06/01/20: WBE Tools, Resources, Information and Connections Bulletin June 1 - 5, 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.

WBE Opportunity: Participate in a Virtual WBENCPitch Competition

To help women-owned businesses survive and thrive during this time of crisis, WBENC has responded by pivoting our popular WBENCPitch competition to support our new virtual business reality. Throughout the year, we will be awarding WBEs with more than $100,000 of grants and prize money through a series of virtual pitch competitions. First up – WBENCPitch Pivot.

What is WBENCPitch Pivot?

WBENCPitch Pivot, brought to you in partnership with Allstate, is designed to highlight women entrepreneurs who have pivoted their businesses and stepped outside of the box to create or offer products, services, and solutions that fill supply chain gaps during the COVID-19 crisis.

The tournament begins with a virtual WBENCPitch Pivot Showcase featuring 90-second pitch videos from eligible WBEs, where the entire WBENC network can weigh in and vote for their favorite pitch. The 12 WBEs who receive the most votes will then deliver their best pitch to a panel of WBENC Corporate Member judges and be eligible to win up to $10,000 in grant funding.

How to Participate:

Applications are open now through Friday, June 5, 2020. All applicants must prepare and submit a 90-second pitch video for consideration. Apply Now.


Eligible WBEs include those with businesses that fit into one or more of the following ‘Pivot Categories’ to fill supply chain needs in response to the COVID-19 crisis:

    • Transformed current operations
    • Started a new line of business
    • Partnered with another WBENC-Certified WBE to create a new product or solution
    • Reinvented their business to stay afloat and fill a critical supply chain need

About the Tournament:

First Round – Showcase Voting

    • WBEs who meet the application criteria will have their 90-second pitch videos posted to the WBENCPitch Pivot Showcase for consideration and voting by the WBENC audience.
    • The Showcase will be open for voting beginning the week of June 8.

Final Round – Live Pitching to Judges

    • The top 12 WBEs to receive the most votes during the First Round will advance to the Final Round.
    • Finalists will present a live three (3) minute pitch and will engage in a short Q&A session with Corporate Member judges. The Final Round will be held on June 25.
    • The 12 finalists who have made the most significant changes to their operations and have made a meaningful impact during the COVID-19 crisis response will receive various levels of grant funding for their businesses.
      • $10,000 each for three (3) Grand Prize Winners
      • $6,000 each for five (5) Tier-2 Prize Winners
      • $2,000 each for four (4) Tier-3 Prize Winners


If you have any questions about the WBENCPitch Pivot program, please contact us at

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  • The certification process for the Women-Owned Small Business Federal Contracting program will change starting July 15. Find out more on what you need to know here.
  • On Thursday, May 28, the House passed a bipartisan bill with a 417-1 vote, providing flexibility to small businesses currently unable to take advantage of the current PPP loans. The bill, now headed to the Senate, would provide the following changes:
  • Extends the amount of time the loan can cover from 8 to 24 weeks.
  • Extends the time new PPP loans must be paid back if the amount provided doesn’t convert into a grant from 2 to 5 years.
  • Lowers the minimum portion of the PPP loan that must be spent on payroll from 75% to 60%. The remaining would still need to be spent on rent, utilities, and other business-related expenses.
  • Amends the rehire date from June 30 to December 31.
  • Applications for CARES Act Non-Competitive Awards Accepted Through Mid-June and Competitive Awards on Rolling Basis. The Economic Development Administration (EDA) is accepting applications for CARES Act Recovery Assistance supplemental awards from Economic Development Districts, University Centers, Tribal Groups, & Revolving Loan Fund recipients through mid-June and competitive awards from all eligible grantees on a rolling basis.
  • Enterprising Women of Color Virtual Series: The Formula For a Winning Comeback. Join the Minority Business Development Agency’s Enterprising Women of Color Initiative in partnership with the National Minority Supplier Diversity Council, as they present a 4-week virtual event series for women of color entrepreneurs looking to reevaluate their business strategies. Missed a session? Visit gov to view video replays. Catch up today and start developing your formula for a winning comeback!
  • CDC Issues New Guidance on Reopening Offices. As local businesses await the “green light” from their respective Governors to reopen their offices, many have begun to diligently prepare detailed return-to-work plans. In order to offer some guidance to employers in this area, the CDC has now issued its own checklist for the reopening of office buildings, which can be found: HERE

Small Business Administration

  • The U.S. Small Business Administration, in consultation with the U.S. Treasury Department, announced that it is setting aside $10 billion of Round 2 funding for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) to be lent exclusively by Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs). CDFIs work to expand economic opportunity in low-income communities by providing access to financial products and services for local residents and businesses.
  • The U.S. Small Business Administration issues new interim rules for Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Loan Forgiveness. The first rule, which can be found HERE, provides guidance to borrowers on the loan forgiveness process, including the timing from the submission of the loan forgiveness application to payment. The second rule, which can be found HERE, provides guidance on the SBA’s review process of a PPP loan application and loan forgiveness. It sets forth the procedure by which the SBA may review a borrower’s file, and clarifies that the borrower will have an opportunity to respond to any inquiry

New Jersey

  • Governor Murphy’s Signing Executive Order: Lifting the Limit on Outdoor Gatherings from 10 to 25 Individuals. “Groups of 25 can now gather outdoors, Murphy says, as N.J. reopening continues…New Jersey is loosening restrictions on the number of people allowed at outdoor gatherings and certain outdoor activities, Gov. Phil Murphy announced at his daily press conference on Friday morning. ..” Read More.

New York

  • New York lawmakers passed new COVID-19 bills. Here’s what the measures would do.
  • Governor Cuomo signed an executive order authorizing private businesses to deny entry to those who do not wear masks or face coverings. You can learn more here.
  • Mayor de Blasio announced that New York City has hit five of the necessary seven metrics that would allow us to begin Phase One, which means there is a possibility of Phase One reopening in the new few weeks. In Phase One, construction, manufacturing, agriculture, wholesale trade, and retail (curbside pickup only) would be permitted to resume operations following guidelines outlined by the Governor’s Office. These guidelines include requirements for social distancing, communicating to employees, cleanliness and hygiene, and health screening. You can read more about those guidelines here. Please note you will be required to affirm that you read and understand the guidelines.
  • The Office of New York City Comptroller Scott M. Stinger and the Legal Aid Society is hosting Tenants Rights Information Sessions June 1 | 3:00pm EDT – June 10 | 7:00pm – June 16 | 11:00am. RSVP for this Zoom event. The link will be provided when you RSVP or call (212)669-4466. Hear from housing experts and bring your questions.
  • WE NYC is offering 1-on-1 COVID-19 Economic Relief Consultation appointments online. Multiple dates available.
  • NYC Small Business Services is hosting a free webinar How Do I Ensure My PPP Loan is Forgiven? on Thursday June 4 | 11:00am – 12:00pm. They will discuss the issues surrounding the post-approval phase of your PPP loan to ensure you are best positioned to have it forgiven.
  • Sunday June 17 | 5:00pm – 6:00pm Q&A with Toneille Raglan, Founding Attorney of Raglan Law. Responding to the Covid-19 emergency has been a challenge for everyone, particularly for women entrepreneurs. WE NYC has partnered with Toneille Raglan to provide you with relevant resources and guidance so you can successfully navigate these uncertain times as well as set yourself up for success to recover and thrive in the future.
  • Saturday June 30 | 2:00pm – 6:00pm Conference: Creative Leadership for Entrepreneurs in Times of Uncertainty. In light of the current situation, we’re bringing together experts in leadership development and entrepreneurship to have an honest conversation and share practical takeaways for coping and adapting to the current environment. We will cover, among other things, cultivating a mindset of curiosity and creativity to identify opportunities in the face of adversity and understanding how COVID-19 has created a new normal in business and crafting value propositions that resonates in today’s cultural and economic climate.


  • The City of Baltimore’s Office of Minority and Women-Owned Business Development and Whiting-Turner’s Contracting Company is hosting a Get Down to Business Call-In Event Thursday June 11 | 8:00am – 12:00pm. 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.
  • Paycheck Protection Program provided by the City of Baltimore, Goldman Sachs, and Lendistry. 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.

To apply, click here
To view business guidelines and checklist, click here
To view required documents, click here

  • Tuesday June 2 – MBE/DBE/ACDBE/SBE Application Assistance Workshop by Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) Office of Small and Minority Business Policy

In response to Governor Larry Hogan’s executive order to help limit the spread of the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) outbreak, MDOT’s Office of Small and Minority Business Policy (OSMBP) will host its Certification Application Assistance Workshop via WEBINAR.
Find out if certification as a Minority Business Enterprise (MBE), Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE), Airport Concessions Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (ACDBE), and/or Small Business Enterprise (SBE) is right for your business. Opportunities exist for small, minority, and women owned businesses to meet minority participation goals on government and private sector contracts. In FY2018, the State awarded over $1.3 billion to MDOT certified MBEs.
Learn the benefits of certification, the application process, eligibility standards, as well
as business development and marketing tips.

To view flier, click here

To register for the 10:00 am session click here
To register for the 5:30 pm session, click here

  • Thursday June 4 | 5:30pm – 6:30pm – Baltimore City Department of Public Works Small Business Development Growth By Design Training Program Virtual Open House

Baltimore City Department of Public Works (DPW) invites you to learn more about its Small Business Development (SBD) Growth by Design Training Program. Participants Will Learn About:

  • Upcoming projects in DPW’s 2020-2021 Procurement Forecast
  • Growth By Design training application criteria and curriculum
  • Why Growth By Design is the training opportunity you’ve been waiting for!
    To view flier, click here
    To register, click here

From Partner Organizations

  • GWBC – Wednesday June 3 | 1:00pm – 3:00pm EDT. The Minority Business Development Agency and the National Minority Supplier Development Council hosts “The Mental, Emotional, and Physical Comeback for Women in Business” webinar, the finale of the Enterprising Women of Color Series. Join the speakers as they discuss how to ensure emotional, physical and mental self-care as we embark on the new normal for professional and home life. Register.

Webinars and Townhalls

  • Tuesday June 23 | 10:30am EDT. Diversity Information Resources is hosting a free one-hour webinar Supplier Diversity Reimagined. Join industry experts to discuss how COVID-19 is impacting supply chains, diverse suppliers, diversity and inclusion, and supplier diversity.

Tools You Can Use

05/25/20: WBE Tools, Resources, Information and Connections Bulletin May 25 – May 29, 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.

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  • Latina Style is currently accepting nominations for their Annual Corporate Executive of the Year and Employee Resource Group of the Year awards. Deadline for applications is October 9, 2020. Download the form HERE. Submit the LEY nomination form to and attach a high resolution photo (300 dpi in JPEG format) with full name, title and company.
  • Employment Law Alert from Nukk-Freeman & Cerra, PC. The Federal Government has recently issued a whole host of COVID-19 guidance relating to participant elections for employee benefit plans. See the specific guidance: HERE. In addition, the DOL issued new Model COBRA forms and they can be found:HERE
  • S. Chamber of Commerce– New Digital Resources Center provides the latest state guidelines, sector-specific guidance, small business advice, and other tools and resources to help employers and employees return to work safely and successfully. These tools and resources to be updated as new information becomes available.

State-Specific Guidance Sector-Specific Guidance | Small Business-Specific Guidance | Additional Tools and Resources  |  Path Forward Webinar Series

Small Business Loans and Grant Opportunities

  • Verizon Small Business Recovery Fund-Applications must be submitted by Wednesday, May 20th at 11:59 p.m. ET.
  • The Amber Grant for Women closes May 31 monthly through November 2020)
  • @Nav ’s Small Business Grant- $10,000 to take your business to the next level. Closes May 30th.
  • Hello Alice  #COVID19$10k Emergency Grant application closes on July 16, 2020, at 11:59 PM:
  • Virginia 30 Day Fund provides forgivable loans for VA-based small businesses.
  • @Southern Smoke Foundation is a crisis relief organization for employees in the food & beverage industry.
  • Stacy’s Rise Project will award $10,000 grants to 15 female founders. Applications open from May 4th, 2020 to June 1st, 2020.
  • Red Backpack Fund reopens on June 1.

