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

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

General

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

Small Business Administration

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

Here’s how it works:

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

Get Started.

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

National winners

Local winners

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

 

New Jersey

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

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

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

Make sure you apply today! Spaces are limited.

 

New York

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

 

District of Columbia

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

Businesses must:

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

Maryland

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

Guests to include:

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

To view flier, click here

To register, click here

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

Event Details:

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

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

 

Partner Organization Offerings

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

 

Webinars

  • Thursday October 29 | 12:00pm – 1:00pm ET – Disability:IN webinar featuring Tina Williams< OFCCP Policy Director. Tina Williams, Policy Director, Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP), U.S. Department of Labor, will present on Section 503 compliance, the Amended CSAL List, Focused Reviews and answer federal contractor’s questions. Deadline for Registration: Tuesday, October 27. Following your registration, you will receive a calendar hold within one business day and connection information will be sent 48 hours prior to the event.
09/27/20: WBE Tools, Resources, Information and Connections Bulletin September 28 – October 2, 2020

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

 

ATTENTION!

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

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

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

 

General

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

 

New Jersey

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

 

New York

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

 

Maryland

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

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

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

 

Virginia

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Partner Organization Offerings

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

 

Webinars and Virtual Events

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

 

Tools You Can Use!

 

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

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

General

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

Small Business Administration

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

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

 

New York

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

 

Maryland

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

 

Partner Organization Offerings

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

 

Webinars and Townhalls

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

 

Tools You Can Use!

09/14/20: WBE Tools, Resources, Information and Connections Bulletin September 14 - 18, 2020

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

WBENC

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

 

Small Business Administration

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

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

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

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

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

Register today

 

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

 

Maryland

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

 

Partner Organization Offerings

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Webinars

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

 

Tools You Can Use

09/07/20: WBE Tools, Resources, Information and Connections Bulletin September 7 – September 11,2020

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

WBENC

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

 

General

  • The National Women’s Business Council (NWBC) celebrated the Women’s Suffrage Centennial and Women’s Equity Day. After over 70 years of persistence and strategic activism, women found a voice in our political process and opened the gates to pursuing their entrepreneurial destiny. Ratified on August 18, 1920, the 19th Amendment to the Constitution prohibited the states and federal government from denying the right to vote on the basis of sex. Fast forward 100 years, and women comprise almost 24% of the 116th Congress—not only casting ballots for themselves but voting in representation of hundreds of thousands of citizens on our nation’s most pressing issues, including those shaping the business climate. As women’s role in American society expanded beyond the home front, through the political process, and into the realm of enterprise, another roadblock emerged to make their presence known. The Economic Census failed to include them in its data products. The Survey of Minority-Owned Business Enterprises (SMOBE) was introduced as a special project in 1969 and eventually became a part of the Economic Census in 1972. Still five years later in 1977, the Survey of Women-Owned Business Enterprises (SWOBE) was initiated to provide crucial demographic information on female entrepreneurs. SMOBE and SWOBE were eventually combined to create the Survey of Business Owners (SBO).

 

Small Business Administration

  • Jovita Carranza, Administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration, announced the kick-off for National Small Business Week. The virtual event, rescheduled from May due to the coronavirus pandemic, will be held September 22-24. National Small Business Week honors the nation’s small businesses, many of which are veteran, women and minority-owned, for their achievements and dedication to their communities. This year’s National Small Business Week activities will include numerous educational panels providing retooling and innovative practices for entrepreneurs as our nation’s small businesses look to pivot and recover toward a stronger economy. The event will recognize the national award winners, including the naming of this year’s National Small Business Person of the Year. Learn More.
  • The SBIR road tour is going virtual! Entrepreneurs working on advanced tech can connect with America’s largest source of early stage funding.

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    • Southeast: 9/14 – 9/18
    • Midwest: 10/19 – 10/23
    • South: 11/2 – 11/6

Register Today.

