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11/29/21: Tools, Information, Resources and Connections Bulletin November 29 - December 3, 2021

ATTENTION!!!

US Department of Labor announces final rule to increase minimum wage for workers on federal contracts beginning Jan. 30, 2022

US Department of Labor reminds employers to avoid compliance issues by ensuring worker safety, proper pay practices this holiday season

WBENC

Join WBENC on December 2, 2PM – 4PM EST to learn from Hilton corporate leaders and leading Certfied Women Business Owners on how to develop a capability statement that stands out and effectively communicates your company’s strengths. Capability statements are a key requirement in the pre-qualification for government projects, private sector major projects and sub-contractor work. Gain firsthand insights from WBEs who have successfully utilized capability statements to secure contracts and grow their businesses and how to effectively follow up after submitting your capability statement for RFPs and RFIs. REGISTER NOW

Women Owned in Retail | Women Owned Wednesday, Retail Supplier Showcase & Panels First there was Black Friday and Small Business Saturday. Then came Cyber Monday and Giving Tuesday. And now? Women Owned Wednesday! Join WBENC December 1, 2pm – 4pm ET for a special Showcase featuring retail suppliers to Target showcasing their products and sharing insights and best practices for thriving on big retail shelves. Hear product spotlights and fast-paced panel discussions from women who are rocking it in big retail and maybe get some holiday shopping inspiration. Participate in Women Owned Wednesday by tuning in and purchasing at least ONE product from a women-owned brand on Wednesday, December 1 (the Wednesday following Thanksgiving), and post about your purchase using the hashtag #BuyWomenOwned. This program is open to ALL women-owned businesses with consumer products. LEARN MORE AND REGISTER

Small Business Administration

The U.S. Small Business Administration’s Interagency Task Force on Veterans Small Business Development (IATF) and Advisory Committee on Veterans Business Affairs (ACVBA) will hold virtual public meetings on December 1 and 2, respectively, via Microsoft Teams.

WHAT: Interagency Task Force on Veterans Small Business Development (IATF) and Advisory Committee on Veterans Business Affairs (ACVBA) Virtual Public Meetings

The IATF meeting will include committee member updates from the Departments of Defense, Labor, Treasury, and Veterans Affairs; General Services Administration; Office of Management and Budget; North Carolina Military Business Center; and the American Legion. Committee members will learn more about updates regarding the SBA Community Navigator Pilot Program. 

The ACVBA meeting will include opening remarks from the SBA’s Office of Veterans Business Development’s Associate Administrator and the ACVBA Chairwoman, followed by briefings from guest speakers. The briefings will cover the VA’s small business programs, Center for Verification and Evaluation (CVE) transfer to the SBA, access to capital-veteran lending, and the SBA’s Community Navigator Pilot Program.

WHEN: IATF Meeting – Wednesday, December 1, 2021, 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. (EST)

ACVBA Meeting – Thursday, December 2, 2021, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (EST)

WHO:  Larry Stubblefield, Associate Administrator, SBA Office of Veterans Business

Development and Members of the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Interagency Task Force on Veterans Small Business Development (IATF) and Advisory Committee on Veterans Business Affairs (ACVBA)

HOW: The IATF will meet on Wednesday, December 1, from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. (EST) via this Microsoft Teams link. To join the meeting by phone instead, use 202-765-1264 and enter the Conference ID: 172 643 550#.

The ACVBA will meet Thursday, December 2, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (EST) via this Microsoft Teams link. To join by phone instead, dial 202-765-1264 and enter the Conference ID: 202 183 215#.

Public comments and questions are strongly encouraged to be submitted in advance via email by November 30 to veteransbusiness@sba.gov. For technical support, please visit the Microsoft Teams support page. Meeting presentations and minutes will be available after both meetings at www.sba.gov/ovbd, under the “Federal Advisory Committees” section. 

 

SBA Announces Call for Nominations for 2022 National Small Business Week Awards

Nominations are now being accepted for the 2022 National Small Business Week (NSBW) Awards. The NSBW Awards recognize the achievements of SBA-assisted small businesses and the contributions they have made to their communities and our nation’s economy.

All nominations should be submitted electronically by 3 p.m. EST on January 11, 2022. The awards will be presented during the NSBW Awards ceremony in the first week of May 2022.

To nominate a small business owner in your area or download related forms, criteria, and guidelines, visit sba.gov/nsbw.

