10/19/20: WBE Tools, Resources, Information and Connections Bulletin October 19 - 23, 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 excited to introduce the inaugural Women Owned Gift Guide, 100+ pages of products from WBENC-Certified WBEs, a curated selection of products from women-owned brands in a virtual, magazine-style format. As we celebrate National Women’s Small Business Month and enter into holiday shopping season during a difficult economic year, we know supporting women-owned businesses by buying their products is more important than ever.
  • Disability:IN NextGen Leaders are college students and recent graduates (within 2 years) with disabilities, including veterans, who are top talent for corporate America. NextGen Leaders have the opportunity to connect with leading brands across all industries. Leaders are matched one-on-one with mentors from Disability:IN Corporate Partners and experience an all-expense paid trip to the Disability:IN Annual Conference where they network and interview with companies like Boeing, Facebook, JPMorgan Chase, and Microsoft. Apply now to become a 2021 NextGen Leader by November 20, 2020.


Small Business Administration

  • ATTENTION!! The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has discovered an email scam originating from sba-attorneys.com that seeks to create alarm among Paycheck Protection Protection (PPP) loan borrowers. The email falsely warns that PPP funds were issued to the recipient in error, and that immediate action must be taken to avoid “potential criminal liability.” A sample of the scam appears below. If you receive such an email, consider marking the item as SPAM and deleting it from your inbox. Under no circumstances should you reply to the sender or click on any of the message’s embedded links (all of which have been removed here for your protection).* * * From: Sba-attorneys <info @ Sba-attorneys.com>Sent: XXXXXXXX 


    Subject: Refund of your loan


    As a representative attorney of the SBA, personal guarantors and Federal debtors for the Treasury department’s bureau of Fiscal service, now mandated to contact and bring to your attention The SBA and the Treasury Department new guidance clarifying that the loans you took were not intended for you and companies with access to the equity market.

    The SBA and the Treasury Department clarified that the loans were not intended for you or a company with access to the equity market and other funding. Currently you are on the list of those who received SBA PPP Loans under the CARES Act which were not intended for you.

    We now warned you of impending consequences of an audit, and potential criminal liability as we did not receive the return of the funds “in good faith” from you, since the deadline of May 7th. Please note, Over $436 million of the over $1.3 billion received for SBA PPP Loans under the CARES Act has been returned to us. Awaiting your prompt response and more details will be provided to you on the way forward.

    Brandon Alcott, Principal Partner Sba-attorneys

  • If you are a small businesses, non-profit organization of any size, or a U.S. agricultural business with 500 or fewer employees that have suffered substantial economic injury as a result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, you can still apply for the COVID-19 EIDL. This loan applies to all businesses based in any U.S. state, territory, or the District of Columbia. Learn More
  • Join the U.S. Small Business Administration for a webinar on Tuesday, October 20 to learn how small businesses can benefit from advance rulings under the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement. Learn from Canadian, Mexican and U.S. experts about how to apply for and use an advance ruling as an exporter, importer and/or a manufacturer. Register.
  • SAVE-THE-DATE! National Veterans Small Business Week November 2 – 6, 2020.


New Jersey

  • Monday October 19 | 2:00pm A Conversation with NJEDA CEO Tim Sullivan About the New CARES Act Funding Available to NJ Restaurants and Micro/Small Business hosted by the Hunterdon County Chamber of Commerce. Join us for a special conversation with New Jersey Economic Development Authority CEO Tim Sullivan who will be discussing:
    • Phase 3 of the Small Business Emergency Grant Program which provides support for restaurants, micro businesses, and other small businesses
    • Phase 2 of the NJ Small and Micro Business PPE Access Program which uses an innovative public-private partnership model to provide reduced-price personal protective equipment to small businesses



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