 

Connecticut

  • Governor Ned Lamont will begin the workweek after the Labor Day holiday participating in a panel discussion on the impact of COVID-19 in Connecticut hosted by the Yale School of Public Health. The governor will be joined in the discussion by Dr. Albert Ko, professor at the YSPH and Chair of Epidemiology of Microbial diseases; Indra Nooyi, board co-chair of Advance CT; and Maritza Bond, Director of Health for the City of New Haven.

Webinars and Townhalls

  • Wednesday September 9 | 2:00pm ET – Join Sales for a live broadcast of Stories of Resilience: A Conversation with Sara Blakely, Founder and CEO, Spanx and Marie Rosecrans, SVP of SMB Marketing, Salesforce. Sara will discuss the rise of her brand, as well as her new Red Backpack Fund, which supports women entrepreneurs in the wake of COVID-19. She’ll answer live audience questions and offer candid advice for today’s small businesses. You’ll walk away with inspiration from one of today’s most selfless and respected leaders. Stories of Resilience is an ongoing virtual event series where small business leaders share true stories of how they’ve navigated challenging times. Speakers share strategies for adapting their businesses and offer inspiration to forge a path forward.

 

Tools You Can Use

 

08/31/20: WBE Tools, Resources, Information and Connections Bulletin August 31 – September 4, 2020

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

General

  • With summer rapidly winding down and many children not returning to school full-time (at least not in person), this creates tremendous challenges for families as well as employers. With that said, many of NFC clients have been asking us for direction on how to navigate the potential leaves their employees with school-aged children may need and what paid benefits may be available to such employees. We now have much anticipated Department of Labor guidance on the applicability of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (“FFCRA”) to school closures and remote learning. The full FFRCA FAQs can be found through this LINK.
  • The U.S Department of Commerce, Minority Business Development Agency (MDBA) announces the first every virtual National Minority Enterprise Development (MED) Week Conference on September 14 – 18, 2020.
  • The Predictive Index and Lattice have partnered to present Resource for Humans Virtual Conference, People Strategy in the New World of Work, a one-day online conference where you’ll hear from more than 40 of the world’s most innovative People/HR leaders. The event is 100% free and will take place on Wednesday, September 16, 2020. HRCI and SHRM credits are also available for those who attend.

 

Connecticut – New Jersey – New York

  • Excelsior DBA will will be hosting the Tri-State Webinar Series Sponsored by ConEd September 8 – 11. All Businesses/vendors are encouraged to attend the free series. The series will have multiple free webinars from Empire State Development, Department of Environmental Protection, Connecticut PTAC, New York City Fire Department, and more to pick from (1 hour each) focusing on government contracting opportunities, business education, development, and strategies. The goal is to engage and prepare businesses/vendors prior to meeting with Government agencies, Prime Contractors, and U.S. Companies during the September 16, 2020 Matchmaker & Digital Expo event.

Tri-State Virtual Matchmaker – Government agencies, Prime Contractors and U.S. Companies can select meeting times with potential businesses/vendors (Small Businesses, Minority, Women, and Veteran-Owned Business) via the platform without ever leaving or going back and forth. Once registered for the event, businesses/vendors receive access to create profiles, upload corporate capability statements, and requests meeting with procurement teams on the platform. Each meeting is for 15 minutes. To register for the matchmaker go to: https://tristatemm2020.eventbrite.com/

Digital Expo – An additional way for businesses to market their goods and services by utilizing the Digital expo tables. Businesses can upload a 2-minute video, contact info, and display products/services. The Digital Expo Tables are labeled and visible on the platform. All Participants can view each table while they wait for their next appointment or conduct research on potential clients.

