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.
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