07/27/20: WBE Tools, Resources, Information and Connections Bulletin July 27 - 31, 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 is proud to introduce the WBENC LIFT Financial Center of Excellence, a new integrated education and funding program for women entrepreneurs. WBENC LIFT will provide comprehensive financial support and resources, including education, coaching, networking and funding opportunities.
  • August 6 | 1:00pm ET – Join WBENC President & CEO Pamela Prince-Eason at CrowdFundingRoadMap Survive and Thrive Summit Sponsored by Microsoft to learn about the three ways of crowdfunding, which has proven to be a lifeline for many businesses that are struggling during the COVID-19 pandemic.

This summit will provide you with actionable steps you can implement to accelerate your business’s success and its ability to raise capital from the crowd.

Learn more and register at crowdfundingroadmap.com.

  • Tuesday August 4 | 2:00pm – 2:30pm ET – WBENC Industry Spotlight State of the Food & Beverage and Agriculture Industry sponsored by Kellogg’s. WBENC is excited to introduce the WBENC Industry Spotlight Series, a collection of webinars and resources designed to showcase industry trends and innovations, spotlight corporations and WBEs making an impact, and help WBEs better navigate, scale and support the various industries represented within the WBENC network.
    Register now for the first WBENC Industry Spotlight event, an educational webinar on the state of the food & beverage and agriculture industry, featuring a panel discussion on industry trends, what’s driving innovation, and how WBEs can help define the future of food & beverage and agriculture.
    Sponsored by Kellogg Company, this event is exclusive to the WBENC network and will feature experts from Kellogg Company, Starbucks, Cargill, Target, and other leading corporations within the industry.

Small Business Administration

  • Thursday July 30 | 2:00pm ET – New Telecom Rule Impacts ALL Contracts…Are You Prepared? (Webinar). Have you heard about Section 889 of the FY 2019 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA)? The legislation was passed to combat national security and intellectual property threats that face the United States and contains two prohibitions: Part A and Part B.
    Part A went into effect last year (August 13, 2019), and prohibits the government from buying or obtaining certain prohibited telecommunications and video surveillance equipment and services.
    Part B will go into effect on August 13, 2020, and prohibits the government from contracting with any entity that uses certain prohibited telecommunications and video surveillance equipment or services, regardless of whether or not that usage is in performance of work under a government contract. The Part B prohibition applies to every sector and every dollar amount. Your contracts will be impacted by Part B.
  • Hubzone Program: What To Know Fact Sheet. The contracting program for business in historically underutilized business zones now has streamlined application process; simplified contract verification and expansion into rural areas and more.


Connecticut, New Jersey and New York – New Travel Restrictions Advisory State List:

Under the 14-day quarantine travel advisory announced by the Governors of New Jersey, New York and Connecticut, individuals traveling to or returning from states with increasing rates of COVID-19 are advised to self-quarantine for 14 days. This includes travel by train, bus, car, plane and any other method of transportation.


Travelers and those residents who are returning from impacted states should self-quarantine at their home, hotel, or other temporary lodging. Individuals should leave the place of self-quarantine only to seek medical care/treatment or to obtain food and other essential items.

As of Tuesday, July 21, there are currently 31 states that meet the specified criteria for a travel advisory (they have either a positive test rate higher than 10 per 100,000 residents or a testing positivity rate higher than 10%, each over a seven-day rolling average):

  • Alabama (added 6/24/20)
  • Alaska (added 7/21/20)
  • Arkansas (added 6/24/20)
  • Arizona (added 6/24/20)
  • California (added 6/30/20)
  • Delaware (re-added 7/21/20)
  • Florida (added 6/24/20)
  • Georgia (added 6/30/20)
  • Iowa (added 6/30/20)
  • Idaho (added 6/30/20)
  • Indiana (added 7/21/20)
  • Kansas (added 7/7/20)
  • Louisiana (added 6/30/20)
  • Maryland (added 7/21/20)
  • Mississippi (added 6/30/20)
  • Missouri (added 7/21/20)
  • Montana (added 7/21/20)
  • Nebraska (added 7/21/20)
  • Nevada (added 6/30/20)
  • New Mexico (added 7/14/20)
  • North Carolina (added 6/24/20)
  • North Dakota (added 7/21/20)
  • Ohio (added 7/14/20)
  • Oklahoma (added 7/7/20)
  • South Carolina (added 6/24/20)
  • Tennessee (added 6/30/20)
  • Texas (added 6/24/20)
  • Utah (added 6/24/20)
  • Virginia (added 7/21/20)
  • Washington (added 7/21/20)
  • Wisconsin (added 7/14/20)

Note: Minnesota was removed from the list on 7/21/20.