 

New Jersey

  • Governor Murphy announces indoor dining to resume Friday September 4th. Indoor dining will be allowed to resume at 25 percent capacity, just before the start of Labor Day weekend, which typically marks the end of the summer season. Face coverings will be required, and tables will be spaced 6-feet apart. Read More>>
  • Wednesday September 2 | 8:00am ET – The Hunterdon County Chamber of Commerce is hosting a webinar Leads: The Importance of Innovative Technology with John Conant. Join to understand the daily challenges of running a business and the importance of data security and the approach to innovative and practical solutions. Register.
  • Thursday September 24 | 9:00am – 10:00am ET – Women’s Leadership Summit Virtual Morning Program with Lisa Liberman-Wang, Best Selling Author: FINE to FAB &  Brand You Become the Experts. Lisa will discuss 7 Secrets to Building Your Business on Today’s Economy. Register.
  • Tuesday September 29 | 9:00am – 10:00am ET – Women’s Leadership Summit Virtual Morning Program with Amy Masters, The Factory. This workshop reviews the myths of the perfect job, outlines 5 topics you need to know as you think about venturing out to capture or create the perfect job. Register.

 

New York

  • Over $16 Billion in Unclaimed Funds in New York State. There is currently $16.5 billion in unclaimed funds in New York state waiting to be claimed. This office of the Comptroller currently returns over $1.5 million a day – and they want to do more. It’s easier than ever to see if there are any unclaimed funds in your name. Simply visit the website and search your name or business to get started.
  • There continues to be community transmission of COVID-19 in New York City (NYC). The best way to protect your employees and prevent the spread of COVID-19 is to continue remote work policies as long as possible. Continuing remote work can help protect people who must work in-person and help keep our communities safe, especially communities of color that have been disproportionately impacted by COVID-19. Consider whether there are other changes you can make to your operations to allow as many employees as possible to work from home. If you must require employees to leave home to work, review these FAQs and the requirements in New York Forward, and implement the risk reduction strategies to keep your employees safe from COVID-19. Please make sure to review guidance around reopening and worker health and safety, found here.
  • Friday September 4 | 10:00am – 11:00am ET – Guidelines for Reopening Phase I, II, III, and IV Businesses in NYC, QEDC. This free webinar is designed to help you understand the requirements and best practices to reopen.
  • The City spends up to $17 billion per year on goods and services. Getting certified as an M/WBE will help you compete for these opportunities and access exclusive programs to help your small business grow. Want to learn more? Join the NYC Small Business Services for an upcoming webinar!

September 2

September 9

September 16

September 23

September 30

  • Wednesday September 9 | 10:00am – 11:00am ET – Join Laying the Groundwork for a Tourism Recovery in NYC,” a Center for an Urban Future (CUF) virtual policy symposium. Please join for this live-streamed event, which is generously supported by Airbnb and Times Square Alliance. Registration is required. Please RSVP via this link.
  • East Harlem Small Business Grant program offers grants of up to $20,000 to small businesses from zip codes 10029, 10035 or 10037 (Manhattan Community Board 11) that demonstrate losses due to COVID-19. Eligible businesses must employ 20 or fewer employees, have annual revenue of less than $1 million, and been operating prior to 3/1/20; and include storefronts, home-based, and/or online businesses. Funds are for rent, utilities, payroll, insurance, and other operational expenses.
  • The Small Business Rent Relief Grant program provides $2,000 grants to 20 qualifying small businesses from zip codes 10025, 10027, 10030, 10031 within West Harlem’s Manhattan Community District 9. Eligible businesses must have 10 or fewer employees, have overdue commercial rent, been in business for over a year, and experienced hardship from COVID-19. The deadline to apply is September 12th.  ​

 

