05/18/20: WBE Tools, Resources, Information and Connections Bulletin May 18 – May 22, 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.

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Small Business Administration

  • The SBA is providing Paycheck Protection Program and related materials in 17 languages other than English to help small business owners recover due to the unprecedented economic disruption caused by the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Additional information will be translated and posted periodically, and all documents are being provided for informational purposes only. Learn more
  • How will SBA review borrowers acquire good-faith certification concerning the necessity of their loan request? See Question 46 on the SBA Payment Protection Program FAQs.
  • SBA and Treasury Release Paycheck Protection Program Loan Forgiveness Application. Click here to view the application and instructions.
  • The SBA Office of Advocacy is hosting Small Business Labor Safety (OSHA/MSHA) Roundtable – May 22, 2020. Please RSVP by email to Lundegren@sba.gov if you would like to join the meeting. Skype webinar access information is available upon request.


  • Teleworking During COVID-19 Webinar Series presented by CT Rides COVID-19 poses new challenges for employers. Teleworking has taken on a new importance. This four-part webinar series provides employers and employees 40 years of professional telework experience to help navigate this situation. These webinars offer practical advice, strategies, and policy recommendations to help maintain productivity during this time of social distancing. Webinar series available here.
  • Connecticut Governor Lamont Announced Distribution of Infrared Thermometers to Eligible Small Businesses, Nonprofits, and Places of Worship. Entities that would like to request a thermometer can fill out the forms located at ct.gov/coronavirus in the “Access to Personal Protective Equipment” section, or through the link provided below. Any small business in the state of Connecticut that has between 2 and 100 employees are eligible to receive one thermometer per physical address. Eligible businesses seeking to request thermometers should click here: https://www.ctcovidresponse.org/thermometer-request

New Jersey

New York


  • Prince George’s County Government Office of the County Executive issues new Executive Order 8-2020 extending stay at home order through June 10th.
  • You’re invited to join the City of Baltimore Office of Minority and Women-Owned Business Development (MWBD) virtual webinar series, Building Business with AWS, to discover how your organization can innovate and connect with new customers on the cloud during the current situation. Hear how AWS Cloudstart customers rapidly adapted to meet today’s needs. Learn about AWS programs that allow your organization to scale securely and cost effectively. Select one of the following dates:
    • Tuesday, May 19, 2020,1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
    • Thursday, May 21, 2020,1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
    • Thursday, May 28, 2020,1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

To register for the webinar series, click here

Explore the Race-based barriers that continue to disproportionately truncate opportunities and access for Black-owned businesses and Black employees.

Provide Black-owned businesses and employees with the tools needed to build up their social capital and develop the relationships they will need, both during- and post-COVID-19.

  • The Maryland Department of Transportation’s Office of Small & Minority Business Policy (OSMBP) continues to administer its monthly free Certification Application Assistance Workshops via online webinar. The next webinars will be on June 2, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. To register for these webinars, please visit the links below:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.  For additional more information, contact the OSMBP at 410-865-1298, Denise Merritt at 410-865-1380, or Vashti Pyatt at 410-865-1394.

Baltimore City Department of Public Works (DPW) invites you to learn more about its Small Business Development (SBD) Growth by Design Training Program.

Participants Will Learn About:

Washington, DC

  • SCORE Washington DC continues it’s free webinar series on Thursday May 21 | 12:00pm – Social Media Marketing on a Shoestring. Virtual marketing is more critical than ever in the “new normal,” even as pandemic restrictions begin to ease. In this free one-hour webinar for a Q&A, learn how to build an effective social media strategy on a budget.


  • The City of Chesapeake’s Chesapeake Economic Development office announces Phase 1 – Temporary Outdoor Seating Guidelines and Permit Process.

Given the recent events in relation to the COVID-19 virus, the City of Chesapeake wants to facilitate the process to use temporary outdoor dining areas. The Department of Development of Permits will make every effort to expedite such requests. As such, the following information is provided to applicants who wish to operate an outdoor dining area during the temporary restrictions as allowed by the Chesapeake Zoning Ordinance and Building Code requirements.

Please note, existing and previously approved outdoor seating areas do not require additional permits through Development and Permits Department. However, please be aware ABC, Health Department and Commonwealth of Virginia requirements must be met.

When submitting your plan for outdoor dining areas, please be mindful of the health guidelines for social distancing to continue the efforts of minimizing the spread of COVID-19.

