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05/02/21: Tools, Resources, Information and Connections Bulletin May 3 – 7, 2021

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

Don’t forget to Join us Tomorrow for the Annual Awards to Celebrate Our Partners on May 4, 2021. Hear from WBEC Metro NY & Greater DMV Corporate Members who will provide a look into how they provide content, community and connection opportunities to the WBEC NY DMV network. Network with Corporate representatives and other WBEs to build community and connections. Join conversations to hear from Corporate thought leaders, gain insights moving the ecosystem from 2020 into 2021 and beyond, collaborate with your peers and build your network. Corporations hosting networking sessions include:
AARP – Accenture – Altria Group – Bank of America – Capital One – Dominion Energy – EY – Freddie Mac – Guggenheim Partners – HSBC – JPMorgan Chase & Co. – Marriott – New York Life – Sodexo – ViacomCBS – WSSC Water

Congratulations!
On WBENC’s latest episode from Season 2 of the Women Who Own It podcast, Ann Ramakumaran, Founder and CEO of Ampcus Inc., a WBENC-Certified Consulting and Professional Services firm, shares how she turned her passion for problem solving and innovative technology solutions into one of the fastest-growing women-owned businesses in the U.S. Listen now to learn the tools and practices Ann used to fuel her company’s steady growth year after year — and how you can use them to grow and scale your own business. Listen Now!

 General

  • On May 17, 2021, JPMorgan Chase will open its next Request for Proposals (RFP) for our annual Advancing Cities Challenge, which aims to source and seed creative, collaborative and sustainable solutions that catalyze systemic change.
  • Walmart has just released their 2020 Culture, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (CDEI) Report. Reflecting on the past year with its unthinkable set of challenges, our belief in the idea of “Better Together” has meant redoubling our commitment to CDEI inside our company and beyond.  To learn more from Walmart’s Sr. Vice President and Global Chief CDEI Officer, Ben Hasan, please visit here. And to read the full 2020 CDEI Report, please visit here
  • Funding Alert: $3.5 million for Organizations Supporting Women in Registered Apprenticeships and Nontraditional Occupations The U.S. Department of Labor Women’s Bureau announced $3.5 million in grant funding to encourage women’s employment in Registered Apprenticeship programs and nontraditional occupations such as those in the manufacturing, cybersecurity, and health-care industries. The Women in Apprenticeship and Nontraditional Occupations (WANTO) grant program will award up to 10 grants to community-based organizations to recruit, mentor, train, and retain more women in quality Registered Apprenticeship programs and nontraditional occupations. Apply by June 4, 2021.
  • Bank of America Institute for Women’s Entrepreneurship at Cornell The Bank of America Supplier Diversity & Responsible Sourcing Team proudly extends the opportunity to participate in an online course for women entrepreneurs as part of the Bank of America Institute for Women’s Entrepreneurship at Cornell. This certificate program will provide participants no-cost access to a virtual learning experience conducted by Cornell faculty. With a limited number of slots available, participation is by invitation only. Enrollment begins in May. Invitation to Participate – Cornell Program_2021

Small Business Administration 

  • Registration for the Restaurant Revitalization Fund (RRF) is now open at restaurants.sba.gov. If you are working with Square or Toast, you do not need to register. SBA will begin accepting applications via the application portal on Monday, May 3 at 12 p.m. EDT. The application portal will remain open to any eligible establishment until all funds are exhausted. 
    • In preparation, qualifying applicants should familiarize themselves with the application process in advance to ensure a smooth and efficient application. In addition to registering at the portal, follow the steps below. If you are working with Square or Toast, you do not need to register.
    • Review the sample application, program guide and cross-program eligibility chart on SBA COVID-19 relief options. SBA also added screenshots of the application portal that are available here.
    • Applications must be submitted in English or Spanish. SBA has documents in additional languages to help you understand eligibility requirements, fill out applications, and answer frequently asked questions. See the additional languages and materials here.
    • If you were unable to attend one of the webinars held earlier this week which covered program details and a demonstration of the application portal, you can watch the recording here.
    • For more information, visit sba.gov/restaurants. 

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Tools You Can Use

  • There are some basic steps you can take to make meetings, webinars, conferences, and other events more easily accessible to all participants. In our latest article, we’ve outlined some best practices: Accessible Virtual Meetings and Events. (by Vigdis Eriksen, Eriksen Translations Inc.)
04/25/21: WBE Tools, Resources, Information and Connections Bulletin April 26 – 30, 2021

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

 

FINAL WEEK TO REGISTER!
Join us for the Annual Awards to Celebrate Our Partners on May 4, 2021. 
Hear from WBEC Metro NY & Greater DMV Corporate Members who will provide a look into how they provide content, community and connection opportunities to the WBEC NY DMV network. Network with Corporate representatives and other WBEs to build community and connections. Join conversations to hear from Corporate thought leaders, gain insights moving the ecosystem from 2020 into 2021 and beyond, collaborate with your peers and build your network. Corporations hosting networking sessions include:
AARP – Accenture – Altria Group – Bank of America – Capital One – Dominion Energy – EY – Freddie Mac – Guggenheim Partners – HSBC – JPMorgan Chase & Co. – Marriott – New York Life – Sodexo – ViacomCBS – WSSC Water