Maryland

  • 2020 DPW Small Business Development Growth by Design Training Program hosted by Baltimore City Department of Public Works Enrollment is Now Open!!! The Baltimore City Department of Public Works (DPW) proudly announces open enrollment for the 2020 DPW Small Business Development (SBD) Growth by Design Training program at a minimum cost this fall to participants who are interested in learning about how to do business with the City. The SBD Growth by Design Training Program has been completed by 240 small business owners of their employees since 2016. More that 40 businesses have been MBE/WBE certified, 44 have been pre-qualified to work with the City, and more than $3 million in contracts and related services have been awarded to graduates of this program. This signature Training Program is slated to begin September with an opening ceremony at Morgan State University. Due to COVID-19 there may be limited in-person training, The team is currently evaluating offering alternative, interactive online classes consistent with our past training course. To view flier, click here. Please register by September 1, 2020 by clicking here.
  • Tuesday September 1 | 9:00am – 10:00am ET – Downtown Download A Covid Resources & Recovery Webinar hosted by Shelonda Stokes, President and CEO of Downtown Partnership of Baltimore & Councilman Eric Costello. Join Downtown Partnership Tuesday at 9am for a live webinar with the latest and most useful information available from Councilman Eric Costello, Downtown Partnership CEO, Shelonda Stokes, and a variety of elected officials and business leaders who are guiding us through the pandemic recovery. Guests to include Al Hutchinson, President & CEO of Visit Baltimore. To register, click here.

 

Small Business Administration

  • National Preparedness Month is recognized each September to promote family, community and business disaster planning now and throughout the year. As our nation continues to respond to COVID-19, hurricanes and wildfires, there is no better time to be involved this September.
  • SBA Elevates Women-Owned Small Businesses: Did you know that just three decades ago, women were still required to have a male cosigner on a loan? While women business owners still face some barriers and challenges, tremendous inroads have been made in the struggle for equal rights and access to opportunity. The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is proud to have played a role in supporting women entrepreneurs and helping to enable women-owned businesses to grow at twice the rate of all businesses nationwide. Learn More.
  • The next S. Small Business Administration, Office of Advocacy Environmental Roundtable will meet virtually to discuss the following topics, beginning at 10 a.m. on Friday, September 11, 2020. The meeting will be held using the Microsoft Teams platform. Send your RSVP to tayyaba.zeb@sba.gov.   A meeting link will be provided to you when you RSVP.

 

WBE Provided Resources

 

Tools You Can Use

08/24/20: WBE Tools, Resources, Information and Connections Bulletin August 24 – 28, 2020

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

General

  • Applications are now open for Round 2 of the NextGen Pitch Intensive, a multi-faceted program in partnership with The Coca-Cola Company to support the next generation of women-owned businesses. Now is YOUR opportunity to be featured in an exclusive video showcase of one-minute pitch videos from NextGen women entrepreneurs. From August 31 through September 15, the NextGen Pitch Video Showcase will be shared widely within the WBENC network of women business owners and corporate procurement and supplier diversity professionals, gaining valuable exposure for your business. The top 40 pitches in the showcase as selected by our judges will move on to Round 3, where you will have the opportunity to pitch directly to WBENC Corporate Members and could ultimately move on to a pitch competition featuring $10,000 in grant prizes. If you are ready to promote your business, gain exposure, and pursue business opportunities with Fortune 500 companies, now is your chance. Prep your pitch and apply now! Applications due by 12 PM EST on Friday, August 28.
  • Join the National Women’s Business Council (NWBC) for #webinarwednesdays on August 26 at 1:00pm ET. This month, NWBC is partnering with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) to discuss Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Loan Forgiveness. NWBC Council Member Rebecca Hamilton, owner and co-CEO of Badger, will facilitate a Q&A discussion with Jeff Bass from SBA’s Office of Rural Affairs. Register HERE!

Small Business Administration

  • Small businesses, private non-profits and agricultural businesses impacted by the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, can still apply for an Economic Injury Disaster Loan. EIDL proceeds can be used to cover a wide array of working capital and normal operating expenses, such as continuation to health care benefits, rent, utilities and fixed debt payments. Learn more
  • We’re celebrating the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment to our Constitution which secured the right to vote for women and marking a monumental step toward the “more perfect Union” envisioned by our Founders. This milestone in American history was the product of the tireless efforts of suffragists and other advocates for women’s rights, who steadfastly pursued their vision of a more just and equal society. At the SBA, we advocate for and support women entrepreneurs and small business owners by providing resources to start, grow, expand or recover a business. Learn more

Connecticut

  • Business assistance and relief. Business Reopening and Recovery Center for the State of Connecticut. This is your one-stop resource to help your business prepare, rebuild, and grow during the State’s emergency Coronavirus response.

