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08/03/20: WBE Tools, Resources, Information and Connections Bulletin August 3 – 7, 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

  • In honor of National Black Business Month the U.S. Black Chambers (USBC) has partnered with Google to release a first of it’s kind “Black-owned” virtual badge, which helps consumers easily identify Black-owned businesses when using Google Search and Google Maps. To Add the Badge to Your Google Business Profile, Visit: Google My Business Help Center
  • Wednesday August 5 | 7:00pm – 8:30pm CT: Online Fundraiser for the Innocence Project with guest speaker Huwe Burton, exonerated on January 24, 2019, after serving 19 years in prison for the wrongful conviction of murdering his mother. Hosted by Dr. Dana Wells, dana@danawellsandassociates.com. Donate Online.

Small Business Administration

  • The Paycheck Protection Program is a loan designed to provide a direct incentive for small businesses to keep their workers on the payroll. SBA will forgive loans if all employee retention criteria are met, and the funds are used for eligible expenses. The deadline to apply for a Paycheck Protection Program loan is August 8, 2020Learn More
  • Did you know that SBA’s Lender Match tool connects small businesses with Community Development Financial Institutions, Minority Depository Institutions, Certified Development Companies, and other lenders? If you’re considering a Paycheck Protection Program loan, get matched with a participating lender today. Get Matched
  • Small businesses are playing a big role during the COVID-19 pandemic, providing essential services to their communities. Food producers have been especially pivotal during this time, continuing to offer goods to consumers through retailers and restaurants – and directly to community members via farmers markets. While farmers markets may look a little different this summer, these centers of commerce have largely continued to be staples of their communities. Farmers markets contribute about $9 billion to the U.S. economy every year, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). The Farmers Market Coalition (FMC) says that the number of farmers markets in the U.S. has grown from just under 2,000 in 1994 to more than 8,600 today. Learn More
  • Wednesday August 19 | 1:00pm ET SBA Military Spouse Entrepreneur Summit. Join the Second Lady of the United States, Mrs. Karen Pence, the U.S. Small Business Administration, and Hiring Our Heroes for the Military Spouse Entrepreneur Summit on August 19. This virtual event features remarks from distinguished guests, military spouse small business owner spotlights, and discussions about key resources that all military spouse entrepreneurs should leverage. Register Today

Connecticut

  • The Office of Governor Ned Lamont & the state has launched ct.gov, a one-stop business portal that consolidates information, resources and requirements from multiple state agencies.
  • The Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) Small Business Relief Grants, for small businesses facing immediate financial pressure because of Covid-19, Round 5 application period is now open. Your application must be completed by Monday, August 3rd, 11:59 p.m. ET. Apply here

New Jersey

  • The Hunterdon County Chamber of Commerce and Hunterdon County Economic Development continue to maintain our shared COVID-19 Resources for Business Page. The site is updated daily with new information to help businesses find:
    • Federal and State Business Grants & Loans, including links to FAQ, Applications and local resources County and State Partnering Organizations
    • Jobs
    • Toolkits to help in the process of reopening
    • Webinars from several Public, Private, Non-Profit
    • Organizations at the local, state and federal level
    • News releases…..and more!

Please visit the site to keep current as New Jersey begins to re-open.

New York

  • NYS Comptroller Thomas P, DiNapoli released the annual value of the state pension fund for 2020. Like investors around the world, the fund was hurt by the COVID-19 pandemic, ending the fiscal year on March 31 with a value of $194.3 billion based on a -2.68-investment return. On the positive side, the fund remains one of the nation’s strongest and has seen a swift recovery during the second quarter as markets improved.
  • Wednesday August 12 | 10:00am – 11:45am. “Helping Immigrant- and Minority-Owned Small Businesses in Queens’ Hardest-Hit Neighborhoods Recover from the Pandemic” a Center for an Urban Future (CUF) virtual policy symposium. Please join us for this live-streamed event, which is generously supported by HSBC. Confirmed speakers include:
    • Congresswoman Grace Meng, United States House of Representatives
    • Councilmember Francisco Moya, New York City Council
    • Quenia Abreu, President & CEO, New York Women’s Chamber of Commerce
    • Nancy Carin, Executive Director, Business Outreach Center Network
    • Maria Lugo, Owner, Who’s Papi Tires by Papi
    • Alethia Mendez, Vice President, Operations & Strategy, Grameen America
    • Alejandro Osorio, Owner, Arepa Lady
    • Marie Pedraza, Vice President, Sr. Regional Community Development Manager, HSBC
      RSVP

Maryland

  • 2020 Inner City Capital Connections Program Looking for Nominations! The Deadline for nominations is Tuesday, August 4, 2020!

The Inner City Capital Connections (ICCC) Program, a tuition-free executive education program that helps small business owners in under-resourced communities build capacity for sustainable growth and survive the economic impact of the COVID-19 crisis. The 2020 ICCC program will focus on short-term crisis management and resilience to help business owners survive, recover, and grow, and I strongly encourage you to take advantage of this free resource by applying here to participate!

The ICCC Baltimore program begins with a virtual two-day Opening Seminar series the afternoons of Tuesday, September 15th and Thursday, September 17th, followed by online webinars and one-on-one coaching, and culminates with a semi-virtual National Conference in late 2020. The program covers key topics in business recovery strategies and capital relief solutions and is free of charge for all participants! You can learn more about the program here. For more information, contact Dustin Farris at dfarris@icic.org.

  • 2020 DPW Small Business Development Growth by Design Training Program hosted by Baltimore City Department of Public Works Enrollment is Now Open!!!

The Baltimore City Department of Public Works (DPW) proudly announces open enrollment for the 2020 DPW Small Business Development (SBD) Growth by Design Training program at a minimum cost this fall to participants who are interested in learning about how to do business with the City.

The SBD Growth by Design Training Program has been completed by 240 small business owners of their employees since 2016. More that 40 businesses have been MBE/WBE certified, 44 have been pre-qualified to work with the City, and more than $3 million in contracts and related services have been awarded to graduates of this program.

This signature Training Program is slated to begin September with an opening ceremony at Morgan State University. Due to COVID-19 there may be limited in-person training, The team is currently evaluating offering alternative, interactive online classes consistent with our past training course.

To view flier, click here. Please register by September 1, 2020 by clicking here.

  • Tuesday August 4 | 9:30am – 10:30am: Live Hotsheet Webinar “Where is the Money Part VIII. A Fireside Chat with IT subject matter experts to discuss Cybersecurity Requirements for the Federal Government hosted by Capital Region Minority Supplier Development Council Business Consortium

This will be a discussion with DoD’s CISO, Katie Arrington, who is leading the change to CMMC. Learn what CMMC is and why the Department of Defense has proposed enforceable and auditable cybersecurity standards that large and small contractors will have to meet in the near future.The discussion will also be joined by Matt Vepraskas of Leidos, and Mark Evans and Michael Cardaci of Share Tech Solutions Strategic Partnership to discuss how companies can prepare to make the shift.

The webinar will address topics such as:

    • How implementation plans and audit procedures will be facilitated
    • The five distinct certifications, or levels, of the CMMC
    • How CMMC will change acquisition culture in DoD and in major federal government contractors
    • How to prepare for CMMC certification

To view flyer, click here

To register, click here

  • Thursday August 6 | 1:00pm – 2:00pm: Entrepreneurship Matters: Zoom Webinar hosted by Johns Hopkins University, Johns Hopkins Health System, HopkinsLocal, and Mayor’s Office of Small Minority and Women Business. Please join us as up and coming and established entrepreneurs share their stories.

Moderator: Alicia Wilson, Vice President – Office of Economic Development for the Johns Hopkins University and Johns Hopkins Health System.

More details to follow.

  • Friday September 25 | 7:30am – 12:30pm: 17th Annual Spring Breakfast Meeting / Business Showcase Expo hosted by Md. Washington Minority Companies, Inc. (MWMCA)

Martin’s West, 6817 Dogwood Road, Baltimore, MD 21244

Network with top leaders and decision makers. Supplier diversity leaders will be honored for their outstanding achievements. Meet over 80 exhibitors representing prime construction, healthcare, utilities, education, government and more. Learn how to do business with prime companies and government agencies. Learn more information about Minority/Women-Owned Business Certifications.

To view list of honorees, click here

Event information, click here

To register, click here

For sponsorships and event questions, contact MWMCA at events@mwmca.org or 443-759-8580.

