05/11/20: WBE Tools, Resources, Information and Connections Bulletin May 11 – May 15, 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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  • WBENC is constantly updating their COVID-19 Resource Center with new opportunities and resources.
  • Stacy’s Rise Project is Offering a $10,000 Grant to 15 Women-Owned Businesses. To apply you must be:
    • A female-founded small business (in any industry).
    • Looking for funding relief.
    • Giving back to the community—through individual efforts, or through your company.
    • Available to participate in a virtual mentorship program from July to October 2020
    • Applications are being accepted now through June 1 and finalists will be announced this summer. Learn More and Apply.
  • American Express has established Stand for Small, a coalition of more than 40 companies across media, technology, consumer goods, professional services, and many other industries, that have come together to provide meaningful support to small businesses as they navigate the impacts of COVID-19.
  • Disability:IN has compiled resources to support your disability inclusion work during COVID-19 in the following areas: Federal Resources, Mental Health, Accessible Tools & Content, Global Resources, Supplier Diversity, Disability Community Resources and Industry-Specific Insights.
  • FedEx has pledged $100,000 to help small businesses with their #SupoortSmall Grant to help small businesses stay in business, who have been impacted by COVID-19 in the U.S.
  • COVID Update for not-for-profits recipients of federal funds. As not-for-profit organizations have been offered some relief from the economic impact of the COVID-19 crisis, they now face questions as to the rules around those funds, and the impact of the pandemic on filing deadlines. Here’s what to know about:
  • Whether Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans and Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL) are eligible for Single Audit
  • Single Audit filing deadlines
  • Multifamily Housing Entities audit submission deadlines
  • The Employee Retention Credit (ERC) in the CARES Act will be available to borrowers who return the Paycheck Protection Loan (PPL) funds. Many borrowers are facing this decision right now, based on recent SBA guidance that allows until May 14 to return funds if the borrower cannot certify the need for PPP relief. Borrowers who receive and keep PPL funds are not able to claim the ERC, which is a refundable payroll tax credit for qualified wages paid to retained employees during the COVID-19 crisis.
  • The engineering team at nav.com just created this CARES Act SBA Loan Calculator. It’s simple to use and shows small business owners how much funding they can obtain based on the recently passed law.
    An articleby business loan industry veteran Ty Kiisel on how to Prepare Your Application for the SBA Paycheck Protection Program
  • A comprehensive list of state and local grants, loans, and government/non-profit resources for small businesses

Small Business Administration


  • Under the new Pandemic Unemployment Assistance program, independent contractors, gig workers, freelancers and other solo proprietors can file their claims online at filectui.com, initiating the process using a blue button on the website. DOL is also updating daily a running list of frequently asked questions at www.ctdol.state.ct.us.

New York

  • GrantWatch has a vast listing of grants available to the nonprofit and small business community during the COVID-19 global crisis. In addition to posting new COVID-19 funding resources, they continue to update active grants with new extended grant deadlines.
  • Though we are still under NYS On Pause until Friday, May 15, 2020, Governor Cuomo has outlined a series of metrics to help determine when NY can reopen, called New York Forward. You can see the outline and where we stand here.
  • New York State’s moratorium on COVID-related evictions will be extended until August 20thwith fees for missed or late rent payments banned during the moratorium.
  • New York Small Business Services 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 14), and will be held in Spanish on Monday, May 11. Find the full list of dates and sign up here, and search for “Assistance Overview for NYC Small Businesses Impacted by COVID-19.