WBENC Opportunities

  • Applications Open for WBENC Executive Education Program Apply for the program happening April 29 – May 27. In this highly interactive, virtual program, WBENC partners with EOS Worldwide (the Entrepreneurial Operating System®) Professional and Certified EOS Implementers® to help WBEs achieve TRACTION in your business through self-implementing the Entrepreneurial Operating System (EOS) described in the book Traction: Get a Grip on Your Business by Gino Wickman. The EOS is a set of simple, practical, real-world tools that help entrepreneurs and leadership teams improve the operational value of their businesses. Learn More & Apply.
  • Register for the Women of Color Banking on Relationships Webinar on April 27! WBENC and JPMorgan Chase & Co. are pleased to invite you to attend “Banking on Relationships: Strengthen Your Business by Building a Solid Relationship with Your Bank”, a Women of Color session. While this session is targeted to women of color, all are welcome to attend. Join WBENC and JPMorgan Chase & Co. on April 27 from 1-2 PM ET to learn the secrets of developing and maintaining a lasting relationship with your bank. Learn More and Apply.
  • Do you have a retail-ready product? Walmart invites you to apply for their Open Call. Apply by April 30.  Open Call is an action packed one day virtual event. Walmart welcomes suppliers to virtually pitch product that is shelf ready and made, grown or assembled in the United States. Everyone looks forward to joining over 1,000 energetic entrepreneurs from across the country. The inspiration through newness and innovation is outstanding and leaves everyone motivated to grow U.S. jobs and increase U.S. manufacturing. Learn More and Apply.
  • COMING SOON: WBENCPitch  Applications opening April 26. WBENCPitch: Sustainability is a multi-round virtual pitch competition designed to highlight the most innovative business solutions committed to sustainability across the WBENC network. Learn More

General

  • The Women’s Business Council South has launched its Virtual Mother’s Day Market 2021. Shop women-owned businesses from April 19 – May 2, 2021. The Women’s Business Council – Southwest helps women business owners grow personally and professionally.
  • President Biden announced a new paid leave tax credit that will offset the cost for employers with fewer than 500 employees to provide full pay for any time their employees need to get a COVID-19 vaccination or recover from that vaccination. This tax credit will apply to nearly half of all private sector employees in America. And today, the Internal Revenue Service will release and post a fact sheet to educate employers on how to claim the paid sick leave credit on their quarterly tax filings. For more details on how the paid leave tax credits from the American Rescue Plan will work for employers to enable employees to get vaccinated and recover from after-effects of vaccination, as well as for other purposes, please consult this upcoming document from the Department of the Treasury.
  • How the American Jobs Plan will help cities Secretary of Labor Marty Walsh and Department of Transportation Deputy Secretary Polly Trottenberg joined the National League of Cities and mayors from across the country for a virtual discussion on how the American Jobs Plan will support local economies by investing in workforce development and training programs. Read about the American Jobs Plan

Small Business Administration

  • Join the U.S. Small Business Administration and the Public Private Strategies Institute for a national briefing on Wednesday, April 28 at 1 p.m. ET about the new $28.6 billion Restaurant Revitalization Fund (RRF). This briefing is cosponsored by the SBA and PPSI. To learn more about the RRF program and application, visit sba.gov/restaurants. Register Today!
  • In response to stakeholder feedback about reopening the Shuttered Venue Operators Grant application this weekend, the application portal will now reopen Monday, April 26, 2021 at 12:00 p.m. EDT. In preparation for the opening, potential applicants should register on the portal in advance. Applicants will also need a smartphone and a multi-factor authenticator app to register and apply. The SBA has also added the following updated resources.
    • Applicant user guide and FAQ: For help with the application process, refer to the applicant user guide and FAQ.
    • Checklist: Use the checklist to make sure you have everything you need to complete your application. 
    • Call Center:  For Shuttered Venue Operators Grant application portal technical assistance such as a password reset, browser suggestions, or how to use the multi-factor authentication with an app and the QR code, applicants can call 1-800-659-2955 or, for the deaf and hard-of-hearing 1-800-877-8339 and follow the prompts to SVOG assistance. The call center is open through the weekend from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. EDT. For additional information and to review applicant resources, visit www.sba.gov/svogrant.
  • In case you missed it! Last week, the SBA announced key details on application requirements, eligibility, and a program guide for the Restaurant Revitalization Fund (RRF). The SBA also announced a new initiative that will allow restaurants and other related businesses to apply for the RRF through point-of-sale service providers such as Clover ®, NCR Corporation, Square, and Toast. 
  • The SBA launched a new round of Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) assistance – called Supplemental Targeted Advances – on April 22, 2021 that will provide $5 billion in additional assistance to 1 million small businesses and nonprofit organizations that have been most severely affected by the economic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. Effective April 22, the SBA modified the Targeted EIDL Advance application process to determine if businesses also qualify for the additional $5,000 Supplemental Targeted Advance. SBA will contact eligible business entities to apply and applications will be processed on a firstcomefirstserved basis. To qualify for the Supplemental Targeted Advance, an eligible business entity must be in a low-income community, suffered greater than 50 percent economic loss, and have 10 or fewer employees. Learn more