Partner Organization Offerings

Webinars and Townhalls

With the ability to meet in person severely restricted or eliminated altogether, organizations have had to shift to virtual or digital events. Fonteva is excited to share the insights of three events trailblazers who are at the forefront of this transition. Our expert panelists have conceptualized, planned, and executed a variety of virtual events and will be discussing a range of topics including:

    • How to identify stakeholders and objectives
    • The impact and requirements of technology
    • Best practices to manage costs and resources
    • Pre-show tips to ensure smooth show operation
  • Thursday August 20 | Streaming All Day: Prepare for the New Future of Hiring. 2020 is changing the way we work. And that means we have to change the way we hire. That’s why we’re partnering with GoodHire to bring you a free virtual summit to help you adapt to a new way of hiring. Register to get your all-access pass and start streaming on-demand on August 20. Listen to thought leaders share:
  • Fresh approaches to talent acquisition
  • Strategies to diversify your talent pipeline
  • Risk mitigation strategies to adapt your return-to-work plans

All sessions will also be available for SHRM credit.

  • September 21 – 25 | 1:00pm – 3:00pm ET Each Day: Small Business Owners Growth Summit sponsored by PostcardMania. Free Virtual event (normally $397 for clients) for any business who wished to participate! Led by industry experts with PROVEN track records of success. We’ll cover everything you need to know about direct mail, email marketing, Google and social media marketing, online reviews, website design, and more. See detailed agenda here.

Tools You Can Use

07/27/20: WBE Tools, Resources, Information and Connections Bulletin July 27 - 31, 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 proud to introduce the WBENC LIFT Financial Center of Excellence, a new integrated education and funding program for women entrepreneurs. WBENC LIFT will provide comprehensive financial support and resources, including education, coaching, networking and funding opportunities.
  • August 6 | 1:00pm ET – Join WBENC President & CEO Pamela Prince-Eason at CrowdFundingRoadMap Survive and Thrive Summit Sponsored by Microsoft to learn about the three ways of crowdfunding, which has proven to be a lifeline for many businesses that are struggling during the COVID-19 pandemic.

This summit will provide you with actionable steps you can implement to accelerate your business’s success and its ability to raise capital from the crowd.

Learn more and register at crowdfundingroadmap.com.

  • Tuesday August 4 | 2:00pm – 2:30pm ET – WBENC Industry Spotlight State of the Food & Beverage and Agriculture Industry sponsored by Kellogg’s. WBENC is excited to introduce the WBENC Industry Spotlight Series, a collection of webinars and resources designed to showcase industry trends and innovations, spotlight corporations and WBEs making an impact, and help WBEs better navigate, scale and support the various industries represented within the WBENC network.
    Register now for the first WBENC Industry Spotlight event, an educational webinar on the state of the food & beverage and agriculture industry, featuring a panel discussion on industry trends, what’s driving innovation, and how WBEs can help define the future of food & beverage and agriculture.
    Sponsored by Kellogg Company, this event is exclusive to the WBENC network and will feature experts from Kellogg Company, Starbucks, Cargill, Target, and other leading corporations within the industry.

Small Business Administration

  • Thursday July 30 | 2:00pm ET – New Telecom Rule Impacts ALL Contracts…Are You Prepared? (Webinar). Have you heard about Section 889 of the FY 2019 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA)? The legislation was passed to combat national security and intellectual property threats that face the United States and contains two prohibitions: Part A and Part B.
    Part A went into effect last year (August 13, 2019), and prohibits the government from buying or obtaining certain prohibited telecommunications and video surveillance equipment and services.
    Part B will go into effect on August 13, 2020, and prohibits the government from contracting with any entity that uses certain prohibited telecommunications and video surveillance equipment or services, regardless of whether or not that usage is in performance of work under a government contract. The Part B prohibition applies to every sector and every dollar amount. Your contracts will be impacted by Part B.
  • Hubzone Program: What To Know Fact Sheet. The contracting program for business in historically underutilized business zones now has streamlined application process; simplified contract verification and expansion into rural areas and more.

 

Connecticut, New Jersey and New York – New Travel Restrictions Advisory State List:

Under the 14-day quarantine travel advisory announced by the Governors of New Jersey, New York and Connecticut, individuals traveling to or returning from states with increasing rates of COVID-19 are advised to self-quarantine for 14 days. This includes travel by train, bus, car, plane and any other method of transportation.

 

Travelers and those residents who are returning from impacted states should self-quarantine at their home, hotel, or other temporary lodging. Individuals should leave the place of self-quarantine only to seek medical care/treatment or to obtain food and other essential items.

As of Tuesday, July 21, there are currently 31 states that meet the specified criteria for a travel advisory (they have either a positive test rate higher than 10 per 100,000 residents or a testing positivity rate higher than 10%, each over a seven-day rolling average):

  • Alabama (added 6/24/20)
  • Alaska (added 7/21/20)
  • Arkansas (added 6/24/20)
  • Arizona (added 6/24/20)
  • California (added 6/30/20)
  • Delaware (re-added 7/21/20)
  • Florida (added 6/24/20)
  • Georgia (added 6/30/20)
  • Iowa (added 6/30/20)
  • Idaho (added 6/30/20)
  • Indiana (added 7/21/20)
  • Kansas (added 7/7/20)
  • Louisiana (added 6/30/20)
  • Maryland (added 7/21/20)
  • Mississippi (added 6/30/20)
  • Missouri (added 7/21/20)
  • Montana (added 7/21/20)
  • Nebraska (added 7/21/20)
  • Nevada (added 6/30/20)
  • New Mexico (added 7/14/20)
  • North Carolina (added 6/24/20)
  • North Dakota (added 7/21/20)
  • Ohio (added 7/14/20)
  • Oklahoma (added 7/7/20)
  • South Carolina (added 6/24/20)
  • Tennessee (added 6/30/20)
  • Texas (added 6/24/20)
  • Utah (added 6/24/20)
  • Virginia (added 7/21/20)
  • Washington (added 7/21/20)
  • Wisconsin (added 7/14/20)

Note: Minnesota was removed from the list on 7/21/20.

It is expected that individuals will follow the public health advisory to self-quarantine. The list of states will be updated on a rolling basis.

New York

  • Tuesday July 28 | 3:00pm ET – Join the Association for a Better New York for the first installment of Black Leadership in New York City: Conversations on Power, Politics, and Racial Justice, a six-part discussion series. We begin with NYC Public Advocate Jumaane Williams in conversation with ABNY Steering Committee Member Larry Scott Blackmon.
  • Grants of up to $5,000 to New York City small businesses in eligible locations for reopening assistance during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) health crisis. Funding is intended to support local businesses and assist them in reopening quickly and safely. Grants of up to $5,000 to New York City small businesses in eligible locations for reopening assistance during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) health crisis. Funding is intended to support local businesses and assist them in reopening quickly and safely.GrantWatch offers information on grants of up to $5,000 to New York City small businesses in eligible locations for reopening assistance during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) health crisis. Funding is intended to support local businesses and assist them in reopening quickly and safely.
  • Check out our NYC Business Reopening Guideand NYC Restaurant Reopening Guide to find out how you can safely reopen your non-essential business. If you have any questions, you can call our hotline: 888-SBS-4NYC (888-727-4692).

You can also visit nycsmallbizcourses.eventbrite.com and search for “Reopening Guidelines” to sign up for an upcoming webinar to learn about State requirements, recommendations, and resources available to help businesses reopen in NYC. Upcoming workshops are available in Spanish.

Maryland

Join Downtown Partnership of Baltimore for a live webinar with three leaders of Baltimore’s Black business community. Learn what it takes to create and sustain a successful enterprise in the current social climate.

Guests to include:

  • Toni Draper, CEO and Publisher at The AFRO
  • Natalie Karyl, Owner & Designer at Doll House Boutique
  • Tony Randall, Managing Partner at Next Phaze Cafe.

To view flier, click here 

To register, click here

  • Thursday July 20 | 1:00pm – 2:00pm ET – Entrepreneurship Matters: Zoom Webinar hosted by Johns Hopkins University, Johns Hopkins Health System, HopkinsLocal, and Mayor’s Office of Small, Minority and Women Business. Please join as up and coming and established entrepreneurs share their stories.

Moderator:
Alicia Wilson, Vice President – Office of Economic Development for the Johns Hopkins University and Johns Hopkins Health System

Entrepreneurs:
Bree Jones, Founder of Parity Homes
Cedric Bobo, Founder of Project Destined
To view flier, click here

Zoom Webinar ID: 960 1547 9932    Password: 887696

  • Tuesday August 4 | 9:30am – 10:30am ET – Live Hotsheet Webinar “Where is the Money Part VIII. A Fireside Chat with IT subject matter experts to discuss Cybersecurity Requirements for the Federal Government hosted by Capital Region Minority Supplier Development Council Business Consortium.