New York

Export Insight is a Brazilian program sponsored by SEBRAE (the Brazilian Small Business Association) that supports fashion made in Rio Grande do Sul with export to New York and Lisbon markets. Program participants receive access to workshops, consulting, mentorship and networking opportunities, along with event presentations to showcase their brands in international markets. This year, nine Brazilian designers will travel to NYC to present their work to the American Market:  SEBRAE x EXPORT INSIGHT 2021 Cohort

O Ateliê Sandra Ferraz | Maria Pavan | Julianna Fraccaro | Suka Braga | NUZ | Costura Botanica by Mônica Bergmann | ECOW | No Bad Shoes | Revla Simple Clothing 

Fernanda Daudt, founder of Brazilian-American upcycled accessories brand Volta Atelier, will host Export Insight NYC Brand Presentation Sunday, 12/5 from 1-6PM at Flying Solo NYC (420 W. Broadway, NY, NY 10012).

If you would like to be added to the attendee list, please contact Natasha Cucullo (ncucullo@chalkdustconsulting.com) or Fernanda Daudt (fernandadaudt@gmail.com).

Virginia

As part of the call for nomination for the 2022 National Small Business Week (NSBW) Awards nominations are being accepted for Virginia-Richmond District Small Business Person of the Year(SBPOY): A business/owner from each of the 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Guam will be selected for the State Winner award. The state award winners will compete for the title of National Small Business Person of the Year, SBA’s signature award. For contact information and other District  Office information, visit online at www.sba.gov/districtoffices. All nominations should be submitted electronically by 3 p.m. EST on January 11, 2022. The awards will be presented during the NSBW Awards ceremony in the first week of May 2022.

 

 

11/22/21: Tools, Resources, Information and Connections Bulletin November 22 - 26, 2021

WBENC 

Join WBENC on December 2, 2-4PM EST to learn from Hilton corporate leaders and leading Certfied Women Business Owners on how to develop a capabilities statement that stands out and effectively communicates your company’s strengths. Capabilities statements are a key requirement in the pre-qualification for government projects, private sector major projects and sub-contractor work. Gain firsthand insights from WBEs who have successfully utilized capabilities statements to secure contracts and grow their businesses and how to effectively follow up after submitting your capabilities statement for RFPs and RFIs. REGISTER NOW.

Small Business Administration

The SBA announced the following updated guidance for COVID Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program applicants to better serve small business owners in need, while funding remains available:

  • EIDL loan and Targeted Advance applications will be accepted until December 31 and will continue to be processed after this date until funds are exhausted.
  • Supplemental Targeted Advance applications will be accepted until December 31; however, the SBA may be unable to process some Supplemental Targeted Advance applications submitted near the December 31 deadline due to legal requirements. The SBA cannot continue to process Supplemental Targeted Advance applications after December 31 and strongly encourages eligible small businesses to apply by December 10 to ensure adequate processing time.
  • Borrowers can request increases up to their maximum eligible loan amount for up to two years after their loan origination date, or until the funds are exhausted, whichever is soonest.
  • The SBA will accept and review reconsideration and appeal requests for COVID EIDL applications received on or before December 31 if the reconsideration/appeal is received within the timeframes in the regulation. This means six months from the date of decline for reconsiderations and 30 days from the date of reconsideration decline for appeals – unless funding is no longer available.

The COVID EIDL and EIDL Advance programs still have billions of dollars available to help small businesses hard hit by the pandemic. More than 3.8 million businesses employing more than 20 million people have found financial relief through SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loans.

Learn more

Apply today

New York

The New York Department of Small Business Services has two training opportunities for your employees:

Training for Your Employees program provides no-cost, online training to help NYC-based business owners and employees. Training is provided for essential technology tools and COVID-19 safety, including:

  • Computer applications (e.g. computer basics; Zoom*^; Microsoft Office 365 – Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, Access; Google Workspace*^ – Gmail, Sheets, Docs, Drive, Hangouts; QuickBooks)
  • Online marketing and creating a website
  • Online sales and e-commerce
  • Health and hygiene in a pandemic*
  • COVID-19 safety for food and beverage businesses*
  • COVID-19 safety for retail*

All trainings are taught online with a live instructor on specific dates/times. 

Click HERE to learn more and to Apply.