New Jersey

 

New York

Maryland

  • Downtown Download A Covid Resources & Recovery Webinar hosted by Shelonda Stokes, President and CEO of Downtown Partnership of Baltimore & Councilman Eric Costello Tuesday, August 25, 2020 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Join Downtown Partnership Tuesday at 9am for a live webinar with the latest and most useful information available from Councilman Eric Costello, Downtown Partnership CEO, Shelonda Stokes, and a variety of elected officials and business leaders who are guiding us through the pandemic recovery. Guests to include Dick Cass, President of the Baltimore Ravens; Heather Darney, Vice President of Communications for the Baltimore Ravens. To register, click here
  • GBC Newsmaker Speaker Series: A Win for Baltimore: The Renovation of Pimlico and Preserving the Preakness Wednesday, August 26, 2020 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Pimlico/Preakness legislation — How was it passed? What will be the ultimate outcome at Pimlico Race Course, Laurel Park and the surrounding neighborhoods? What does this mean for Baltimore? Panelists Include: Senate President Bill Ferguson; Delegate Nick Mosby; William Cole – Partner at Margrave Strategies and Sean Malone – Partner at Harris Jones & Malone. To register, click here
  • Entrepreneurship Matters: Zoom Webinar hosted by Johns Hopkins University, Johns Hopkins Health System, HopkinsLocal, and Mayor’s Office of Small Minority and Women Business Thursday, August 27, 2020 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Please join us as up and coming and established entrepreneurs share their stories. Moderator: Alicia Wilson, Vice President – Office of Economic Development for the Johns Hopkins University and Johns Hopkins Health System. Entrepreneurs: Chris Wilson, Artist &Activist and Alma Roberts, Artist and Healthcare Executive. To view flier, click here

Zoom Webinar: https://jh.zoom.us/join

Zoom Webinar ID: 960 1547 9932

Password: 887696

 

Partner Organization Offerings

  • September 29 – October 1 | WIPP Virtual Symposium on Cyber Resiliency. WIPP’s two half-day programs are tailored for women business owners, featuring technology experts and speakers from government agencies and corporate partners who specialize in cybersecurity. These experts will provide real-time prevention information to better position us to defend our companies against cyber attacks in our ever-changing world. Early Bird Pricing *until September 17
    • WIPP Member: $99
    • Non-Member: $150

Purchase your registration and apply for matchmaking by September 17 to be eligible.

 

WBE Offerings

  • Strategy and Management Services, Inc. (SAMS) is excited to announce that we’re now a provider of an innovative line of plug-and-play IoT/monitoring solutions powered by Microsoft. You can deploy prepackaged or customized solutions without the typical long drawn out procurement or development process. These solutions can automate a large number of tasks from people counting and occupancy management at retail and campus locations, to campus contact tracing to improve efforts to limit the spread of Covid-19, to the monitoring of water, temperature, equipment, and air quality or levels. Check out our website and Product Brochure for more information and examples. SAMS is offering special incentives for those who sign up in August and September. So contact us today to learn more. We would love to hear from you!

 

Tools You Can Use

08/17/20: WBE Tools, Resources, Information and Connections Bulletin August 17 – 21, 2020
We all know all this information is still unfolding daily so we urge you to review other resources so you can make the most informed decisions for your situation.

General

  • September 16 – 23 Join SciFest All Access – a Virtual STEM Expo – brought to you by the USA Science & Engineering Festival! For the past decade, the USA Science & Engineering Festival has been proud to offer the largest and only national science festival with thousands of hands-on activities, conversations with STEM mentors, and exciting stage shows. While we await the opportunity to bring back our in-person Expo, we hope you will join us this fall for a FREE Virtual Festival – SciFest All Access.
  • The LISC Neighborhood Business Grants program offers grants of up to $20,000 to businesses facing immediate financial pressure because of Covid-19. Eligible expenses under the grant program include payroll, rent, utilities, outstanding debt to vendors, and other immediate operational costs. For FAQ’s and eligibility click here. Application deadline is August 23rd. 

