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09/19/21: Tools, Resources, Information and Connections Bulletin September 20 - 24, 2021

CONGRATUALTIONS to last week’s $25 VISA gift card winner Elise Eflman! Take this NEW QUICK POLL and you could be the next winner of a $25 VISA GIFT CARD!

ATTENTION!!!! On September 9, 2021, President Biden announced a number of forthcoming measures intended to increase the number of Americans vaccinated against COVID-19.  Here’s what employers need to know about the “Path Out of the Pandemic” plan (CLICK HERE).

WBENC OPPORTUNITIES

  • WeIGNITE, powered by EOS®, the Entrepreneurial Operating System® Apply by September 22 for this highly interactive, virtual WBENC executive education program, brought to you by Wells Fargo. EOS® is a set of simple, practical, real-world tools that help entrepreneurs and leadership teams improve the operational value of their businesses. During this program, Certified EOS Implementers® help WBEs achieve TRACTION in their businesses through self-implementing the Entrepreneurial Operating System described in the book Traction: Get a Grip on Your Business by Gino Wickman. Learn More
  • Chase for Business Curated Coaching for Entrepreneurs Customer Insights Coaching Sessions have been added through September 30
    Meet with expert entrepreneurial consultants on your schedule, with educational resources curated for your business. You’ll walk away with actionable insights, a personalized game plan, and the strategic tools you need to grow your business on your terms. The topic for Quarter 3 is Customer Insights. From July to September, sign up for a free, 45 minute, 1-on-1 session to learn growth-oriented strategies and create an action plan with your coach. Learn More
  • EY Entrepreneurs Access Network Apply by September 17 Are you a Black- or Latino-owned company ready to surpass your business ambitions?
    If so, we encourage you to apply or share an outstanding founder/CEO for the 2022 Entrepreneurs Access Network (EAN) program. Learn More
  • Women Owned in Retail Accelerator brought to you by Lowe’s Companies, Inc. Join us every Wednesday in September at 2pm EST for an interactive virtual webinar tailored to help small businesses get ready for big retail. This program is open to ALL women-owned businesses with consumer products. You do not need to be certified by WBENC to attend Women Owned in Retail events or have attended the previous sessions in this series. There’s still a lot to learn! Register Now
  • Collegiate Women of Color Grant, Powered by Cummins Inc. Do you know a collegiate female founder of color needing a jumpstart for your business? Send them to the WBENC 2021 Collegiate Women of Color Grant Powered by Cummins Inc. to compete for the chance to be awarded a financial business grant. Learn More

Grant Opportunity

  • Created as a key pillar of KKR’s COVID-19 Relief Effort, KKR Small Business Builders (SBB) aims to support entrepreneurs and their small businesses around the world. The grants are designed to help business owners sustain their enterprises, maintain or create jobs, and spur economic opportunity as they respond to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis and recover from its resultant economic dislocation. Learn More.

Small Business Administration

  • Paycheck Protection Program borrowers: If your loan is $150,000 or less, you may be eligible to apply for direct forgiveness through SBA using our online portal.
  • Did you know that there are over 4 million Hispanic-owned businesses in the U.S., making them the fastest-growing segment of U.S. small businesses? Earlier this week, SBA Administrator Guzman, the fourth Latina Administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration, and the highest-ranking Latina serving in President Biden’s Cabinet, released a statement to commemorate Hispanic Heritage Month. The SBA will also host an online panel discussion for Hispanic Heritage Month on October 14, 2021 at 12:00 p.m. ET. Additional details including the registration link will be available soon.
  • National Small Business Week Virtual Summit- Watch the Video Recordings In case you missed it! Last week, the SBA and others celebrated National Small Business Week 2021. The event included a Virtual Summit which featured webinars and panel discussions on bouncing back from the pandemic, trends transforming the workforce, tips for selling online, how to integrate brick-and-mortar and eCommerce and email marketing best practices for small businesses. The event also featured guest speakers like Jennifer Lopez, Mark Cuban, José Andrés and others. Watch the recorded events

