03/08/21: WBE Tools, Resources, Information, Connections 3/8 - 3/12

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.


  • Mar 11, 2021 01:00 PM | Fireside Chat with Christina Francis, President, Magic Johnson Enterprises. REGISTER HERE
    • In partnership with the Women’s Business Enterprise Council Metro NY and Greater DMV (WBEC Metro NY and WBEC Greater DMV) and NYNJ Minority Supplier Development Council (NYNJ MSDC), Guggenheim’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion will host a Virtual Fireside Chat with President of Magic Johnson Enterprises, Christina Francis moderated by Sandra Eberhard, President & CEO of WBEC Metro NY and WBEC Greater DMV. Christina will discuss her career trajectory and her role as a black-female President. Throughout this conversation, Christina will provide inspiration on being a trailblazer and a leader. CEOs of minority and women owned businesses will gain insight into Christina’s successful climb to her position today and how she is leading Magic Johnson Enterprises.
  • March 16, 2021 | 8:45am – 12:45pm ET| Celebrate Women’s History Month with The WID Virtual Forum “A Morning of Extraordinary Workshops for Women in Fundraising.” REGISTER HERE
    • Join us for an array of workshops with experts from the WID community and beyond, sharing their wisdom. Two sessions will feature workshops on topics including development operations, navigating major gifts during the pandemic, special events, planned giving, and Inclusion, Equity, and Diversity.The event will culminate in a powerful keynote Because We’re Worth It: Strategies for Women’s Pay Equity, presented in partnership with:- Women of Color in Fundraising and Philanthropy (WOC)
      – AFP Global Women’s Impact Initiative- Institute for Women’s Policy Research- PowHer NY
      – Catalyst
  • Registration Closes at 3:00 pm TODAY for AIM 2021 Virtual Leadership Forum| Act Inspire Motivate invites you to join on March 11 – March 12 from 8:00 am – 3:00 pm to engage in a series of immersive online workshops and captivating conversations that will provide new insights on leadership, strategies, practical skills and professional growth in the building industry. Register Here! 


  • In case you missed it! The U.S. Small Business Administration has some key changes to the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) which will be available for a limited amount of time to ensure America’s smallest businesses get exclusive access. If you are a small business owner with fewer than 20 employees, or are self-employed; there is new information for you. Please join us for a series of webinars hosted by the U.S. Small Business Administration and Public Private Strategies Institute to hear about:• What steps you can take now to take advantage of this special opportunity, which closes at 5:00 P.M. EST, Tuesday, March 9th, 2021
    • Additional changes and recent policy announcements made by the Biden-Harris Administration. Have your questions answered by SBA Leadership Schedule.


  •  Saturday, Mar. 6, 2:00 p.m. ET, Veterans, Self-Employed Business Owners, Independent Contractors, Sole Proprietors, and Employers with Fewer than 20 Employees Click here to register.



  • Monday, Mar. 8, 3:00 p.m. ET, LGTBQ Business Owners, Youth Entrepreneurs, Restaurant Owners, Click here to register.

*If you missed any of the webinars, the recordings are available here.


  • Wednesday, March 10th  |  2pm ET| You still have time to register for next week’s WIPP Advocacy Update and you will not want to miss it! The COVID Relief package that is currently going through Congress is making headway through the Senate after being passed by the House. There are so many issues such as PPP designed to benefit small businesses, if only you could sort out all the noise! Register for Wednesday’s Advocacy Update and ask questions directly with WIPP’s Advocacy Team, Public Private Strategies, who will bring you the latest information, break down the 600-page bill, and discover how this bill affects you. Bring your questions! We went you to leave WIPP’s Advocacy Update armed with the right knowledge for moving your business forward during these challenging times.