Webinars and Townhalls

  • Marcum LLP is offering two webinars on the PPP Loan Forgiveness Update to updated information in regard to your loan forgiveness rules and documentation based on updated guidance from the SBA’s PPP Forgiveness Application released on May 15th. Tuesday May 26 | 2:00pm – 3:00pm ET and Wednesday May 27 | 1:00pm – 2:00pm ET.
  • Wednesday May 27 | 12:00pm – 1:00pm ET – Your Personal ROI presented by Columbia University’s School of Professional Studies Construction Administration program. Leading construction experts will share their insights and industry intelligence on career prospects in a new construction landscape.
  • Thursday May 28 | 2:00pm ET – COVID-19 and Your Small Business: Smart Steps to Take Right Now presented by Voya Financial. Join USA TODAY senior small business columnist and Voya contributor Steve Strauss as he shares the best tips and strategies for managing your small business during this pandemic.
  • Tuesday June 2 | 2:00pm – Stories of Resilience: A Conversation with Angela Duckworth and Andy Puddicombe presented by SalesForce. Stories of Resilience is an ongoing virtual event series where small business leaders share true stories of how they’ve navigated challenging times. Speakers will offer strategies for adapting and pivoting their businesses and provide inspiration to forge a path forward.
  • Thursday May 28 | 2:00pm ET – The (Socially) Distant Workforce: Recruiting New Grads in a Pandemic hosted by Monster. In this 60-minute panel discussion, hear from top talent acquisition leaders across Fidelity, Staples, Early Stage Careers, PwC, and PAE as they share innovative ways to shift your recruiting strategies and emphasize new priorities. By the end of this webinar you’d have some insider tips on how to adapt your own practices for a new, socially distanced job economy.
  • Friday May 29 | 11:00am – 12:00pm ET – The Roadmap to the New Normal hosted by Latina Style. learn invaluable lessons & advice from some of the most Successful Latina Entrepreneurs in the nation. Ready to go back to work? Leading entrepreneurs and corporations will discuss how they continue to manage this situation and prepare to return to their “normal.” Learn the Do’s and Don’ts, what you should be doing/not doing at this time.



  • The Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) is a revenue producing arm of Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT). It constructs new toll roads, bridges and tunnels and maintains them for safe and easy access. MDTA is one of only four arms of Maryland’s government that can authorize the creation and sale of debentures to fund such revenue creation projects. Learn about the MDTAs Upcoming Procurement Opportunities.
  • Thursday May 28 | 1:00pm – 2:00pm ET You’re invited to join Maryland’s Minority and Women-Owned Business Development for their virtual webinar series, Building Business with AWS, to discover how your organization can innovate and connect with new customers on the cloud during the current situation. Hear how AWS Cloudstart customers rapidly adapted to meet today’s needs. Learn about AWS programs that allow your organization to scale securely and cost effectively. To register for the webinar series, click here.
  • Tuesday June 2 – MBE/DBE/ACDBE/SBE Application Assistance Workshop by Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) Office of Small and Minority Business Policy. In response to Governor Larry Hogan’s executive order to help limit the spread of the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) outbreak, MDOT’s Office of Small and Minority Business Policy (OSMBP) will host its Certification Application Assistance Workshop via WEBINAR. Find out if certification as a Minority Business Enterprise (MBE), Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE), Airport Concessions Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (ACDBE), and/or Small Business Enterprise (SBE) is right for your business. Opportunities exist for small, minority, and women owned businesses to meet minority participation goals on government and private sector contracts. In FY2018, the State awarded over $1.3 billion to MDOT certified MBEs.
    To register for the 10:00 a.m. session click here
    To register for the 5:30 p.m. session, click here
  • Thursday June 4 | 5:30pm – 6:30pm ET Baltimore City Department of Public Works (DPW) invites you to learn more about its Small Business Development (SBD) Growth by Design Training Program. Participants Will Learn About:
  • Upcoming projects in DPW’s 2020-2021 Procurement Forecast
  • Growth By Design training application criteria and curriculum
  • Why Growth By Design is the training opportunity you’ve been waiting for!

New York

  • The office of the New York City Comptroller is hosting a Virtual Townhall on Tuesday May 26 at 7:00pm ET. Learn how their offices are responding to the COVID-19 pandemic; what resources are available and get the opportunity to speak on your experiences. Speakers:
  • New York City Comptroller Scott M. Stringer
  • Congressmember Jerry Nadler
  • State Senator Brian A. Benjamin
  • Assemblymember Linda B. Rosenthal
  • The Center for an Urban Future to invite you to “Bolstering Immigrant and Minority-Owned Small Businesses Impacted by the COVID-19 Pandemic”, a Center for an Urban Future (CUF) virtual policy symposium taking place Thursday, May 28 from 10:00 am to 11:45 am. Please join us for this live-streamed event, which is generously sponsored by HSBC.
  • Governor Cuomo announced the New York Forward Loan Fund, a new economic recovery loan program aimed at supporting New York State small businesses, nonprofits and small landlords as they reopen after the COVID-19 outbreak and NYS on PAUSE. Pre-application for the New York Forward Loan Fund will be open on May 26, 2020 at Noon Eastern Daylight Time. Priority will be given to industries that have been reopened. This is not a first-come, first-served loan program. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis as regions and industries reopen. Businesses who have already received SBA funding through the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) or the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) are not eligible.     
  • With mostly blue skies and warm weather coming this weekend, the Mayor’s Office of Nightlife created a printable poster for you to hang in your business to remind patrons to take out, not hang out. Download the poster here. Bars and restaurants are allowed to be open for take-out/delivery only.

Washington, DC

  • Following on Mayor Bowser’s DC Small Business Recovery Microgrants Program, the Department of Housing and Community Development is launching an additional grant opportunity specifically for small businesses in Ward 7 and 8. The Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) will make available approximately $800,000 in Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding allocated from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to eligible for-profit small businesses. Applications will be accepted through at 10 am on Friday, May 29, 2020.

Partner Organizations

  • WIPP has published their latest Opportunity Bulletin. While many segments of the economy are experiencing unprecedented loss, one sector of the economy, the federal government, is rapidly increasing its spending to combat the COVID-19 virus. Reported spending obligations for COVID-19 as of May 18 are about $11.6 billion and are expected to increase in the coming weeks.

Tools You Can Use

05/18/20: WBE Tools, Resources, Information and Connections Bulletin May 18 – May 22, 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.

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Small Business Administration

  • The SBA is providing Paycheck Protection Program and related materials in 17 languages other than English to help small business owners recover due to the unprecedented economic disruption caused by the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Additional information will be translated and posted periodically, and all documents are being provided for informational purposes only. Learn more
  • How will SBA review borrowers acquire good-faith certification concerning the necessity of their loan request? See Question 46 on the SBA Payment Protection Program FAQs.
  • SBA and Treasury Release Paycheck Protection Program Loan Forgiveness Application. Click here to view the application and instructions.
  • The SBA Office of Advocacy is hosting Small Business Labor Safety (OSHA/MSHA) Roundtable – May 22, 2020. Please RSVP by email to if you would like to join the meeting. Skype webinar access information is available upon request.


  • Teleworking During COVID-19 Webinar Series presented by CT Rides COVID-19 poses new challenges for employers. Teleworking has taken on a new importance. This four-part webinar series provides employers and employees 40 years of professional telework experience to help navigate this situation. These webinars offer practical advice, strategies, and policy recommendations to help maintain productivity during this time of social distancing. Webinar series available here.
  • Connecticut Governor Lamont Announced Distribution of Infrared Thermometers to Eligible Small Businesses, Nonprofits, and Places of Worship. Entities that would like to request a thermometer can fill out the forms located at in the “Access to Personal Protective Equipment” section, or through the link provided below. Any small business in the state of Connecticut that has between 2 and 100 employees are eligible to receive one thermometer per physical address. Eligible businesses seeking to request thermometers should click here:

New Jersey

New York


  • Prince George’s County Government Office of the County Executive issues new Executive Order 8-2020 extending stay at home order through June 10th.
  • You’re invited to join the City of Baltimore Office of Minority and Women-Owned Business Development (MWBD) virtual webinar series, Building Business with AWS, to discover how your organization can innovate and connect with new customers on the cloud during the current situation. Hear how AWS Cloudstart customers rapidly adapted to meet today’s needs. Learn about AWS programs that allow your organization to scale securely and cost effectively. Select one of the following dates:
    • Tuesday, May 19, 2020,1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
    • Thursday, May 21, 2020,1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
    • Thursday, May 28, 2020,1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

To register for the webinar series, click here

Explore the Race-based barriers that continue to disproportionately truncate opportunities and access for Black-owned businesses and Black employees.

Provide Black-owned businesses and employees with the tools needed to build up their social capital and develop the relationships they will need, both during- and post-COVID-19.

  • The Maryland Department of Transportation’s Office of Small & Minority Business Policy (OSMBP) continues to administer its monthly free Certification Application Assistance Workshops via online webinar. The next webinars will be on June 2, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. To register for these webinars, please visit the links below:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.  For additional more information, contact the OSMBP at 410-865-1298, Denise Merritt at 410-865-1380, or Vashti Pyatt at 410-865-1394.

Baltimore City Department of Public Works (DPW) invites you to learn more about its Small Business Development (SBD) Growth by Design Training Program.

Participants Will Learn About:

Washington, DC

  • SCORE Washington DC continues it’s free webinar series on Thursday May 21 | 12:00pm – Social Media Marketing on a Shoestring. Virtual marketing is more critical than ever in the “new normal,” even as pandemic restrictions begin to ease. In this free one-hour webinar for a Q&A, learn how to build an effective social media strategy on a budget.


  • The City of Chesapeake’s Chesapeake Economic Development office announces Phase 1 – Temporary Outdoor Seating Guidelines and Permit Process.

Given the recent events in relation to the COVID-19 virus, the City of Chesapeake wants to facilitate the process to use temporary outdoor dining areas. The Department of Development of Permits will make every effort to expedite such requests. As such, the following information is provided to applicants who wish to operate an outdoor dining area during the temporary restrictions as allowed by the Chesapeake Zoning Ordinance and Building Code requirements.

Please note, existing and previously approved outdoor seating areas do not require additional permits through Development and Permits Department. However, please be aware ABC, Health Department and Commonwealth of Virginia requirements must be met.

When submitting your plan for outdoor dining areas, please be mindful of the health guidelines for social distancing to continue the efforts of minimizing the spread of COVID-19.

Below is a 4-Step Permit Process Overview, and this document along with supplements are available on our website:

  • The Chesapeake Economic Development team is thrilled to offer business consultations to offer resources and guidance at no charge. Take advantage of a 15-minute session and let us work together to move your business forward. To sign up for a business consultation session, head over to our website and claim a date and time. Schedule A Chat.
  • Chesapeake Economic Development announces Phase 1 – Outdoor Seating Guideline Revision. The requirement to submit a site plan in order to obtain a permit for temporary outdoor seating has been lifted. Instead, businesses should download and follow the guidelines laid out by the Department of Development and Permits. Below is a revised 4-Step Permit Process Overview, and this document along with supplements are available on our website: biz/covid19

Partner Organization Resources

  • WBEC South’s Meet Her in the Marketplace™ is a new digital matchmaker that eliminates time, travel and facilitates more strategic connections. Sydni Craig-Hart, CEO of Smart Simple Marketing, will give you the strategies and tactics in the new world of virtual sales.
  • Learn the importance of building digital relationships in order to keep your business connected and relevant.
  • Refine your pitch for virtual matchmaker meetings.
  • Breakout into small groups to practice your pitch.