Virginia

October 13, 2021 | 8:00am – 5:00pm Mid-Atlantic and Southeast Regional Supplier Diversity Summit: Partnering with our Local Communities. This livestreaming interactive format will allow diverse suppliers to engage and network with executive leaders, procurement specialists, and business line leaders from all three Federal Reserve Banks. Featuring insights from Regional Executives and Local Economists, Sonya Waddell, Ryo Tashiro, and Emily Mitchell. This event is intended for suppliers based in the Mid-Atlantic and Southeast Regions. Up to two member of each organization are welcome to register for this event. REGISTER HERE

Washington, DC

Second Annual Business Bootcamp Series Join SBA-Washington Metropolitan Area District Office staff, including Lender Relations Specialist Rod Johnson and Economic Development Specialist David Hincapie, as they take part in this six-session virtual workshop series to help small business owners take their operations to the next level. Beginning on September 30, these semiweekly interactive workshops will offer participants focused training on how to grow their revenue and profitability. 

What

Business Education & Resiliency Bootcamp Seriesa sequence of six webinar sessions hosted by the Greater Washington Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (GWHCC) and led by a team of Subject Matter Experts in their respective fields.

When

Tuesdays & Thursdays
September 30 – October 19, 2021
5pm – 7pm

Session 1: Thursday, September 30, 5pm to 7pm Business, Licensing, Research and Persona Canvas

Session 2: Tuesday, October 5, 5pm to 7pm (ET) / How to Run a Profitable, Company + Projections and Cash Flow

Session 3: Thursday, October 7, 5pm to 7pm (ET) / PPP Loan Forgiveness and Credit

Session 4: Tuesday, October 12, 5pm to 7pm (ET) / Increasing Revenue, Government Contracts and Teaming Agreements

Session 5: Thursday, October 14, 5pm to 7pm (ET) / Biz Interruption and Social Media

Session 6: Tuesday, October 19, 5pm to 7pm (ET) / Long Term Business Planning + Patents and Trademarks

Where

Online, Zoom-based webinars. Login instructions provided to all registrants.

How

Click HERE below for additional information and to register. While there is no fee to attend this series, advanced registration is required.

Please note: This series will feature Live Sign Language Interpreting Service and Spanish translation.

If you have any questions, please call GWHCC at 202-728-0352 or email info@gwhcc.org.

Webinars

  • Thursday September 30 | 1:00pm – 1:30pm EST Restrictive Covenant Agreements hosted by Nukk-Freeman & Cerra, P.C. In this webinar we will turn our attention to the considerations necessary when drafting enforceable restrictive covenant/confidentiality agreements, tips for rolling out a new agreement, and the associated Q&A.
  • Wednesday September 22 | 11:00am ET/8:00a PT Are you joining the 20K+ leaders going to the 2021 Resources for Humans: Lead with Empathy Virtual Conference? The Predictive Index is partnering with Lattice to deliver this opportunity to learn from industry leaders. Three reasons you should attend:
    1. Learn from keynote speakers like Adam Grant, Serena Williams, and Shantell Martin.
    2. Earn SHRM & HRCI credits by attending tracks with topics ranging from retention and engagement to employee development. 
    3. It’s free and virtual. Pick and choose the sessions you want to attend from the comfort of your home.
    4. [Bonus Reason] Enjoy a puppy cam@ 
09/12/21: Tools, Resources, Information and Connections Bulletin September 13 - 17, 2021
Applications are now open for WeIGNITE, powered by EOS®, the Entrepreneurial Operating System, a highly interactive, virtual WBENC executive education program, brought to you by Wells Fargo. 
If you are looking for a transformational experience for your business, apply now!
During this program (previously the WBENC Executive Education Program), Certified EOS Implementers® help WBEs achieve TRACTION in their businesses through self-implementing the Entrepreneurial Operating System described in the book Traction: Get a Grip on Your Business by Gino Wickman.
EOS® is a set of simple, practical, real-world tools that help entrepreneurs and leadership teams improve the operational value of their businesses. Learn More and Apply Now.
Applications are due September 22, 2021. Program run from September 20 – October 27, 2021.
National Small Business Week kicks off TODAY Monday, September 13! There is still time to register for the National Small Business Week Virtual Summit, September 13 – September 15, to learn new business strategies, meet other business owners, and chat with industry experts. The SBA also recently announced a list of guest speakers including, but not limited to, entrepreneur Mark Cuban, Chef José Andrés, and White House Senior Advisor and Director of the Office of Public Engagement Cedric Richmond. Register for the virtual summit