The Customized Training program provides federally funded grants to help NYC-based businesses train and retain their employees. This competitive, reimbursable training grant is available for businesses that are for-profit, operating for at least one year, and able to pay for training upfront. Customized Training grants offer financial support to make training your staff more affordable. The right trainings can help your bottom line, reduce employee turnover, improve morale, promote an efficient and productive workforce, and increase your competitiveness in the marketplace.

Click HERE to learn more and to register for an upcoming information webinar.

11/16/21: Tools, Resources, Information and Connections Bulletin November 15 - 19, 2021

WBENC

Don’t Miss out on this week’s opportunities from WBENC

 

Small Business Administration (SBA)

SBA Announces Call for Nominations for 2022 National Small Business Week Awards Nominations are now being accepted for the 2022 National Small Business Week (NSBW) Awards. The NSBW Awards recognize the achievements of SBA-assisted small businesses and the contributions they have made to their communities and our nation’s economy.

All nominations should be submitted electronically by 3 p.m. EST on January 11, 2022. The awards will be presented during the NSBW Awards ceremony in the first week of May 2022. To nominate a small business owner in your area or download related forms, criteria, and guidelines, visit sba.gov/nsbw.

Nominations for the following categories will be accepted:

Small Business Person of the Year:   A business/owner from each of the 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Guam will be selected for the State Winner award. The state award winners will compete for the title of National Small Business Person of the Year, SBA’s signature award.

  • Small Business Exporter of the Year
  • Phoenix Awards for Disaster Recovery:
    • Phoenix Award for Small Business Disaster Recovery
    • Phoenix Award for Outstanding Contributions to Disaster Recovery, Public Official
    • Phoenix Award for Outstanding Contributions to Disaster Recovery, Volunteer
  • Federal Procurement Awards:
    • Small Business Prime Contractor of the Year
    • Small Business Subcontractor of the Year
    • Dwight D. Eisenhower Awards for Excellence (for large prime contractors who use small businesses as suppliers and contractors)
    • 8(a) Graduate of the Year
  • Awards to SBA Resource Partners:
    • Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Excellence and Innovation Center Award
    • Women’s Business Center of Excellence Award
    • Veterans Business Outreach Center of the Year
  • Small Business Investment Company of the Year

For contact information and other information, visit online at https://www.sba.gov/local-assistance.

The Office of Advocacy’s bi-annual Economic Bulletin examines new data on how small businesses have recovered since the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic. Both self-employment and proprietor income have recovered since crashing in 2020. These indicators suggest that COVID-19 sparked the shortest recession in U.S. history. Importantly, banking and finance indicators were muted compared to the Great Recession. November 2021 Economic Bulletin

 

Tuesday November 16 | 2:00pm – 3:00pm ET SBA Celebrated Veteran-Owned Small Businesses. The U.S. Small Business Administration will host a live online panel session to recognize veteran-owned small businesses and discuss how they’ve used critical financial lifelines to help them pivot and overcome adversity during the pandemic. SBA Associate Administrator for the Office of Veterans Business Development Larry Stubblefield will open the online session led by Dennis Kwak, Director of the SBA’s Veterans Business Outreach Center of the Pacific.

 Greater DMV

IPR Northeast, LLC, will be bidding on another project for the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission in Prince George County, MD. As a prime contractor, they would like to involve as many minority subcontractors as possible to participate with them on these projects. See the two request – Ad Request – TO No. 3 and Solicitation – WSSC – TO 36.

The Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development is conducting a disparity study and is holding an information webinar on November 17th. The project team is committed to engaging the public throughout the course of the 2021 District of Columbia Disparity Study. BBC-Pantera-Tiber will host various events throughout the course of the disparity study to help members of the public understand the purpose of the study and offer opportunities for the public to submit testimony and comments about their experiences working in the local marketplace and with the District. Click here to learn more and register for the webinar.

In December

December 15 | 16th Annual Hispanic Business Award Banquet & Scholarship Ceremony hosted by the NYC Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. GOING VIRTUAL – The 16th Annual Hispanic Business Award Banquet and Scholarship Ceremony honors successful individuals who have proven their commitment to upholding the integrity of our communities. This year we are honoring individuals and businesses that proved their commitment to helping the Hispanic Community overcome the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic. The honorees advocated for economic development, created vital partnerships and worked tirelessly to give us hope. The pride of our banquet has always been the scholarships awarded to students in need of financial assistance. More than ever, we must help our students.