Webinars

  • April 29 | 10:00am PT The Future of Collaboration: Top Ways to Amp Up Team Collaboration and Inclusion with Hybrid Work and Remote Team Members. Let’s take a moment to look past our eventual return to the office and consider what happens next. How will your teams, partners and collaborators make use of these new shared spaces and tools – both in the office and at home? Please join us on a deep dive into the latest updates from DTEN and Zoom that ensure a productive, safe and efficient return to the office.
  • April 29 | 1:00pm ET How the SBA and USCA Can Help Your Business Now. UPS has invited members of the SBA—along with the U.S. Commercial Service (USCS)—back to talk about their latest programs. Join them as they discuss Cash flow tools and updated resources available through the American Rescue Plan; Programs that can help your business grow through exporting and How UPS can help you connect and take advantage of these opportunities.
04/18/21: WBE Tools, Resources, Information and Connections Bulletin April 19 – 23, 2021

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

General

  • Applications are now open for the next WBENC Executive Education Program, sponsored by Wells Fargo. If you are looking for a transformational experience for your business, apply now! In this highly interactive, virtual program, WBENC partners with EOS Worldwide (the Entrepreneurial Operating System®) Professional and Certified EOS Implementers® to help WBEs achieve TRACTION in your business through self-implementing the Entrepreneurial Operating System (EOS) described in the book Traction: Get a Grip on Your Business by Gino Wickman
    The EOS is a set of simple, practical, real-world tools that help entrepreneurs and leadership teams improve the operational value of their businesses.
    Program Schedule
    The WBENC Executive Education program will take place each Thursday between April 29 and May 27 from 1 PM – 3 PM EST. 
    April 29: EOS Keynote
    May 6: Foundational Tools
    May 13: Vision
    May 20: Data, Issues, Process
    May 27: Traction, Pulling it All Together
  • Last Chance to Register for  WIPP Community Connections! Wednesday April 21 | 2:00pm ET WIPP is proud to work with many organizations who support small businesses, and this month’s WIPP Community Connections is pleased to spotlight an organization who is doing great work: National 8a Association.
    WIPP understands that connecting with other small business owners is important for collaboration, networking, and mentorship.
    Join us to meet and learn more about some of WIPP’s incredible business owners:
    * Meet the Member – Nehal Metah, President, Rainbow Secure
    * Meet the Member – Mary Sharrett, President, Stone Environmental Engineering & Science
    * Member Spotlight: WIPP Legacy Members (in celebration of WIPP’s 20th Anniversary)
    Not yet a WIPP member? You will want to be after joining this webinar and learning more about the work we are doing on the Hill, the educational programming we provide and experiencing the value of this great business ecosystem. REGISTER

  • Join MBDA for the Enterprising Women of Color Spring Forum on April 21st. Just Announced: Keynote Speaker, Dr. Valerie Daniels-Carter. Dr. Valerie Daniels-Carter is one of the most preeminent business owners in the United States. In addition to auspiciously commandeering several restaurants branded operations in the United States, she has been widely recognized for her adroit business ingenuity.  She is the President and CEO of V&J Foods, Holding Companies, Inc. (V&J Holdings), a multi-brand/multi-state operation. It is recognized as the largest female owned franchise organization in the country.  Dr. Daniels-Carter’s quick-service restaurant empire operations are comprised of Auntie Anne’s Soft Pretzels, Burger King, Coffee Beanery, Nino’s Southern Sides, MyYoMy Frozen Yogurt, Pizza Hut and Captain D’s Seafood along with numerous Real Estate ventures. She is also a minority owner of the Milwaukee Bucks. Register now at: https://hopin.com/events/level-up-get-in-the-million-dollar-mindset.
  • Minority Business Development Agency is not accepting proposals for the MBDA Export Center project. For submission details, visit: https://www.mbda.gov/mbda-export-center-project. Submission deadline is April 22, 2021.

Small Business Administration

  • The current round of the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) is reaching smaller borrowers (small businesses), with 94% of all loans going to businesses with 20 or fewer employees. SBA is currently offering PPP loans until May 31, 2021. Apply for a first or second draw PPP loan and loan forgiveness. Learn more
  • Effective immediately, applicants can send a request for reevaluation of a Targeted EIDL Advance application that was declined to the following email address: TargetedAdvanceReevaluation@sba.govApplicants should follow these instructions when requesting a reevaluation:
    • Send an email to TargetedAdvanceReevaluation@sba.gov
    • Use the subject line “Reevaluation Request for [insert your 10-digit application number]
    • In the body of the email, include identifying information for the application such as application number, business name, business address, business owner name(s) and phone number
    • Important: Include an explanation and any documentation that addresses the reason for the decline, if available. SBA will contact applicants if additional documentation is required to complete the review.
  • The Restaurant Revitalizations Fund (RRF) Get the program details such as eligibility, funding amount, allowable use of funds and more. If you haven’t already, sign up for RRF email updates. Currently, SBA is not accepting applications for RRF. However, you can prepare your application by reviewing the sample application, program guide and cross-program eligibility chart on SBA COVID-19 relief options. You will be able to apply through SBA-recognized Point of Sale Restaurant Partners or directly via SBA in a forthcoming online application portal. Registration with SAM.gov is not required. DUNS or CAGE identifiers are also not required. The official application launch date will be announced shortly. Ahead of the application launch and over the next two weeks, the SBA will establish a seven-day pilot period for the RRF application portal and conduct extensive outreach and training on how to apply, application requirements and where to apply. Participants in this pilot will be randomly selected from existing PPP borrowers in priority groups for RRF and will not receive funds until the application portal is open to the public. Following the pilot, the application portal will be opened to the public. For the first 21 days that the program is open, the SBA will prioritize reviewing applications from small businesses owned by women, veterans, and socially and economically disadvantaged individuals. Following the 21-day period, all eligible applicants are encouraged to submit applications. Learn More>>