Small Business Administration

On September 9, 2021, Administrator Isabella Casillas Guzman announced the following major enhancements to the COVID Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program.
  • Increasing the COVID EIDL Cap. The SBA will lift the COVID EIDL cap from $500,000 to $2 million. Loan funds can be used for any normal operating expenses and working capital, including payroll, purchasing equipment, and paying debt.
  • Implementation of a Deferred Payment Period. The SBA will ensure small business owners will not have to begin COVID EIDL repayment until two years after loan origination so that they can get through the pandemic without having to worry about making ends meet.
  • Establishment of a 30-Day Exclusivity Window. To ensure main street businesses have additional time to access these funds, the SBA will implement a 30-day exclusivity window of approving and disbursing funds for loans of $500,000 or less. Approval and disbursement of loans over $500,000 will begin after the 30-day period.
  • Expansion of Eligible Use of Funds. COVID EIDL funds will now be eligible to prepay commercial debt and make payments on federal business debt.
  • Simplification of affiliation requirements. To ease the COVID EIDL application process for small businesses, the SBA has established more simplified affiliation requirements to model those of the Restaurant Revitalization Fund.
    To learn about eligibility and application requirements and how to apply, visit sba.gov/eidl. The last day that applications may be received is December 31, 2021. All eligible applicants should file their applications as soon as possible. Learn more
Paycheck Protection Program borrowers: If your loan is $150,000 or less, you may be eligible to apply for direct forgiveness through SBA using our online portal. Follow the steps below.
  1. Find out if your lender is participating. 
  2. Watch a video about how to use the portal.
  3. Apply for forgiveness.
    For additional information, visit the SBA website.
September 2021 is National Preparedness Month. Disasters can take many forms and the financial cost of rebuilding after a disaster can be overwhelming. If you’re prepared for emergencies, you’ll be in a better position to recover and continue operations when a disaster strikes. During National Preparedness Month, take the important steps to keep your small business, employees and family safe when a disaster strikes. Learn more

New York

Tuesday September 14 | 10:00am – 11:00am Small Business Financing to Purchase Owner-Occupied Real Estate. Are you sick of making small business rent payments?$? Have you considered purchasing a commercial property from where you can operate your small business?
Then join the Pace University Small Business Development Center (SBDC) as we partner with the NYSBDC network, US Small Business Administration’s (SBA) New York District Office, and several small business lenders as we review the range of resources in place to help take your business to the next level.The panel will address financing options for owner-occupied commercial real estate purchase and will be led by SBA New York District Office District Director Beth Goldberg. This session will include a review of the SBA’s 504 and 7(a) loan programs and feature active small business lenders including Dime BankTruFund Financial Services, and Pursuit Lending. Come join us as we celebrate National Small Business Week and meet key contacts as you grow your business!​ Click Here to Register
Governor Kathy Hochul announced that the New York Department of Health has designated COVID-19 to be a highly contagious communicable disease that presents a risk of harm to the public under the New York Health and Essential Rights Act (the “NY HERO Act”). Because of this designation, employers are now required by the NY HERO Act to take the following actions:
  1. Immediately review their Airborne Infectious Disease Prevention Plan(s) and update the plans as necessary with all current guidance and requirements;
  2. Finalize and promptly activate their Airborne Infectious Disease Prevention Plan(s);
  3. Provide a verbal review of the plan(s) with their employees (in person is not required; can be by audio or video conferencing technology); and
  4. Provide each employee with a copy of their Airborne Infectious Disease Prevention Plan(s) in English or their primary language (if available from the Department of Labor) and post the plan at all required work sites for employees to access during work shifts.
    Before this designation, all non-governmental employers were only required under the NY HERO Act to adopt workplace health and safety protection plans by August 5, 2021; distribute such plans to employees in the employee’s primary language (if available from the Department of Labor) by September 7, 2021; and post their plans in a visible and prominent location within each work site and include the plan in their employee handbook. With this recent designation, employers must now activate their plans.

