09/07/20: WBE Tools, Resources, Information and Connections Bulletin September 7 – September 11,2020

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.



  • The National Women’s Business Council (NWBC) celebrated the Women’s Suffrage Centennial and Women’s Equity Day. After over 70 years of persistence and strategic activism, women found a voice in our political process and opened the gates to pursuing their entrepreneurial destiny. Ratified on August 18, 1920, the 19th Amendment to the Constitution prohibited the states and federal government from denying the right to vote on the basis of sex. Fast forward 100 years, and women comprise almost 24% of the 116th Congress—not only casting ballots for themselves but voting in representation of hundreds of thousands of citizens on our nation’s most pressing issues, including those shaping the business climate. As women’s role in American society expanded beyond the home front, through the political process, and into the realm of enterprise, another roadblock emerged to make their presence known. The Economic Census failed to include them in its data products. The Survey of Minority-Owned Business Enterprises (SMOBE) was introduced as a special project in 1969 and eventually became a part of the Economic Census in 1972. Still five years later in 1977, the Survey of Women-Owned Business Enterprises (SWOBE) was initiated to provide crucial demographic information on female entrepreneurs. SMOBE and SWOBE were eventually combined to create the Survey of Business Owners (SBO).


Small Business Administration

  • Jovita Carranza, Administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration, announced the kick-off for National Small Business Week. The virtual event, rescheduled from May due to the coronavirus pandemic, will be held September 22-24. National Small Business Week honors the nation’s small businesses, many of which are veteran, women and minority-owned, for their achievements and dedication to their communities. 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 toward a stronger economy. The event will recognize the national award winners, including the naming of this year’s National Small Business Person of the Year. Learn More.
  • The SBIR road tour is going virtual! Entrepreneurs working on advanced tech can connect with America’s largest source of early stage funding.


    • Southeast: 9/14 – 9/18
    • Midwest: 10/19 – 10/23
    • South: 11/2 – 11/6

Register Today.



  • Governor Ned Lamont will begin the workweek after the Labor Day holiday participating in a panel discussion on the impact of COVID-19 in Connecticut hosted by the Yale School of Public Health. The governor will be joined in the discussion by Dr. Albert Ko, professor at the YSPH and Chair of Epidemiology of Microbial diseases; Indra Nooyi, board co-chair of Advance CT; and Maritza Bond, Director of Health for the City of New Haven.

Webinars and Townhalls

  • Wednesday September 9 | 2:00pm ET – Join Sales for a live broadcast of Stories of Resilience: A Conversation with Sara Blakely, Founder and CEO, Spanx and Marie Rosecrans, SVP of SMB Marketing, Salesforce. Sara will discuss the rise of her brand, as well as her new Red Backpack Fund, which supports women entrepreneurs in the wake of COVID-19. She’ll answer live audience questions and offer candid advice for today’s small businesses. You’ll walk away with inspiration from one of today’s most selfless and respected leaders. Stories of Resilience is an ongoing virtual event series where small business leaders share true stories of how they’ve navigated challenging times. Speakers share strategies for adapting their businesses and offer inspiration to forge a path forward.


Tools You Can Use


Subscribe to Blog via Email

Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

Record number of contracts announced between WBENC certified Women Business Enterprises (WBEs) and Corporate Members, between WBEs and with the Public Sector; a fraction of contracting activity taking place within WPEO https://t.co/waBtLqBvE2 https://t.co/dTiugH70QZ
h J R
Registration is OPEN for #WPEONYDC's first Virtual Breakthrough Breakfast! Visit our website for more information https://t.co/cxdqi6WEev
h J R
@macysnews: Scale up and grow your business with Macy’s retail development program, The Workshop at Macy’s. Now accepting applications for its 2021 class, it was developed in 2011 to foster up-and-coming diverse and women-owned small retail businesses. https://t.co/0gwm5yvDpn https://t.co/xeGeT6UmtO
h J R
Do you have a consumer products that is ready for retail? @WBENCLive and @Target will host a Women Owned in Retail session on 10/15/20 on12:30 PM! Learn more & register https://t.co/HE43bzw8DP #WPEO #womenowned #wbencnetwork
h J R
@WBENCLive: 12 amazing NextGen #WomenEntrepreneurs will advance to the Live Pitch Competition on October 5, featuring $10K in grant awards! Check out the NextGen Pitch Intensive https://t.co/4lLvHHCkdL . #WBENC #NextGenWBE #WBENCnetwork #businesspitch #femalefounder #startup #femalefounders https://t.co/HIJgRTnlGD
h J R