  • Monday May 11 | 1:00pm Next Round: COVID-19 Funding for Accelerating Small Manufacturing Businesses hosted by the City of Baltimore and the Minority Business Development Agency Manufacturing Innovation Hub Cooperative (MIHUB).
  • Tuesday May 12 | 3:00pm Live Hotsheet Webinar “Where is the money Part III. – View from the Top A Fireside Chat with Chief Procurement Officers. Hosted by Capital Region Minority Supplier Development Council Business Consortium. A Fireside Chat with Chief Procurement Officers. CPOs speak about what they see as the near-term, medium-term and longer-term changes in demand as a result of the COVID-19 crisis and how minority-owned suppliers can prepare themselves for those changes.
  • The IT Consulting Solicitation, also known as LCATs is available now! This contract is reserved specifically for the Local Small Business Reserve Program. View the solicitation
    • Optional Pre-Submission Meeting attendees should pre-register by Thursday, May 14, 2020 at 4:00 PM by sending an email to the Technical Contact: Nola Song,  nola.song@montgomerycountymd.gov and “cc” to sarah.giambra@montgomerycountymd.gov with their name, company name, email address, and phone number with the Subject Line: “RFP 1110880 Optional Pre-Submission Registration”.There will be an optional pre-submission conference at 11:00AM  on May 18, 2020 via Microsoft Teams Live. Call In Number: +1 443-692-5768 and Conference ID: 580 675 848#Closing date: Jun 10 2020 3:00PM
  • Take a “taste” of Emerge Maryland’s training and gain some valuable skills you will use right away!
    • Maryland’s premier candidate training program for Democratic women offers you this opportunity to take a ‘taste’ of our training. This online offering is designed to help you determine your personal path to political leadership and how to get started on it.
    • Volunteer. Activist. Candidate. One path can lead to the other. This one-day training includes workshops designed to show you how to get a head start on your political aspirations and help you determine the next steps you need to take in becoming an effective leader in your community.
    • Proven methods = success! Join the over 600 women across Maryland who have participated in this training. The majority of the women who take this class and move on to our signature candidate training run for office and win! This class is highly recommended for those who plan on running and applying to our signature program. The training will take place via ZOOM technology so you must have access to a computer or tablet with a camera. Download ZOOM here: https://zoom.us/download or use the application for your tablet. Once you register for the class you will be sent a link to be used to gain access to the class.
  • Baltimore Development Corporation
    • Small Business Assistance Fund GrantAPPLY TODAY!
      The Baltimore Development Corporation is now accepting grant applications for the Small Business Assistance Fund until May 15, 2020 at 11:59 PM. Grants WILL NOT BE AWARDED ON A FIRST-COME FIRST- SERVED BASIS. All applications received during the Grant Application Period will be considered. Any applications received after the end date will not be considered. Please review the documents below regarding eligibility and other requirements:
    • Grant Eligibility Requirements
    • List of Required Documents for Application
    • Complete Grant Terms & Conditions
    • Apply here
    • To find out if your business is in a priority geographic area, click here and type your address in the look-up box in the left hand corner.

Washington, DC

  • SCORE Washington DC continues their series of free webinars with two new webinars:
    • The 4 Key Things Business Owners Should Be Focused on Right Now May 12 | 2pm
      The four areas of your business you need to focus on to successfully traverse through these turbulent times: leadership, employees, operations and cash flow. REGISTER
    • Closing Your Business – A Managed Approach May 14 | 12pm
      We will walk you through your legal options, the steps you need to take, and how to maximize value. REGISTER
  • View more resources, guidance, webinars, expert advice, and more in our Coronavirus Small Business Resource Hub.
  • For DC, MD, & VA resources visit the Washington DC SCORE Coronavirus Business Resources
  • 45 Regional Leaders Join Connected DMV’s COVID-19 Strategic Renewal Task Force chosen for their deep expertise and unique perspective. The cross-sector and regional nature of this group makes it especially well positioned to help the Washington, D.C. metro area recover and thrive following the novel coronavirus outbreak.
  • Join Antonio Doss, District Director of the Washington Metropolitan Area District Office of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), as he and his team conduct another session of weekly webinars to discuss the financial tools and resources available to help small businesses and private non-profits.
    Get answers to questions like these…
    Which SBA programs do I qualify for through the CARES Act and how can they help me sustain my operations? What are my options if I’m a sole proprietor or an independent contractor? What is the status of the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) and Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) / EIDL Advance program? Who can help me develop, adjust, or rework my business plan?
    Coping with COVID-19 Webinar: SBA Updates on CARES Act Programs
    Friday, May 15, from 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm (EDT)
    Live webinar
    The conference begins at 2:00 pm (EDT) on Friday, May 15, 2020. You may join the conference 10 minutes prior.STEP 1: Dial into the conference.Dial-in: 1-877-369-5243 or 1-617-668-3633

    Enter Access Code: 0172365##

    STEP 2: Join the conference on your computer.

    Entry Link: https://ems8.intellor.com/login/826109

    When you access the entry link above, you will be provided a choice — either to install the WebEx plug-in for your preferred browser OR to join the web conference using a temporary path. Either option is acceptable.

    Need assistance with your audio? Please dial 888-796-6118. Need assistance with your Webex? Please dial 888-793-6118.


Partner Organization Resources

  • Monday May 11 | 2:00pm ET – WIPP The Intersectionality of COVID-19 and the Small Business Community Webinar on Business Continuity Plan with Rose Hatcher, ViacomCBS and Lisa Firestone, Managed Care Advisors. REGISTER
  • Tuesday May 12 | 12:00pm ET – Pivot: RE-Positioning Your Business for the Future hosted by NAWBO. REGISTER
  • Wednesday May 13 | 2:00pm ET – WIPP Policy Update. Listen to live commentary and conversation from the WIPP Advocacy Team as they discuss the latest legislation, regulatory action, and news that will affect your business and other women-owned businesses. REGISTER

WBE Provided Resources

  • Alpha Graphics has launched a new, removable way to show your clients, patients, customers or vistors hoe to keep their social distance in your space with printable floor graphics. The material that they use is printable with solvent ink, it’s non-skid, and the adhesive is removable. We’re in the shop from 9am to 5pm Monday through Friday. Give us a call or shoot us an email!
  • Back Thru The Future Technology Disposal is offering a COVID Comeback Cleanout Coupon. Enter code %51%2020% in the information box when requesting a quote to get 10% off.

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