It is expected that individuals will follow the public health advisory to self-quarantine. The list of states will be updated on a rolling basis.

New York

  • Tuesday July 28 | 3:00pm ET – Join the Association for a Better New York for the first installment of Black Leadership in New York City: Conversations on Power, Politics, and Racial Justice, a six-part discussion series. We begin with NYC Public Advocate Jumaane Williams in conversation with ABNY Steering Committee Member Larry Scott Blackmon.
  • Grants of up to $5,000 to New York City small businesses in eligible locations for reopening assistance during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) health crisis. Funding is intended to support local businesses and assist them in reopening quickly and safely. Grants of up to $5,000 to New York City small businesses in eligible locations for reopening assistance during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) health crisis. Funding is intended to support local businesses and assist them in reopening quickly and safely.GrantWatch offers information on grants of up to $5,000 to New York City small businesses in eligible locations for reopening assistance during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) health crisis. Funding is intended to support local businesses and assist them in reopening quickly and safely.
  • Check out our NYC Business Reopening Guideand NYC Restaurant Reopening Guide to find out how you can safely reopen your non-essential business. If you have any questions, you can call our hotline: 888-SBS-4NYC (888-727-4692).

You can also visit nycsmallbizcourses.eventbrite.com and search for “Reopening Guidelines” to sign up for an upcoming webinar to learn about State requirements, recommendations, and resources available to help businesses reopen in NYC. Upcoming workshops are available in Spanish.


Join Downtown Partnership of Baltimore for a live webinar with three leaders of Baltimore’s Black business community. Learn what it takes to create and sustain a successful enterprise in the current social climate.

Guests to include:

  • Toni Draper, CEO and Publisher at The AFRO
  • Natalie Karyl, Owner & Designer at Doll House Boutique
  • Tony Randall, Managing Partner at Next Phaze Cafe.

To view flier, click here 

To register, click here

  • Thursday July 20 | 1:00pm – 2:00pm ET – 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 as up and coming and established entrepreneurs share their stories.

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

Bree Jones, Founder of Parity Homes
Cedric Bobo, Founder of Project Destined
To view flier, click here

Zoom Webinar ID: 960 1547 9932    Password: 887696

  • Tuesday August 4 | 9:30am – 10:30am ET – 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 flier, click here

To register, click here

  • 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

Webinars and Townhalls

  • Wednesday August 12 | 2:00pm ET – FREE WEBINAR: Expanding Global Opportunities for Veteran-Owned Businesses. Please join the National Veteran Business Development Council (NVBDC), the International Trade Administration/ U.S. Commercial Service and the Export-Import Bank of the United States (EXIM) for a brief session about growing your international sales, including an interview with veteran-owned business Jeco Plastic Products. Attendees will also be welcome to participate via a live Q&A with the presenters.
  • Wednesday August 5 | 1pm ETAARP Listening Session on the Future of Small Business. Join AARP, Main Street America, the United States Hispanic Chamber (USHCC) and the Association of Women Business Centers for a conversation on the future of small business in America. The COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent economic recession have strained small businesses across the country. Many small businesses have closed their doors, and many more are struggling to survive. AARP has set out to begin a listening tour to hear from small business owners and business leaders across the country to gain a better understanding of how they can be helpful. Register Here!In this event you’ll learn about:
    • The importance of a caregiving friendly workplace
    • How communities and organizations are responding to COVID-19
    • The impact of COVID-19 on minority businesses

WBE Provided Resources

  • Wednesday July 29 | 1:00pm ET – Introduction to Mastering Communication (Free Live Webinar) led by Marcea Wolf-Carter & Theresa Jabbour. When you master communication, you are able to create connectedness, power, and accountability for yourself and your organization. However, the pathway to mastering communication and to having the outcomes we desire is often unclear and beyond our reach.

In this free one-hour webinar, we will explore:

  • Leaders who listen have a unique access to empowering their people
  • Most people think communication is talking; in this session you will discover the incredible power of listening and how it shapes conversations
  • There is a direct connection between listening and performance

Partner Organization Offerings

  • Mornings With GWBC® – The 30-minute show will have “up close and personal” conversations with corporate and WBE leadership, relevant business resources to grow women businesses, educational tools and resources, GWBC® 20th anniversary trivia, give-a-way prizes (Must be present to win), and more! On Monday, July 27th @ 10am, our guest will be Regina O. Heyward, Senior Vice President & Head of Supplier Diversity of Wells Fargo. Below is the registration link:




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