 

10/24/21: Tools, Resources, Information and Connection Bulletin October 25 - 29, 2021

General

For Businesses Under $1 million in revenue: The Foundation of the Women Presidents Organization (FWPO) Build Your Business Program aims to support women-owned businesses who are striving to reach $1M in annual revenue by providing education on strategic and operational issues common to all small businesses and start-ups. The program features successful women entrepreneurs who share their stories and experiences with other women business owners as a way of giving back. Join us to connect, grow and learn from WPO members, Chairs and other successful women!
WHEN:      Thursday  October 28, 2021 | 12:00-1:00pm ET  AND  Tuesday November 2, 2021 | 1:00-2:30pm ET 
WHERE:    via Zoom 
CLICK HERE TO REGISTER                                    

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently authorized and recommended booster doses of Moderna and J&J COVID-19 vaccines in addition to the Pfizer boosters previously authorized. They also provided authorization to receive a booster dose of a vaccine different from the one originally received (mix and match dosing). COVID-19 booster vaccines are available for people who completed their second dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine at least six months ago, and who are:

For people who received the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine, booster shots are also recommended for those who are 18 and older and who were vaccinated two or more months ago.

Small Business Administration

Join the SBA on October 28, 2021 for an online panel discussion with disabled-owned small businesses as they share their small business stories and how they utilized SBA economic aid to pivot during the pandemic. Learn more about SBA resources to help entrepreneurs compete in the marketplace, receive counseling, and launch or expand businesses. Also, learn more about disability inclusion and discovering untapped sources of talent. Register

During National Veterans Small Business Week, November 1-5, 2021, join the SBA and its extensive partner network for a series of virtual events hosted across the country. The events will feature information to help you start, grow, or expand your veteran-owned small business. Learn more

Tuesday October 26 | 11:00am EST eCommerce and exporting are strategies that are increasingly used by U.S. small businesses to grow and gain resilience. Most small businesses are rethinking their use of digital tools and eCommerce is expanding exponentially. Join SBA’s Acting Associate Administrator for International Trade to learn about opportunities for women-owned businesses and get your questions answered. Participants will learn about grants for exporters and a range of other resources that are available for your business from SBA and other agencies. REGISTER

 

Webinars

Monday October 25 | 1:00pm ET The National Women’s Business Council (NWBC) is hosting a public meeting today. This online meeting will allow the Council to provide an update on its latest initiatives and policy development. Each of the Council’s subcommittees (Access to Capital & Opportunity, Women in S.T.E.M., and Rural Women’s Entrepreneurship) will present their priorities and projects before the full body and the public. 
Supplementary Information
During the live event, attendees will be in listen-only mode and may submit additional questions via the Q&A feature. This meeting will be streamed using Microsoft Teams. For technical assistance, please visit the Microsoft Teams Support Page. All public comments will be included on the meeting record, which will be available on www.nwbc.gov under the “2022 Public Meetings” section. 

 

10/17/21: Tools, Resources, Information and Connections Bulletin October 18 - 22, 2021

CONGRATULATIONS! Latrell Duncan, Founder, Promoting Love & Wisdom Home Childcare Center on making the cover of Joseph Bonner Magazine’s October 2021 issue.

Become a Potential Supplier for Dominion Energy. Dominion Energy works to ensure that small, local, and diverse businesses can participate in our procurement process. Join our Ariba network as we strive to support the communities we serve and do business together. It’s FREE! Join the Ariba Network.

October is National Women’s Small Business Month. In celebration of this month, NWBC recognizes all the small women-owned businesses that continue to strengthen our communities and drive our economy. NWBC will be sharing upcoming Council announcements and opportunities to help advance women’s business enterprise.

New Guidance Relating to Healthcare Premium Deductions for COVID-19 Vaccinations. The Federal Government recently issued new guidance to employer health plans relating to COVID-19. Employers are encouraged to review the full set of FAQs which can be found here: FAQs-Part-50 (hhs.gov)

WBENC Opportunity

Chase for Business Curated Coaching for Entrepreneurs Building Your Brand Strategy Coaching Sessions now open Meet with expert entrepreneurial consultants for FREE, on your schedule, with educational resources curated for your business. You’ll walk away with actionable insights, a personalized game plan, and the strategic tools you need to grow your business on your terms. The topic for Quarter 4 is Building Your Brand Strategy. From October to December, sign up for a free, 45 minute, 1-on-1 session to learn growth-oriented strategies and create an action plan with your coach. Appointments are currently available for the last week of October through November. However, new time slots are frequently added. If you do not find a time slot that works for your schedule, please check back to find new times. Learn More and Sign Up