Below is a 4-Step Permit Process Overview, and this document along with supplements are available on our website: chesapeakeva.biz/covid19

  • The Chesapeake Economic Development team is thrilled to offer business consultations to offer resources and guidance at no charge. Take advantage of a 15-minute session and let us work together to move your business forward. To sign up for a business consultation session, head over to our website and claim a date and time. Schedule A Chat.
  • Chesapeake Economic Development announces Phase 1 – Outdoor Seating Guideline Revision. The requirement to submit a site plan in order to obtain a permit for temporary outdoor seating has been lifted. Instead, businesses should download and follow the guidelines laid out by the Department of Development and Permits. Below is a revised 4-Step Permit Process Overview, and this document along with supplements are available on our website: biz/covid19

Partner Organization Resources

  • WBEC South’s Meet Her in the Marketplace™ is a new digital matchmaker that eliminates time, travel and facilitates more strategic connections. Sydni Craig-Hart, CEO of Smart Simple Marketing, will give you the strategies and tactics in the new world of virtual sales.
  • Learn the importance of building digital relationships in order to keep your business connected and relevant.
  • Refine your pitch for virtual matchmaker meetings.
  • Breakout into small groups to practice your pitch.

Thursday May 21 | 11:00am CT – Screen-to-Screen Virtual Sales Strategies. The presenters will discuss WBEC South Virtual Matchmaker – Meet Her in the Marketplace™, a revolutionary virtual event that focuses on making strategic connections between woman-owned businesses and corporate buyers. Participating corporations and woman-owned businesses will be able to source for new vendors and partners by searching WBMarketplace.com.

  • The Women’s Business Development Center (WBDC) is proud to present our virtual ScaleUp Summer program, sponsored by The Coleman Foundation. Tuesdays June 2 – July 28; 9:30am – 12:30pm. ScaleUp is an award winning intensive 9-week cohort-based curriculum that is designed to assist established, Chicagoland businesses that are experiencing a no/slow growth pattern and sustainability issues due to COVID-19. Through the delivery of comprehensive and extensive business development services, ScaleUp equips entrepreneurs with the business/financial acumen, resources, and tools necessary to maintain profitable businesses that retain and create jobs, fuel economic growth, and build strong communities.
  • Center for Women & Enterprise: RevJen is putting together nonprofit CEO/ED Zoom groups that they facilitate for FREE!! Our mission to serve nonprofit and social enterprise leaders remains unwavering, and as such we will continue to do our part. These seats can be utilized by a single leader or multiple leaders in an organization. They include – but are not limited to – CEOs/Executive Directors, CDOs/Development Directors, CPOs/Program Directors, as well as other key leadership staff members such as Chief Financial Officers, heads of functions such as HR, Strategy, and Diversity, Equity & Inclusion. Each participating member will be placed in a peer group segmented by common job function or have the option to join a group with multiple functions represented.
    If you are interested and want to learn more about  joining an R-Squared Peer Group, please click here and a member of our team will follow up with you, or you can also visit our newly-revamped website.

WBE-Provided Resources

  • Tuesday May 19 | 2:00pm ET – Getting Your Workforce Back into the Workplace. Presented by Nukk-Freeman & Ceerra, PC. Join members of the NFC COVID-19 Response Team as they take a deep dive into the challenges employers may encounter as they safely return employees back into the workplace and the necessary strategies needed to minimize risk in the process.
  • Corporate Health Resources, Inc. has published a Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19 The Occupational Safety and Health Act requires employers to comply with safety and health standards and regulations promulgated by OSHA or by a state with an OSHA-approved state plan. In addition, the Act’s General Duty Clause, Section 5(a)(1), requires employers to provide their employees with a workplace free from recognized hazards likely to cause death or serious physical harm.

Webinars and Townhalls

  • Tuesday May 19 | 2:00pm ET – Salesforce Live: How to Reopen Your Business and Community Safely with Work.com. Join Salesforce for an event designed to help you get back to work in a safe and efficient way. They’ll speak to public health experts, business leaders, and other Trailblazers about planning your return to the office. You’ll hear about a recommended phased approach and how to prepare your teams for getting back to the office. You’ll also see new technology that will help you feel confident in the decisions you’ll have to make along the way.
  • Wednesday May 20 | 1:00pm – 3:00pm ET – The Latin Business Association is bringing together an event for our members and non-members to come together and share the realities of the effect COVID-19 to your business and family. This is a dialog of businesses to help other businesses.

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