Connecticut

  • The Connecticut Community Outreach and Revitalization Program (ConnCORP)  announced a new initiative of its Economic Justice Fund, developed to support Black-owned businesses through COVID-19 recovery and technical assistance. ConnCORP will be working with trusted business and community partners to solicit referrals to established Black-owned businesses. After a short application process, the 10 businesses accepted in the first round of grant funding will receive up to $10,000 depending on assessed need. In addition to financial capital, the fund will provide CTNext sponsored technical assistance of up to $15,000 in the form of identified consultants in areas such as marketing, financial/accounting, new product development, legal, web design, and communications and public relations. Businesses will also be able to take part in ConnCORP’s Economic Impact Lab (CCEIL) and participate in program offerings and resources. ConnCAT has committed to raising $1 million in grant funding to support New Haven’s community of Black-owned businesses. For more information, visit conncorp.org.
  • HEDCO Inc. Partnership Loan Program HEDCO, Inc., The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven, the City of New Haven, and The Amour Propre Fund are collaborating to provide financial relief and recovery resources to minority-owned and women-owned small businesses. Qualifying small businesses with 20 or fewer employees may apply for a 4% term loan for up to $25,000. Find more information on the loan program here.

New Jersey

  • The New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA) announced Phase 4 of the Authority’s Small Business Emergency Assistance Grant Program, adding $85 million in funds from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. Phase 4 will provide short-term operating support to a broad group of New Jersey small and medium sized businesses and non-profits that have been negatively impacted during the declared state of emergency. More information is available here.
  • The New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA) announced Phase 4 of the Authority’s Small Business Emergency Assistance Grant Program, adding $85 million in funds from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. Phase 4 will provide short-term operating support to a broad group of New Jersey small and medium sized businesses and non-profits that have been negatively impacted during the declared state of emergency. More information is available here. Interested business owners will need to pre-register here to access the application. Pre-registration will begin on Monday, April 19, 2021 at 9:00 a.m. and will close on April 29, 2021 at 5:00 p.m. The application will be available via a phased approach following the end of the pre-registration period, as detailed below. Applicants must complete the full application to be considered for grant funding.

New York

  • New York City Small Business Services – COVID-19 Assistance & Guidance for Businesses – As part of the City’s commitment to spur economic growth, SBS has released The New Normal: Adapting Your Small Business Playbook, a handbook filled with tools, technologies, and strategies to help entrepreneurs stabilize their business, protect their staff and customers, and build and grow beyond the pandemic. In conjunction with the playbook release, we are offering a multi-session workshop series run by business experts to help entrepreneurs stabilize their business, protect their staff and customers, and build and grow beyond the pandemic. Each session will cover topics from the playbook and will be accompanied by virtual classroom instruction and take-home exercises for business owners to maximize their learnings.

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Webinars

  • Thursday April 29 | 1:00pm Find the resources your business needs to adapt and grow. You’re invited to the next webinar of UPS “Be Unstoppable®” series—How the SBA and USCS Can Help Your Business Now. Members of the SBA—along with the U.S. Commercial Service (USCS)— are invited back to talk about their latest programs. Join us as we discuss:
    • Cash flow tools and updated resources available through the American Rescue Plan
    • Programs that can help your business grow through exporting
    • How UPS can help you connect and take advantage of these opportunities

Tools You Can Use

  • Telling Your Story is the most important communication tool you have to keep your audience engaged and off their phones. Use your stories to motivate action, celebrate your success, feature your progress and fire-up your initiatives. Learn more about virtual, hybrid events!
04/11/21: WBE Tools, Resources, Information and Connections Bulletin April 12 – 16, 2021

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

 General

  • Wednesday April 21 | 2:00 pm LEVEL UP! Get in the Million Dollar Mindset hosted by the Minority Business Development Agency. Learn how to leverage resources, tools, and identify strategic partners in your community to scale your business. Get to know key organizations, certifications, programs, grants, and access to funding available to help you take your business to the next level of growth and success! This event has limited virtual seating. Reserve your spot TODAY!
  • On Wednesday, March 24th  the Enterprising Women of Color Business Center-Hawaii, the Hawaii Small Business Development Center and others hosted the first seminar of the Hawaii Women in Business series. The event drew registrants from the islands of Hawaii to the West and East Coast of the U.S. mainland. To review the event recap and sign up for updates, visit: https://bit.ly/2Q1X4qw.
  • The U.S. Department of Labor announced today that, beginning April 12, it will open a two-week national online dialogue to gather ideas for ensuring equity in employment policies and programs for people with disabilities from historically underserved communities. Those seeking to participate should register at RacialEquity.ideascale.com.
  • Minority Business Development Agency is not accepting proposals for the

Small  Business Administration

  • SBA has raised the loan limit for COVID-19 Economic Injury Disaster Loans to up to 24 months of economic injury with a maximum loan amount of $500,000. Borrowers were sent an email about the new loan limit. Some borrowers are experiencing a technical issue when clicking on the email address to request a COVID-19 EIDL increase. When submitting the request, make sure to remove any additional characters that may appear in front of the email address so that your request can be delivered. For questions about your application, please contact the Customer Service Center at 1-800-659-2955 (1-800-877-8339 for those with disabilities) or email disastercustomerservice@sba.gov.
  • The Shuttered Venue Operators Grant application portal remains temporarily suspended through the weekend of April 9 while we work to resolve technical issues. We can confirm we did not accept any applications or distribute any funding. When a reopening date is determined, we’ll provide updates in advance so that applicants have time to prepare. For more information about the Shuttered Venue Operators Grant program, visit sba.gov/svogrant.