Thursday May 21 | 11:00am CT – Screen-to-Screen Virtual Sales Strategies. The presenters will discuss WBEC South Virtual Matchmaker – Meet Her in the Marketplace™, a revolutionary virtual event that focuses on making strategic connections between woman-owned businesses and corporate buyers. Participating corporations and woman-owned businesses will be able to source for new vendors and partners by searching

  • The Women’s Business Development Center (WBDC) is proud to present our virtual ScaleUp Summer program, sponsored by The Coleman Foundation. Tuesdays June 2 – July 28; 9:30am – 12:30pm. ScaleUp is an award winning intensive 9-week cohort-based curriculum that is designed to assist established, Chicagoland businesses that are experiencing a no/slow growth pattern and sustainability issues due to COVID-19. Through the delivery of comprehensive and extensive business development services, ScaleUp equips entrepreneurs with the business/financial acumen, resources, and tools necessary to maintain profitable businesses that retain and create jobs, fuel economic growth, and build strong communities.
  • Center for Women & Enterprise: RevJen is putting together nonprofit CEO/ED Zoom groups that they facilitate for FREE!! Our mission to serve nonprofit and social enterprise leaders remains unwavering, and as such we will continue to do our part. These seats can be utilized by a single leader or multiple leaders in an organization. They include – but are not limited to – CEOs/Executive Directors, CDOs/Development Directors, CPOs/Program Directors, as well as other key leadership staff members such as Chief Financial Officers, heads of functions such as HR, Strategy, and Diversity, Equity & Inclusion. Each participating member will be placed in a peer group segmented by common job function or have the option to join a group with multiple functions represented.
    If you are interested and want to learn more about  joining an R-Squared Peer Group, please click here and a member of our team will follow up with you, or you can also visit our newly-revamped website.

WBE-Provided Resources

  • Tuesday May 19 | 2:00pm ET – Getting Your Workforce Back into the Workplace. Presented by Nukk-Freeman & Ceerra, PC. Join members of the NFC COVID-19 Response Team as they take a deep dive into the challenges employers may encounter as they safely return employees back into the workplace and the necessary strategies needed to minimize risk in the process.
  • Corporate Health Resources, Inc. has published a Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19 The Occupational Safety and Health Act requires employers to comply with safety and health standards and regulations promulgated by OSHA or by a state with an OSHA-approved state plan. In addition, the Act’s General Duty Clause, Section 5(a)(1), requires employers to provide their employees with a workplace free from recognized hazards likely to cause death or serious physical harm.

Webinars and Townhalls

  • Tuesday May 19 | 2:00pm ET – Salesforce Live: How to Reopen Your Business and Community Safely with Join Salesforce for an event designed to help you get back to work in a safe and efficient way. They’ll speak to public health experts, business leaders, and other Trailblazers about planning your return to the office. You’ll hear about a recommended phased approach and how to prepare your teams for getting back to the office. You’ll also see new technology that will help you feel confident in the decisions you’ll have to make along the way.
  • Wednesday May 20 | 1:00pm – 3:00pm ET – The Latin Business Association is bringing together an event for our members and non-members to come together and share the realities of the effect COVID-19 to your business and family. This is a dialog of businesses to help other businesses.

Tools You can Use

05/11/20: WBE Tools, Resources, Information and Connections Bulletin May 11 – May 15, 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


  • WBENC is constantly updating their COVID-19 Resource Center with new opportunities and resources.
  • Stacy’s Rise Project is Offering a $10,000 Grant to 15 Women-Owned Businesses. To apply you must be:
    • A female-founded small business (in any industry).
    • Looking for funding relief.
    • Giving back to the community—through individual efforts, or through your company.
    • Available to participate in a virtual mentorship program from July to October 2020
    • Applications are being accepted now through June 1 and finalists will be announced this summer. Learn More and Apply.
  • American Express has established Stand for Small, a coalition of more than 40 companies across media, technology, consumer goods, professional services, and many other industries, that have come together to provide meaningful support to small businesses as they navigate the impacts of COVID-19.
  • Disability:IN has compiled resources to support your disability inclusion work during COVID-19 in the following areas: Federal Resources, Mental Health, Accessible Tools & Content, Global Resources, Supplier Diversity, Disability Community Resources and Industry-Specific Insights.
  • FedEx has pledged $100,000 to help small businesses with their #SupoortSmall Grant to help small businesses stay in business, who have been impacted by COVID-19 in the U.S.
  • COVID Update for not-for-profits recipients of federal funds. As not-for-profit organizations have been offered some relief from the economic impact of the COVID-19 crisis, they now face questions as to the rules around those funds, and the impact of the pandemic on filing deadlines. Here’s what to know about:
  • Whether Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans and Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL) are eligible for Single Audit
  • Single Audit filing deadlines
  • Multifamily Housing Entities audit submission deadlines
  • The Employee Retention Credit (ERC) in the CARES Act will be available to borrowers who return the Paycheck Protection Loan (PPL) funds. Many borrowers are facing this decision right now, based on recent SBA guidance that allows until May 14 to return funds if the borrower cannot certify the need for PPP relief. Borrowers who receive and keep PPL funds are not able to claim the ERC, which is a refundable payroll tax credit for qualified wages paid to retained employees during the COVID-19 crisis.
  • The engineering team at just created this CARES Act SBA Loan Calculator. It’s simple to use and shows small business owners how much funding they can obtain based on the recently passed law.
    An articleby business loan industry veteran Ty Kiisel on how to Prepare Your Application for the SBA Paycheck Protection Program
  • A comprehensive list of state and local grants, loans, and government/non-profit resources for small businesses

Small Business Administration


  • Under the new Pandemic Unemployment Assistance program, independent contractors, gig workers, freelancers and other solo proprietors can file their claims online at, initiating the process using a blue button on the website. DOL is also updating daily a running list of frequently asked questions at

New York

  • GrantWatch has a vast listing of grants available to the nonprofit and small business community during the COVID-19 global crisis. In addition to posting new COVID-19 funding resources, they continue to update active grants with new extended grant deadlines.
  • Though we are still under NYS On Pause until Friday, May 15, 2020, Governor Cuomo has outlined a series of metrics to help determine when NY can reopen, called New York Forward. You can see the outline and where we stand here.
  • New York State’s moratorium on COVID-related evictions will be extended until August 20thwith fees for missed or late rent payments banned during the moratorium.
  • New York Small Business Services is offering daily webinars to help you learn about a range of assistance available for small businesses in NYC impacted by COVID-19. Topics include:
    • Financial assistance, including public and private funding opportunities
    • Tax, debt, and utilities relief
    • Marketing support
    • Regulatory changes
    • Employee support
    • This webinar is offered in Mandarin every Thursday (next one is May 14), and will be held in Spanish on Monday, May 11. Find the full list of dates and sign up here, and search for “Assistance Overview for NYC Small Businesses Impacted by COVID-19.


  • Monday May 11 | 1:00pm Next Round: COVID-19 Funding for Accelerating Small Manufacturing Businesses hosted by the City of Baltimore and the Minority Business Development Agency Manufacturing Innovation Hub Cooperative (MIHUB).
  • Tuesday May 12 | 3:00pm Live Hotsheet Webinar “Where is the money Part III. – View from the Top A Fireside Chat with Chief Procurement Officers. Hosted by Capital Region Minority Supplier Development Council Business Consortium. A Fireside Chat with Chief Procurement Officers. CPOs speak about what they see as the near-term, medium-term and longer-term changes in demand as a result of the COVID-19 crisis and how minority-owned suppliers can prepare themselves for those changes.
  • The IT Consulting Solicitation, also known as LCATs is available now! This contract is reserved specifically for the Local Small Business Reserve Program. View the solicitation
    • Optional Pre-Submission Meeting attendees should pre-register by Thursday, May 14, 2020 at 4:00 PM by sending an email to the Technical Contact: Nola Song, and “cc” to with their name, company name, email address, and phone number with the Subject Line: “RFP 1110880 Optional Pre-Submission Registration”.There will be an optional pre-submission conference at 11:00AM  on May 18, 2020 via Microsoft Teams Live. Call In Number: +1 443-692-5768 and Conference ID: 580 675 848#Closing date: Jun 10 2020 3:00PM
  • Take a “taste” of Emerge Maryland’s training and gain some valuable skills you will use right away!
    • Maryland’s premier candidate training program for Democratic women offers you this opportunity to take a ‘taste’ of our training. This online offering is designed to help you determine your personal path to political leadership and how to get started on it.
    • Volunteer. Activist. Candidate. One path can lead to the other. This one-day training includes workshops designed to show you how to get a head start on your political aspirations and help you determine the next steps you need to take in becoming an effective leader in your community.
    • Proven methods = success! Join the over 600 women across Maryland who have participated in this training. The majority of the women who take this class and move on to our signature candidate training run for office and win! This class is highly recommended for those who plan on running and applying to our signature program. The training will take place via ZOOM technology so you must have access to a computer or tablet with a camera. Download ZOOM here: or use the application for your tablet. Once you register for the class you will be sent a link to be used to gain access to the class.
  • Baltimore Development Corporation
    • Small Business Assistance Fund GrantAPPLY TODAY!
      The Baltimore Development Corporation is now accepting grant applications for the Small Business Assistance Fund until May 15, 2020 at 11:59 PM. Grants WILL NOT BE AWARDED ON A FIRST-COME FIRST- SERVED BASIS. All applications received during the Grant Application Period will be considered. Any applications received after the end date will not be considered. Please review the documents below regarding eligibility and other requirements:
    • Grant Eligibility Requirements
    • List of Required Documents for Application
    • Complete Grant Terms & Conditions
    • Apply here
    • To find out if your business is in a priority geographic area, click here and type your address in the look-up box in the left hand corner.

Washington, DC

  • SCORE Washington DC continues their series of free webinars with two new webinars:
    • The 4 Key Things Business Owners Should Be Focused on Right Now May 12 | 2pm
      The four areas of your business you need to focus on to successfully traverse through these turbulent times: leadership, employees, operations and cash flow. REGISTER
    • Closing Your Business – A Managed Approach May 14 | 12pm
      We will walk you through your legal options, the steps you need to take, and how to maximize value. REGISTER
  • View more resources, guidance, webinars, expert advice, and more in our Coronavirus Small Business Resource Hub.
  • For DC, MD, & VA resources visit the Washington DC SCORE Coronavirus Business Resources
  • 45 Regional Leaders Join Connected DMV’s COVID-19 Strategic Renewal Task Force chosen for their deep expertise and unique perspective. The cross-sector and regional nature of this group makes it especially well positioned to help the Washington, D.C. metro area recover and thrive following the novel coronavirus outbreak.
  • Join Antonio Doss, District Director of the Washington Metropolitan Area District Office of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), as he and his team conduct another session of weekly webinars to discuss the financial tools and resources available to help small businesses and private non-profits.
    Get answers to questions like these…
    Which SBA programs do I qualify for through the CARES Act and how can they help me sustain my operations? What are my options if I’m a sole proprietor or an independent contractor? What is the status of the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) and Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) / EIDL Advance program? Who can help me develop, adjust, or rework my business plan?
    Coping with COVID-19 Webinar: SBA Updates on CARES Act Programs
    Friday, May 15, from 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm (EDT)
    Live webinar
    The conference begins at 2:00 pm (EDT) on Friday, May 15, 2020. You may join the conference 10 minutes prior.STEP 1: Dial into the conference.Dial-in: 1-877-369-5243 or 1-617-668-3633

    Enter Access Code: 0172365##

    STEP 2: Join the conference on your computer.

    Entry Link:

    When you access the entry link above, you will be provided a choice — either to install the WebEx plug-in for your preferred browser OR to join the web conference using a temporary path. Either option is acceptable.