This will be a discussion with DoD’s CISO, Katie Arrington, who is leading the change to CMMC. Learn what CMMC is and why the Department of Defense has proposed enforceable and auditable cybersecurity standards that large and small contractors will have to meet in the near future. The discussion will also be joined by Matt Vepraskas of Leidos, and Mark Evans and Michael Cardaci of Share Tech Solutions Strategic Partnership to discuss how companies can prepare to make the shift.

The webinar will address topics such as:

  • How implementation plans and audit procedures will be facilitated
  • The five distinct certifications, or levels, of the CMMC
  • How CMMC will change acquisition culture in DoD and in major federal government contractors
  • How to prepare for CMMC certification

To view flier, click here

To register, click here

  • The Baltimore City Department of Public Works (DPW) proudly announces open enrollment for the 2020 DPW Small Business Development (SBD) Growth by Design Training program at a minimum cost this fall to participants who are interested in learning about how to do business with the City.

The SBD Growth by Design Training Program has been completed by 240 small business owners of their employees since 2016. More that 40 businesses have been MBE/WBE certified, 44 have been pre-qualified to work with the City, and more than $3 million in contracts and related services have been awarded to graduates of this program.

This signature Training Program is slated to begin September with an opening ceremony at Morgan State University. Due to COVID-19 there may be limited in-person training, The team is currently evaluating offering alternative, interactive online classes consistent with our past training course.

To view flier, click here

Please register by September 1, 2020 by clicking here

Webinars and Townhalls

  • Wednesday August 12 | 2:00pm ET – FREE WEBINAR: Expanding Global Opportunities for Veteran-Owned Businesses. Please join the National Veteran Business Development Council (NVBDC), the International Trade Administration/ U.S. Commercial Service and the Export-Import Bank of the United States (EXIM) for a brief session about growing your international sales, including an interview with veteran-owned business Jeco Plastic Products. Attendees will also be welcome to participate via a live Q&A with the presenters.
  • Wednesday August 5 | 1pm ETAARP Listening Session on the Future of Small Business. Join AARP, Main Street America, the United States Hispanic Chamber (USHCC) and the Association of Women Business Centers for a conversation on the future of small business in America. The COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent economic recession have strained small businesses across the country. Many small businesses have closed their doors, and many more are struggling to survive. AARP has set out to begin a listening tour to hear from small business owners and business leaders across the country to gain a better understanding of how they can be helpful. Register Here!In this event you’ll learn about:
    • The importance of a caregiving friendly workplace
    • How communities and organizations are responding to COVID-19
    • The impact of COVID-19 on minority businesses

WBE Provided Resources

  • Wednesday July 29 | 1:00pm ET – Introduction to Mastering Communication (Free Live Webinar) led by Marcea Wolf-Carter & Theresa Jabbour. When you master communication, you are able to create connectedness, power, and accountability for yourself and your organization. However, the pathway to mastering communication and to having the outcomes we desire is often unclear and beyond our reach.

In this free one-hour webinar, we will explore:

  • Leaders who listen have a unique access to empowering their people
  • Most people think communication is talking; in this session you will discover the incredible power of listening and how it shapes conversations
  • There is a direct connection between listening and performance

Partner Organization Offerings

  • Mornings With GWBC® – The 30-minute show will have “up close and personal” conversations with corporate and WBE leadership, relevant business resources to grow women businesses, educational tools and resources, GWBC® 20th anniversary trivia, give-a-way prizes (Must be present to win), and more! On Monday, July 27th @ 10am, our guest will be Regina O. Heyward, Senior Vice President & Head of Supplier Diversity of Wells Fargo. Below is the registration link:

https://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/eventReg?oeidk=a07eh7971860d5873ac&oseq=&c=&ch=

 

 

07/20/20: WBE Tools, Resources, Information and Connections Bulletin July 20 - 24, 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

  • Walmart’s Open Call is an exciting and unique opportunity for selected entrepreneurs to meet virtually face-to-face with Walmart buyers and potentially get their product in the hands of millions of our customers. Now in its seventh year, the Open Call event provides information to potential suppliers and gives businesses of all sizes from across the nation a chance at the big break they’ve been looking for.
    Walmart is calling for small businesses and U.S. manufacturers that have a shelf ready, innovative, new item at the great value that Walmart customers are looking for. Are you ready?
    Key Dates:
    • July 2: Application process opens
    • August 10: Application process closes
    • August 28: Notification to all applicants and invited attendees=
    • October 1: Open Call event

LEARN MORE

Small Business Administration

  • The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is modernizing the certification management experience. You may apply for and manage your Woman Owned Small Business (WOSB), Economically Disadvantaged Woman Owned Small Business certifications in our easy-to-use single system. Learn more
  • Getting on the GSA Schedule: What you Need to Know! Join this webinar on July 23 to learn what a GSA Schedule is and to understand the process for getting on it. Register today

Partner Organization Offerings

  • Thursday Aug 6 2:00pm ET| WIPP’s How to Develop Successful Teaming Partners part of their ChallengeHER Webinar Series. It is clear that teaming arrangements are an excellent path to federal contracts, but understanding the basics is just the beginning. Successful contractors need to understand how to develop teaming relationships. The SBA Office of Business Development presents a ChallengeHER webinar to assist women business owners in understanding the basics of all types of teaming arrangements. This webinar will also provide attendees with best practices for engaging in successful partnerships.
  • The General Services Administration (GSA) is providing the upcoming webinar and education opportunities:

The Women-Owned Small Business Federal Contracting Program

    • Tuesday, July 21 and Thursday, August 6 at 2 PM ET
    • The SBA certification process for Women-Owned Small Businesses (WOSBs) and Economically Disadvantaged WOSBs (EDWOSBs) is changing to the Women-Owned Small Business Federal Contracting Program (WOSB Federal Contracting Program).

Getting on the GSA Schedule: What you Need to Know!

    • Thursday, July 23 at 2 PM ET
    • This virtual training course will outline, in plain language, what a GSA Schedule is and help you understand the process for getting on the GSA Schedule.

New Telecom Rule Impacts ALL Contracts … Are You Prepared?

    • Thursday, July 30 at 2 PM ET
    • Have you heard about Section 889 of the FY 2019 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA)? The legislation was passed to combat national security and intellectual property threats that face the United States and contains two prohibitions: Part A and Part B.

LEARN MORE

Tools You Can Use

 

07/13/20: WBE Tools, Resources, Information and Connections Bulletin July 13 - 17, 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

  • Wednesday July 22 4:00pm ET | Free CMMC Academy Virtual Event with Katie Arrington, CISO for the DoD Acquisitions Office.  As cybersecurity threats increase in intensity and impact, the U.S. Department of Defense created the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) as a way to secure the defense industrial base supply chain.
    The CMMC has been evolving since its initial release earlier this year, but it is about to enter an initial readiness phase – and prime defense contractors and subcontractors need to be prepared. Join the CMMC Academy for a virtual event which will focus on cybersecurity compliance for enterprise supply chains in the defense industry, including discussions regarding CMMC readiness and implementation.

Small Business Administration

  • The Paycheck Protection Program resumed accepting applications July 6, 2020, at 9:00 AM EDT in response to President Trump signing the program’s extension legislation. The new deadline to apply for a Paycheck Protection Program loan is August 8, 2020. Learn more
  • Small businesses are receiving much-needed economic relief thanks to two extraordinary Trump administration accomplishments: The Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) and the United States-Mexico-Canada-Agreement (USMCA). This week, the highly anticipated USMCA goes into effect. The trade deal will increase demand for US-made goods and services, adding to the more than 230,000 jobs currently supported by North American trade. That’s great news for farmers, manufacturing firms, and small businesses. Learn More
  • Starting on July 15, 2020, the certification process for Women-Owned Small Businesses (WOSBs) and Economically Disadvantaged WOSBs (EDWOSBs) will begin to change as SBA implements Congress’ changes to the Women-Owned Small Business Federal Contracting Program (WOSB Federal Contracting Program), as put forth in the 2015 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). Join this webinar on July 21 to learn about the changes and the options available for obtaining a WOSB certification. Register today.

Connecticut

  • The Connecticut Bar Association (CBA) is sponsoring a statewide COVID-19 Small Business Virtual Legal Clinic(the COVID-19 Clinic) along with Robinson+Cole and other area law firms. The purpose of the clinic is to help Connecticut’s entrepreneurs and small businesses that have suffered adversely from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic by providing free, limited-scope legal guidance during 45-minute telephone or video calls with a volunteer attorney. The COVID-19 Clinic is expected to run through August 2020.

