01/10/21: WBE Tools, Resources, Information and Connections Bulletin January 11 – 15, 2021

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

Small Business Administration

  • $284 billion was just allocated for another round of the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), a forgivable business loan offered through the federal government’s Small Business Administration (SBA) that helps businesses keep their workforce employed during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis.
  • SBA announced that the deadline to apply for a COVID-19 pandemic Economic Injury Disaster Loan has been extended to December 31, 2021. Learn more and apply for an Economic Injury Disaster Loan.
  • Business Trends for 2021. For small businesses across America, 2020 has been one of the most challenging years in history. Despite the coronavirus pandemic, small business owners have been resilient, pivoting, and adapting their business models to navigate continually changing conditions. With the new year on the horizon, there are potential new opportunities to take advantage of and ways to adapt to challenges you may face. Here are a few business trends that are likely to dominate in 2021, along with tips on how to position your business for growth.


  • On December 17, 2020, the National Women’s Business Council released its 2020 Annual Report to the White House, Congress, and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). This report features a recap of the Council’s critical engagement amidst a global pandemic, a landscape of the state of women’s business enterprise, and an actionable body of policy recommendations on the Council’s three areas of focus: access to capital, rural women’s entrepreneurship, and women in STEM.
  • 20 Women’s Business Centers to Open Across America Supporting Women-Owned Small Businesses. The SBA recently announced grant funding and the historic launch of 20 new Women’s Business Centers (WBC) across America. This is the largest single expansion of WBCs across America in its 30-year tenure.
    • 23rd Anniversary of the 2020 LATINA Style 50 Awards & Diversity Leaders Conference in April 29, 2021!
    • 10th Annual Real Estate Women’s Forum Online Conference for both national and regional panels, is organized into brief, easy-to-consume portions from March 1 to 5, 2021. The conference uses a special platform that integrates webcasts with networking to allow you to interact directly with other attendees as well as speakers before and after each panel, via text chat or video. Register today for the early bird rate of $49 (regular price $99). Use promo code: GREENPEARL49

New York

  • After months of battling COVID-19 and the social, emotional, and economic suffering it caused, new hope has arrived with vaccination finally underway in New York City. Click here to find out if you are now eligible to receive a vaccination at community locations and schedule an appointment.
  • Wednesday January 13 | 10:00am – 11:30am. The New York City Department of Small Business Services’ will present its first NYC Certification Webinar in Spanish. The Spanish version of the Certification Webinar will be held via the WebEx Platform, every second Wednesday of the Month. During this presentation, interested firms will learn about:
    • Certification program overview
    • Registering in the Payee Information Portal (PIP)
    • Registering for product service (NIGP) codes
    • Starting a MWBE certification application

To Register, please go to https://www.eventbrite.com/e/132576380523. Find out more about additional Small Business Services Webinars & Workshops by going to our Eventbrite page https://www.eventbrite.com/o/nyc-department-of-small-business-services-5423713077.

  • Open storefronts program has been extended through September 30, 2021. This program allows storefront businesses to use a portion of the sidewalk to conduct business, including Displaying merchandise, Completing transactions and Providing areas for customers to line up.



  • Thursday January 14 | 12:00pm Join the Nukk-Freeman & Cerra, P.C. team for an engaging webinar where we will review the 2021 “TOP TEN” EMPLOYEE HANDBOOK/POLICY UPDATES to get you prepared for the coming year. From remote work, to expanded paid leave laws, to diversity, equity, and inclusion issues, and more, this webinar will review the full gamut of critical labor and employment considerations that your business needs to be ready to navigate in 2021.


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