    Need assistance with your audio? Please dial 888-796-6118. Need assistance with your Webex? Please dial 888-793-6118.


Partner Organization Resources

  • Monday May 11 | 2:00pm ET – WIPP The Intersectionality of COVID-19 and the Small Business Community Webinar on Business Continuity Plan with Rose Hatcher, ViacomCBS and Lisa Firestone, Managed Care Advisors. REGISTER
  • Tuesday May 12 | 12:00pm ET – Pivot: RE-Positioning Your Business for the Future hosted by NAWBO. REGISTER
  • Wednesday May 13 | 2:00pm ET – WIPP Policy Update. Listen to live commentary and conversation from the WIPP Advocacy Team as they discuss the latest legislation, regulatory action, and news that will affect your business and other women-owned businesses. REGISTER

WBE Provided Resources

  • Alpha Graphics has launched a new, removable way to show your clients, patients, customers or vistors hoe to keep their social distance in your space with printable floor graphics. The material that they use is printable with solvent ink, it’s non-skid, and the adhesive is removable. We’re in the shop from 9am to 5pm Monday through Friday. Give us a call or shoot us an email!
  • Back Thru The Future Technology Disposal is offering a COVID Comeback Cleanout Coupon. Enter code %51%2020% in the information box when requesting a quote to get 10% off.

Webinars and Townhalls

Tools You Can Use

05/04/20: WBE Tools, Resources, Information and Connections Bulletin May 4 – May 8, 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

Small Business Administration

  • SBA to Make Economic Injury Disaster Loans Available to U.S. Agricultural Businesses Impacted by COVID-19 Pandemic – Read the press release here.
  • The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) invites small business and workers to participate in the DOL’s “Opening America’s Workplaces Again National Online Dialogue.” Through this dialogue, the public can play a key role in helping to reopen America’s workplaces safely. The public – including employers, workers, local authorities and advocacy groups – is invited to share ideas on six topics:
    1. Reopening businesses;
    2. Commuting safely;
    3. Working safely;
    4. Accommodating members of vulnerable populations;
    5. Supporting America’s families; and
    6. Reducing regulatory burdens.

Ideas and feedback collected during the dialogue will be used by the DOL as it continues to develop compliance assistance materials and guidance for workers and employers, and will be shared with policy-makers at the federal, state and local level as they develop and refine plans on reopening America’s workplaces. The comment period ends May 7, 2020. Please join the dialogue to submit your ideas, votes, and comments to DOL. Visit to learn more and register for the dialogue today! Advocacy Contact: Janis Reyes,

  • The SBA is hiring temporary employees to assist with disaster relief efforts during these unprecedented times. The positions include:
    • Call Center Customer Service Representative
    • Document Preparation/Legal Review/Loan Closings
    • Loan Processing/Credit Analysis/Mortgage Underwriting
    • Program Support

Apply today

  • Joint Statement by Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin and Administrator Jovita Carranza on the Review Procedure for Paycheck Protection Program Loans

U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin and U.S. Small Business Administrator Jovita Carranza issued the following statement on the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP):

“The Paycheck Protection Program is providing critical support to millions of small businesses and tens of millions of hardworking Americans.

“We have noted the large number of companies that have appropriately reevaluated their need for PPP loans and promptly repaid loan funds in response to SBA guidance reminding all borrowers of an important certification required to obtain a PPP loan. To further ensure PPP loans are limited to eligible borrowers, the SBA has decided, in consultation with the Department of the Treasury, that it will review all loans in excess of $2 million, in addition to other loans as appropriate, following the lender’s submission of the borrower’s loan forgiveness application. Regulatory guidance implementing this procedure will be forthcoming.

“We remain fully committed to ensuring that America’s workers and small businesses get the resources they need to get through this challenging time.”

  • Employee Retention Credit – CARES Act (FAQs). The IRS has posted updated Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) to providing answers regarding the Employee Retention Credit under the CARES Act. The Employee Retention Credit under the CARES Act encourages businesses to keep employees on their payroll. The refundable tax credit is 50% of up to $10,000 in wages paid by an eligible employer whose business has been financially impacted by COVID-19.
  • Join Antonio Doss, District Director of the Washington Metropolitan Area District Office of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), as he and his team conduct another in a series of weekly webinars to discuss the financial tools and resources available to help small businesses and non-profits endure these uncertain times.
    • Get answers to questions like these and more:
    • Which SBA programs do I qualify for through the CARES Act and how can they help me sustain my operations? What are my options if I’m a sole proprietor or an independent contractor? What is the status of the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) and Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL)/EIDL Advance program? Who can help me develop, adjust, or rework my business plan?
    • What: Coping with COVID-19 Webinar: SBA Updates on CARES Act Programs
    • When: Friday, May 8, from 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm (EDT)
    • Where: Live webinar
    • How: The conference begins at 2:00 pm (EDT) on Friday, May 8, 2020. You may join the conference 10 minutes prior.
    • STEP 1: Dial into the conference. Dial-in: 1-877-369-5243 or 1-617-668-3633 Enter Access Code: 0277060##
    • STEP 2: Join the conference on your computer.
    • Entry Link: you access the entry link above, you will be provided a choice — either to install the WebEx plug-in for your preferred browser OR to join the web conference using a temporary path. Either option is acceptable.
    • Need assistance with your audio? Please dial 888-796-6118.
    • Need assistance with your Webex? Please dial 888-793-6118.


  • Don’t Forget to Respond: 2020 Census Reminder Postcards Arriving. The U.S. Census Bureau is beginning to send reminder notice postcards to an estimated 69 million households that have not yet responded to the 2020 Census. About 53.4% of households across the country have already responded since invitations began arriving in mailboxes on March 12. Those households that have not yet responded to the census will receive an in person visit by a census taker to collect their information later this summer.
  • Public Private Strategies is conducting a 2 – 5 minute Small Business Caregiving Survey to help better understand what it is like for business owners and their employees who are balancing caregiving amid the crisis. For the purpose of this survey, a working caregiver is defined are caring for a child, spouse, or a parent in addition to their additional responsibilities at work.
  • Blackbaud Grantmaking is making grant applications easier with Guidestar for Grant Applications (G4G), allowing grant seekers to pre-fill information directly from their Guidestar profile? This eliminates duplicative-data entry and streamlines the grant application process.
  • Be aware that effective May 1, 2020 the Form I-9 revised on 10/21/19 is the only acceptable version of the I-9 form that employers can use.

The paper version is available at:

The electronic version can be accessed at:

  • The National Women’s Business Council (NWBC) has implemented a sub-series of its #WebinarWednesday series, which focuses on the available COVID-19 resources for women business owners and entrepreneurs. The first webinar, Learn How to Navigate the COVID-19 Stimulus Package, was held on April 22, 2020.

The webinar helped break down the available federal relief for venture-backed startups. Experts from the U.S. Small Business Administration, JP Morgan, and Graphite Financial discussed available resources, lending options, and how to document your requests. NWBC’s next webinar will be held on May 20, 2020. Registration details will be made available in the coming days! Please visit NWBC’s website for upcoming webinars and virtual events.

Webinars and Townhalls

  • PEAK Grantmaking’s PEAK 2020 Online Virtual Conference starts Tuesday, May 5! Blackbaud Foundation Solutions is a sponsor and presenter for this monthlong virtual conference bringing hundreds of grant management professionals together online for a series of learning and networking events. Please see the full agenda and register here.
  • Wednesday May 6 | 2:00pm ET | On-Boarding Remote New Hires presented by Monster. In this 30-minute webinar, you’ll hear from Kaelyn Phillips, Director of Global Talent Development at Monster, on how to efficiently on-board new hires during a time where employees are asked to work remotely. REGISTER.
  • Thursday May 7 | 1:00pm – 2:00pm ET | Anticipating and Preparing for COVID-19 Employment Litigation presented by Nukk-Freeman & Cerra, PC. Register.
  • Friday May 8 | 11:00am – 12:00pm ET | Understanding Business Interruption Insurance Claims During COVID-19 presented by Grassi Advisors & Accountants. You have insurance coverage, but will it provide coverage for your COVID-19 losses? Click here to register for this important conversation.
  • Wednesday May 12 | 1:00pm ET | Egencia Fireside Chat Webinar Series: Relaunching Business Travel After Covid-19. Key Takeaways:
    • Hear a three-step approach for relaunching travel programs
    • Learn how to address travelers’ safety concerns when they return to the road
    • Use this opportunity to redefine business travel policy and increase compliance
  • Wednesday May 12 | 2:00pm – 3:00pm ET | Why Being Human-Focused Matters Now More Than Ever presented by Higher Logic on strategies on how your organization can empower transformation, in light of the COVID-19 crisis. Register.


  • The  Office of Governor Ned Lamont  provides updates on Connecticut’s Coronavirus Response Efforts. View the live briefing daily:
  • Teleworking During COVID-19 Webinar Series presented by CT Rides
    COVID-19 poses new challenges for employers. Teleworking has taken on a new importance. This four part webinar series provides employers and employees 40 years of professional telework experience to help navigate this situation. These webinars offer practical advice, strategies, and policy recommendations to help maintain productivity during this time of social distancing. Webinar series available here.

New York


Bids Due Friday, May 22, 2020 at 5 pm

  • The Baltimore City’s Mayors Office of Small Minortiy and Women Businesses has published and updated calendar of upcoming events.
  • Montgomery County Delivers on Donations to Nursing Homes and Long-Term Care Facilities. The County is committed to steadfastly supporting its more than 300 long-term care facilities with personal protective equipment. Since March 25, more than 240 deliveries have been made. Those deliveries to nursing homes, large assisted living facilities, and large group homes for older adults included masks, gloves, gowns and face shields.

One of the donations was to Althea Woodland nursing home in Silver Spring. This facility received a shipment which included 200 surgical masks, 120 N95 masks, 96 face shields, and other protective equipment.

The American Chinese School of Rockville has also contributed to the effort to keep front line responders safe. The school gave 6,000 gloves and 5,000 surgical masks to the County.

Any individual, business or organization with a supply of PPE is encouraged to donate. DONATE.

  • The Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services, Services to End and Prevent Homelessness and other community partners are looking for vacant housing units to match with people looking for permanent housing. Amidst this public health emergency, it’s even more critical to ensure that everyone has access to safe housing. The County has set the goal of housing at least 75 households by the end of May.The County will provide inspections, coordinate completion of the application, and assist with the security deposit, first month’s rent and monthly housing subsidy, where applicable. The County also will provide small grants to properties, as eligible, when a unit is vacated, to cover costs of damages and overdue rent.Housing is needed throughout the County, from efficiencies to three or more bedrooms. Locations with access to major bus routes and/or Metro are preferred. A survey has been created for property owners interested in participating in the Housing 4 All program. Once completed, a housing specialist will follow-up with survey respondents within 48 hours. Fill out the Survey.