  • REGISTER NOW! – Women’s HerStory Month Live Stream | Join us on March 25th for a glass ceiling shattering conversation with Dee C. Marshall, Aisha Glover, Avis Yates Rivers, and Pamela Isom. We’ll follow their journey to success, managing families, building careers and companies, and of course repeatedly shattering the infamous glass ceilings. #pocstock #includeUS #ShatteredCeilings #womensherstory Register Here
    • 31 days of exclusive content & resources
    • Networking opportunities with WBENC Corporate Members and WBEs
    • Executive education sessions with subject matter experts
    • Access to virtual networking and event platform
    • Exciting and inspirational celebratory events
    • Industry-focused spotlights and panel discussions
  •  Join WBENC for a virtual event series in March celebrating Women’s History Month Registration is now open for a new virtual event series from WBENC — WBENC 2021 Focus on the Future. Join us for the entire month of March as we celebrate Women’s History Month and bring together our incredible network of women business owners and those who support them. This event is laser-focused on providing meaningful education, resources, inspiration, connections, and conversation to help our network not only survive these uncertain times, but also grow and thrive. Attendees will have access to an exclusive virtual networking and event platform featuring the opportunity to network with corporations and women business owners, dozens of webinars and session recordings, inspirational celebratory events, industry-focused sessions, executive education, and more. The virtual event series will take place each week throughout March. Explore the full event schedule, session details, and attendee pricing information at wbenc.org/march2021.To participate, register now!The Month will include:

What else to expect:

  • This event is laser-focused on providing meaningful education, resources, inspiration, connections, and conversation to help the WBENC network not only survive these uncertain times, but also grow and thrive. Attendees will have access to an exclusive virtual networking and event platform featuring the opportunity to network with corporations and women business owners, dozens of webinars and session recordings, inspirational celebratory events, industry-focused sessions, executive education, and more.
  • The past year has shown us how effective communication can be a key factor in fighting the COVID-19 pandemic. Everyone needs to be aware of public health protocols and vaccination guidelines, so we can limit the spread and protect our communities. However, widespread access to information in one’s native language remains a problem for many vulnerable populations. In Eriksen Translations Inc. latest article, we look at translation through the lens of a public health crisis: Why Culturally Sensitive Translation Is Critical in a Public Health Crisis
    At Eriksen, we believe that language barriers shouldn’t stand between people and the information they need to keep themselves and their families safe. At a time when information must reach everyone—in a language they understand—translated materials must not only be widespread, but accurate, consistent, and culturally appropriate.


  • Presidential Scholars Program Support Services | The U.S. Department of Education is seeking information on the availability and interest of qualified sources with the capability to meet the Office of Communications and Outreach’s (OCO) need for a support services contractor for its U.S. Presidential Scholars Program. See attachment (at link provided) for the draft performance work statement. OCO requires the services of a Contractor to provide technical and logistical support for the annual identification, evaluation, selection and recognition of 161 U.S. Presidential Scholars from an eligible candidate pool of roughly 5,600 graduating high school seniors from across the United States and abroad, as well as to enter data, develop reports, and provide application-related assistance to users of the program’s online application OLAS currently provided by WizeHive. The Contractor shall provide expert educational advice on current scholastic assessment practices, standardize testing and the methodology and procedures for identifying high-achieving students, and shall also support the Commission‘s annual selection and recognition process.
  • Registration is open for the 10th Annual Real Estate Women’s Online Conference 
    • March 1 – 5, 2021. Register today for the early bird rate of $75 (regular price $99). Use promo code: GREENPEARL75