Facebook Invoice Fast Track Program The Facebook Invoice Fast Track program is an early invoice payment solution for certified diverse-owned businesses across the United States. Facebook Invoice Fast Track may be used for invoices from $1,000 – $250,000 (limits apply) and can improve your cash flow in days. Learn More & Register

New York

UPDATE: NY Hero ACT Airborne Infectious Disease Prevention Plan Requirements. The Commissioner of the New York Department of Health announced that the designation of COVID-19 as a highly contagious communicable disease that presents a risk of harm to the public will continue until October 31, 2021. This means that Prevention Plans must continue to be activated until at least October 31, 2021, at which time the Commissioner will review this designation. Additionally, the New York Department of Labor (“NY DOL”) has updated its Model Prevention Plan (previously described in our July 9, 2021 e-Alert) to specify masking requirements for workplaces based on vaccination status. The Model Prevention Plan previously required face coverings for all workplaces. Now, the updated Model Prevention Plan specifies that face coverings should be worn in accordance with applicable New York and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (“CDC”) guidance. 

Wednesday October 27 | 1:00pm – 2:30pm. Navigating Public Procurement: Resources & Opportunities for U.S. Companies. Join the U.S. Commercial Service Long Island and the National Institute for World Trade on this webinar to learn how to tap into public procurement business opportunities. The webinar will specifically cover how to manage Request for Proposals, procurement best practices, opportunities with the United Nations, and support/advocacy for U.S. companies that are bidding on foreign government procurements. REGISTER

Virginia

Tuesday October 26 | 11:00am – 12:00pm. Getting Help in Exporting for eCommerce: SBA Resources for Women-Owned Businesses. eCommerce and exporting are strategies that are increasingly used by U.S. small businesses to grow and gain resilience. Most small businesses are rethinking their use of digital tools and eCommerce is expanding exponentially. Join SBA’s Acting Associate Administrator for International Trade to learn about opportunities for women-owned businesses and get your questions answered. Participants will learn about grants for exporters and a range of other resources that are available for your business from SBA and other agencies.

 

10/12/21: Tools, Information, Resources and Connections Bulletin October 12 - 16, 2021

WBENC

October is National Women’s Small Business Mont and WBENC is kicking things off with a campaign in support of women-owned business. 
Our key message? Make One Switch  take one everyday essential you use and consciously choose to instead source it from a women-owned business.
JOIN WBENC!
This is a great opportunity to showcase your status as a certified women-owned business, and show support for your fellow female entrepreneurs. 
This month and the rest of fall, help us drive the conversation on social media and generate awareness and support for women business owners like you. 

  • Access our custom WBE media kit to view sample social media posts and graphics. (Note: you will need to enter your name, email and company name in order to access the kit.)

Share a post on social media tomorrow (and throughout the campaign!) about the #BuyWomenOwned campaign, your certification, your founders or leadership team, or why you #BuyWomenOwned. Access the Campaign Media Kit Here!

Registration for the Facebook Invoice Fast Track program is officially open!
What is the Facebook Invoice Fast Track program?
The Facebook Invoice Fast Track program is an unprecedented early invoice payment solution for certified diverse-owned businesses across the United States. The program provides WBEs that meet the eligibility criteria with the opportunity to apply for immediate payments for the goods and services you’ve invoiced your customers for — but would otherwise have waited months to get paid. Learn More and Register.

General

The National Women’s Business Council (NWBC) is hosting a public meeting on Monday, October 25, 2021 at 1:00 PM EDT. This online meeting will allow the Council to provide an update on its latest initiatives and policy development. Each of the Council’s subcommittees (Access to Capital & Opportunity, Women in S.T.E.M., and Rural Women’s Entrepreneurship) will present their priorities and projects before the full body and the public. 
Supplementary Information
NWBC strongly encourages that public comments and questions be submitted in advance by October 19th. Individuals can provide comments when registering on the Eventbrite or individuals may also email info@nwbc.gov with the subject line – “[Name/Organization] Comment for 10/25/21 Public Meeting.” NWBC staff will read the first five submitted statements during the final 20 minutes of the program.
During the live event, attendees will be in listen-only mode and may submit additional questions via the Q&A feature. This meeting will be streamed using Microsoft Teams. For technical assistance, please visit the Microsoft Teams Support Page. All public comments will be included on the meeting record, which will be available on www.nwbc.gov under the “2022 Public Meetings” section. REGISTER HERE.