Washington, DC

Partner Organization Offerings

  • Sanctioned Radicals: A Comparative Study of Collective Organizing Around Race Versus Gender Inside of Organizations. Thursday April 30 | 11:45am – 1:00pm | Presented by WAPP with the Harvard Business School. In this seminar, Lumumba Seegars explores how the dynamics of formal organizing around race and gender inside of organizations contributes to the contestation and reproduction of both racial and gender inequality. Register.
  • GWBC® is working hard to provide essential information for our WBEs. Below you will find information and registration links for our upcoming programming:
    • Maintaining The Health of Your Business – This weekly webinar series airs every Thursday @ 3pm on Microsoft Teams. It’s designed to provide the important information that business owners need. Next week, we will be discussing What Small Business Owners Need To Know About PPP Loans and New SBA Rules. Mike Gorby and Mary Donne Peters of Gorby Peters Law will be our hosts along with President Roz Lewis REGISTER
    • Mornings With GWBCGWBC® is premiering our new weekly morning show on Monday mornings starting on Monday, May 4th @ 10am. The 30-minute show will have “up close and personal” conversations with corporate and WBE leadership, relevant business resources to grow women businesses, top ten Countdown of educational tools and resources, GWBC® 20th anniversary trivia, give-a-way prizes (Must be present to win), and more! Our first guest will be Terrez M. Thompson of The Coca-Cola Company. REGISTER
  • In The Room With Roz – Join GWBC® President Roz Lewis on Facebook Live as she does weekly dive in of current events and information that caters to both WBEs and corporate members. Hosted every Tuesday morning at 10am. Use the link to join:

Regional Partner Organization Offerings

  • Introducing Empower U: Women in Business Live Webinars by WBEC Pacific—keeping you informed about the hottest business topics while staying connected to our community of women’s business owners and entrepreneurs. Join us every week for an hour of empowering conversations:
    • A powerful line-up of thought leaders and industry experts presenting important topics for business owners and entrepreneurs

    • Up-to-date information on current programs, resources, and opportunities for women-owned and small businesses

    • A new presentation each week, followed by Question and Answer, and open conversation

    • Wednesdays at 1 pm. Registration is free. Register here.

WBE-Provided Resources

  • WBE Alpha Graphics, Inc. is producing adhesive, customizable floor graphics that can be used as guides for social distancing. Learn more here.

Tools You Can Use

  • Emerging from a Crisis with a Communications Plan – What do we do, as PR and communications professionals, when it’s time to “go back to normal”? We asked a panel of experts to share their insight around the topic of re-entry.
  • Best practices for preparing your earnings release during Covid-19 – The guide provides you with a checklist to help you successfully prepare your earnings release during the COVID-19 crisis while ensuring a smooth submission and distribution process.
  • Time to Master Your Certification and Grow Your Business. Becoming a certified minority-, LGBT-, veteran-, women-owned business could grow your business with federal, state, and local government as well as the Fortune 1000. Diversity Masterminds is an 8-week course to master your certification and grow your business. Join other diverse business owners to get a roadmap and tools to get on the right track to win bigger clients.
  • The 2019 State of Women-Owned Businesses Report from American Express provides stakeholders in the women’s enterprise development community – media, funders, entrepreneurial support organizations, elected officials, suppliers and customers, and women entrepreneurs themselves – with information and intelligence that can inform practices, policies and advocacy efforts that encourage successful business outcomes.
04/27/20: WBE Tools, Resources, Information and Connections Bulletin April 27 – May 1, 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.

Important Update

This week Congress passed an additional $484 billion relief package entitled the Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act (H.R. 266). President Trump signed the bill into law Friday April 24th.

Here are the small business components that were included:

Paycheck Protection Program (PPP):

Additional $310 billion in funding for the program with $60 billion in sets asides to be made by the following institutions:

  • $30 billion for loans made by insured depository institutions and credit unions that have assets between $10 billion and $50 billion.
  • $30 billion for loans made by Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs), small insured depository institutions, and credit unions with assets less than $10 billion.

Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) Program:

Additional $60 billion in funding:

  • $50 billion for the Disaster Loans Program Account
  • $10 billion for the Emergency EIDL Grants ($10,000 advances)

U.S. Small Business Administration

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) now maintains an online list of active Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) lenders, organized by state.

Please visit–paycheck-protection-program-participating-lenders or get a downloadable pdf of the list of PPP lenders

For information about all of SBA’s Coronavirus/COVID-19 relief options, please visit

As a reminder, one-on-one small business coaching is available at NO COST via telephone and/or video chat through SBA’s trusted network of resource providers. Please refer to the 2020 Washington Metropolitan Area Small Business Resource Guide at (pages 10-12) for additional details and contact information.

Watch Past WPEO Lunch with the Experts Webinars


  • Salesforce is offering a Care Response Solution that provides free access to technology for qualified emergency response teams, call centers, and care management teams to help combat the COVID-19 crisis.
    The solution includes products that help:
  • Contact centers manage increased volume via phone and chat
  • Ensure privacy and security of PHI data for regulatory compliance
  • Proactively distribute trusted personalized information
  • Distribute latest safety and testing protocols to enable staff

Learn More>

  • New Virtual Classes to bring the fun of Engineering for Kids into your Living Room. Your child will be engaged and entertained during these exciting and educational online virtual classes.
    • LIVE CLASS: Robotics 101. For ages 8 – 14. Starting May 6th – May 29th Wednesdays at 1:00pm. Register.
    • FLEX LESSON: Mobile App Development. For ages 8 – 14. Flex Lessons will be sent weekly to parents for viewing at any time during the week. Register.
  • Goldman Sachs Expands Free Online Education for Small Businesses
    Goldman Sachs 10,000 Womenis a global initiative that fosters economic growth by providing women entrepreneurs around the world with a business and management education, mentoring and networking, and access to capital.
    In these uncertain times, Goldman Sachs is making the business education and practical skills offered in the 10,000 Women course available online, free of charge. 
    Learners are now able to take any course, or combination of courses, that suits their immediate needs. The courses offer lessons and practical advice on topics from marketing to leadership, operations and financing.
  • Lincoln Center at Home is here to provide you and your family with classes, special concerts, and archival performances. New videos every week! Share ​your favorite performance on social media with the hashtag #LincolnCenterAtHome and join a community of artists for #HumanityInConcert on Sundays at 3:00 pm. Click here to view this week’s events and see below for highlights
  • Employee Retention Payroll Tax Credit Under the CARES Act: Who is Eligible and How it Works


  • COVID-19 Concerns in Grantseeking (Session 2) Foundant has been closely tracking the philanthropic sector’s response to COVID-19 through news stories, public resources and conversations with our partners and clients. In this second session of our Grantseekers and COVID-19 webinar series, our panel of experienced grantseekers will discuss:
    • Available programs, assistance and resources
    • Funder responses, adjustments and trends
    • Tips and advice: How to move forward in this time of crisis
    • Q&A session with panelist in addition to participants sharing through chat

Date: Tuesday, May 5
Time: 9am PT / 12pm ET – 90 minutes
This webinar is free.  Join us!

Webinars and Townhalls

  • Tuesday April 28 | Join Wells Fargo for a webinar on Protecting your Organization from COVID-19 Fraud Threats. COVID-19 has changed the way in which businesses operate — fraudsters are adapting their techniques to capitalize on the confusion, distraction, and vulnerability created by the pandemic. Remote workforces, staff reductions, and a rapidly changing work environment expose organizations to more fraud risks than usual.Are you prepared?In this 30-minute webinar, you will learn about:
    • Rising phishing, malware, ransomware, business email compromise, and account takeover attempts facing your organization
    • Challenges presented by the COVID-19 crisis and how fraudsters have changed their techniques to capitalize on vulnerabilities
    • Steps you can take to mitigate the risk and help protect your information


  • Tuesday April 28 | 3:00pm – 3:30pm | Strategies for Stress Relief for Women Leaders during COVID-19 with with Ellen Keithline Byrne, PhD and Karen Kirchner, PCC Co-Founders of Tech Up for Women. Register.
  • Wednesday April 29 | 1:00pm Leading Transformative Change with Purpose and Passion in Highly Turbulent Times on YouTubeLive. A conversation with Alan Mullaly and Adam Grant. through generosity, humility, and the curiosity to find purpose and passion. To receive a reminder about the webinar RSVP.
  • Thursday April 30 | 5:00pm | Workplace Re-Entry: Legal and Practical Considerations for U.S. Employers. Please join Goodwin’s Employment Practice and infectious disease expert Rochelle Walensky, M.D., M.P.H. for a webinar on reopening workplaces in a safe, practical and legally compliant manner while the COVID-19 pandemic continues. Register.
  • Wednesday, April 29 | 1:00pm – Prioritizing Workplace Mental Health During and After the Crisis. Catalyst’s former President and CEO, Deborah Gillis, now President and CEO of The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) Foundation, Canada’s largest mental health teaching hospital. Please join us for a thoughtful and dynamic discussion moderated by Makelé Saïdi, Director of Corporate Engagement, Central Canada, Catalyst, as they explore strategies to prioritize mental health in the workplace, during and after the crisis. Register.
  • Wednesday, April 29 | 4:00pm – Choosing a Marketing Strategy During an Uncertain Time Presented by Susana Fonticoba, The Small Business Strategist and NAWBO-CNNJ Board Member. Register.
  • Thursday, April 30, 2020 | 1:00 PM – Improving Cybersecurity by Influencing Good User Behavior | Register
  • Thursday, May 7, 2020 | 1:00 PM – Information Security Governance During Times of Pandemic | Register
  • Thursday, May 14, 2020 | 1:00 PM – Leveraging Digital Forensics for Better Human Resources Outcomes | Register


  • Yale Law School Resources for Community Businesses and Nonprofits Impacted by COVID
    Resources are available for businesses, nonprofits, and self-employed people in the community facing financial hardship or other challenges due to COVID-19.Resources at Yale Law School
  • The Community and Economic Development (CED) Clinic and the student-run COVID Student Small Business Support Project may be able to assist you at no cost in addressing COVID’s impact on your organization. Support may include:
    • Providing information about government loans and grants
    • Navigating state and local resources to obtain financing
    • Making emergency modifications to lease terms
    • Understanding changes to tax law
    • Other legal issues that may arise

Support is available to small businesses, nonprofits, and self-employed people in the greater New Haven area. If you are interested in assistance, contact us at or 203-432-4022.

Note: If you reach out for support, a student may contact you to learn more and offer information about available resources. As the student will explain, such a conversation is for informational purposes only and is not legal advice. If you require legal advice, we will attempt to make a referral to a free lawyer.

  • The Connecticut Department of Labor announced it is on target to reduce the processing time of claim applications for unemployment benefits from six weeks to one week by April 27. The agency reminds those that have recently filed an application for unemployment benefits to look for an email from the Labor Department that advises of next steps for filing a weekly claim. This includes checking any spam or junk email boxes. Learn More
  • Governor Lamont is partnering with the Connecticut Business and Industry Association (CBIA) and its affiliate CONNSTEP on an initiative to distribute free face coverings to eligible, essential small businesses with fewer than 50 employees. More information

New Jersey

  • New Jersey SBDC has prepared a website with coronavirus related updates, resources and support. They also offer free business counseling at: com/counseling

New York

  • New York City Grant Watch is updating their database daily with latest information on grants for nonprofits and small businesses.
  • The Office of the New York City Comptroller is providing presentations via Zoom on resources from the federal, state and city government and the private sector to small businesses and M/WBEs impacted by COVID-19 every Tuesday and Thursdays 11:00am – 12:00pm EST rsvp.
  • State Comptroller DiNapoli Launches COVID-19 Financial Survival Toolkit. We are living in unprecedented times. The COVID-19 pandemic has upended our lives, as well as the state economy, and it will be a long road to recovery. To help ease the difficulties many are facing, my office developed the COVID-19 Financial Survival Toolkit for New Yorkers with links and resources for residents, government entities, nonprofits and businesses. Whether you need the latest health updates, information on unemployment, sick leave or family sick leave benefits; or guidance on protecting your personal finances, you will find that and more in our toolkit. We will continue to make updates to meet New Yorkers’ changing needs, so check back regularly.
  • The Manhattan Chamber of Commerce has set up a help desk to help connect any business in need with expert help. Email or call (212)473-7875.


  • Mayor Young Announces Multi-Million Dollar Aid Package for Baltimore’s Small Businesses Initiative Establishes a $5.5 Million Fund to assist local businesses, and creates a COVID-19 Small Business Task Force to focus on Baltimore’s re-opening and continued recovery

Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young announced the COVID-19 Small Business Assistance Initiative, which establishes the COVID-19 Small Business Task Force, a public-private partnership, and a $5.5 million fund to provide financial assistance to small businesses, as well as other resources and guidelines to help businesses reopen, without compromising public health, once the State of Emergency is lifted.