 

Small Business Administration

  • Beware of Malicious COVID-19 Phishing. In the wake of emergency assistance available to help small businesses in response to the Coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19), the SBA is urging disaster loan applicants seeking federal aid to be alert to phishing campaigns and scams. These malicious actors are impersonating the SBA and its Office of Disaster Assistance to collect personally identifiable information (PII) for fraudulent purposes. Confirm and SBA disaster assistance emails by contacting (800) 659 – 2955, TYY (800) 877 – 8339 or disastercustomerservice@sba.gov. Avoid scams and fraud, visit gov/COVIDfraudalert.

 

New Jersey

  • Visit https://cares.hcnj.us/ for information on the current eviction moratorium, tenant resources and information on the rental assistance program when it is available.
  • NJ Small Landlord Emergency Grant Program. The Small Landlord Emergency Grant Program will reimburse small residential rental property owners for lost rent revenue due to COVID-19 between April and July 2020*. The application portal will open on Wednesday, August 19 at 9 AM and remain open until Wednesday, August 26 at 1 PM.

New  York

  • The Citizens Committee for New York City’s Neighborhood Business Grants program offers grants to NYC-based businesses of up to $10,000 to maintain payroll and operations. Eligible businesses must employ 10 or fewer employees and demonstrate business revenue decrease of at least 25% due to COVID-19, and the program will prioritize businesses owned by people of color, immigrants, and women and those who have not received an SBA EIDL or PPP loan.
  • The Hebrew Free Loan Society has partnered with Bank Leumi on an Interest-Free Small Business Loan program, offering loans of up to $20,000 with a maximum term of 36 months to low- and moderate-income women and minority small business owners, with a three-month grace period before repayment begins. Eligibility requirements include business revenues of $1.25 million or less, 15 or fewer employees prior to the pandemic, and a minimum credit score of 650.

Maryland

  • 2020 DPW Small Business Development Growth by Design Training Program hosted by Baltimore City Department of Public Works Enrollment is Now Open!!! The Baltimore City Department of Public Works (DPW) proudly announces open enrollment for the 2020 DPW Small Business Development (SBD) Growth by Design Training program at a minimum cost this fall to participants who are interested in learning about how to do business with the City. The SBD Growth by Design Training Program has been completed by 240 small business owners of their employees since 2016. More that 40 businesses have been MBE/WBE certified, 44 have been pre-qualified to work with the City, and more than $3 million in contracts and related services have been awarded to graduates of this program. This signature Training Program is slated to begin September with an opening ceremony at Morgan State University. Due to COVID-19 there may be limited in-person training, The team is currently evaluating offering alternative, interactive online classes consistent with our past training course. To view flier, click here. Please register by September 1, 2020 by clicking here
  • Thursday August 20 | 10:00am – 11:00am ET GBC’s Newsmaker Speaker Series Re-inventing a Baltimore Landmark — Lexington Market 2.0. Join the Greater Baltimore Committee and representatives from Seawall Development for a discussion on the redevelopment of the nation’s oldest continuously operating market. Panelists include:
    • Thibault Manekin – Co-founder, Seawall Development
    • Jon Constable – Development Manager, Seawall Development
    • Pickett Slater Harrington – Community Engagement Lead, Seawall Development

Partner Organization Offerings

Webinars and Townhalls

  • Wednesday August 19 | 12:00pm EST – Introduction to “Being a Leader and The Effective Exercise of Leadership”. Training or transformation? Perhaps the current context for leading and developing leaders is simply out of date. Leaders inspire their people to act and perform by being a living demonstration of their values and the values of their company. Great leaders demonstrate the ability to navigate extremely challenging circumstances and know how to build a constituency that hears them and follows them. This requires authenticity and operating with integrity to the future the leader is generating. Our program, Being a Leader & the Effective Exercise of Leadership, is relevant and powerful. We promise you will leave our course being a leader and exercising leadership effectively as your natural self-expression, in any situation no matter the circumstances. In this free webinar we will share with you our foundations for being a powerful and authentic leader.
08/10/20: WBE Tools, Resources, Information and Connections Bulletin August 10 – 14, 2020
We all know all this information is still unfolding daily so we urge you to review other resources so you can make the most informed decisions for your situation.

