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
- Alternative Funding for Business Owners – April 14, 2020
- Download the presentation here.
- If Cash is King or Queen, Where is it Now? – April 21, 2020
- Cybersecurity is Critical for Business: You Ready? – April 28, 2020
- Resources from this presentation:
- Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Cyber Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), the parent agency for the U.S. Computer Emergency Response Team (US CERT), has a variety of resources for businesses, including free security awareness and training resources here.
- Virtual Brown Bag with Commonwealth Capital Corp. – April 22, 2020
- Meet Commonwealth Capital Corp. representatives and get the inside story on how to successfully navigate their procurement process. Hear from:
- Kimberly Springsteen-Abbott, Chief Executive Office
- Mark Crain, Chief Procurement Officer
- Denise Pugliese, Regional Vice President – Business & Assistant Vice President – Supplier Diversity Manager
- View the presentation slides here.
- Meet Commonwealth Capital Corp. representatives and get the inside story on how to successfully navigate their procurement process. Hear from:
- GSA Consolidated Schedule: The Facts You Need To Know – May 6, 2020
- View the presentation here.
- How to Communicate to your Clients During the COVID 19 Pandemic – May 12, 2020
- How to Build and Communicate a Re-entry Plan to your Employees – May 19, 2020
- View the presentation slides here.
- On Wednesday, May 20, 2020, 1:00pm – 2:00pm ET the National Women’s Business Council (NWBC) will host a webinar, Community Lending Key to Main Street Recovery, featuring remarks from SBA Administrator Jovita Carranza.
- Johns Hopkins experts in global public health, infectious disease, and emergency preparedness have been at the forefront of the international response to COVID-19. Johns Hopkins COVID-19 resource center is a resource to help advance the understanding of the virus, inform the public, and brief policymakers in order to guide a response, improve care, and save lives. To keep updated click
- COVID-19 Alert – SBA Extends Safe Harbor Deadline to May 18, 2020
- PPP Loan Forgiveness Application, Template and Video for Nonprofits. PPP Loan Forgiveness Application, Template & Video for Nonprofits provides charitable execs clarification and the tools they need to turn a portion (or all) of their PPP Loan into a grant.
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 Economic Development Authority Emergency COVID-19 Relief Programs
- Hunterdon County Economic Development and the Hunterdon County Chamber of Commerce continue to maintain our shared COVID-19 Resources for Business Page. The site is updated daily with new information to help businesses find. Please visit the site here to keep current as New Jersey begins to re-open
- Governor Cuomo Extends New York’s Stay-at-Home Order Until June 13
- Governor Cuomo Releases ‘NY Forward’ Guide to Re-Opening and Building Back Better
- State Outlines Social Distancing Standards for Construction Sites
- State Officials Lay Out Rules for Retailers Reopening
- NYC opens coronavirus testing to anyone with symptoms
- NYC adds 12 miles of Open Streets and 9 miles of bike lanes
- NYC Council Approves Expanded Protections for Small Businesses That Can’t Pay Rent
- Please take the NYC Small Business Service’s short, 3-minute survey to share more about your experiences with them. Their programs are at no-cost and this is the best way that you can give back and ensure that they can continue providing relevant and accessible support to NYC’s women entrepreneurs. Share Your Voice!
- Though certain parts of New York State are starting to reopen on Friday, May 15, New York State on PAUSE has been extended for New York City and other areas until May 28, 2020. This is based on the State and City reopening metrics. Read the transcript from Mayor de Blasio’s press conference on Monday here. You can also check out the state’s progress in the Regional Monitoring Dashboard. You can learn more about NY Forward, Governor Cuomo’s reopening plan, in NY Forward: A Guide to Reopening New York and Building Back Better.
- SBS is offering daily webinars to help you learn about a range of assistance available for small businesses in NYC impacted by COVID-19. Topics include:
- Financial assistance, including public and private funding opportunities
- Tax, debt, and utilities relief
- Marketing support
- Regulatory changes
- Employee support
This webinar is offered in Mandarin every Thursday (next one is May 21). This webinar is also offered in Spanish on Tuesdays at 5 p.m. (next one is May 19).
- 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
- Thursday May 21 | 10:30am – 12:00pm ET – Supporting Black-owned Businesses in the Age of COVID-19 (PART 2) Hosted by Associated Black Charities “The Currency of Relationships: Helping Black-owned Businesses Navigate the New Normal. Join MWBD to discuss the Currency of RELATIONSHIPS – with funding institutions and others. A “currency” which well-resourced businesses have — and smaller, Black, and non-Black people of color business owners often do not.
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:
- June 2, 2020 @ 10:00 a.m.: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7138503783472445197
- June 2, 2020 @ 5:30 p.m.: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/6231188987254958605
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.
- Thursday June 4 | 5:30pm – 6:30pm ET – Baltimore City Department of Public Works Small Business Development Growth By Design Training Program Virtual Open House
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:
- Upcoming projects in DPW’s 2020-2021 Procurement Forecast
- Growth By Design training application criteria and curriculum
- Why Growth By Design is the training opportunity you’ve been waiting for!
- Arundel County Executive Announces the Small Business Customer and Employee Protection Grant Program, which is designed to assist local businesses purchase products and services needed for safe reopening in compliance with COVID-19 regulations.
- Projects Seeking MBE/DBE/WBE Participation:
- I97 Sewer LLC, managed by St. John Properties. I-97 Business Park Septic to Sewer Conversion Project Bid Due Date: Tuesday, June 9, 2020 | 5 PM
- Freyssinet, Inc. MdTA Contract No. FT – 3010-000 Repair To Concrete Wall And Replacement Of 15kV Cable And Conduit Bid Due Date: Thursday, May 21, 2020 | 3 PM
- Coastal Gunite Construction Company. MdTA Contract No. FT-3010-0000; Repair to Concrete Wall and Replacement of 15kV Cable and Conduit Bid Due Date: Friday, May 22, 2020 | 5 PM
- Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority (MWAA) Contracting Opportunities
- Port Covington Contract Opportunities
- WSSC Water WSSC’s Supplier Portal System wsscwater.com/contracts
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 12 lessons on how to successfully work through Coronavirus pandemic from the Harvard Business Review. The economic impacts of Covid-19 are significant, and as the crisis unfolds, many companies are trying to understand, react to, and learn lessons from rapidly unfolding events. While the full impact will only be clear in hindsight, this guide offers 12 lessons based on BCG’s ongoing analysis and support for their clients around the world.
- How do I reopen my small business after COVID-19? from Monster. For small businesses hit hard by COVID-19, reopening can’t come soon enough. But for most, it will be a gradual process, with a lot to consider. Here are some of the things you need to know, as well as first-hand accounts from three small businesses ready to open their doors.
- Should You Invest in Technology if a Recession is Looking? Thoughts for the future and 4 things to consider.
- Why The Largest Cyberattack Will Happen Within Six Months.url published by Forbes.