The $5.5 million fund will be administered by the Baltimore Development Corporation (BDC) in the following manner:

    • Manufacturing and Procurement of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE): As an expansion of BDC and Made In Baltimore’s initial grant program, $500,000 will be allocated to provide grants to Baltimore makers and manufacturers producing PPE and for the city to purchase PPE from these manufacturers for our first responders and front line employees.
    • Neighborhood Business Reopening Initiative: BDC will oversee efforts to develop and implement designs to reconfigure public right of way and public spaces to maximize outdoor seating and other business needs to provide ways to create more social distancing in Main Streets, and Retail Business License Districts (RBDLs) and certain commercial districts.  This $1.5 million initiative may include the use of parklets, public information graphics & signage, and design elements to encourage people to patronize local businesses in a manner consistent with public health best practices.
    • Small Business Assistance Fund: BDC will administer a $3.5 million grant fund on behalf of Baltimore City to provide financial assistance to small business enterprises (SBE) in certain commercial areas.  Businesses may apply for up to $15,000 in grants for expenses such as rent, payroll and purchase of PPE that may be necessary as they plan to reopen.  A portion of this fund will be set aside for businesses, which have been unable to qualify for federal aid. SBEs will be required to complete an application to request funding and provide necessary documentation.
    • For more information on eligibility and how to apply will be available, click here by May 4, 2020.
  • Paycheck Protection Program provided by the City of Baltimore, Goldman Sachs, and Lendistry

Important Note: While funding has not been released, small businesses should apply now and submit completed packages that will be entered into the pipeline to be ready when funds are released. 

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)

Applicants can apply now to have their completed packages entered into the pipeline to be ready when funds are released. To apply, click here

To view business guidelines and checklist, click here

To view required documents, click here

  • Anne Arundel County has announced a number of procurement opportunities seeking MBE/DBE/WBE participation
  • The Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses (10kSB) program, an amazing initiative that has helped over 300 Maryland and capitol area entrepreneurs create jobs and economic opportunity by providing access to education, capital, and business support services, is still active during this difficult stretch. Several MWMCA members and friends have benefited from this program, including are Jeffrey Hargrave, President of Mahogany, Inc.; Colleen Vacelet, President of Intreegue Design; and Taggart Brown, President of Taggart Brown and Associates, Inc.

Accepting applications now through November for the January 2021 cohort. For more immediate information, please contact: Rod Bourn at

  • Leadership Montgomery is looking forward to starting the 2021 CORE, Emerging Leaders and Senior Leadership Montgomery programs this fall with the county’s best and brightest leaders. To give applicants ample opportunity to focus on immediate needs, they have extended the application deadline to June 1, 2020.
  • Montgomery County Economic Development Corporation highlights local business heroes and helpers who are shining in the time of COVID-19.
    • News and Funding for Local Manufacturers For local manufacturers and producers to start making and producing pandemic-related items, they need capital. Now they can apply to MCEDC’s new $200,000 Local Production Fund, which supports businesses that are changing or enhancing their operating models to manufacture PPE. Accepted applicants will receive the working capital necessary to make needed items such as face shields, medical supplies and other essential items. Read the press release here >
    • Council Approves $5 Million in Additional Emergency Funding The Montgomery County Council unanimously approved $5 million to expand funding for the County’s Public Health Emergency Grant (PHEG) program to provide additional financial assistance to local restaurants and small retail shops during the Covid-19 pandemic. Read more >
    • MCEDC is also sourcing ready made goods from local makers and manufacturers who can provide medical supplies and other needed equipment. Learn more about this effort and the new fund here  >
    • MoCo BioHealth Companies Lead the Charge Against COVID-19 So many of our talented biotech and pharma companies are using their skills and ingenuity to develop effective therapeutics and potential vaccines. Our COVID-19 BioHealth hub is brimming with companies that are forming promising partnerships and providing expertise to other company developers.
    • Tough Times Bring Out the Best Local stories abound on collections to pool money for meals for health care workers and first responders, people supporting senior neighbors and others working at the food banks.  So many heartwarming examples of the kindness of people helping each other during these trying times. Read more >
    • MoCo Eats: Curbside, Pick Up and Delivery Options Grow In record time, our partners at Visit Montgomery created MoCo Eats, a still growing and searchable site to find pick-up, delivery and food & beverage options. Many are giving back by providing meals to our essential health care workers and first responders. Great way to explore the many ethnic, locally owned restaurants in our diverse community. Learn more >
  • The Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce (MCCC), the Montgomery County Chamber Community Foundation (MCCCF), and the Veteran Institute for Procurement (VIP) are proud to present the following webinar: Decoding CARES Act Section 3610 for Government Contractors Wednesday, April 29, 2020 | 12:00 – 1:00 pm EST

Washington, DC

  • News: MWCOG commits to regional coordination during and after COVID-19 pandemic

The Board of Trade strongly supports the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (MWCOG) Board of Directors’ statement yesterday that reads, “we are committed to working together to thoughtfully plan for the reopening of the National Capital Region when the time comes. It is our collective desire to work in close partnership with the leaders of the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia to ensure a safe and effective reopening strategy informed by and consistent with the sound guidance of our health officials. Any strategy to reopen must be cautious and deliberate and must consider conditions across our entire region, including the number of new cases being reported, the availability and reliability of testing, the capacity of our health system to accommodate patients, and the ability of the region to take immediate action should a resurgence of the virus occur.” Read the full statement here.

Tuesday, April 28, 2020 at 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM ET

MWCOG Briefing Call: The Pandemic’s Impact on Food Systems and Security Register.

The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted food supply chains and household food budgets across the country. Radha Muthiah, President and CEO of the Capital Area Food Bank, will describe the forces behind these disruptions, how her organization has responded, and what we can collectively do to help our food system and the families who depend on it. Margaret Rogers, co-head of Arabella’s Good Food practice and co-coordinator of Washington Regional Food Funders, will draw on her experience leading the Farm to Fork Initiative to describe how good public policy can make our food system more resilient and equitable

Wednesday, April 29, 2020 at 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM ET

MWCOG Briefing Call: Getting the Regional to Fiscal, Economic, and Public Health. Register.

For state and local jurisdictions, the COVID-19 pandemic is a double threat: it endangers public health, and the loss of tax revenue from closed businesses slashes state and municipal budgets at a time when public services are sorely needed. Join this virtual briefing to hear from Virginia Secretary of Finance, Aubrey Layne; Chief Financial Officer of the District of Columbia, Jeff DeWitt; and Maryland Comptroller, Peter Franchot. These three leaders will share how they are approaching this crisis and what the path to fiscal, economic, and public health looks like in their jurisdictions.


  • The Virginia Hispanic Chamber invites you to meet businesses that are facing the same issues that you are every Thursday 7:00pm – 8:00pm. Whether you are a job seeker or a business owner, you must look at every option and idea to continue to thrive during this crisis. This business connect allows business owners and individuals from all different backgrounds to come together to provide helpful resources and ideas to both provide a new connection as well as a new plan.

To join this virtual event, log onto before the meeting starts and click “Join A Meeting” then enter the Webinar ID: 88495359512 followed by the PW: 740322

  • The Lee Clinic has an Ideal Protein Update as they continue to help everyone stay on task and achieving their weight loss goals in this time of uncertainty with new guidelines on food pick up and shipping, appointment and an ideal protein app update. Visit their website for more details.

Partner Organization Offerings

  • WBENC COVID-19 Resources & Opportunities Weekly Update

WBENC is committed to keeping you updated on resources, information, webinars and more to address the many questions and uncertainties many businesses face during this crisis, as well as to continue to help fuel business opportunities for women entrepreneurs.
This is your weekly update with new opportunities and information. Please visit our (new and improved!) COVID-19 Resource Center for more comprehensive resources and up-to-date information.

  • WIPP COVID-19: Put Your Mask On First – The Business of You

Monday, April 27 at 2 PM ET
Register today.

On Monday, April 27, WIPP President & CEO Candace Waterman will moderate an expert-led discussion on the powerful connection between mind, body, and business in this uncharted territory. Featuring special guests and health experts, Brenda Loube and Karen Wolfe, this session topic will discuss why business owners and leaders must prioritize taking care of ourselves so we have the ability to help those around us. As always, we welcome questions from the audience.

Tools You Can Use

  • The World Remade by COVID-19, Scenarios for Resilient Leaders prepared by Salesforce and Deloitte provides some great thinking around constructing scenarios for the next 3 – 5 years.
  • Managing through times of uncertainty. – The world of work has changed practically overnight due to COVID-19. We recognize how difficult this is for all the communities we serve, which is why we’re committed to doing what we can to help you manage the situation and look out for your employees. (Kronos Incorporated)
  • Crisis Survival Toolkit – Updated – The Crisis Survival Toolkit has been updated. Inside, you’ll find blogs, videos, and other materials—so you can be resilient in times of crisis. Learn how to manage remote teams, measure employee engagement, survive a hiring freeze, and more.
  • Surviving an Economic Downturn With Talent Optimization – In times of fear and economic volatility, it’s important to stay resilient. This guide explains how talent optimization can help you adapt your business strategy, make tough talent decisions, and emerge stronger.
  • 5 Tips for Content Messaging in the Age of COVID-19: The COVID-19 pandemic is pushing us all beyond our comfort zones as we grapple with new ways of doing business, and that includes taking a fresh look at how and what you are communicating with your clients and customers
04/24/20: WPEO-NY Brown Bag Lunch with Commonwealth Capital Corp.

On Wednesday, April 22, 2020, WPEO-NY hosted a Brown Bag Lunch with Commonwealth Capital Corp. where company representatives educated WBEs on how to successfully navigate their procurement process.

Speakers included:
  • Kimberly Springsteen-Abbott, Chief Executive Office
  • Mark Crain, Chief Procurement Officer
  • Denise Pugliese, Regional Vice President – Business &
    Assistant Vice President – Supplier Diversity Manager

Watch a recording here:

04/24/20: Hello Alice's Director of Strategic Initiatives Shares How Founders Can Pivot Their Business In Times of Uncertainty

Hello Alice Blog

Many founders are pivoting their business in response to the impacts of the coronavirus. Here’s how Hello Alice pivoted theirs.

With the coronavirus affecting most aspects of our daily lives, it’s no surprise that it’s also impacting businesses in a big way. Many founders are pivoting their businesses to reflect the current environment and market.

Like many businesses, Hello Alice refocused our goals in response to the crisis. In early March, we had launched Business for All, a nationwide movement that connects small business owners with mentorship and funding. But with the acceleration of the coronavirus and its tremendous impact on the small business community, Hello Alice decided to make a quick change of plans.

Read more here.

04/20/20: WBE Tools, Resources, Information and Connections Bulletin April 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.

