06/22/20: WBE Tools, Resources, Information and Connections Bulletin June 22 - 26, 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.

Watch Past WPEO Lunch with the Experts Webinars and Virtual Events

  • View recordings of past events here.

Small Business Administration

  • SBA Rolls Out Dedicated Tool for Small Businesses to Connect with CDFIs, Small Asset Lenders Participating in PPP.S. Small Business Administration Administrator Jovita Carranza announced the launch of a dedicated online tool for small businesses and non-profits to be matched with Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs), Minority Depository Institutions (MDIs), Certified Development Companies (CDCs), Farm Credit System lenders, Microlenders, as well as traditional smaller asset size lenders in the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). Lean More.
  • SBA and Treasury Announce New EZ and Revised Full Forgiveness Applications for the Paycheck Protection Program. The U.S. Small Business Administration, in consultation with the Department of the Treasury, posted a revised, borrower-friendly Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan forgiveness application implementing the PPP Flexibility Act of 2020, signed into law by President Trump on June 5, 2020. In addition to revising the full forgiveness application, SBA also published a new EZ version of the forgiveness application that applies to borrowers that:
  • Are self-employed and have no employees; OR
  • Did not reduce the salaries or wages of their employees by more than 25%, and did not reduce the number or hours of their employees; OR
  • Experienced reductions in business activity as a result of health directives related to COVID-19, and did not reduce the salaries or wages of their employees by more than 25%.
    Learn More.
  • Tutor Perini would to invite you to attend any or all of the three seminars we are holding on Thursday, June 25, 2020 designed to introduce you to industry experts that can support your participation in the Hudson County Courthouse project.
    9:00 am – 10:00 am     Completing a Bond Application
    10:00 am – 11:30 am   Completing an Insurance Application
    1:00 pm – 2:00 pm      Completing a Loan Application
  • Hennessy Unfinished Business in partnership with One Hundred Black Men of NYC is offering Grant Opportunities and Other Small Business Assistance and Development Programs. Hennessy has made a national commitment to demonstrate a “Never Stop, Never Settle” spirit and wants to encourage the same spirit with Asian-American, Black, and Hispanic owned businesses by investing in their success.
  • AABRS has published a guide on Small Business Grants Available to Female Entrepreneurs. Are you a female entrepreneur looking to start or grow a business? Then you probably want to know what small business grants are available for women. Whether you run a business in the UK or the US, we hope this comprehensive guide will help.


  • Tuesday June 23 | 10:30am – 12:00pm – O.S Supporting Black and Non-Black Workers of Color in the Age of COVID-19 webinar hosted by Associated Black Charities. America has discovered that its “essential workers” are Black and other non-Black People of Color: the very same people who are usually “…last hired and first fired”, lower-wage, lower benefits, in maximum risk environments, and among that last to successfully recover, economically, from any crisis. What should employers be doing to support these workers as Maryland transitions to different phases of opening? How will conversations – regarding pay, benefits, how we function in our workspaces, and what “business as usual” looks like – change in this continuing Age of Covid-19? Join Associated Black Charities as they examine these issues and more in the upcoming webinar: “SOS: Supporting Black and non-Black Employees of Color in the Age of Covid-19.
  • Wednesday June 24 | 10:00am – 11:00am ET – Brining Multicultural Businesses to the Forefront: Understanding What’s Important hosted by M&T Bank. M&T Bank invites you to a forum dedicated to the unique needs and perspectives of our multicultural business community. This virtual event will focus on sharing information and strategies including access to resources and peer group mentoring. The discussion will be lead by M&T Banks team of business banking experts.
  • Tuesday June 30 | 9:00am – 11:00am ET – 20202 State of Downtown Webinar hosted by Downtown Partnership of Baltimore. Join the Downtown Partnership of Baltimore as they release the findings from the State of Downtown Report alongside a new Economic Impact of COVID-19. Report and a discussion with leaders from Johns Hopkins Carey Business School. This will be an opportunity to look at the success seen in 2019 in the areas of employment, office and residential density, and hotels and hospitality to use a benchmark for Baltimore 4 recovery. Leaning on the advice and guidance from the latest data, Downtown business community, and civic and community leaders, we will get through this together.
  • Friday September 25 | 7:30am – 12:30pm – 17th Annual Spring Breakfast Meeting / Business Showcase Expo hosted by Md. Washington Minority Companies, Inc. (MWMCA).
  • Network with top leaders and decision makers. Supplier diversity leaders will be honored for their outstanding achievements. Meet over 80 exhibitors representing prime construction, healthcare, utilities, education, government and more. Learn how to do business with prime companies and government agencies. Learn more information about Minority/Women-Owned Business Certifications.To view flier, click here
    To view list of honorees, click hereEvent information, click here
    To register, click here