Virginia

SAVE-THE-DATE Mid-Atlantic and Southeast Regional Supplier Diversity Summit: Partnering with our Local Communities. October 13, 2021 | 8:00am – 5:00pm. Event Highlights:
  • The livestreaming interactive format will allow diverse suppliers to engage and network with executive leaders, procurement specialists, and business line leaders from all three Federal Reserve Banks
  • Featuring insights from Regional Executives and Local Economists, Sonya Waddell, Ryo Tashiro, and Emily Mitchell
  • This event is intended for suppliers based in the Mid-Atlantic and Southeast Regions. Up to two member of each organization are welcome to register for this event. Registration information will be available in a couple of weeks.
  • Wednesday September 15, 2021 | 9am-10am Discover the War Chest of government funding for your small business! An overview of local, state, and federal programs available now! District Director, Carl Knoblock will be presenting on SBA’s funding programs.
    REGISTER HERE

Webinars

Thursday September 23 Thinking about government contracting opportunities for your small business? Register for the ChallengeHER webinar on September 23, 2021 for information and resources to help you get started. Register
Thursday September 23 | 1:00pm EDT Join UPS for their next VIP webinar as we celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with music superstar J Balvin. J Balvin is not only one of the world’s bestselling Latin music artists. He’s also a global trendsetter, savvy businessman, and vocal advocate for the Latinx community. In this webinar, UPS CMO Kevin Warren will talk with J Balvin about how he remains true to himself and his brand in every arena of his life—from bringing Hispanic culture to the masses, to the partnerships he seeks out, to choosing to sing only in Spanish. REGISTER.
Thursday September 30, 2021 | 1:00pm – 1:30pm Restrictive Covenant Agreements…One Size Does Not Fit all. NFC’s three-part series on Restrictive Covenants continues with this latest installment. In our first two parts, we covered guidance on when you should/shouldn’t bring a lawsuit, the proper procedures to bring a suit along with the critical steps necessary to defend against an injunctive application/litigation. Now we turn our attention to the considerations necessary when drafting enforceable restrictive covenant/confidentiality agreements, tips for rolling out a new agreement, and the associated Q&A, including:
  • The state law
  • The legitimate business interest
  • The reasonableness
  • Scope
  • Time
  • Reach (tailored to employees)
  • The consideration
  • The practicality
  • When can you do it? (time of hire vs. settlement vs. severance)
  • The consideration
  • The message
    REGISTER
08/23/21: Tools, Resources, Information and Connections Bulletin August 23 - September 3, 2021

CONGRATULATIONS to WBEC Greater DMV WBE Windsor Group LLC who debuted at No. 191 on the 2021 Inc. 5000 list, Inc. Magazine’s list of America’s Fastest Growing Private Companies. Click this link for the full press release

Wednesday August 26th is Women’s Equity Day In honor, join Administrator Isabella Casillas Guzman and Assistant Administrator of the Office of Women’s Business Ownership, Natalie Madeira Cofield, for “Economic Equality for Women Entrepreneurs: A Conversation in Celebration of Women’s Equality Day 2021”. Register

Share the GreenSM | Supplier Diversity Initiative from Waste Management (WM) August 24, 25, 26 This August, WM is hosting a virtual event to help advance diversity in the corporate supply chain supporting and expanding female representation everywhere. Learn More

The U.S. Department of Commerce, Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) invites you to register for the 2021 National Minority Enterprise Development Week (MED Week), September 19 – 25, 2021. The conference celebrates the outstanding accomplishments of minority-owned companies and presents informational sessions and programming; offering interactive networking sessions to generate new connections and fresh perspectives. MED Week also features an awards ceremony where individuals and organizations are honored for exceptional commitments and contributions to minority business growth. Join MBDA as we lead the charge with our annual National MED Week celebration! https://www.medweekconference.com/

WBENC

Women Owned in Retail Accelerator brought to you by Lowe’s Companies, Inc. Join us in this five-session accelerator every Wednesday in September at 2pm EST for an interactive virtual webinar tailored to help small businesses get ready for big retail. This program is open to ALL women-owned businesses with consumer products. You do not need to be certified by WBENC to attend Women Owned in Retail events. REGISTER

How to Overcome Objections and Close that Sale! September 21 | 2 – 4 pm EST Objection handling is finding out the TRUE objection, understanding why it is a problem, collecting information needed and then handling it. The inability to effectively handle objections will make you feel like you are playing a game of “whack a mole” when all you want to do is sell your product. If you are ready to learn how to overcome objections and close that sale, join us September 21 from 2 – 4 pm EST. Learn more and register. 