New York

  • April is Financial Literacy Month. The Office of the NYS Comptroller offers resources and links to give New Yorkers easy access to vital assistance and information to help them make informed money management decisions. Visit their website to get started.

Maryland/Washington

From Partner Organizations

WBEC South, Enterprising Women of Color and Apple are proud to provide the opportunity to apply for the Apple Impact Accelerator Program! Applications are now open for Black-, Hispanic/Latinx- and Indigenous (Native American)- owned businesses that provide environmental solutions and services in the following categories:

    • Climate Change: energy efficiency; renewable energy; direct emissions abatement; carbon removal
    • Resources and Renewable Materials: automation; recycling innovation; water stewardship; zero waste
    • Smarter Chemistry: product chemistry; protecting people/environment through green chemistry

Applications Due Friday April 30 11:59pm (PST)

Webinar

  • Tuesday April 13 | 6:00pm – 7:00pm Key Contract Provisions to Manage Supplier Relationships and Outcomes hosted by ISM-NCA. Key Contract Provisions to Manage Supplier Relationships and Outcomes provides an in-depth assessment of key contract provisions that the astute buyer should address in strategic contracts to help manage the supplier relationship and the supplier’s performance during the term of the contract.  An explanation of several essential contract terms will be provided, their application, benefits, and how the terms play a key role in helping to shape and ultimately determine a positive outcome.  The session will also focus on the unique attributes of Development Projects, how to manage them, and the rights that a buyer should establish in the contract in the event of the seller’s default.
04/04/21: WBE Tools, Resources, Information and Connections Bulletin April 5 - 9, 2021

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

General

  • What makes your business unstoppable? Tell UPS for an opportunity to compete in The UPS Store® Virtual Small Biz Challenge. You could win up to $25,000, a feature article in Inc. magazine and a video shoot to showcase your business on Inc. and The UPS Store social channels.
  • Women Impacting Public Policy (WIPP) honors their 2021 Legacy Circle Inductees. As Women Impacting Public Policy celebrates its’ 20th Anniversary and Women’s History Month, there is no better time to launch the WIPP Legacy Circle and recognize past leaders who have worked tirelessly towards WIPPs success. The WIPP Legacy Circle was developed to honor the amazing women who have held leadership roles in the organization and who through significant contributions, such as time and expertise have impacted the lives of women business owners across the country. The inductees have demonstrated a strong commitment to women’s business development, influencing policy, strengthening communities, and growing the economy.
  • On April 20-23, 2021, Walmart will host its first Virtual Stakeholders Summit to encourage continued dialogue between Walmart and leaders representing diverse communities and interest groups across the country. The focus of this summit will be Walmart’s commitment to racial equity. We would like to share with you our journey thus far. We will start with we learned through the Racial Equity Institute and how this led us to do a deep dive into the systems that have created disparity in this country. And we will meet with the leaders who are helping Walmart drive change in these systems, particularly in Criminal Justice, Education, Healthcare, and Finance.   Lastly, it will be an opportunity to share your thoughts with us.
  • The application process for Walmart’s eighth annual Open Call for products made, grown or assembled in the United States is open now through April 30. We invite entrepreneurs dreaming of landing their products on Walmart shelves and online to apply for the opportunity to meet with Walmart merchants on June 30, 2021, via virtual pitch meetings. In addition to one-on-one pitch meetings with Walmart merchants on June 30, participants will have an opportunity to hear directly from Walmart executives at the hour-long kickoff of the event. Smaller breakout sessions will be available throughout the day where prospective suppliers can learn more on valuable topics and about resources available to them.

Small Business Administration

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Webinars

  • Thurs April 15 1:00 EDT | OPENING DOORS Eva Longoria Talks Inclusivity in Business and Beyond hosted by UPS part of the be unstoppable Webinar Series. You’ve seen Eva Longoria light up the screen as an award-winning actor. But like any entrepreneur, she wasn’t satisfied letting others make the decisions while she just played a part. In this VIP webinar, UPS CMO Kevin Warren talks with Eva about how she took control over her brand, her future, and the impact she could make on others.

WBE Provided

  • Supplier Diversity Is Key to a Strong, Inclusive Recovery Diverse businesses not only demonstrate success in times of disruption, but have the attributes needed to support our social and economic revitalization. We are pleased to see diversity and inclusion remain a strategic priority for many organizations, as we hope women- and minority-owned businesses will be a driving force in our recovery.