New York

  • Mayor de Blasio announced that New York City will enter Phase Two on Monday, June 22, 2020. In this phase, the following industries are now allowed to resume:
    • Commercial Building Management
    • Hair Salons & Barbershops
    • Outdoor and Take-Out/Delivery Food Services
    • Offices
    • Real Estate Services
    • In-Store Retail
    • Vehicle Sales
    • Retail Rental, Repair & Cleaning

If you own a business in one of these industries, you must affirm that you have read and understand the State-issued guidelines.
If you are unclear if your business is included in Phase Two, you can use this tool to check.
These guidelines and requirements may change, so please check the New York Forward site regularly.
New York City restaurants and bars will open over multiple phases. Each phase will have different requirements based on seating/dining types, occupancy levels, and protocols.
Updated guidelines and rules for dining operations have been developed by New York State and must be followed throughout the reopening phases. These include guidelines for physical distancing, cleaning and disinfection, communication, and screening.

  • Governor Cuomo amended Executive Order 202.43 (EO) to include updated guidance for food and beverage establishments effective immediately. You can also watch the announcement here.
    Under this EO, businesses selling or serving alcohol to be consumed at the business or elsewhere must ensure that everyone within 100 feet of their business is:
    In compliance with open-container, social-distancing, and face-covering rules; and
    Following all existing rules, regulations, and laws.
    Businesses that cannot follow these guidelines must stop selling alcohol until they can.
    Violations could result in having a license suspended or revoked, with fines up to $10,000 per violation.


  • Watch this video to learn more about the Chesapeake Small Business COVID-19 Recovery Grant. Hear from Director, Steven Wright and Management Analyst, Constantia Matthews as they discuss the details of the program. They help answer the questions about a businesses eligibility, what documents are needed to apply, and more.

Partner Organizations

  • WIPPPosition, Pivot, Profit! Rethinking your entire business model is not an easy step, yet it is a critical sustainability task in these unprecedented times. We will hear from two WIPP Members and business owners who are successfully taking different paths towards success:

Rebecca Boenigk, President & CEO, Neutral Posture

Julie Rothhouse, CEO, SynaVoice and Founder, SynaVoice SOL

Monday June 29 | 2:00pm ET. This webinar is part of our popular Intersectionality Series, with up-to-the-minute business policy and funding information from Capitol Hill. Each webinar in this series features the WIPP Advocacy Team, the U.S. Small Business Administration, and a special topic of interest. REGISTER.

Webinars and Townhalls

  • Wednesday June 24 | 1:00pm ET – Leadership Lessons from the Fast Lane, hosted by Gary Heil, features 64th Secretary of State, Madeleine K. Albright. As America’s first woman Secretary of State, recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, and a professor, author, and businesswoman, Dr. Albright brings extensive insight to what leaders of today must do to effectively lead teams into the world of tomorrow. Subscribe and Watch on Washington Speaker’s Bureau YouTube Live.
  • Tuesday July 7 | 2:00pm – 3:00pm ET – 7 Tools to Boost Your Marketing Efforts Despite COVID-19 Budget Cuts. As businesses recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, marketing budgets are being closely scrutinized. Many businesses have slashed or completely cut their marketing budget, requiring marketers to do more with less. While a smaller budget can present challenges for your business, free high-yielding marketing tools are available to help you build awareness, acquire customers and generate revenue.

Tools You Can Use

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