More Information can be found here: https://www.ctbar.org/home/coronavirus-response/covid-19-small-business-virtual-legal-clinic/for-small-businesses

  • HEDCO, Inc., The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven, the City of New Haven, and The Amour Propre Fund are collaborating to provide financial relief and recovery resources to minority-owned and women-owned small businesses (the “Program”).

Under the Program, a qualifying small business with 20 or fewer employees (1-20 employees) may apply for a four (4%) percent term loan for up to $25,000 (twenty-five thousand dollars).
This $1.5 million Program will be initially allocated to minority-owned and women-owned small businesses based in New Haven and to minority-owned and women-owned businesses located the Valley with a priority to the towns of Derby or Ansonia. The program will be administered and underwritten by HEDCO, Inc.

More information can be found here: https://www.hedcoinc.com/new-haven-loan-program

New Jersey

  • Which businesses may reopen, and which businesses must be closed? Check this site daily for updates from the state that detail opening timelines and guidelines for your industry. Find List Here
  • What are the mitigation requirements for my business to open?Check here for daily updates from the state. Read More Here
  • Where can I get additional, reliable information?Check here daily for a searchable list of the most recent guidance from New Jersey. Read More Here
  • Murphy adds 3 states travelers to NJ should self-quarantine, totaling 19. The Murphy administration added three more states with COVID-19 hotspots, from which travelers coming into New Jersey should self-quarantine, as the pandemic surges across the country. (NJBiz.com) Learn More Here
  • What are responsibilities and benefits for employees who must self-quarantine under the State’s travel advisory? (NJ.gov) Learn more here
  • J. restaurants and bars that can open up 2 walls can reopen for indoor dining, Murphy say -While New Jersey still has a sweeping ban on eateries offering indoor dining as the coronavirus continues to plague the state, bars and restaurants that can open up two of their four walls will now be allowed to serve patrons inside, Gov. Phil Murphy said Wednesday.(NJ.com) Learn More Here
  • J. will now require people wear masks outside to battle coronavirus, Murphy says –
  • People in New Jersey will now be required to wear masks outside in public when social distancing isn’t possible to help prevent the coronavirus from spreading, Gov. Phil Murphy said Wednesday morning. (NJ.com) Learn More Here Q&A about the mandate: Read More Here

New York

  • NYC Real Estate Expo just finished our 4-week series with Roos Advisors on Defining Moments for Your Team Presented by NYC Real Estate Expo Virtual Events, Hosted by Larendee Roos, CEO, Roos Advisors and Bruce Boucher, COO, Roos Advisors. Watch the series on YouTube.
  • WEnyc know that women of color have been disproportionately hit by COVID-19. That’s why we have put together programming throughout July that focuses on how women entrepreneurs of color have pivoted crisis into opportunity. In their stories you will see resiliency, innovative solutions, and a refusal to give up. Please join them this month as we celebrate New York City’s inspiring women entrepreneurs of color! Click here to see the list of events and rsvp.
  • The State Comptroller’s office is committed to keeping New Yorkers regularly updated on the state’s economy and finances. Visit their website for the latest updated on New York Employment Trends, Health and Financial Impact on New Yorkers, New York Business Conditions and Expectations and New York State’s Budget.

Maryland

  • A message from County Executive Marc Elrich on Reopening Montgomery.
  • The Baltimore City Department of Public Works (DPW) proudly announces open enrollment for the 2020 DPW Small Business Development (SBD) Growth by Design Training program at a minimum cost this fall to participants who are interested in learning about how to do business with the City.

The SBD Growth by Design Training Program has been completed by 240 small business owners of their employees since 2016. More that 40 businesses have been MBE/WBE certified, 44 have been pre-qualified to work with the City, and more than $3 million in contracts and related services have been awarded to graduates of this program.

This signature Training Program is slated to begin September with an opening ceremony at Morgan State University. Due to COVID-19 there may be limited in-person training. The team is currently evaluating offering alternative, interactive online classes consistent with our past training course.

To view flier, click here

Please register by September 1, 2020 by clicking here

Virginia

  • PPP Forgiveness Application: What You Need to Know to Be Prepared (Virtual Workshop) Presented by BB&T. With the moving target that is the details on the SBA’s Payroll Protection Program, it should come as little surprise clients that were able to get it now wonder if they have to pay it back, or how much. Join us and BB&T to discuss what you need to know to be prepared.

July 15 – https://www.sbsd.virginia.gov/events/ppp-forgiveness-application-virtual-workshop/

July 29 – https://www.sbsd.virginia.gov/events/ppp-forgiveness-application-virtual-workshop-2/

  • SWaM Info Sessions Are you a small, women-owned, or minority-owned business who wants to do business with the Commonwealth of Virginia?  Small business owners who are looking to participate in Virginia’s specialized procurement and contracting opportunities are encouraged to become SWaM certified. The SWaM certification is a vehicle to promote economic growth of Virginia’s businesses.

This workshop will cover the SWaM Program and designations, certification process and new on-line application portal (live demo), required documents needed to apply, and how to use the certification to do business with the Commonwealth (intro to eVA, Virginia’s Online Procurement Portal).

July 8 – https://www.sbsd.virginia.gov/events/swam-certification-information-workshop-webinar-4/

July 22 – https://www.sbsd.virginia.gov/events/swam-certification-information-workshop-webinar-5/

  • One on One Business Counseling Sessions The Hampton Roads/Eastern Shore representative with the Virginia Department of Small Business and Supplier Diversity (SBSD) will be conducting 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.

Sessions will be conducted by Angela Barber, Business Service Manager – Virginia Department of Small Business and Supplier Diversity.  Email angela.barber@sbsd.virginia.gov to schedule your session.

July 15 – 1-5pm – https://www.sbsd.virginia.gov/events/one-on-one-business-counseling-sessions-swam-assistance-virtual-9/

July 21 – 9am-5pm – https://www.sbsd.virginia.gov/events/one-on-one-business-counseling-sessions-swam-assistance-virtual-10/

Washington, DC

  • Thursday July 16 1:00pm ET | NYC Washington Dc is hosting a webinar Women in Leadership: How Through Crisis and Uprising Women Stand Tall. The discussion will focus on the importance of women and of women of color in leadership, and what the future holds for all women leaders nationwide and globally. NYU DC Dialogues Executive Board Member, Gabriel Avalos created this dialogue, and will provide a welcome and introduction. Betsy Fischer Martin, Executive Director, Women & Politics Institute and Executive in Residence, Department of Government at American University, will moderate the webinar.

Webinars and Townhalls

  • Thursday July 16 2:00pm ET | Easy and Effortless: The Social Distancing Device That Your Venue Needs. Even as some restrictions lift, the anxiety of resuming everyday activities like returning to an office or joining large gatherings is still alive and well. So, how can you put your guests and staff at ease as things slowly start to reopen? Engage by Cell has partnered with the leading international provider of a small, wearable device that lights up or vibrates when another person comes within six feet. Join the 20-minute informative webinar as they explain the features of this innovative device. Anyone who attends gets 5% off their first purchase.
  • Wednesday July 22 1:00pm ET | The National Women’s Business Council (NWBC) invites you to join #WebinarWednesday on Emerging Opportunities in Trade for Women Entrepreneurs. This month, NWBC is partnering with the United Parcel Service (UPS) for an in-depth conversation featuring Council Member Pamela Prince-Eason, President and CEO of Women’s Business Enterprise National Council; Maria Luisa Boyce, Vice President of Global Public Affairs at UPS; and Loretta Greene, Associate Administrator of the Office of International Trade (OIT) at the U.S. Small Business Administration. They will discuss emerging opportunities for women entrepreneurs in international trade. Please register HERE.

Tools You Can Use

07/06/20: WBE Tools, Resources, Information and Connections Bulletin July 6 - 10, 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.