ATTENTION FEDERAL CONTRACTORS: Task Force Issues Guidance on COVID-19 Safety Protocol Mandate; All Covered Employees to be Fully Vaccinated by December 8, 2021. In accordance with President Biden’s “Path Out of the Pandemic”, the Safer Federal Workforce Task Force (the “Task Force”) has issued “COVID-19 Workplace Safety: Guidance for Federal Contractors and Subcontractors” (the “Guidance”). [CLICK HERE for our September 13, 2021 eAlert explaining the various elements of the “Path Out of the Pandemic” plan.] Pursuant to Executive Order 14042, Executive Order on Ensuring Adequate COVID Safety Protocols for Federal Contractors (the “Order”), federal contracts and contract-like instruments (as broadly defined in the Order) must contain a clause requiring the contractor and its subcontractors to comply with the Guidance starting October 15, 2021

Small Business Administration

Thursday October 14 | 12:00pm – 1:30pm ET |SBA Celebrates National Hispanic Heritage Month: Testimonies of Excellence & Pride (Excelencia y Orgullo). The U.S. Small Business Administration will hold a virtual fireside chat to discuss entrepreneurship in the Hispanic community with SBA Administrator Isabella Casillas Guzman, Associate Administrator of the Office of Entrepreneurial Development, Mark Madrid, and Bibi Hidalgo, Associate Administrator of the Office of Government Contracting and Business Development. The fireside chat will be followed by a live online panel discussion with Hispanic small business owners about how they’ve used critical financial lifelines to help them pivot and overcome adversity during the pandemic. Isabella Casillas Guzman, SBA Administrator  
Mark Madrid, Associate Administrator, SBA’s Office of Entrepreneurial Development  
Bibi Hidalgo, Associate Administrator, SBA’s Office of Government Contracting and Business Development  
Ryan Bethencourt, CEO, Wild Earth, Las Vegas, NV 
Teresa Razo, CEO and Owner, Cambalache and Villa Roma Argentine and Italian Restaurants, Fountain Valley, CA 
Registration is required. Click here to register or visit  https://sbahispanicheritagemonth.eventbrite.com

The SBA and Public Private Strategies Institute have teamed up for a series of webinars that will help your business get back on track. Join us for our next session on Wednesday, October 13, 2021 at 2:00 p.m. ET: Resources and Relief for Your Small Business – Supporting Women Business Owners and Women’s Programs. During this webinar, you will:

  • Learn more about COVID EIDL and how you can take advantage before December 31, 2021
  • Discover tools and resources you can use to start and grow your business
  • Have your questions answered by SBA leadership and small business experts
  • Learn how you can become a vaccine leader in your community

Get an update regarding programs and recent policy announcements made by the Biden-Harris Administration. REGISTER HERE.

New Jersey

New Legislation Expands Employment Protections for Individuals Over 70. As of October 5, 2021, individuals over 70 years of age are entitled to all of the protections of the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination (“NJLAD”). The relevant legislation, Assembly Bill 681, went into immediate effect upon approval by Governor Murphy. Until now, NJLAD had permitted private employers to refuse to hire or promote individuals over 70 years for the sole reason of their age without running afoul of its age discrimination protections. Going forward, private employers may not discriminate against applicants and employees in their 70’s and beyond on the basis of age in all terms and conditions of employment. For public employers, the new legislation removed a carve-out from the age discrimination law that allowed mandatory retirement policies where employers could show that the retirement age bore a “manifest relationship” to the employment at issue.

Now a public employer may require retirement at a particular age only where it can demonstrate that the employee is unable to adequately perform their duties. Similarly, institutions of higher education are no longer permitted to require the retirement of tenured employees at 70 years old. (The new legislation did not remove a narrow exception allowing employers to mandate the retirement of an employee who is in a bona fide executive or high policy-making position for the prior two-year period where the employee is entitled to certain annual retirement benefits amounting to $27,000 or more.)

Finally, an employee who claims they were unlawfully required to retire because of age is no longer limited to filing a complaint with the Attorney General (with relief restricted to reinstatement with back pay and interest), but rather has all of the available remedies under NJLAD, including compensatory, emotional distress and punitive damages and front pay.

All New Jersey employers should examine their hiring and promotion policies in light of this new legislation and ensure that any unlawful age-based restrictions are removed.