Watch Past WPEO Lunch with the Experts Webinars:

U.S. Small Business Administration

  • The SBA has released a PPP Guidance on Self-Employment interim rule with guidance for individuals with self-employment income who file Form 1040, Schedule C. This rule also addresses eligibility issues for certain businesses concernsWat and requirements for certain pledges of PPP loans.
  • SBA Publishes an Interim Final Rule on Business Loan Program Temporary Changes: Paycheck Protection Program: On April 15, 2020, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) published an interim final rule for the implementation of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act or the Act). The CARES Act temporarily adds a new product, titled the “Paycheck Protection Program,” to SBA’s 7(a) Loan Program. It provides for forgiveness of up to the full principal amount of qualifying loans guaranteed under the Paycheck Protection Program in order to provide economic relief to small businesses nationwide adversely impacted by COVID-19. This interim final rule outlines formal guidance and requests public comment.
    Comments are due on May 15, 2020.
    This interim final rule is effective April 15, 2020.
    This interim final rule applies to applications submitted under the Paycheck Protection Program through June 30, 2020, or until funds made available for this purpose are exhausted. Even though this rule is already effective, SBA may use information from public comments to identify issues and make corrections in the rule, if necessary.
    Read the notice at 2020-07672. Submit comments at
  • Statement by Secretary Mnuchin and Administrator Carranza on the Paycheck Protection Program and Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program
    U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin and U.S. Small Business Administration Administrator Jovita Carranza issued the following statement regarding the Paycheck Protection Program and Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program:
    “The SBA has processed more than 14 years’ worth of loans in less than 14 days.  The Paycheck Protection Program is saving millions of jobs and helping America’s small businesses make it through this challenging time.  The EIDL program is also providing much-needed relief to people and businesses.”
    “By law, the SBA will not be able to issue new loan approvals once the programs experience a lapse in appropriations.”
    “Secretary Mnuchin and Administrator Carranza urge Congress to appropriate additional funds for the Paycheck Protection Program—a critical and overwhelmingly bipartisan program—at which point we will once again be able to process loan applications, issue loan numbers, and protect millions more paychecks.”
    “The high demand we have seen underscores the need for hardworking Americans to have access to relief as soon as possible.  We want every eligible small business to participate and get the resources they need.”
    Lapse in Appropriations Notice
    SBA is unable to accept new applications at this time for the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL)-COVID-19 related assistance program (including EIDL Advances) based on available appropriations funding.  Applicants who have already submitted their applications will continue to be processed on a first-come, first-served basis


  • U.S.  Chamber of Commerce Foundation Save Small Business Fund
    Application will go live Monday, April 20, 2020 at 3:00 p.m. est
    1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Small businesses are the foundation of our communities and our economy. Employing nearly half the American workforce, companies like yours keep our neighborhoods running and make them feel like home. We know you’re facing multiple challenges right now, and every dollar counts. Funded by corporate and philanthropic partners, the Save Small Business Fund is a collective effort to provide $5,000 grants to as many small employers as we can. We hope these supplemental funds will help you get through the next days and weeks.

– Employ between 3 and 20 people
– Be located in an economically vulnerable community
– Have been harmed financially by the COVID-19 pandemic

– The application is short. It will take about 10 minutes to complete.
– All you will need is your business’s W-9 form.
– Grants will be awarded on a weekly basis, but you only need to apply one time to be eligible for funding.

For more information and to register, click here

  • The IRS has just issued Revenue Procedure 2020-23 to address a problem caused under prior law by some tax changes under the CARES Act for partnerships. This procedure provides relief permitting partnerships to obtain the benefit of the new tax provision more quickly. The CARES Act includes a number of new tax deductions, particularly involving the ability to immediately write-off the cost of Qualified Improvement Property (QIP), retroactively to 2018. The problem created for partnerships was the manner in which the tax refunds related to a prior year deduction could be received. Read More.
  • The IRS unveiled the new Get My Payment with features to let taxpayers check on their Economic Impact Payment date and update direct deposit information. Get My Payment will show the projected date when a deposit has been scheduled, similar to the “Where’s My Refund tool” many taxpayers are already familiar with. Get My Payment also allows people a chance to provide their bank information. People who did not use direct deposit on their last tax return will be able to input information to receive the payment by direct deposit into their bank account, expediting receipt.
  • The CDC has issued new guidelines allowing critical workers who have potentially been exposed to COVID-19 (i.e., such as exposure to a household contact or having close contact within 6 feet of an individual with confirmed or suspected COVID-19) to continue work as long as they remain asymptomatic and additional precautions are implemented to protect them and the community. The guidelines apply to workers in 16 different sectors, such as financial services, manufacturing, healthcare, and other industries. The guidelines are set forth (HERE).
  • Responding to the COVID-19 outbreak, on April 9 the Federal Reserve Board unveiled details about the previously announced Main Street Lending Program designed to get 4-year loans with deferred principal and interest payments to small and mid-sized businesses with up to 10,000 employees or less than $2.5 billion in revenue. Importantly, you can apply for a Main Street Lending Program loan even if you’ve also applied for a loan under the PPP, but you cannot apply if you participate in other programs such as the Main Street Expanded Loan Facility (MSELF) or the Primary Market Corporate Credit Facility. Read More.
  • Verizon has invested $2.5 million into the Verizon Small Business Recovery Fund offering grants to help small businesses fill urgent financial gaps until they can resume normal operations or until other more permanent financing becomes available.
  • Hello Alice: Business for All Grant $250,000 in grants will be awarded to Business for All applicants, as a critical step towards tackling entrepreneurs’ single greatest barrier to growth: access to capital. Grantees will be selected by a council of leaders representing diverse organizations, industries, locations and demographics.
  • Facebook Small Business Grants Program Facebook is offering $100 million in cash grants and ad credits for up to 30,000 businesses in over 30 countries affected by coronavirus. They will start taking applications in the coming weeks.
  • 5 Ways to Grow Your Marketing Career in Quarantine from McKinley Marketing Partners

Webinars and Townhalls

  • WIPP is a proud partner of the National Business Inclusion Consortium (NBIC), and on Monday, April 20, WIPP President & CEO Candace Waterman will lead a discussion with special guests:
    • Justin Nelson, Co-Founder & President, National LGBT Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC)
    • Pamela Prince-Eason, President & CEO, Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC)

These leaders will share available education, resources, and networking opportunities within their organizations. Monday, April 20 at 2pm ET / 1pm CT / 11am PT.

In addition, hear up-to-the-minute business policy and funding information from Capitol Hill. This webinar will feature the WIPP Advocacy Team and the U.S. Small Business Administration. We welcome questions from the audience

  • Tuesday April 21 @ 10:00am – 11:00am EDT: Live Hotsheet Webinar “Where is the money Part II. How to work with the Emergency Management Agencies.” hosted by Capital Region Minority Supplier Development Council Business Consortium. To register, click here.
  • Wednesday April 22 at 9:00am PDT – Expert Tips to Stay Connected with Customers presented by Salesforce. Salesforce representatives are sharing best practices, tips and resources from Salesforce experts to help you learn how to reach, connect, engage your customers quickly with a CRM. Register.
  • The Hunterdon Chamber of Commerce is hosting a free webinar The Challenges of COVID-19 Workforce – Phishing, Bombing, Hacking and Etiquette. Register.
  • Square2 Marketing is launching a new video series On the Horizon: Preparing Your Business for the New Normal. Join founders Eric Keiles and Michael Lieberman daily for a 20-minute daily chart about what’s on the horizon. They will be discussing:
    • changes that are already happening in your customers’ buying habits
    • examples of businesses who are changing their strategy
    • live brainstorming for businesses just like yours on how you can change and be “remarkable.”
    • ways EVERY business should be thinking about digital transformation
    • the future of marketing, sales and customer service

The first session is Monday April 20 and every weekday morning from 9:00am to 9:20am ET. Click here to learn more and add the session to your calendar. No registration, no fees, no forms. Just join! The sessions will also be broadcast on Facebook LIVE! Personnel

  • Register now to join in this free virtual presentation with President of the Global Summit of Women Irene Natividad and Director of Powerhouse Presentation Mariette Rups-Donnelly on Thursday, April 23 at 10 a.m. ET/ 4 p.m. in Europe/ 9 p.m. Bangkok time on how to speak from your “authentic self” while giving a persuasive presentation.

Mariette Rups-Donnelly, formerly a leading actor and singer, is the Director of Powerhouse Presentation, an Australian company specializing in all areas of presentation and communication skills. This special event gives a preview of the skills-building sessions which are a hallmark of the annual Global Summit of Women, celebrating its 30th Anniversary in Bangkok, Thailand on October 8-10.

Tune in to gain valuable tips for articulating and promoting your agenda better as you persuade audiences large and small

  • Thursday April 23 at 12:00pm – 1:00pm Est. Navigating Hatch-Waxman and Biologic Litigation Amid the Coronavirus Pandemic. RSVP.

The Coronavirus pandemic is presenting unprecedented challenges to individuals and businesses around the world. Nevertheless, the essential business of making the world’s medicines continues. So too the litigation that is critical to the pharmaceutical industry’s pipelines. Several of Goodwin’s experts will discuss how courts and litigants have begun to address litigation in the current environment and issues both innovators and generic/biosimilar manufacturers need to consider as the industry enters uncharted waters.

Topics will include:

    • Latest observations on the progress and scheduling of litigations in popular Hatch-Waxman and BPCIA venues like the Districts of Delaware and New Jersey.
    • Possible effects on FDA reviews of pending and future submissions.
    • Application of 30 month stays, 45-day complaint deadlines, exclusivity periods and patent dance exchange requirements.
    • Impact of recent legislation and regulatory activity upon deadlines before the PTO and PTAB.
  • Thursday April 23 at 12:00pm EST. Event Virtualization Summit. Join 2,000+ peers from across the globe to hear how some of the brightest minds in the event and tech industries approach content creation to captivate their audience in this shifting landscape. Panels are from Google, Voice, Money 20/20 and c|net. Register.
  • Tuesday April 22 @ 2:00pm EST – Strategies to Build Your Business During the COVID-19 Pandemic hosted by the National 8(a) Association as part of their 2020 Small Business Webinar Series. An open conversation on how to implement strategies and build your business during the current COVID-19 pandemic. Resources for small businesses will be discussed in addition to how you can set yourself up for success post-pandemic.This 30-minute free webinar with National 8(a)’s President Ron Perry, Executive Director Paula Arevalo, and Deputy Director Melissa Szasz will also feature Q&A from the audience on what resources and information would help your businesses.


  • DRS Announces Priority One Taxpayer Assistance Program. (Hartford, CT) – The Connecticut Department of Revenue Services (DRS) has launched a new assistance program specifically designed to help taxpayers subject to current DRS collections matters who have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The DRS Priority One Taxpayer Assistance Program (Priority One) is available to business and individual taxpayers who may be unable to meet their current collections obligations due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Any taxpayer who is the subject of a payment plan, bank warrant, wage execution, or other levy by DRS and needs relief or assistance because of the impact of COVID-19, can contact DRS directly to speak to a tax professional.

“Every person and business has been impacted by COVID-19. It is important now, more than ever, for taxpayers to know DRS is committed to working with them,” said Acting Revenue Services Commissioner John Biello. “In keeping with the DRS mission of providing the highest level of customer service, this new program connects taxpayers with a DRS professional, who will review individual circumstances and determine what relief may be available.”

DRS has established the following hotline and email dedicated to Priority One questions:

    • DRS Priority One Hotline: 860-541-7650 (Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.; to speak to a DRS representative, or to leave a voicemail)
    • Taxpayers may also contact DRS via the email at the following address:

DRS Priority One Email:

    • In order to assist DRS in evaluating email inquiries, taxpayers are encouraged to provide as much information as possible about their situation and the relief that is being sought.
    • DRS Website:

New Jersey

  • New Jersey passed laws to amend its “Mini-Warn Act” and increase state protections for employees. A complete list of changes is included in this press release: HERE. Of importance to New Jersey employers are changes to the New Jersey mini-WARN Act and changes to family leave programs.
  • NJ Dept. of Labor and Workforce Development is offering Self-Employed NJ Workers: Unemployment Benefits During the Coronavirus Emergency

Assistance is available to self-employed workers, independent contractors, gig and platform workers who are impacted by COVID-19 through Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) and possibly the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA). We have prepared two downloadable guides to help you understand what benefits are available and how to apply for them.

If you are a self-employed worker, independent contractor, gig and platform worker please read them both before applying for Unemployment Insurance benefits.