Small Business Administration

  • PPP Loan Application Period Extended to August 8, 2020. In a surprising twist, both the Senate and House have passed—by unanimous consent—S. 4116, a bipartisan bill that extends the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) application period to August 8, 2020. The measure also resolves an earlier authorization snafu to ensure that the SBA’s 7(a) loan program will continue to operate once PPP funds are exhausted. The President is expected to sign the bill into law.
  • As a reminder, the Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL) program is available through December 20, 2020. On Wednesday evening, the SBA announced that it will be restoring eligibility for those who did not elect to receive the emergency grant of up to $10,000. The SBA will process the advance using the information provided in the borrower’s original application. Individuals will be given 3 days from the announcement to notify SBA if they do not wish to receive the advance.
  • On July 1, 2020, the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) enters into force, officially replacing the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). USMCA is a ground-breaking achievement for U.S. small businesses and is the first trade agreement ever to include a full chapter dedicated to small business interests. Supporting and expanding U.S. small business trade with Mexico and Canada is a top priority for me as the new Associate Administrator for SBA’s Office of International Trade(OIT). SBA OIT has a team of talented trade finance specialists and finance products to help small businesses involved in international trade to access capital, purchase inventory as a manufacturer or supplier, and expand through trade. OIT helps ensure small businesses are adequately represented in trade negotiations led by the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative and educates U.S. small businesses on the wide range of federal and state resources that can increase their ability to compete in international trade. Learn more

General

  • Walmart Open Call Application Process Is Now Open. Here are the key dates to take note of:

July 2: Application process opens

July 7-9: National press release with corresponding Quorum note

August 10: Application process closes

August 28: Notification to all applicants and invited attendees

October 1: Open Call event

October 2: Manufacturing Day

  • To continue to support Black business owners in the Hello Alice community and across the country, the Hello Alice team has launched the Black-Owned Business Resource Center. This site provides Black business owners specific support and actionable information in an effort to disassemble the centuries of systemic racism deeply rooted in our nation’s institutions.
    The Black-Owned Business Resource Center helps business owners:
    • Find resources and opportunities specific to Black entrepreneurs
    • Connect with organizations available to support
    • Access and contribute to a Black business owner database
    • Learn how they can get involved in supporting Black-owned businesses and the Black Lives Matter movement

Thanks to a generous contribution from our partners at Visible, we also have reserved and are awarding $10,000 COVID-19 Business For All Emergency Grants exclusively to Black business owners. Applications are open through July 16th. Click here for more information and to access the grant application.

Maryland

  • Montgomery County Minimum Wage Increases. The law raises the minimum wage incrementally, each July 1, until it reaches $15 per hour in 2022. The increase is determined by the number of employees. Starting today, the minimum wage will rise to $14 for employers with 51 or more employees, and $13.25 for employers with 50 or fewer employees. Employers with 10 or fewer employees is required to pay $13 hourly. For more information, visit the Office of Human Rights website
  • Exemption for Licensed Statewide Caterers. The previous sales and use tax structure is duplicative, as caterers are required to charge a tax on the services they provide. This new law removes the duplicative charging. Read MCCC’s testimony on this legislation.
  • Exemption for Data Centers. This new law will level the playing field with neighboring states, attract data center business to Maryland, and support the state as a leader in innovation and investment in cyber and IT.  Read MCCC’s testimony on this legislation.
  • Local Business Preference Program. The Montgomery County Council just approved the Local Business Preference Program, which will provide a 10% price preference in evaluating a bid or proposal from a local business on a contract awarded by the County. The bill is intended to bolster the County’s economic growth and support the creation and retention of employment opportunities within the County. We testified in favor of this bill, and encourage all MCCC members to consider registering with the Office of Procurement.
  • COVID-19 Resources for Businesses Governor Hogan Announces $190M in COVID-19 Relief for Small Businesses, Non-Profits, Higher Ed. Maryland Governor Larry Hogan announced $190M in relief to help colleges, small businesses, and nonprofit organizations affected by the pandemic.
    • $45M will be allocated to expand the Maryland Small Business COVID-19 Emergency Relief Grant Fund. This program awards grants of up to $10,000 to businesses with 50 or fewer employees. These additional resources will be used to help pending applicants.
    • Up to $90M will be allocated to reimburse state-supported universities for COVID-19 related expenses.
    • $50M to establish the Maryland Nonprofit Recovery Initiative, which will help organizations address the revenue reductions and expense increases that are due to the economic and safety impacts of COVID-19.
  • Reopening Montgomery Requirements Checklist. This form must be posted in any business that has reopened in Montgomery County. Please review the Reopening Montgomery page for additional industry requirements.
  • Thursday July 9 | 9:00am – 9:45am Reopening Grants for Montgomery County Businesses. The Montgomery County Council introduced a special appropriation for $14M for Montgomery County businesses/non-profits reopening. Organizations will soon be able to apply for up to $5,000 in reimbursement for supplies they have incurred to follow CDC, state, and county guidelines. Please join the MCCC and Montgomery County Councilmember Andrew Friedson to discuss the reopening grants, including who can apply and which costs are eligible for reimbursement. This event will be facilitated via Zoom. You must RSVP by 5:00 pm ET on Wednesday, July 9 in order to receive login information.

Webinars and Townhalls

  • Friday July 10 | 3:00pm ET PPP Forgiveness – The Latest Updates for 501s. PPP expert CPA Joey Musmar and nationally known corporate trainer Bob Greene and will reveal how to earn forgiveness for your organization’s Paycheck Protection Program loan. You will discover the latest regulations and solutions to common nonprofit PPP challenges. Please join us!

Tools You Can Use

06/29/20: WBE Tools, Resources, Information and Connections Bulletin June 29 - July 3, 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.

Watch Past WPEO Lunch with the Experts Webinars and Virtual Events

  • View recordings of past events here.

General

  • Urgent reminder! The deadline for SBA to approve Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan applications is Tuesday, June 30. This loan program provides loan forgiveness for retaining employees by temporarily expanding the traditional SBA 7(a) loan program. Find a lender and apply today
  • American Airlines will be donating business extra points to small and diverse owned businesses to help with future travel. Learn More>>

Small Business Administration

  • Small Business Facts: Restaurants And Bars Staggered By Pandemic. In May 2020, employment in leisure and hospitality was down 41 percent relative to May 2019, compared to declines ranging from 2 to 18 percent in other areas. The largest category of businesses within leisure and hospitality is food services and drinking places. Small businesses accounted for 64 percent of employment in that category before the COVID-19 pandemic. In May 2020, employment in food services and drinking places was 37 percent lower than in May 2019.

New York

  • Mayor de Blasio announced that NYC is on track to enter Phase Three on Monday, July 6. In this phase, both Personal Care businesses are allowed to reopen, and food establishments are allowed to offer indoor dining. Indoor capacity is limited to no more than 50 percent of the maximum occupancy for the particular area, not including employees. Personal Care services include:
    • Tattoo and piercing facilities
    • Appearance enhancement practitioners
    • Massage therapy
    • Spas
    • Cosmetology
    • Nail specialty
    • Ultraviolet (UV) and non-UV tanning or waxing

Find guidance for Personal Care here and guidance for Indoor Dining here.

Maryland

  • Paycheck Protection Program provided by the City of Baltimore, Goldlan Sachs and Lendistry. APPLY TODAY!!! The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act allocated $350 billion to help small businesses keep workers employed amid the pandemic and economic downturn. Known as the Paycheck Protection Program, the initiative provides 100% federally guaranteed loans to small businesses.
    This program provides small businesses with funds to pay up to 8 weeks of payroll costs including benefits. Funds can also be used to pay interest on mortgages, rent, and utilities. Importantly, these loans will be fully forgiven if borrowers maintain their payrolls during the crisis or restore their payrolls afterward. (due to likely high subscription, at least 75% of the forgiven amount must have been used for payroll). The deadline to apply is June 30, 2020. To apply, click here
  • As Montgomery County continues Phase 2 reopening, health officials remind all residents that face coverings must be worn to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. In a health officer directive issued on June 18 by County Health Officer Travis Gayles, residents (except those under the age of two and those with health conditions that make breathing difficult) must wear face coverings whenever they are in public and physical distancing is not possible.Wearing face coverings outdoors is currently required:
  • On public transportation such as Ride On, Metro and ride sharing
    • Entering businesses and services that are open, including:
    • Grocery stores
    • Restaurants
    • Retail businesses
    • Religious services
    • Hair salons and barbershops
    • Pools, except when in the water
    • Gyms and fitness centers, including when exercising
    • Exercising or interacting with others outdoors
    • Outdoor markets, including farmer’s markets
    • Child care centers

Businesses allowed to reopen during Phase 2 are required to have employees wear face coverings at all times, including during food preparation and when interacting with customers.