 

03/21/21: WBE Tools, Resources, Information and Connections Bulletin March 22 - 26, 2021

 

General

  • In celebration of Women’s History Month, NWBC invites you to join a fireside chat featuring Chair Liz Sara and Council Member Nicole Cober. This insightful discussion will highlight key trends in women’s business enterprise and cover notable, free resources to help you start and scale your business. Women own or co-own 45% of all businesses in the United States. These businesses represent a wide range of industries and are owned by women from all walks of life. The majority are small, with great potential for growth in both revenues and job creation. Register Now!
  • On February 4, 2021, The National Women’s Business Council (NWBC) released its 2020 #LetsTalkBusiness Roundtable Series Reporta collection of testimonials from women entrepreneurs on current challenges and opportunities associated with access to capital, childcare, and patenting and trademark. After the successes of the 2019 Women in Small Business Roundtable Series, the Council rebranded the initiative and continued hosting policy discussions through 2020. The #LetsTalkBusiness Roundtable Series launched in San Juan, Puerto Rico just before the onset of COVID-19. Participants highlighted women business owners’ role in catalyzing an economic recovery following recent natural disasters and shared effective methods to increase female founders’ access to growth capital. 
  • (USDOL) OSHA is enhancing COVID-19 worker protections OSHA is conducting a COVID-19 national emphasis program focused on high-risk industries and employers that retaliate against employees who complain about workplace hazards.
  • (USDOL) New grants will expand and diversify registered apprenticeships We are making $87.5 million available for states to expand and diversify their registered apprenticeship programs. States can also apply for new equity and innovation grants to expand apprenticeships, ranging from $2 million to $10 million.

 

Program Schedule

March 16, 2021 – Applications Open

May 31, 2021 – Applications Close

May 31 – June 30, 2020 – Application Review and Selection

July 1, 2021  – Announcement of Finalists

July 8, 2021 – Program Starts (mentor matching & bi-weekly coaching)

September 16, 2021 – Supply Chain Innovation Conference

  • As part of its continued support for small businesses and U.S. manufacturing, Walmart announced this morning that the application process for the company’s eighth annual Open Call is now open. The deadline to apply for participation in this year’s virtual event is April 30. The event will be held June 30. The application and additional information about the event are available here. Earlier this month, Walmart announced a new commitment to spend an additional $350 billion on items made, grown or assembled in the United States. It’s estimated that this spend will support more than 750,000 new American jobs. Walmart’s Open Call is one way in which the company supports this commitment.

Small Business Administration

  • The U.S. Small Business Administration is launching a splash page for the Shuttered Venue Operators Grant (SVOG) application portal today in anticipation of opening applications for the much-anticipated critical economic relief program on Thursday, April 8, 2021.
  • The U.S. Small Business Administration announced extended deferment periods for all disaster loans, including the COVID-19 Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program, until 2022.
    • All SBA disaster loans made in calendar year 2020, including COVID-19 EIDL, will have a first payment due date extended from 12-months to 24-months from the date of the note.
    • All SBA disaster loans made in calendar year 2021, including COVID-19 EIDL, will have a first payment due date extended from 12-months to 18-months from the date of the note.

Existing SBA disaster loans approved prior to 2020 in regular servicing status as of March 1, 2020, received an automatic deferment of principal and interest payments through December 31, 2020. This initial deferment period was subsequently extended through March 31, 2021. An additional 12-month deferment of principal and interest payments will be automatically granted to these borrowers. Borrowers will resume their regular payment schedule with the payment immediately preceding March 31, 2022, unless the borrower voluntarily continues to make payments while on deferment. It is important to note that the interest will continue to accrue on the outstanding balance of the loan throughout the duration of the deferment.

  • SBA webinars:

Mon. March 22, 2021 at 12:30pm (SBA and Tech Incubator at Queens College) PPP Forgiveness Application Forms and Rules
https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZEpf-yrqT8iG9PSL2pulFobm89pHxsR4zDC 

Wed. March 24, 2021 at 3pm (US Department of Transportation, Northeast Small business Transportation Resource Center at LaGuardia Community College)
Yes! You can Get Bonded, too https://www.eventbrite.com/e/yes-you-can-get-bonded-too-tickets-142772198489

Thurs. March 25, 2021 at 12:00pm (SBA and Manhattan Chamber of Commerce) How to Start a Business https://app.livestorm.co/p/9233a5ab-60d7-48e0-935a-61b1bd392623

 

Washington, DC

  • The Minority Business Development Agency is now accepting proposals for the MBDA Federal Procurement Center Project. We invite you to review the full announcement, learn more about eligibility, funding, and locations. To get started:
    Review the full Notice of Funding Opportunity announcement
    Register for the Pre-Application Conference on March 22, 2021 2:00pm – 3:00pm. For registration, please visit https://go.usa.gov/xsHJm.
    View the video and resources for helpful tips on MBDA Grant Competition Submissions
    Submit your proposal on Grants.gov by 11:59 pm, Eastern Time on April 17, 2021

 