Small Business Administration

  • Since the opening of the Paycheck Protection Program Direct Borrower Forgiveness Portal on August 4, the SBA has received more than 340,000 submissions from borrowers with PPP loans of $150,000 or less. For help submitting your application through the portal, watch this training videoLearn more
  • Join the SBA September 13 – September 15, for the National Small Business Week Virtual Summit to learn new business strategies, meet other business owners, and chat with industry experts. This free online event will include educational webinars, updates on resources for small businesses and a networking chat room for business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs. Register
  • Interested in government contracting? Below are some resources to help you along the way. Check out Associate Administrator of SBA’s Office of Government Contracting and Business Development, Bibi Hidalgo’s, interview with the Federal News Network to learn how the SBA is working to boost federal contracting opportunities for small, disadvantaged businesses.
    • Register for the SBA’s webinar on August 24, which will cover programs and resources to help you contract with the federal government.  
    • Register for the ChallengeHER webinar on August 26, which will cover overlooked opportunities in federal contracting. 
  • SBA Grants for Global Expansion | September 9 | 2:00pm ET Are you aware there is a unique grant program dedicated to helping U.S. small businesses grow their global sales? Please join the U.S. Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Office of International Trade for a brief conversation with two small businesses that have utilized the State Trade Expansion Program (STEP) grant to support global sales growth. The discussion will last approximately 20-25 minutes.  An opportunity for Q & A will be provided after the session for anyone that has additional questions and would like to stay on longer. If you are interested in growing your global market sales and are not familiar with the STEP grant, this is a 20-minute conversation that you don’t want to miss! To receive a weblink or call-in number to participate, please pre-register HERE and we will send you that information prior to the event.

New Jersey

The New Jersey LGBT Chamber of Commerce is excited to host a two-part roundtable series designed to advance the interests of LGBT-, small-, minority-, women-, disability-, and veteran-owned businesses in the state of New Jersey. Hester Agudosi, Chief Diversity Officer for the State of New Jersey, will be the Keynote Speaker for Part One of the Series, the “Small and Minority Owned Business Certification Summit”, taking place on September 9th, from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

This event will bring together many national organizations and state government agencies to educate business owners on the benefits of becoming a certified small- or minority-owned business. Such benefits include enhanced opportunities to establish contracts with Fortune 500 companies and special access to both federal and state government resources and lending. Click HERE for a full list of participating organizations. Interested attendees should pre-register by going to the New Jersey LGBT Chamber’s website or by going to www.bit.ly/CERTIFY2021 and www.bit.ly/DIVERSITY2021. Questions related to each event can be emailed to info@njlgbtchamber.org

New York

The New York Power Authority invites you to join us for a SMART PATH CONNECT – TRANSMISSION & SUBSTATION PROCUREMENT INFORMATION SESSION on Thursday, September 9, 2021 | 10:00am – 12:00pm. Smart Path Connect is a part of a comprehensive portfolio of transmission upgrades being undertaken across New York State to support New York State’s clean energy goals. Small Businesses, WBE, MBE, and SDVOB Firms are encouraged to attend. Click here to register.

 

 

 

08/15/21: Tools, Resources, Information and Connections Bulletin August 16 - 20, 2021

General

LAST CHANCE TO REGISTER! Networking with with Women Business Owners is a great key to success – and the WIPP Community Connections offer you the chance to get to know other successful WOSBs. Join WIPP to hear the latest WOSB update from the SBA, and meet women business owners who generously share some of their secrets for success.