  • Tuesday June 30 | 9:00am – 11:00am – State of Downtown Webinar hosted by Downtown Partner of Baltimore. Join the Downtown Partnership of Baltimore as they release the findings from the State of Downtown Report alongside a new Economic Impact of COVID-19. Report and a discussion with leaders from Johns Hopkins Carey Business School. This will be an opportunity to look at the success seen in 2019 in the areas of employment, office and residential density, and hotels and hospitality to use a benchmark for Baltimore 4 recovery. Leaning on the advice and guidance from the latest data, Downtown business community, and civic and community leaders, we will get through this together.
    To register, click here
  • Wednesday July 1 | 1:00pm – 2:00pm – COVID-19’s Economic Impact and Opportunities Webinar hosted by Baltimore County. Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski has assembled a panel of economic thought leaders to discuss the changing regional business landscape in the wake of COVID-19 business shutdowns, and explore potential long-term shifts that may alter our local economy for years and decades to come. Baltimore County Director of Economic and Workforce Development (DEWD) Director Will Anderson will moderate this 60-minute session, where an expert panel will discuss the pandemic’s impact on businesses, recovery forecast trends and the unique opportunities emerging in business sectors like technology, logistics, domestic manufacturing, retail distribution and others.

Panelists include:

Dr. Daraius Irani, Vice President of Strategic Partnerships and Applied Research at Towson University

Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski

Scott Phillips, Managing Director, Legal and Business Consulting Services, LLC

Tom Sadowski, Vice Chancellor for Economic Development at University System of Maryland

Michele Whelley, CEO of the Economic Alliance of Greater Baltimore

To register, click here

WBE-Provided Resources

  • Southpaw Insights has released new findings Same Storm, Different Boats on at how whites and POC are experiencing the pandemic differently. Our study highlighted disparities in health care access, ripple effects of the pandemic, and what it’s going to take to return to “normal.”
  • Two entrepreneurs — Lynda M. Dorman, CEO and Carolyn E. Howell, President of Orange Wall Enterprises — have made history as the first Black women to sign a distribution and licensing deal for autonomous screening stations that recognize the initial symptoms of COVID-19. Read More>>
06/22/20: WBE Tools, Resources, Information and Connections Bulletin June 22 - 26, 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.

Watch Past WPEO Lunch with the Experts Webinars and Virtual Events

  • View recordings of past events here.

Small Business Administration

  • SBA Rolls Out Dedicated Tool for Small Businesses to Connect with CDFIs, Small Asset Lenders Participating in PPP.S. Small Business Administration Administrator Jovita Carranza announced the launch of a dedicated online tool for small businesses and non-profits to be matched with Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs), Minority Depository Institutions (MDIs), Certified Development Companies (CDCs), Farm Credit System lenders, Microlenders, as well as traditional smaller asset size lenders in the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). Lean More.
  • SBA and Treasury Announce New EZ and Revised Full Forgiveness Applications for the Paycheck Protection Program. The U.S. Small Business Administration, in consultation with the Department of the Treasury, posted a revised, borrower-friendly Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan forgiveness application implementing the PPP Flexibility Act of 2020, signed into law by President Trump on June 5, 2020. In addition to revising the full forgiveness application, SBA also published a new EZ version of the forgiveness application that applies to borrowers that:
  • Are self-employed and have no employees; OR
  • Did not reduce the salaries or wages of their employees by more than 25%, and did not reduce the number or hours of their employees; OR
  • Experienced reductions in business activity as a result of health directives related to COVID-19, and did not reduce the salaries or wages of their employees by more than 25%.
    Learn More.
  • Tutor Perini would to invite you to attend any or all of the three seminars we are holding on Thursday, June 25, 2020 designed to introduce you to industry experts that can support your participation in the Hudson County Courthouse project.
    9:00 am – 10:00 am     Completing a Bond Application
    10:00 am – 11:30 am   Completing an Insurance Application
    1:00 pm – 2:00 pm      Completing a Loan Application
  • Hennessy Unfinished Business in partnership with One Hundred Black Men of NYC is offering Grant Opportunities and Other Small Business Assistance and Development Programs. Hennessy has made a national commitment to demonstrate a “Never Stop, Never Settle” spirit and wants to encourage the same spirit with Asian-American, Black, and Hispanic owned businesses by investing in their success.
  • AABRS has published a guide on Small Business Grants Available to Female Entrepreneurs. Are you a female entrepreneur looking to start or grow a business? Then you probably want to know what small business grants are available for women. Whether you run a business in the UK or the US, we hope this comprehensive guide will help.

Maryland

  • Tuesday June 23 | 10:30am – 12:00pm – O.S Supporting Black and Non-Black Workers of Color in the Age of COVID-19 webinar hosted by Associated Black Charities. America has discovered that its “essential workers” are Black and other non-Black People of Color: the very same people who are usually “…last hired and first fired”, lower-wage, lower benefits, in maximum risk environments, and among that last to successfully recover, economically, from any crisis. What should employers be doing to support these workers as Maryland transitions to different phases of opening? How will conversations – regarding pay, benefits, how we function in our workspaces, and what “business as usual” looks like – change in this continuing Age of Covid-19? Join Associated Black Charities as they examine these issues and more in the upcoming webinar: “SOS: Supporting Black and non-Black Employees of Color in the Age of Covid-19.
  • Wednesday June 24 | 10:00am – 11:00am ET – Brining Multicultural Businesses to the Forefront: Understanding What’s Important hosted by M&T Bank. M&T Bank invites you to a forum dedicated to the unique needs and perspectives of our multicultural business community. This virtual event will focus on sharing information and strategies including access to resources and peer group mentoring. The discussion will be lead by M&T Banks team of business banking experts.
  • Tuesday June 30 | 9:00am – 11:00am ET – 20202 State of Downtown Webinar hosted by Downtown Partnership of Baltimore. Join the Downtown Partnership of Baltimore as they release the findings from the State of Downtown Report alongside a new Economic Impact of COVID-19. Report and a discussion with leaders from Johns Hopkins Carey Business School. This will be an opportunity to look at the success seen in 2019 in the areas of employment, office and residential density, and hotels and hospitality to use a benchmark for Baltimore 4 recovery. Leaning on the advice and guidance from the latest data, Downtown business community, and civic and community leaders, we will get through this together.
  • Friday September 25 | 7:30am – 12:30pm – 17th Annual Spring Breakfast Meeting / Business Showcase Expo hosted by Md. Washington Minority Companies, Inc. (MWMCA).
  • Network with top leaders and decision makers. Supplier diversity leaders will be honored for their outstanding achievements. Meet over 80 exhibitors representing prime construction, healthcare, utilities, education, government and more. Learn how to do business with prime companies and government agencies. Learn more information about Minority/Women-Owned Business Certifications.To view flier, click here
    To view list of honorees, click hereEvent information, click here
    To register, click here

New York

  • Mayor de Blasio announced that New York City will enter Phase Two on Monday, June 22, 2020. In this phase, the following industries are now allowed to resume:
    • Commercial Building Management
    • Hair Salons & Barbershops
    • Outdoor and Take-Out/Delivery Food Services
    • Offices
    • Real Estate Services
    • In-Store Retail
    • Vehicle Sales
    • Retail Rental, Repair & Cleaning

If you own a business in one of these industries, you must affirm that you have read and understand the State-issued guidelines.
If you are unclear if your business is included in Phase Two, you can use this tool to check.
These guidelines and requirements may change, so please check the New York Forward site regularly.
New York City restaurants and bars will open over multiple phases. Each phase will have different requirements based on seating/dining types, occupancy levels, and protocols.
Updated guidelines and rules for dining operations have been developed by New York State and must be followed throughout the reopening phases. These include guidelines for physical distancing, cleaning and disinfection, communication, and screening.

  • Governor Cuomo amended Executive Order 202.43 (EO) to include updated guidance for food and beverage establishments effective immediately. You can also watch the announcement here.
    Under this EO, businesses selling or serving alcohol to be consumed at the business or elsewhere must ensure that everyone within 100 feet of their business is:
    In compliance with open-container, social-distancing, and face-covering rules; and
    Following all existing rules, regulations, and laws.
    Businesses that cannot follow these guidelines must stop selling alcohol until they can.
    Violations could result in having a license suspended or revoked, with fines up to $10,000 per violation.

Virginia

  • Watch this video to learn more about the Chesapeake Small Business COVID-19 Recovery Grant. Hear from Director, Steven Wright and Management Analyst, Constantia Matthews as they discuss the details of the program. They help answer the questions about a businesses eligibility, what documents are needed to apply, and more.

