:00pm – 3:00pm EST Is Your Business Ready for Disaster? National Preparedness Month Webinar This year’s National Preparedness Month theme of “Disasters Don’t Wait. Make Your Plan Today” has never been more appropriate. Join the Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety (IBHS), the Small Business Administration (SBA), and the Insurance Information Institute (Triple-I) during National Preparedness Month for a live webinar on how to prepare for severe weather, COVID-19 interruptions, and other forms of disaster that can have a significant impact on small businesses. The webinar will showcase small businesses as they share their stories of preparing for and successfully recovering from disaster. In addition to these stories, the webinar will also cover what small business loans are available after a disaster, what tools are available to help businesses prepare, and what you need to know about insurance coverage.

 

Maryland

The Mid-Atlantic Region MBDA Advanced Manufacturing Center is a RMI Champions of Maryland Manufacturing program partner. The ”Champions of Maryland Manufacturing” represent beacons of change and inspiration for creating new and positive narrative for Maryland manufacturing as a wealth generator, job creator and community builder. Submit your 2020 Champions Story Today!

 

Partner Organization Offerings

(WBDC) 2020 Midwest Conference, Virtual Edition: Pivoting for Progress, which will occur on Thursday, September 17.  I am hoping that you and members of your team will want to attend and help spread the word!  For you and three additional members of your team, please use the comp code RPO2020 to join as our guests.

One segment that may be particularly attractive is our virtual 1:1 Business Matchmaker for WBENC-certified WBEs with corporate and public sector representatives.  The Pivoting for Progress conference has other exciting offerings:

    • Pivoting for Power:  a keynote interview featuring Cheryl Mayberry-McKissack, heralded entrepreneur and business leader, being interviewed by Emma Assante, VP, Special Projects and Community Affairs, NBC & Telemundo Chicago.
    • Pivoting for Parity:  a panel discussion with corporate leaders sharing insights on how their companies have pivoted, how small businesses can pivot, and what supplier diversity will look like in the future.
    • Pivoting for Resurgence:  a panel discussion with WBEs sharing how they have been adjusting and pivoting and sustainability and growth strategies.
    • Pivoting for Development:  the Shirley Marx Pitch Competition Regional Finale featuring WBE winners from the WBDC’s Chicago, Milwaukee, St Louis, Kansas City, and Twin Cities markets vying for $5,000 and $2,500 prizes

Click on the following for more details: https://wbdc2020virtualconference.lpages.co/wbdc-chicago-conference-2020/ Or you can go directly to the registration page: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/pivoting-for-progress-tickets-115770341207

(WBEC ORV) 2020 Catch the Wave Virtual Conference on September 21-24. Each year WBEC ORV brings female entrepreneurs together to network, learn, and gain inspiration from each other. The Catch the Wave Regional Conference provides networking, training, and access to both women business owners and corporate members from across our region of Ohio, Kentucky & West Virginia. This year’s conference will be a virtual experience drawing WBE’s from across the region and beyond 40+ corporate members’ buyers and supplier diversity teams.

(WIPP) WIPPCypber MatchMaker Meetings: The deadline to apply for WIPPCyber MatchMaker Meetings is almost a week away. Grab your seat to meet one-on-one in a virtual environment with over 20 matchmaker hosts requesting meetings with women business owners in all commodities and services. Meet our MatchMaker Hosts:

    • Coast Guard (USCG)
    • Defense Counterintelligence and Security Agency (DCSA)
    • Defense Information System Agency (DISA)
    • Department of Army
    • Department of Army Medical Command
    • Department of State
    • Federal Aviation Administration
    • General Services Administration (GSA)
    • Idaho National Laboratory
    • L3 Harris
    • Lockheed Martin
    • Marine Corps Systems Command
    • NASA
    • National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)
    • Naval Information Warfare Systems Command (NAVWAR)
    • Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC)
    • Oak Ridge National Laboratory
    • Sandia National Laboratories
    • Southern California Edison
    • ViacomCBS

Due to demand, we have added an overflow host list. This event is on track to sell out. Purchase your symposium ticket starting at $99 and apply for matchmaker meetings by Thursday, September 17 to be eligible.

 

Webinars

Tuesday September 15 | 1:00pm – 2:00pm Thriving Through Adversity: Calling All Warriors presented by D.J. Vans. As part of Minority Enterprise Development Week 2020, D.J. will share a unique, powerful prespective of Native American culture on what a warrior is (and isn’t), how we can emulate the principles and spirit of that role in what we do – and understand that the business of warriors can make us warriors in business!

 

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