General

  • Monday August 17 | 12:00pm – 1:00pm WBENC’s Women of Color Power Hour – How to Create the Breakthrough and the Life You Really Want. Join the next Women of Color Power Hour featuring Vernice “FlyGirl” Armour, America’s first African-American female combat pilot. FlyGirl will lead a dynamic and exciting session on how to acknowledge obstacles without giving them power and how to put the passion back in your life and design the path to your dreams with a ‘Breakthrough Mentality.’ She will also address how to stay true to your dreams, even through crisis. Get inspired by FlyGirl’s personal story of setbacks, challenges, adventure, success and triumph.

Sponsored by The Coca Cola Company, Walmart, JPMorgan Chase & Co, and Southern California Edison.

  • ATTENTION EMPLOYERS: THE DOL ISSUES NEW FMLA FORMS On July 16, 2020, the Wage and Hour Division of the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) issued a revised set of model forms employers can use for leaves that employees take pursuant to the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). These updated model forms are part of the DOL’s years-long process of improving and simplifying the FMLA process for all involved.

The revised forms include:

  • WH-380-E(Certification of Health Care Provider for Employee’s Serious Health Condition), WH-380-F (Certification of Health Care Provider for Family Member’s Serious Health Condition), WH-384 (Certification for Military Family Leave for Qualifying Exigency) and WH-385 (Certification for Serious Injury or Illness of Current Service member for Military Caregiver Leave);
  • WH-381 – Notice of Eligibility Form, which now, among other things, identifies the employee’s hours of employment that are being counted towards the 1,250-hour minimum service requirement, and provides employees more detailed information on use of paid time off during FMLA leave; and
  • WH-382 – Designation Form, which now also provides more detailed information on use of paid time off during FMLA leave.

The new forms are each available on the DOL’s website HERE.

  • WBENC’s WeInnoPITCH, brought to you in partnership with FedEx, is a multi-round pitch competition designed to highlight the most innovative business solutions across the WBENC network. This opportunity is offered under the umbrella of our signature WBENCPitch program and incorporates elements from our leading innovation program known as WeInnovate!After four rounds of live virtual pitching, one grand prize winner will be awarded $20,000 to invest in her business.]Learn more.
  • WBENC NextGen Pitch Intensive: Do you know a millennial or Gen-Z woman entrepreneur? Encourage her to join NextGen Pitch Intensive, a multi-faceted program to support the next generation of women-owned businesses thorough pitch resources and coaching, promotion and exposure, and the opportunity to pitch and pursue business with Fortune 500 companies.WBENC, in partnership with The Coca-Cola Company, presents the NextGen Pitch Intensive, an exclusive opportunity for millennial and gen-Z women entrepreneurs to elevate their business pitch. The program that consists of four rounds of pitch programming, taking place August through October, and culminating with a live pitch competition featuring $10,000 in grant prize awards.Opportunities begin August 7 and applications for the pitch video showcase open August 21.

Webinars

Small Business Administration

  • Join the Second Lady of the United States, Mrs. Karen Pence, the U.S. Small Business Administration, and Hiring Our Heroes for the Military Spouse Entrepreneur Summit on August 19 | 1:00pm – 3:30pm ET. This virtual event features remarks from distinguished guests, military spouse small business owner spotlights, and discussions about key resources that all military spouse entrepreneurs should leverage.
  • Internal Revenue Service Proposes Amendments to Small Business Taxpayer Exceptions Under Sections 263A, 448, 460, and 471 Pursuant to TCJA. On August 5, 2020, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) published a notice of proposed rulemaking titled Small Business Taxpayer Exceptions Under Sections 263A, 448, 460 and 471. The proposed rule implements legislative changes pursuant to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA). The TCJA simplified the application of the tax accounting provisions under Internal Revenue Code sections 263A, 448, 460, and 471 for certain small business taxpayers with gross receipts under $25 million, adjusted for inflation. The proposed rule also contains certain special accounting rules for long-term contracts under section 460.