Partner Organizations

  • WIPPPosition, Pivot, Profit! Rethinking your entire business model is not an easy step, yet it is a critical sustainability task in these unprecedented times. We will hear from two WIPP Members and business owners who are successfully taking different paths towards success:

Rebecca Boenigk, President & CEO, Neutral Posture

Julie Rothhouse, CEO, SynaVoice and Founder, SynaVoice SOL

Monday June 29 | 2:00pm ET. This webinar is part of our popular Intersectionality Series, with up-to-the-minute business policy and funding information from Capitol Hill. Each webinar in this series features the WIPP Advocacy Team, the U.S. Small Business Administration, and a special topic of interest. REGISTER.

Webinars and Townhalls

  • Wednesday June 24 | 1:00pm ET – Leadership Lessons from the Fast Lane, hosted by Gary Heil, features 64th Secretary of State, Madeleine K. Albright. As America’s first woman Secretary of State, recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, and a professor, author, and businesswoman, Dr. Albright brings extensive insight to what leaders of today must do to effectively lead teams into the world of tomorrow. Subscribe and Watch on Washington Speaker’s Bureau YouTube Live.
  • Tuesday July 7 | 2:00pm – 3:00pm ET – 7 Tools to Boost Your Marketing Efforts Despite COVID-19 Budget Cuts. As businesses recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, marketing budgets are being closely scrutinized. Many businesses have slashed or completely cut their marketing budget, requiring marketers to do more with less. While a smaller budget can present challenges for your business, free high-yielding marketing tools are available to help you build awareness, acquire customers and generate revenue.

Tools You Can Use

06/16/20: Inspiring The Next Generation Of Black Female Founders To Become Mentors And Investors

By Geri Stengel, Forbes

Janelle Benjamin and her husband, Joost van Dreunen, started SuperData, a gaming analytics company, in 2011. He was graduating from Columbia with a Ph.D. in video games and was uninspired by the jobs for which he was interviewing. Instead, he wanted to start a company, not one that developed video games but one that served the industry.

Van Dreunen thought video game distribution to consumers would go in the same direction as music — moving from selling physical copies in retail stores to selling online. Back then, “digital distribution sales were in the single digits,” said Benjamin. “Nobody was tracking digital distribution. People backed into digital sales numbers by simply taking 10% of retail.”

Benjamin received her undergraduate degree from NYU Stern School of Business, where she studied statistics and financial mathematics. Having built financial models for Deutsche Bank, crunching numbers and business modeling was second nature to her. As an analyst for BuzzMetrics, a social media monitoring research firm that Nielsen Online acquired, she understood the importance of providing industry analytics. For a business she started with friends, she oversaw operations, including payroll, bookkeeping, taxes, and insurance.

The two had complementary skills. Van Dreunen became the creative visionary and CEO of SuperData, and Benjamin the COO, whose job it was to operationalize the vision.

Read more here.

06/15/20: WBE Tools, Resources, Information and Connections Bulletin June 15 - 19, 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.

Watch Past WPEO Lunch with the Experts Webinars and Virtual Events

  • View recordings of past events here.

General

  • The National Women’s Business Council (NWBC) partners with the Association of Women’s Business Centers (AWBC) to deliver June 17 Webinar – The National Women’s Business Council (NWBC)is partnering with the Association of Women’s Business Centers (AWBC) for a webinar on financial literacy. The webinar will take place Wednesday, June 17, 2020 from 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM EDT. It will include an in-depth conversation with Bonnie Nawara, NWBC Council Member and CEO of Grand Rapids Opportunities for Women (GROW); Klassi Duncan, Director of Women Business Resource Center, Urban League of Louisiana; and David Ramos, Community Affairs Specialist for the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC).

Small Business Administration

  • Revised Guidance Regarding the Paycheck Protection Program – The U.S. Small Business Administration, in consultation with the U.S. Department of the Treasury, issued new and revised guidance for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). This guidance implements the Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act (PPPFA), signed into law by President Trump on June 5, 2020, and expands eligibility for businesses with owners who have past felony convictions. Learn More.
  • Fast Forward: Advancing Small Business in these Unprecedented Times (Virtual Event) – GSA’s Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization and the Federal Acquisition Service are partnering to host a FAST Forward virtual event on June 22 to assist and answer questions on how small businesses can sell products and services to the federal government. The training sessions will give you an overview of what you need to know to pursue a federal or GSA contract; from market research, registering your business in SAM.gov (System for Award Management), supply chain resilience and contract compliance, to adapting to some of the emerging needs we are experiencing in response to the global pandemic. Links to additional small business resources will also be provided after the event. Register Today.
  • To further meet the needs of U.S. small businesses and non-profits, the U.S. Small Business Administration reopened the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) and EIDL Advance program portal to all eligible applicants experiencing economic impacts due to COVID-19 today.SBA’s COVID-19 Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) and EIDL Advance The SBA is offering low interest federal disaster loans for working capital to small businesses and non-profit organizations that are suffering substantial economic injury as a result of COVID-19 in all U.S. states, Washington D.C., and territories.These loans may be used to pay debts, payroll, accounts payable and other bills that can’t be paid because of the disaster’s impact, and that are not already covered by a Paycheck Protection Program loan.  The interest rate is 3.75% for small businesses.  The interest rate for non-profits is 2.75%.

    To keep payments affordable for small businesses, SBA offers loans with long repayment terms, up to a maximum of 30 years.  Plus, the first payment is deferred for one year.

    In addition, small businesses and non-profits may request, as part of their loan application, an EIDL Advance of up to $10,000.  The EIDL Advance is designed to provide emergency economic relief to businesses that are currently experiencing a temporary loss of revenue.  This advance will not have to be repaid, and small businesses may receive an advance even if they are not approved for a loan.

    SBA’s EIDL and EIDL Advance are just one piece of the expanded focus of the federal government’s coordinated response.

    The SBA is also assisting small businesses and non-profits with access to the federal forgivable loan program, the Paycheck Protection Program, which is currently accepting applications until June 30, 2020.

Webinars and Townhalls

Maryland

The following industries listed may begin re-opening under specific rules and regulations. Click the appropriate link(s) for more information.

  • Thursday, June 18 | 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. – Business (and Personal) Resilience for the “New Normal” informative Webinar hosted by Baltimore MBDA Business Center
    Please join the Baltimore MBDA Business Center for our June Webinar Series “Business and (Personal) Resilience for the “New Normal”” with GME Enterprise. The webinar will discuss the new ways for your business to adjust to the “New Normal” post Covid-19.
    To view flier, click here
    To register, click here
  • Wednesday, June 24 | 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. – Bringing Multicultural Business to the Forefront: Understanding What’s Important Webinar hosted by M&T Bank
    M&T Bank invites you to a forum dedicated to the unique needs and perspectives of our multicultural business community. This virtual event will focus on sharing information and strategies including access to resources and peer group mentoring.The discussion will be lead by M&T Banks team of business banking experts:

    • Carlos Andrade, Senior Relationship Manager
    • Andy Kim, Relationship Manager
    • Rosa Scharf, Senior Relationship Manager
    • Natalie Wech, Team Leader
    • Moderated by: Detra Miller, Minority Owned
    • Business Banking Manager

    To register, click here

  • Tuesday, June 30 | 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. – 2020 State of Downtown Webinar hosted by Downtown Partnership of Baltimore
    Join the Downtown Partnership of Baltimore as they release the findings from the State of Downtown Report alongside a new Economic Impact of COVID-19. Report and a discussion with leaders from Johns Hopkins Carey Business School. This will be an opportunity to look at the success seen in 2019 in the areas of employment, office and residential density, and hotels and hospitality to use a benchmark for Baltimore 4 recovery. Leaning on the advice and guidance from the latest data, Downtown business community, and civic and community leaders, we will get through this together.
    To register, click here
  • Wednesday June 24 | 10:00am – 11:45 am “Helping Brooklyn’s Immigrant- and Minority-Owned Businesses Rebound from the Pandemic,” a Center for an Urban Future (CUF) virtual policy symposium taking place Wednesday, June 24th from 10:00 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. Please join us for this live-streamed event, which is generously sponsored by HSBC and presented in partnership with the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce.Attendance is free, but registration is required. Please RSVP via this link.

New York

  • NYC Office of Small Business Services is hosting a number of webinars to give help understanding and complying with requirements and best practices to reopen Phase One businesses in NYC.

Phase One businesses include:

Construction

Wholesale Trade

Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing, and Hunting

Manufacturing

Retail (limited to curbside or in-store pickup or drop off)

Topics include:

State requirements for reopening

Recommendations and best practices for reopening

Employee support

Compliance and enforcement

Resources available to help your business

RSVP for Wednesday June 17

RSVP for Friday June 19

RSVP for Monday June 22

RSVP for Friday June 26

RSVP for Monday June 29

RSVP for Wednesday July 1

RSVP for Friday June 3

RSVP for Monday July 6

Partner Organization Resources

  • WIPP June 23 1:00pm EDTWomen to Watch 2020 – Join 131 & Counting on June 23rd to discuss what Congress may look like in 2021, women to watch, efforts to increase the racial diversity of women in 2020, and how we may best support women candidates during COVID-19.