Small Business Administration

  • SBA to Provide One Year 8(a) Program Extension to Participants Due to COVID-19. SBA’s 8(a) Business Development Program due to the challenges of COVID-19. The federal government’s goal is to award at least 5 percent of all federal contracting dollars to small disadvantaged businesses each year. Eligible 8(a) firms must meet the following qualifications:
      • Be a small business
      • Not have previously participated in the 8(a) program
      • Be at least 51 percent owned and controlled by U.S. citizens who are socially and economically disadvantaged
      • Have a personal net worth of $750K or less, adjusted gross income of $350K or less and $6 million or less in assets
      • Before you can participate in the 8(a) Business Development program, you must be certified
      • Demonstrate good character and potential to perform on contracts.
  • Mentor-Protégé program changes
    • As of November 16, 2020, the 8(a) Mentor-Protégé program and the All Small Mentor-Protégé program have merged into one program called SBA’s Mentor-Protégé Program (MPP). The ruling can be found in the Federal Register.
    • To stay up to date with the merger and associated changes, visit the new SBA’s Mentor-Protégé Program webpage.
  • 7(j) Management and Technical Assistance program. The 7(j) program provides assistance such as training, executive education, and one-on-one consulting in a wide range of business activities, including marketing, accounting, opportunity development and capture, contract management, compliance, and financial analysis. If you want to learn more about the 7(j) program or sign up for assistance, contact your local SBA district office. To receive assistance through the 7(j) program, a small business must be one or more of the following:
    • Located in areas of high unemployment or low-income;
    • Owned by low income-individuals; and
    • Certified as an 8(a) participant, HUBZone small business, and/or economically- disadvantaged women-owned small business.
  • Shuttered Venue Operators Grant Program. The Shuttered Venue Operators Grant (SVOG) program is Section 324 of the Economic Aid to Hard-Hit Small Businesses, Nonprofits and Venues Act (Economic Aid Act) signed into law on Dec. 27, 2020. Following are answers as of Feb. 5, 2021, to frequently asked questions about the program. These will bE updated as new information comes available and additional program details are finalized. Frequently Asked Question about SVOG.
  • You can apply for a First Draw PPP Loan until Wednesday, March 31, 2021. SBA is currently accepting First Draw PPP loan applications from participating lenders. Lender Match can help connect you with a lender. You can also view all lenders near you on a map. All new First Draw PPP Loans will have the same terms regardless of lender or borrower. If you wish to begin preparing your application, you can download the following PPP borrower application form to see the information that will be requested from you when you apply with a lender: PPP First Draw Borrower Application Form.
  • SBA Shares Resources for Black-Owned Businesses During National Black History Month By Victor Parker, Deputy Associate Administrator for the SBA Office of Field Operations
    This National Black History Month, we commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the destruction of Black Wall Street where hundreds of small business dreams were deferred in the town of Greenwood, Oklahoma. Today, Greenwood’s 1921 Commission and other small business leaders join forces to help this community rebuild and regain economic equity. SBA also celebrates the immeasurable contributions black business owners have made to entrepreneurship in this country. From key historical figures like Madame CJ Walker to well-known innovators like Oprah Winfrey, black business owners throughout history have shaped U.S. entrepreneurship and paved the way for today’s small business owners.
  • Looking for more information about the Targeted EIDL Advance? Earlier this week, the SBA added a new frequently asked questions which includes information about the application process, eligibility and program criteria. Learn More.
  • https://widny.org/membership/


New York

  • COVID-19 Causes Financial Hit to NYC Arts, Entertainment and Recreation Industry
    New York City’s world-renowned arts, entertainment and recreation sector saw the largest decline among all sectors in the city’s economy due to the COVID-19 pandemic, as employment declined by 66 percent over a one-year period ending in December 2020, according to a report released by State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli.
  • NY State Comptroller DiNapoli Calls on Corporate America
    to Address Lack of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
    New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli announced that the New York State Common Retirement Fund (Fund) has launched a multi-faceted initiative to hold publicly-traded corporations and their top  executives accountable for their diversity, equity and inclusion policies and practices. This past week Comptroller DiNapoli was honored to be joined by NAACP New York President Dr. Hazel Dukes for a fireside chat where they discussed the road ahead on race, gender and how we come together. Watch a replay of the event on the Comptroller’s Facebook page.
  • Comptroller DiNapoli Hosts Virtual Lunar New Year Celebration This past week State Comptroller DiNapoli hosted his annual Lunar New Year Celebration. He honored Charles Yoon, president of the Korean American Association of Greater New York; Helen Nguyen, owner of Saigon Social; and the Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA), which was received by MOCA President Nancy Yao Maasbach. Visit the Comptroller’s Facebook page to watch a replay of the event.


  • Maryland Washington Minority Companies Association Contracting Opportunities
  • To be eligible, a business must have between two and 25 employees, less than $7 million in annual revenue, a demonstrated need for support, a strong plan for moving forward, and be in good standing with the state of Maryland. For more information contact Allyson Black, Manager, State Affairs and Economic Development, BGE Allyson.Black@bge.com 410.269.5286


  • Wednesday, March 10th | How to Integrate Paid, Owned and Earned (Without Losing Your Mind) A six-week series kicks off on Wednesday February 3 at 1:00pm CT. Ever wish you could read journalists’ minds? Are you making the best use of social media? Does ‘proving your ROI’ feel like an impossible task? If you’ve ever had these questions, this webinar series is for you. Reflect, reset and revisit some industry best practices that will keep you thriving. Let this be the year of more proactive and less reactive.


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