Webinars

  • Tuesday March 23 | 3:00pm ET Fifth 2021 Enterprising Women Business Roundtable Series.  Featuring 28 members of the Enterprising Women Advisory Board leading roundtable discussions via Zoom on their topics of expertise! Sessions will be hosted every two weeks through July 2021. Moderators will present 10 minutes of valuable content and then lead 20 minutes of roundtable discussion and Q & A, followed by a second moderator presenting 10 minutes of content followed by 20 minutes of discussion and Q & A.
  • Wednesday March 23 | 12:30pm HST Getting SBA Certified as a Woman-Owned Small Business: Opening New Doors of Opportunity. In celebration of Women’s History Month, hear from industry experts in this free online seminar on the benefits and steps to becoming certified as a woman (or minority) owned small business (WOSB.MOSB).
  • Wednesday March 24 | 2:00pm ET Welcome to the New Workplace: Making it Work hosted by Verizon. New interactive webinar: Explore how to support your remote employees’ well-being. Speaker: Seth Mattison, Founder and CEO of FutureSight Labs, and a renowned expert on workforce trends and generational dynamics. Host: Ramon Ray, an entrepreneur, author and speaker, as well as the founder of Smart Hustle Media.
  • Thursday March 25 |10:00am PT Successful Strategies for the Hybrid Workplace. Now that we’re getting closer to managing this pandemic, it’s time to prepare to return to the office. With solutions for every workspace, DTEN and Zoom are perfectly positioned to help. New updates to Zoom and Zoom Rooms, paired with DTEN all-in-one devices create modern, productive work environments that foster seamless collaboration and communication while maintaining safe distances. Please join us on a deep dive into the latest updates from Zoom and DTEN that enable the safe and productive return to the office.
  • Thursday March 25 | 1:00pm EDT It takes a lot of ambition to get a small business off the ground. But you don’t have to do it alone. In the next webinar of UPS’ “Be Unstoppable®” series— 4 Growth Secrets to One Startup’s Success —you’ll hear how cutting-edge clothing brand Ministry of Supply went from startup to success with support from leading e-commerce marketing platform Yotpo, a UPS® Digital Connections partner. 
    Join Ayana Green, UPS Vice President of SMB Strategy and Revenue Channels, Ministry of Supply CEO Aman Advani, and Yotpo Strategic Alliances Manager Kevin Lindberg as they discuss how to:
    Turn customer content into sales by collecting and leveraging reviews, ratings, and Q&A
    Integrate customer photos and videos to engage buyers and enhance branding
    Get an array of solutions from UPS® Digital Connections partners at discounted rates
    For the first 1,000 participants of the webinar, Ministry of Supply is offering a $125 Men’s or Women’s Aero Zero Shirt for just $15 (to cover shipping and handling), while supplies last. Tune in to the webinar for details. REGISTER NOW!

 

Tools You Can Use

  • Are you ready to return to the office? Learn how powerful and innovative NEW Solutions from DTEN and Zoom can help navigate a safe return to work for employees, customers and clients; meet the challenges of a hybrid work environment that supports team collaboration and remote workers and manage in-office and personal shared spaces. Learn More.
03/08/21: WBE Tools, Resources, Information, Connections 3/8 - 3/12

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

General

  • Mar 11, 2021 01:00 PM | Fireside Chat with Christina Francis, President, Magic Johnson Enterprises. REGISTER HERE
    • In partnership with the Women’s Business Enterprise Council Metro NY and Greater DMV (WBEC Metro NY and WBEC Greater DMV) and NYNJ Minority Supplier Development Council (NYNJ MSDC), Guggenheim’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion will host a Virtual Fireside Chat with President of Magic Johnson Enterprises, Christina Francis moderated by Sandra Eberhard, President & CEO of WBEC Metro NY and WBEC Greater DMV. Christina will discuss her career trajectory and her role as a black-female President. Throughout this conversation, Christina will provide inspiration on being a trailblazer and a leader. CEOs of minority and women owned businesses will gain insight into Christina’s successful climb to her position today and how she is leading Magic Johnson Enterprises.
  • March 16, 2021 | 8:45am – 12:45pm ET| Celebrate Women’s History Month with The WID Virtual Forum “A Morning of Extraordinary Workshops for Women in Fundraising.” REGISTER HERE
    • Join us for an array of workshops with experts from the WID community and beyond, sharing their wisdom. Two sessions will feature workshops on topics including development operations, navigating major gifts during the pandemic, special events, planned giving, and Inclusion, Equity, and Diversity.The event will culminate in a powerful keynote Because We’re Worth It: Strategies for Women’s Pay Equity, presented in partnership with:- Women of Color in Fundraising and Philanthropy (WOC)
      – AFP Global Women’s Impact Initiative- Institute for Women’s Policy Research- PowHer NY
      – Catalyst
  • Registration Closes at 3:00 pm TODAY for AIM 2021 Virtual Leadership Forum| Act Inspire Motivate invites you to join on March 11 – March 12 from 8:00 am – 3:00 pm to engage in a series of immersive online workshops and captivating conversations that will provide new insights on leadership, strategies, practical skills and professional growth in the building industry. Register Here! 

 

  • In case you missed it! The U.S. Small Business Administration has some key changes to the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) which will be available for a limited amount of time to ensure America’s smallest businesses get exclusive access. If you are a small business owner with fewer than 20 employees, or are self-employed; there is new information for you. Please join us for a series of webinars hosted by the U.S. Small Business Administration and Public Private Strategies Institute to hear about:• What steps you can take now to take advantage of this special opportunity, which closes at 5:00 P.M. EST, Tuesday, March 9th, 2021
    • Additional changes and recent policy announcements made by the Biden-Harris Administration. Have your questions answered by SBA Leadership Schedule.

 

  •  Saturday, Mar. 6, 2:00 p.m. ET, Veterans, Self-Employed Business Owners, Independent Contractors, Sole Proprietors, and Employers with Fewer than 20 Employees Click here to register.

 

 

  • Monday, Mar. 8, 3:00 p.m. ET, LGTBQ Business Owners, Youth Entrepreneurs, Restaurant Owners, Click here to register.

*If you missed any of the webinars, the recordings are available here.