09/27/21: Tools, Resources, Information & Connections Bulletin September 27 - October 1, 2021

CONGRATULATIONS! to last week’s $25 VISA gift card winner Laura Stemmler of The Stemmler Group! Take this FINAL QUICK POLL and you could be the third and last winner of a $25 VISA GIFT CARD!

CONGRATULATIONS! Ann Ramakumara, CEO, Ampcus Inc, and WBEC Metro NY | WBEC Greater DMV, Board Director on being named the Robert J. Brown Minority Business Enterprise of the Year Award winner at the recent 2021 National MED Week Conference. See the full list of winners here.

WBENC 

WBENC is excited to announce that we are now accepting applications for the 2021 WBENC Energy Executive Program! REGISTER BY OCTOBER 1st! The WBENC Energy Executive Program is a blended learning, immersive executive education experience focused on driving development of Women’s Business Enterprise (WBE) leaders within the Energy Industry. The goal of the Energy Executive Program is to help women-owned businesses grow their industry knowledge and relationships, increase their competitive advantage, and enhance their capabilities within the Energy Industry, securing their place as a critical part of the global energy supply chain. Learn More & Apply.

Upcoming Women Impacting Public Policy (WIPP) Programs

  • Small Business Works 2021: Level Up & Network Series Wednesday September 29, 2021 11:00am ET REGISTER
  • Defense Human Resources Activity (DHRA) is hosting a Virtual Industry Outreach Symposium on October 13 and 20, 2021. DHRA welcomes small business vendors and other industry partners to participate in this annual event and learn about organizational updates, mission and programs overview, and the latest on upcoming acquisitions. DHRA is a multi-faceted organization with a broad mission-set supporting defense civilians, service members and their families, reservists and veterans. Learn more about how our Centers and programs serve the Department of Defense mission at www.dhra.mil.
  • National Institute of Health Small business concerns are cordially invited to participate in the webinars outlined below. October Newbie Open Forum Webinar October 29, 2020, 11am-12pm EST This forum will provide a space for vendors (without prime past performance) to interact with the NIH SBPO, learn about the NIH’s contracting infrastructure, and network with attendees. This event is free of charge and will substitute for the SBPO’s October 1-on-1 consultations. Registration will close once 250 individuals register. Space is limited. Only 1 representative per company may attend. Questions? Please email the NIH Small Business Program Office at NIHSmallBusiness@mail.nih.gov.
  • Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Small Business Program To ensure the FAA maintains effective communications with small businesses and increases contracting opportunities, the FAA is in the process of reviewing its small business program and associated policies, processes and communication methodologies for improvement. As part of this initiative, the FAA is seeking feedback from industry on how the FAA can improve its Small Business Program. The FAA’s Small Business Program Office also plans to conduct one-on-one meetings with interested small business vendors, trade associations, and chambers of commerce to collect feedback on how the FAA can improve its small business program. Requests for setting up vendor feedback sessions with the FAA Small Business Program office should be submitted by September 30, 2021, to 9-FAA-SBO@faa.gov.

Small Business Administration

The SBA and Public Private Strategies Institute have teamed up to provide small business owners and leaders with a series of webinars that will cover resources to help small businesses grow and thrive. Join us for next week’s session on Wednesday, September 29, 2021 at 2:00 p.m. ET: Small Business Resources for Preparedness, Relief, Recovery, and Resiliency. During this webinar, you will:

  • Learn more about COVID EIDL and how you can take advantage before December 31, 2021
  • Discover tools and resources you can use to start and grow your business
  • Have your questions answered by SBA leadership and small business experts
  • Learn how you can become a vaccine leader in your community
  • Get an update regarding programs and recent policy announcements made by the Biden-Harris Administration

Note: These sessions will take place every two weeks, starting next week and will run through December 2021.Register

Interested in government contracting? Register for the Small Business Works 2021: Level Up & Network Series hosted by the U.S. General Services Administration on September 29 to learn about upcoming federal contracting opportunities and doing business with GSA. This free virtual training and matchmaking event will provide you with the resources your small business needs to thrive in the federal marketplace. Register

Save the date! The SBA will host an online panel discussion for Hispanic Heritage Month on October 14, 2021 at 12:00pm ET. Additional details including the registration link will be available soon. SBA Administrator Guzman, the fourth Latina Administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration, and the highest-ranking Latina serving in President Biden’s Cabinet, also released a statement to commemorate Hispanic Heritage Month.