The proposed rule includes an Initial Regulatory Flexibility Analysis (IRFA) for public comment. Specifically, the agency requests comments on the number of small entities affected and the economic impact the proposed rule will have on those small entities.

The comment period closes on September 14, 2020. The IRS strongly encourages that public comments be submitted electronically. The agency expects to have limited personnel available to process public comments submitted on paper and any such comments will be considered to the extent practicable. A public hearing will be scheduled if requested in writing by any person who timely submits electronic or written comments. Per IRS Announcement 2020-4, 2020-17 I.R.B. 667 (April 20, 2020), all IRS public hearings will be held telephonically until further notice.

    • Review the proposed rule or submit comments here.
    • Advocacy Contact: Charles Jeane at (202) 205-7168.

Connecticut

  • Connecticut COVID Recovery Resources. Business Reopening and Recovery Center for the State of Connecticut. This is your one-stop resource to help your business prepare, rebuild, and grow during the State’s emergency Coronavirus response.

New Jersey

  • The Small Business Lease Assistance Program offers reimbursement of a percentage of annual lease payments to for profit businesses and non-profit organizations in eligible areas that plan to lease between 500 – 5,000 square feet of new or additional market-rate, first-floor office, industrial or retail space for a minimum 5-year term.

New York

  • Monday August 17 | 6:30pm – 8:00pm ET WE Connect Event: Women in Business Bytes. WE NYC has partnered with Asentiv New York, NAWBO NYC & the Black Ivy Alumni League for a monthly virtual networking series! This series will connect female founders throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • In response to Covid-19, WE NYC and the NYC Department of Small Business Services are offering special 1-on-1 Economic Relief Consultations during the month of August.
  • August 26 and 27| 1:00pm – 3:00pm ET WE Master Leadership Workshop. Learn from experts in leadership development and entrepreneurship and gain the critical management skills needed to start, operate, and grow a successful business. This workshop will consist of two sessions featuring Surabhi Lal, Chief Impact Officer at Luminary, Adjunct at NYUWagner and CliftonStrengths Coach; and Rhonda Khan, Founder of Simply Speech Solutions.

Maryland

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

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

This signature Training Program is slated to begin September with an opening ceremony at Morgan State University. Due to COVID-19 there may be limited in-person training, the team is currently evaluating offering alternative, interactive online classes consistent with our past training course. To view flier, click here. Please register by September 1, 2020 by clicking here

  • Thursday August 13 | 1:00pm – 2:00pm Entrepreneurship Matters: Zoom Webinar hosted by Johns Hopkins University, Johns Hopkins Health System, HopkinsLocal, and Mayor’s Office of Small

Minority and Women Business. Please join us as up and coming and established entrepreneurs share their stories. Moderator: Alicia Wilson, Vice President – Office of Economic Development for the Johns Hopkins University and Johns Hopkins Health System. More details to follow.

Tools You Can Use

08/03/20: WBE Tools, Resources, Information and Connections Bulletin August 3 – 7, 2020
We all know all this information is still unfolding daily so we urge you to review other resources so you can make the most informed decisions for your situation.

General

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

Small Business Administration

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

Connecticut

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

New Jersey

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

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

New York

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The webinar will address topics such as:

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

To view flyer, click here

To register, click here

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

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

More details to follow.

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

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

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

To view list of honorees, click here

Event information, click here

To register, click here

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

Partner Organization Offerings

Webinars and Townhalls

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

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

All sessions will also be available for SHRM credit.

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

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