 

  • Wednesday, March 10th  |  2pm ET| You still have time to register for next week’s WIPP Advocacy Update and you will not want to miss it! The COVID Relief package that is currently going through Congress is making headway through the Senate after being passed by the House. There are so many issues such as PPP designed to benefit small businesses, if only you could sort out all the noise! Register for Wednesday’s Advocacy Update and ask questions directly with WIPP’s Advocacy Team, Public Private Strategies, who will bring you the latest information, break down the 600-page bill, and discover how this bill affects you. Bring your questions! We went you to leave WIPP’s Advocacy Update armed with the right knowledge for moving your business forward during these challenging times.

 

  • REGISTER NOW! – Women’s HerStory Month Live Stream | Join us on March 25th for a glass ceiling shattering conversation with Dee C. Marshall, Aisha Glover, Avis Yates Rivers, and Pamela Isom. We’ll follow their journey to success, managing families, building careers and companies, and of course repeatedly shattering the infamous glass ceilings. #pocstock #includeUS #ShatteredCeilings #womensherstory Register Here
    • 31 days of exclusive content & resources
    • Networking opportunities with WBENC Corporate Members and WBEs
    • Executive education sessions with subject matter experts
    • Access to virtual networking and event platform
    • Exciting and inspirational celebratory events
    • Industry-focused spotlights and panel discussions
  •  Join WBENC for a virtual event series in March celebrating Women’s History Month Registration is now open for a new virtual event series from WBENC — WBENC 2021 Focus on the Future. Join us for the entire month of March as we celebrate Women’s History Month and bring together our incredible network of women business owners and those who support them. This event is laser-focused on providing meaningful education, resources, inspiration, connections, and conversation to help our network not only survive these uncertain times, but also grow and thrive. Attendees will have access to an exclusive virtual networking and event platform featuring the opportunity to network with corporations and women business owners, dozens of webinars and session recordings, inspirational celebratory events, industry-focused sessions, executive education, and more. The virtual event series will take place each week throughout March. Explore the full event schedule, session details, and attendee pricing information at wbenc.org/march2021.To participate, register now!The Month will include:

What else to expect:

  • This event is laser-focused on providing meaningful education, resources, inspiration, connections, and conversation to help the WBENC network not only survive these uncertain times, but also grow and thrive. Attendees will have access to an exclusive virtual networking and event platform featuring the opportunity to network with corporations and women business owners, dozens of webinars and session recordings, inspirational celebratory events, industry-focused sessions, executive education, and more.
  • The past year has shown us how effective communication can be a key factor in fighting the COVID-19 pandemic. Everyone needs to be aware of public health protocols and vaccination guidelines, so we can limit the spread and protect our communities. However, widespread access to information in one’s native language remains a problem for many vulnerable populations. In Eriksen Translations Inc. latest article, we look at translation through the lens of a public health crisis: Why Culturally Sensitive Translation Is Critical in a Public Health Crisis
    At Eriksen, we believe that language barriers shouldn’t stand between people and the information they need to keep themselves and their families safe. At a time when information must reach everyone—in a language they understand—translated materials must not only be widespread, but accurate, consistent, and culturally appropriate.

 

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

 

Small Business Administration

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

 

New York

  • COVID-19 Causes Financial Hit to NYC Arts, Entertainment and Recreation Industry
    New York City’s world-renowned arts, entertainment and recreation sector saw the largest decline among all sectors in the city’s economy due to the COVID-19 pandemic, as employment declined by 66 percent over a one-year period ending in December 2020, according to a report released by State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli.
  • NY State Comptroller DiNapoli Calls on Corporate America
    to Address Lack of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
    New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli announced that the New York State Common Retirement Fund (Fund) has launched a multi-faceted initiative to hold publicly-traded corporations and their top  executives accountable for their diversity, equity and inclusion policies and practices. This past week Comptroller DiNapoli was honored to be joined by NAACP New York President Dr. Hazel Dukes for a fireside chat where they discussed the road ahead on race, gender and how we come together. Watch a replay of the event on the Comptroller’s Facebook page.
  • Comptroller DiNapoli Hosts Virtual Lunar New Year Celebration This past week State Comptroller DiNapoli hosted his annual Lunar New Year Celebration. He honored Charles Yoon, president of the Korean American Association of Greater New York; Helen Nguyen, owner of Saigon Social; and the Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA), which was received by MOCA President Nancy Yao Maasbach. Visit the Comptroller’s Facebook page to watch a replay of the event.

Maryland

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

Webinars

  • Wednesday, March 10th | How to Integrate Paid, Owned and Earned (Without Losing Your Mind) A six-week series kicks off on Wednesday February 3 at 1:00pm CT. Ever wish you could read journalists’ minds? Are you making the best use of social media? Does ‘proving your ROI’ feel like an impossible task? If you’ve ever had these questions, this webinar series is for you. Reflect, reset and revisit some industry best practices that will keep you thriving. Let this be the year of more proactive and less reactive.

 

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

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

General

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

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

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

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

    The Month will include:

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

     

    What else to expect:

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

     

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

 

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

 

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

 

Small Business Administration

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

New York

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

 

Connecticut

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

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

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

 

Maryland

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

Webinars

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

 

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

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

General

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

 

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

 

Small Business Administration

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

New York

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

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

 

Connecticut

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Maryland

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

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

Post-certification benefits include:

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

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

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

Webinars

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

 

02/08/21: WBE Tools, Resources, Information and Connections Bulletin February 8 – 12, 2021

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

General

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

 

Small Business Administration

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

 

New York

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

 

Connecticut

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

 

Maryland

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

Webinars

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

 

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