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.


  • 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!

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  • 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.  ​



  • 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.


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