09/14/20: WBE Tools, Resources, Information and Connections Bulletin September 14 - 18, 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.


Women Owned in Retail is an outreach and development program from WBENC and Target to help women-owned businesses with consumer products navigate, scale and thrive in the retail industry. The program will officially kick-off on Thursday, October 15, with dynamic four-hour virtual session featuring expert speakers from across the vendor journey at Target and success stories from women-owned businesses currently on Target shelves.


Small Business Administration

As part of National Small Business Week, the U.S. Small Business Administration and cosponsors will host all virtual events September 22-24, 2020. This year’s National Small Business Week activities will include numerous educational panels providing retooling and innovative practices for entrepreneurs as our nation’s small businesses look to pivot and recover, contributing to a stronger economy. The event will recognize the national award winners, including the naming of the National Small Business Person of the Year. The National Small Business Week event schedule includes three days recognizing America’s outstanding entrepreneurs, shining a spotlight on the nation’s 30 million small businesses across the country.

Details and registration information will be posted on https://www.sba.gov/NSBW as events are finalized. 

Tuesday, September 22, 1 p.m. EDT – “Pride in America’s Small Businesses
Day’s events include:
National Small Business Week Welcome – SBA Administrator Jovita Carranza
Keynote Address
National Small Business Week Awards Presentations

Wednesday, September 23, 9 a.m. EDT– “Preparing for a stronger tomorrow: Recovery, Adaptation, and Innovation
Day’s events include:
Panel Discussion Series – America’s Strength, Learning to Pivot and Innovate
Mid-day Sessions – SBA’s Veteran Resources and Veteran Success Story Videos

Thursday, September 24, 9 a.m. EDT – “Preparing for a stronger tomorrow: Recovery, Adaptation, and Innovation
Day’s events include:
Panel Discussion Series – America’s Strength, Learning to Pivot and Innovate
Mid-day Sessions – The Business Landscape of today and Federal and Local Resources to Empower Small Businesses

Register today


Wednesday September 16 | 2:00pm – 3:00pm EST Is Your Business Ready for Disaster? National Preparedness Month Webinar This year’s National Preparedness Month theme of “Disasters Don’t Wait. Make Your Plan Today” has never been more appropriate. Join the Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety (IBHS), the Small Business Administration (SBA), and the Insurance Information Institute (Triple-I) during National Preparedness Month for a live webinar on how to prepare for severe weather, COVID-19 interruptions, and other forms of disaster that can have a significant impact on small businesses. The webinar will showcase small businesses as they share their stories of preparing for and successfully recovering from disaster. In addition to these stories, the webinar will also cover what small business loans are available after a disaster, what tools are available to help businesses prepare, and what you need to know about insurance coverage.



The Mid-Atlantic Region MBDA Advanced Manufacturing Center is a RMI Champions of Maryland Manufacturing program partner. The ”Champions of Maryland Manufacturing” represent beacons of change and inspiration for creating new and positive narrative for Maryland manufacturing as a wealth generator, job creator and community builder. Submit your 2020 Champions Story Today!


Partner Organization Offerings

(WBDC) 2020 Midwest Conference, Virtual Edition: Pivoting for Progress, which will occur on Thursday, September 17.  I am hoping that you and members of your team will want to attend and help spread the word!  For you and three additional members of your team, please use the comp code RPO2020 to join as our guests.

One segment that may be particularly attractive is our virtual 1:1 Business Matchmaker for WBENC-certified WBEs with corporate and public sector representatives.  The Pivoting for Progress conference has other exciting offerings:

    • Pivoting for Power:  a keynote interview featuring Cheryl Mayberry-McKissack, heralded entrepreneur and business leader, being interviewed by Emma Assante, VP, Special Projects and Community Affairs, NBC & Telemundo Chicago.
    • Pivoting for Parity:  a panel discussion with corporate leaders sharing insights on how their companies have pivoted, how small businesses can pivot, and what supplier diversity will look like in the future.
    • Pivoting for Resurgence:  a panel discussion with WBEs sharing how they have been adjusting and pivoting and sustainability and growth strategies.
    • Pivoting for Development:  the Shirley Marx Pitch Competition Regional Finale featuring WBE winners from the WBDC’s Chicago, Milwaukee, St Louis, Kansas City, and Twin Cities markets vying for $5,000 and $2,500 prizes

Click on the following for more details: https://wbdc2020virtualconference.lpages.co/wbdc-chicago-conference-2020/ Or you can go directly to the registration page: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/pivoting-for-progress-tickets-115770341207

(WBEC ORV) 2020 Catch the Wave Virtual Conference on September 21-24. Each year WBEC ORV brings female entrepreneurs together to network, learn, and gain inspiration from each other. The Catch the Wave Regional Conference provides networking, training, and access to both women business owners and corporate members from across our region of Ohio, Kentucky & West Virginia. This year’s conference will be a virtual experience drawing WBE’s from across the region and beyond 40+ corporate members’ buyers and supplier diversity teams.

(WIPP) WIPPCypber MatchMaker Meetings: The deadline to apply for WIPPCyber MatchMaker Meetings is almost a week away. Grab your seat to meet one-on-one in a virtual environment with over 20 matchmaker hosts requesting meetings with women business owners in all commodities and services. Meet our MatchMaker Hosts:

    • Coast Guard (USCG)
    • Defense Counterintelligence and Security Agency (DCSA)
    • Defense Information System Agency (DISA)
    • Department of Army
    • Department of Army Medical Command
    • Department of State
    • Federal Aviation Administration
    • General Services Administration (GSA)
    • Idaho National Laboratory
    • L3 Harris
    • Lockheed Martin
    • Marine Corps Systems Command
    • NASA
    • National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)
    • Naval Information Warfare Systems Command (NAVWAR)
    • Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC)
    • Oak Ridge National Laboratory
    • Sandia National Laboratories
    • Southern California Edison
    • ViacomCBS

Due to demand, we have added an overflow host list. This event is on track to sell out. Purchase your symposium ticket starting at $99 and apply for matchmaker meetings by Thursday, September 17 to be eligible.



Tuesday September 15 | 1:00pm – 2:00pm Thriving Through Adversity: Calling All Warriors presented by D.J. Vans. As part of Minority Enterprise Development Week 2020, D.J. will share a unique, powerful prespective of Native American culture on what a warrior is (and isn’t), how we can emulate the principles and spirit of that role in what we do – and understand that the business of warriors can make us warriors in business!


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