Small Business Administration

  • On August 11, 2021, the SBA announced updates to the Shuttered Venue Operators Grant program, including:
    • New applications will be accepted until 11:59 p.m. PT on Friday, August 20, 2021.
    • The SBA will open the program for supplemental SVOGs for 50% of the original award amount, capped at a total of $10 million (initial and supplemental combined) later this month. Details will be announced at a later date.
    • The SBA is currently accepting, by invitation, applications for reconsideration of award amounts and appeals. This rare opportunity gives applicants a chance to prove their eligibility and reverse a prior decision. Learn more
  • Join the SBA September 13 – September 15, 2021, for the National Small Business Week Virtual Summit to learn new business strategies, meet other business owners, and chat with industry experts. This free online event will include educational webinars, updates on resources for small businesses and a networking chat room for business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs. Register
  • Join the SBA for an online panel discussion on August 26, 2021 with rural-owned small businesses as they share their small business stories and how they utilized SBA and USDA economic aid to pivot during the pandemic. You will also learn about resources available from the SBA and USDA to help rural entrepreneurs compete in the marketplace: launch or expand businesses; receive counseling; funding opportunities; and help to recover or rebuild from disasters. Register
  • The SBA is currently accepting applications through the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Forgiveness Portal which is a streamlined application portal that allows borrowers with PPP loans $150,000 or less through participating lenders to apply for forgiveness directly through the SBA. Learn more

New York

  • The New York Power Authority invites you to join us for a SMART PATH CONNECT – TRANSMISSION & SUBSTATION PROCUREMENT INFORMATION SESSION on Thursday, September 9, 2021 | 10:00am – 12:00pm . Smart Path Connect is a part of a comprehensive portfolio of transmission upgrades being undertaken across New York State to support New York State’s clean energy goals. Small Businesses, WBE, MBE, and SDVOB Firms are encouraged to attend. Click here to register.

Virginia

08/09/21: Tools, Resources, Information and Connection Bulletin August 9 - 13, 2021

FLOMO USA/Nygala recently sponsored the Boys and Girl Club of Paterson and Passaic for their back to school supplies drive for 500 kids. The company also hosted art contest for 120 kids as part of the event.

Lauran Bielskie, Director of Development, Boys & Girls Club of Paterson and Passaic stated “Our thanks to you and your team for joining us at our Passaic Clubhouse for the Art Contest of the Century! We are so glad that your team was able to spend time getting to know our amazing kiddos. We hope that you saw the difference and felt the impact that you have the capacity to make on young lives. ”

Pictured is Wendy Shen, CEO, FLOMO USA/Nygala and one of the participating students.

 

Register today for the Get Your WOSB Certification To Scale Your Business webinar
Date: Wednesday August 18, 2021 at 10:00 am EDT
Is your business a certified Women-Owned Small Business (WOSB)? Join the MBDA Enterprising Women of Color Business Center powered by WACIF for a special webinar with Women’s Business Enterprise Council Greater (WBEC) DMV to learn how and why you should get certified. Guest panelists, representing Ampcus, Capital One, and Marriott International, will outline their supplier diversity programs benefitting WOSBs.
REGISTER TODAY

Small Business Administration

  • New Funding Opportunity Available for Economic Research on Small Businesses The Office of Advocacy is pleased to announce a new funding opportunity for economic research related to the economic impacts of the pandemic. The solicitation is available on SAM.gov here. Proposal submissions are open until Thursday, August 19. As an independent office within the Small Business Administration that evaluates policy analysis of small business impacts, disseminates small business statistics, and conducts research on small business issues, Advocacy’s mission includes researching the status and contributions of U.S. small businesses in the economy. To fulfill this task, Advocacy periodically funds research through the federal contracting process to produce reports that document the status of small businesses, increase knowledge and understanding of small business economic issues, and provide policymaking insight. For more information on Advocacy’s past research projects, visit https://advocacy.sba.gov/category/research/economic-reports/economic-studies/ Research on Small Business Topics Using Economic Data
  • +943,000 new jobs The economy added 943,000 jobs in July, and the unemployment rate declined by 0.5 percentage point to 5.4%, as the nation continues to rebound from the coronavirus pandemic. The Bureau of Labor Statistics also reported that the number of unemployed people fell by 782,000 to 8.7 million. Read a blog post by Chief Economist Janelle Jones
  • EDA is hosting a series of informational webinars throughout the month of August to discuss how to apply for the newly announced EDA funding opportunities through the American Rescue Plan.
  • Join the SBA September 13 – September 15, 2021, for the National Small Business Week Virtual Summit to learn new business strategies, meet other business owners, and chat with industry experts. This free online event will include educational webinars, updates on resources for small businesses and a networking chat room for business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs. Register
  • Join the SBA for an online panel discussion on August 26, 2021 with rural-owned small businesses as they share their small business stories and how they utilized SBA and USDA economic aid to pivot during the pandemic. You will also learn about resources available from the SBA and USDA to help rural entrepreneurs compete in the marketplace: launch or expand businesses; receive counseling; funding opportunities; and help to recover or rebuild from disasters. Register

