07/19/21: Tools, Resources, Information, Connections Bulletin July 19 - 23, 2021

WBENC Opportunities

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


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

Small Business Administration

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

Washington DC

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



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