New York

  • The Governor has issued an Executive Order requiring all people in New York to wear masks or face coverings in public in addition to extending the statewide lockdown to May 15. Read more.
  • Comptroller Stringer Launches Online Workshop Series to Expand Aid and Opportunities for Small Businesses and M/WBEs Impacted by COVID-19. These Biweekly webinar sessions aim to help small business and minority and women business owners navigate available resources and gain access to opportunities with interpretation services available in 12 different languages. These webinars will be held every Tuesday and Thursday starting Thursday, April 16 through Thursday, May 14. To RSVP, click here or email
  • Governor Andrew Cuomo signed the Enacted Budget for fiscal year 2021, which includes what his office touts as the “strongest Paid Sick Leave program in the nation.” The FY2021 Enacted Budget includes Senate Bill 7506B, which, among other things, requires that all New York State employers provide sick leave to workers. The full text of SB 7506B, which amends the New York Labor Law by adding Section 196-b, can be viewed HERE.
  • The NYC Comptroller’s office has compiled a list of private loans for small businesses. See the list.
  • Do you need to hire staff for your essential business?NYC Small Business Service can help you with recruitment. No matter what your staffing needs are, we can help you hire the right employees at no cost. Their services include:
    • Sourcing job seekers through our candidate databases, paid advertisements (at no cost to you), and through local partner organizations
    • Recruiting and screening candidates based on your needs—referring the most qualified to your business
    • Scheduling interviews

You can access their recruitment services by logging into your SBS Connect Account or creating a new account here.

  • Hispanic Federation Northern Manhattan Emergency Recovery Fund. New York-Presbyterian Hospital has made a major new commitment of $10 million over the next two years to help our communities recover from the economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. The first $2 million is designated for immediate emergency assistance. The second round of $8 million is designated for long-term community sustainability. This effort is conducted in partnership with Congressman Adriano Espaillat.

Eligibility Criteria for Businesses:

    • Must serve or be located within the Washington Heights, Inwood and Hamilton Heights communities
    • Demonstrate that the COVID-19 outbreak caused at least a 25% decrease in revenue
    • Have been in operation for at least 6 months
    • Non-profit: be an established 501(c)3
    • Small Business: Brick and mortar establishment with a maximum of 100 employees (including full-time and part-time employees)
  • Renaissance Economic Development Corp Emergency Small Business Relief Loan Renaissance has created an Emergency Small Business Relief Loan Fund to help businesses struggling to survive during the COVID-19 crisis. If you are interested in a loan, please fill out this interest form. Once your interest form has been reviewed, we will contact you to explain the next steps in the application process. Renaissance counselors will schedule online meetings with qualified business owners to complete loan applications.
  • Are you an essential worker in need of childcare?The City is offering free childcare for the children of essential workers, with at least two sites in every school district. Childcare will be offered Monday-Friday, from 7:30 a.m. – 6 p.m. The centers will provide children with three daily hot meals, remote learning time with their teachers, activities like art, music, and physical education, and social and emotional support.

Essential workers who are New York City residents and would like to enroll in one of these centers need to complete this REC Enrollment Form. The form needs to be completed for every child, and the worker will then receive an email confirming your child’s center assignment.


  • The Governor has issued an Executive Order requiring the use of face coverings under certain circumstances and requiring the implementation of certain physical distancing measures. Read More.
  • Prince George’s County Economic Development Corporation is pleased to announce the opening of the Prince George’s County COVID-19 Business Relief Fund, a $15M fund established to provide financial assistance to businesses affected by the COVID-19 crisis.

County Businesses can now apply for a loan and/or grant to support cash operating expenses including payroll, suppliers, rent, fixed debt payments and other business-critical cash operating costs. Up to 6 months of verified payroll & operating expenses; not to exceed $100,000. Learn more about the Fund.

Click here to apply.

  • Paycheck Protection Program provided by the City of Baltimore, Goldman Sachs, and Lendistry

To apply, click here
To view business guidelines and checklist, click here
To view required documents, click here

  • To see the upcoming events hosted by the City of Baltimore, Click Here.
  • The Maryland Black Chamber of Commerce has new updates on their COVID-19 Business Resource page

Washington, DC

  • D.C. extends public health emergency and closure of schools until May 15. Mayor Muriel E. Bowser (D) announced that other coronavirus restrictions in the city, including nonessential business closures, a stay-at-home order and a ban on gatherings of 10 or more people are also extended.
  • DC Small Biz Help Workshop: Spring Calendar. Check out this week’s DC Small Business Help Workshop Calendar and get connected to the resources and assistance to help you navigate and pivot during COVID-19 crisis.

Take a look to see what piques your interest and share with other small businesses in your network. This resource provides information about upcoming virtual workshops, training opportunities and entrepreneurship programs available for start-ups, new and existing small businesses in the District. Find out more.

  • Shop In Place DC. Hard-working, creative entrepreneurs are struggling to stay open while providing Washingtonians with everything they need to stay at home and keep each other safe. Use this site to find old favorites and discover new gems that are still delivering the essentials. Local businesses can fill out profiles to be added to the list if they are still operating. Let’s help DC’s local businesses weather this crisis!
  • The National Coalition of 100 Black Women Inc. Metropolitan DC Chapter is offering a Sisternomics Empowerment Grant. Click here to view the program overview and application.
  • SCORE Washington, DC is hosting FREE two-part virtual workshop will teach you how to register your business as a Federal “small business” (Part I) and how to sell to the government (Part II). You must register for each workshop.Preparing your Small Business for the Federal Market – Part I, Tuesday, April 21, 12-1pmTopics to be covered in include:
    • Reasons to consider selling to the Federal Government market
    • The different types of Federal Government certifications
    • How to determine if your business qualifies
    • Determining small business set aside eligibility


    Preparing your Small Business for the Federal Market – Part 2, Wednesday, April 28, 12-1pm

    Topics to be covered include:

    • How to conduct market research to identify opportunities
    • Identifying subcontracting opportunities
    • How to market your product / service to prime contractors



  • The Virginia Department of Small Business and Supplier Diversity’s update this week includes information regarding the status of SBA’s programs. Information is current as of April 17, 2020.

Notice: Effective April 16, 2020, EIDL and PPP funds have been exhausted.

Applications are not being accepted at this time. We encourage you to begin

organizing your necessary financial documents in the event Congress passes the

fourth COVID-19 bill.

Please be aware, the Virginia Department of Small Business and Supplier Diversity (SBSD), as well as the Virginia Small Business Financing Authority (VSBFA), is not a part of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and will not be able to provide status updates on EIDL and PPP loan applications.

SBSD encourages you to reach to the SBA for assistance regarding your application status at:, Customer Service: 800-659-2955 –open 24 hours Monday through Friday; Saturday and Sunday 8:00AM to 5:00PM. Email: 

  • VA governor extends shutdown order for nonessential businesses until May 8; Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam (D) extended his shutdown order for nonessential businesses — which initially was set to expire April 23 — until May 8. A separate stay-at-home order for Virginia residents is in effect through June 10.

WBE-Provided Resources

Corporate Health Resources (CHR) has launched a COVID-19 Case Management Hotline dedicated and fully staffed to provide a nurse case management solution for employees who feel they might have COVID-19 related symptoms or simply have questions regarding the virus. READ MORE. Check out their CHR Response to COVID-19

  • Nukk-Freeman & Cera, PC, Employment Attorneys are offering a Live Complimentary Webinar What to do NOW to Get Ready for Employees Returning to Work. The 30-minute Q&A webinar that will focus on:
    • HR issues:  identifying policies to update, the importance of proper employee classifications, required notices and other return-to-work documents, managing leaves of absences and return-to-work from illness or other COVID-related reasons.
    • Operational issues: protocols when employees get sick in the workplace, sanitizing your office, arranging for items like hand sanitizer/wipes, considering continued work from home.
    • Financial issues: if you are receiving a Payment Protection Plan (“PPP”) loan, planning to spend the money properly during the 8-week time period, so that you maximize loan forgiveness.

Thursday April 23 12:00pm – 12:30pm EST. Register.

Partner Organization Offerings

  • The Vinetta Project’s Virtual Expert Sessions are in full swing! These webinars cover topics on: Fundraising during COVID-19, Federal Relief Services & The CARES Act, Financial Wellness, and more! We have designed these based on the feedback from our Founder network to help you make better informed decisions for your business.
    All sessions are FREE and open to our entire Founder community to help you maintain your grit, ideate, and thrive! Check out our Programs Pagefor upcoming Virtual Events.
  • WIPP ChallengerHER Webinar – The federal government is still spending. Attend this information-packed and action-focused webinar to learn what you can do right now to build business opportunities as a prime contractor, subcontractor, and teaming partner. Thursday, April 30 at 2 PM ET / 1 PM CT / 11 AM PT

Presented by TargetGov’s Gloria Larkin, key take-aways include understanding exactly what the government says it will do to expedite acquisitions during a national emergency; how to use the specific emergency-related increased Simplified Acquisition Thresholds to obtain immediate contracts; and the tools you will need to increase business. Register.

  • NAWBO Central & Northern NJ has launched four virtual events each week to keep business owners connected. They include:
    • Tuesdays – Virtual Lunch & Learn – 12 p.m. ET
    • Wednesdays – Community Connect – 5 p.m. ET
    • Thursdays – Facebook Live with NAWBO National Board – 4 p.m. ET
    • Fridays – Virtual Connect & Learn – 10:30 a.m. ET

Click on the calendar on for details.

  • Join GWBC® as they discuss communications strategies on the new episode of “Maintaining The Health of Your Business.” Tune in Thursday, April 23 at 3 PM ETas we tackle 5 COVID Communications: Designed To Protect Your Brand & Your Sanity. Shani Godwin of Communiqué USA is hosting. RSVP.

Tools You Can Use

  • Tax Implications of the Coronavirus Stimulus Bill for Individuals and Businesses. Watch Webinar
  • How to Access the SBA and Other Ways of Preserving Value in Your Business. Watch Webinar
  • How Might the Value of your Business be Impacted as a Result of the Coronavirus Crisis. Watch Webinar
  • Scaling Up in a Crisis workshop provides several updated examples of companies pivoting and thriving in this mess. Watch Recording.
  • Cyber Safeguards for a Remote-Work Environment. Learn about cyberattacks, how existing cyber laws apply to remote-work environments and the security safeguards you should have in place. Access On Demand Webinar.
  • 9 Ways to Strengthen Your Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) System for Remote Work. Getting your ERP systems up to speed in today’s remote-work reality will require that you assess, update, and automate processes and technologies – and make sure that workers are adequately trained on the complexities of performing all of their tasks outside the office. Read.
  • How to Lead during a recession. Leading through an economic downturn requires tough but necessary decision-making about your strategy and workforce. Learn what makes a resilient leader in times of hardship—and how talent optimization can help you emerge stronger. Watch the video.
  • To help music professionals and their loved ones navigate the crisis, Billboard has compiled a list of resources at both the national and state levels, including more than four dozen relief funds.
  • Q-and-A: How Smart Managers Can Effectively Lead Newly Remote Team. Michigan Ross Professor Lindy Greer suggests specific actions your company can take now that will serve you well into the future. Read more
  • How Parents are Coping with their New Balancing Act. See the stats of this coronavirus study.
  • Networking in the Age of COVID-19. The steps—and scripts—have changed. Four moves to help you reach out to your professional connections. Read More.
04/16/20: How To Prevent The Pandemic From Taking A Greater Toll On Women Entrepreneurs

By Geri Stengel, Forbes

Between 2007 to 2012 — the period before and after the Great Recession — the number of women-owned businesses jumped 27% while privately held businesses grew only 3.3%, according to the Survey of Business Owners by the Census. Average revenues for women’s businesses decreased from $154,300 in 2007 to $143,700 in 2012 and privately held businesses revenue grew from $417,400 to $440,200 during the same period. One reason for the decline in revenue among women’s businesses was a surge in startups, which had not yet achieved their full revenue potential. Another reason is that many of these businesses were necessity businesses: The entrepreneur’s only viable employment option was to start a business. These entrepreneurs also tend to be sidepreneurs, working only part-time.

Read more here.

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