Washington DC

Join Roderick “Rod” Johnson, Lender Relations Specialist with the Washington Metropolitan Area District Office of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), as he introduces this insightful webinar on how exportations can improve your bottom line, while creating jobs and diversifying your customer base. During his remarks, Rod will provide updates on the COVID-19 Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program, Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) forgiveness, and other relief measures administered by the SBA.

Topics include:

* U.S. Department of Commerce’s Mission, Vision, Opportunities and Support

* SBA Trade Finance: General Outline and Programs

* International Market Overview and Leading Sector Procurement Opportunities

* Spotlight on “The Dominican Republic” 

What

International Commerce: Increasing Jobs at Home by Growing Exports, a webinar hosted by the Greater Washington Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (GWHCC). Featured presenters include William “Bill” Houck, SBA Export Finance Manager.

When

Monday, August 30, 2021

1:00pm to 2:30pm (EDT)

Where

Online. Login instructions will be sent to all registrants.

How

Click on the link below for additional information and to register. While there is no fee to attend, advanced registration is required and SPACE IS LIMITED.

Questions?

If you have any questions about this activity, please call GWHCC at 202-728-0352 or email foundation@gwhcc.orgThis webinar series features live sign language interpretation and Spanish language translation services.

Virginia

08/01/21: Tools, Resource, Information and Connections Bulletin July 2 - 6, 2021

 

Application Deadline Fast Approaching WBENC NextGen Pitch Competition through August 6. The NextGen Pitch Competition is an exclusive opportunity for millennial and gen-Z women entrepreneurs to elevate their business pitch. This multi-faceted program supports the next generation of women-owned businesses through pitch resources and coaching, promotion and exposure, and the opportunity to pitch and pursue business opportunities with Fortune 500 companies. The program culminates with a live pitch competition and the award of business grants for the winners. Contact WBENC at nextgen@wbenc.org for more information.

General

Small Business Administration

  • SBA opens Paycheck Protection Program Direct Forgiveness Portal. The U.S. Small Business Administration will launch a streamlined Paycheck Protection Program forgiveness application portal to allow borrowers with PPP loans of $150,000 or less to apply for forgiveness directly through the SBA. On August 4, the portal will begin accepting applications from borrowers that have a PPP loan with a lender that has opted into the forgiveness portal.

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Tools You Can Use

  • There is no one-size-fits-all system for hybrid work. So The Predictive Index created a new toolkit, which includes The Complete Hybrid Team Communication Guide to help you win the hybrid workplace. Some employees may return to an office full-time, while others will continue to enjoy the flexibility afforded by remote work—and our new default mode of leading should account for people no matter where they are. Whether you’re communicating via Slack, email, Zoom, Asana, or in-person meetings, this guide will help you communicate well as a hybrid team.
07/25/21: Tools, Resources, Information and Connections Bulletin July 26 - 30, 2021

WBENC Opportunities

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

General

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

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

Small Business Administration

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

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

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

New York

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

Maryland

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

Washington DC

  • Washington, D.C. GrantWatch features more than 26,827 current grants, funding opportunities, awards, contracts, and archived grants (that will soon be available again) from foundations, corporations, federal, state, and local government funding sources.
  • Wednesday July 28 | 12:00pm How to make grants work for you & other optionsJoin the Department of Small and Local Businesses’ (DSLB) Inno.ED Team to learn more about district grants for businesses. Presenters will walk you through how to make the grant process beneficial whether or not you win a grant award.
07/19/21: Tools, Resources, Information, Connections Bulletin July 19 - 23, 2021

WBENC Opportunities

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

General

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

Small Business Administration

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

Washington DC

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

Virginia

 

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

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

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

WBENC Opportunities

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

General

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

Don’t miss this exclusive WBE session to learn:

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

Small Business Administration

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

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

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

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

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

Event dates & times:
Tuesday, July 13, 2021

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Small Business Administration

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

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

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

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

Connecticut

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

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