The virtual panel includes:

    • Representative Susan Brooks (R-IN)
    • Representative Lauren Underwood (D-IL)
    • Debbie Walsh, Director for the Center for American Women and Politics, Rutgers University
    • Jessica Knight-Henry, National Political Director for the DSCC
    • Betsy Ankney, Political Director for the NRSC
    • Lauren Leader, Co-founder and CEO, All In Together (moderator)

Tools You Can Use

  • Remote personal development toolkit – Organizational growth starts with people. Use this toolkit to help guide employees in their personal development.
  • Talent optimization roundtables – Join an upcoming roundtable to discuss how to take lasting action when it comes to culture, DEI initiatives, engagement, and more. Let’s achieve Better Work, Better World together.
  • Managing team dynamics in a downturn – Watch this video series to learn how science can help you understand, navigate, and improve team dynamics.
06/08/20: WBE Tools, Resources, Information and Connections Bulletin June 8 - 12, 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.

Watch Past WPEO Lunch with the Experts Webinars and Virtual Events

  • View recordings of past events here.

General

  • WBENC continues to provide updated COVID-19 Resources for WBEs and don’t forget to submit your information if you provide COVID related products and services on the WBENC COVID-19 Supplier List.
  • Money.com has compiled a list of best small business loans with the goal of helping small business owners have another resource available. Most importantly, so you can have a better understanding of whether you’ll qualify and the type of interest rate you’ll pay on the different loans.
  • EY provides updated guidelines for borrowers – On June 3, the Senate approved for President Trump’s signature a House-passed bill (H.R. 7010) that would extend the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan forgiveness covered period from 8 weeks to 24 weeks.It would also reduce the percentage of eligible payroll expenses to 60% of the PPP loan amount, giving small businesses more flexibility in how they spend federal loans provided by the PPP. Other updates were also approved.We hope the explanations of the updated guidelines in the attached FAQ will be helpful to you if you are a PPP borrower or intend to be one.For additional information on the PPP Flexibility Act, mark your calendars for a live webcast June 11, 4 PM ET.

    We are committed to helping you navigate through the crisis phase of this pandemic and into recovery and renewal and will provide relevant insight and guidance as it becomes available.

    Please reach out to your local EY contacts if you have specific questions or want to explore how we can support your company at this time.

Small Business Administration

  • Did you know that June is National Safety Month? As many states move to reopen businesses affected during COVID-19, it’s important to follow safety guidelines to keep your employees and customers safe. Take the time to review safety resources from the CDC when reopening your business. Learn more
  • GSA Presents: Advancing Small Businesses During Unprecedented Times (Webinars). Join GSA Administrator, Emily Murphy, to explore strategies to enable support of the federal opportunities within the COVID-19 pandemic environment during GSA’s webinars hosted on June 8 and 10. Participants will learn about the most current federal requirements, how the federal business landscape has responded and how small businesses can engage. GSA will also address your questions around federal contracting.
    Register | June 8
    Register | June 10
  • Wednesday June 10 | 9:30am-11:30amBusiness Planning amid Uncertain Times in Financials, Marketing, New Opportunities, Closing Business Procedure and Reopening on evaluating and setting strategies for your business. Please register.
  • Thursday June 18 | 9:30am – 11:30am – Doing Business with the Federal Government. Learn how and what the Federal Government buy, Certification for Set Aide, marketing to government agencies, subcontracting, resources, and assistance.

New Jersey

  • Applications for Phase 2 of the Small Business Emergency Assistance Grant Program will be available on June 92020NJEDAstaff will process the applications on a first-come, first-served basis. There will be no application
  • Phil Murphy announced on June 4th that outdoor dining and ‘nonessential’ retail stores in New Jersey will be allowed to reopen with restrictions on June 15. Personal care services, such as hair salons and barbershops, will follow a week later, on June 22. Nail salons could reopen later in the stage, the governor’s office said. (nj.com) Read More Here.
  • Check nj.gov site daily for updates from the state that detail opening timelines and guidelines for your industry. Find List Here
  • Thursday June 11 | 4:00pm EST – A Special Recipe for a Successful Business hosted by NAWBO Central & Northern NJ. Kim Osterhoudt, The Jam Lady of Jams by Kim, will be sharing her very special ingredients for a successful business. She joined NAWBO at the same time that she began her company. Whether you’re starting, building, or pivoting, you’ll want to hear her exclusive recipe for success.

New York

  • New York Forward Loan Fund – Pre-applications to the New York Forward Loan Fund (NYFLF supporting #NYSsmall businesses, nonprofits and small landlords opened at noon (EDT), May 26. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis as regions and industries reopen. Pre-application: CLICK HERE
  • COVID-19 has resulted in tens of thousands of deaths across New York state. Sadly, the pandemic victims include members of New York’s retirement system (NYSLRS) who carried out their essential duties despite personal risk. The families of these selfless members can take some comfort in knowing that they may be eligible for enhanced death benefits. Recently enacted legislation provides certain beneficiaries of public employees who contract COVID-19 on the job and pass away from COVID-19 with an accidental death benefit. Visit our NYSLRS blog for more information.
  • The Office of the NYC Comptroller has updated their list of free webinars available to business owners in the New York City area.

Maryland

  • Thursday June 11 | 8:00am – 12:00pm ET – Whiting-Turner’s Contracting Company’s
    Get Down to Business Call in Event hosted by the City of Baltimore Office of Minority and Women-Owned Business development. The event offers an opportunity for business owners to meet with the Whiting-Turner Contracting Company’s bid teams to find about projects that will be put out for bid in the next several months. This event is exclusively for diverse sub-contractors and vendors. For more information, contact Bernie LaHatte at 410-821-1100 or email: lahatte@Whiting-Turner.com.

Virginia

The Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce has released a list of upcoming events:

Webinars and Townhalls

  • Wednesday June 10 | 2:00pm – 3:00pm ET and Friday June 12 | 1:00pm – 2:00pm ET – Paycheck Protection Flexibility Act Updates to PPP Loan Forgiveness hosted by Marcum LLP will provide updated information on regards to the recent changes to the PPP program from the Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act of 2020, passed by the Senate on June 3rd, the loan forgiveness application, and what documentation to assemble.The program will conclude with an interactive Q&A session.
  • Thursday June 11 | 1:00pm ET – Using Personality Insights to Help Your Team Navigate Change. A 30-minute Q&A to learn how to respond to sudden changes in the work setting and how to adapt to non-traditional work-environments.
  • Wednesday June 17 or Tuesday 23 | 1:00pm – 2:00pm ET – Family, Finance, and Philanthropy. Join Harvard University Planned Giving online, along with fellow alumni and friends, for an engaging discussion on strategic financial planning and philanthropy for the future.

WBE-Provided Resources

  • InnovatorsBox is inviting you to participate in their Global Innovators Meetup. RSVP.
    Tuesday June 9 | 2:00pm – 3:00pm ET “Thriving during Change and Constraint”
    Thursday June 11 | 7:00pm – 8:00pm ET “Abundance and Empathy with Tech”
    The hour networking discussion will be facilitated by me (Monica Kang) to have an intentional time for all to connect and reflect. Please be ready to be fully engaged and on camera. First-timers can feel the pace to feel a bit fast at the beginning, but we promise good fun and thoughtfulness. Be ready for something new!
  • Thursday June 11 | 1:00pm EST – Leading in The New Normal presented by Mark Kamin & Associates. In this free webinar we will share with you strategies for dealing with the “new normal”:
    7 Intentional Business Discontinuities that provide leaders with access to transforming themselves and their organization
    Dealing with extraordinary levels of uncertainty
    Being effective with people’s natural resistance to change – your own resistance and the resistance of others
  • Daintree Capital, an investment firm dedicated to providing debt capital to female founders, was recently launched by start-up veteran turned investor Alisha Griffey.  Daintree provides both traditional and revenue-based loans which enables it to invest in a wide variety of business models, including non-tech businesses often overlooked by traditional early-stage investors.  Daintree invests in post-revenue companies in need of growth capital.  To learn more about Daintree’s investment thesis and loan application process, visit www.DaintreeCap.com or contact Alisha directly at alisha@daintreecap.com.Check size: $10k – $30kDaintree Eligibility Criteria:

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