Upcoming Webinars from the SBA Richmond District Office

 

09/19/21: Tools, Resources, Information and Connections Bulletin September 20 - 24, 2021

CONGRATUALTIONS to last week’s $25 VISA gift card winner Elise Eflman! Take this NEW QUICK POLL and you could be the next winner of a $25 VISA GIFT CARD!

ATTENTION!!!! On September 9, 2021, President Biden announced a number of forthcoming measures intended to increase the number of Americans vaccinated against COVID-19.  Here’s what employers need to know about the “Path Out of the Pandemic” plan (CLICK HERE).

WBENC OPPORTUNITIES

  • WeIGNITE, powered by EOS®, the Entrepreneurial Operating System® Apply by September 22 for this highly interactive, virtual WBENC executive education program, brought to you by Wells Fargo. EOS® is a set of simple, practical, real-world tools that help entrepreneurs and leadership teams improve the operational value of their businesses. During this program, Certified EOS Implementers® help WBEs achieve TRACTION in their businesses through self-implementing the Entrepreneurial Operating System described in the book Traction: Get a Grip on Your Business by Gino Wickman. Learn More
  • Chase for Business Curated Coaching for Entrepreneurs Customer Insights Coaching Sessions have been added through September 30
    Meet with expert entrepreneurial consultants on your schedule, with educational resources curated for your business. You’ll walk away with actionable insights, a personalized game plan, and the strategic tools you need to grow your business on your terms. The topic for Quarter 3 is Customer Insights. From July to September, sign up for a free, 45 minute, 1-on-1 session to learn growth-oriented strategies and create an action plan with your coach. Learn More
  • EY Entrepreneurs Access Network Apply by September 17 Are you a Black- or Latino-owned company ready to surpass your business ambitions?
    If so, we encourage you to apply or share an outstanding founder/CEO for the 2022 Entrepreneurs Access Network (EAN) program. Learn More
  • Women Owned in Retail Accelerator brought to you by Lowe’s Companies, Inc. Join us every Wednesday in September at 2pm EST for an interactive virtual webinar tailored to help small businesses get ready for big retail. This program is open to ALL women-owned businesses with consumer products. You do not need to be certified by WBENC to attend Women Owned in Retail events or have attended the previous sessions in this series. There’s still a lot to learn! Register Now
  • Collegiate Women of Color Grant, Powered by Cummins Inc. Do you know a collegiate female founder of color needing a jumpstart for your business? Send them to the WBENC 2021 Collegiate Women of Color Grant Powered by Cummins Inc. to compete for the chance to be awarded a financial business grant. Learn More

Grant Opportunity

  • Created as a key pillar of KKR’s COVID-19 Relief Effort, KKR Small Business Builders (SBB) aims to support entrepreneurs and their small businesses around the world. The grants are designed to help business owners sustain their enterprises, maintain or create jobs, and spur economic opportunity as they respond to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis and recover from its resultant economic dislocation. Learn More.

Small Business Administration

  • Paycheck Protection Program borrowers: If your loan is $150,000 or less, you may be eligible to apply for direct forgiveness through SBA using our online portal.
  • Did you know that there are over 4 million Hispanic-owned businesses in the U.S., making them the fastest-growing segment of U.S. small businesses? Earlier this week, SBA Administrator Guzman, the fourth Latina Administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration, and the highest-ranking Latina serving in President Biden’s Cabinet, released a statement to commemorate Hispanic Heritage Month. The SBA will also host an online panel discussion for Hispanic Heritage Month on October 14, 2021 at 12:00 p.m. ET. Additional details including the registration link will be available soon.
  • National Small Business Week Virtual Summit- Watch the Video Recordings In case you missed it! Last week, the SBA and others celebrated National Small Business Week 2021. The event included a Virtual Summit which featured webinars and panel discussions on bouncing back from the pandemic, trends transforming the workforce, tips for selling online, how to integrate brick-and-mortar and eCommerce and email marketing best practices for small businesses. The event also featured guest speakers like Jennifer Lopez, Mark Cuban, José Andrés and others. Watch the recorded events

Virginia

October 13, 2021 | 8:00am – 5:00pm Mid-Atlantic and Southeast Regional Supplier Diversity Summit: Partnering with our Local Communities. This livestreaming interactive format will allow diverse suppliers to engage and network with executive leaders, procurement specialists, and business line leaders from all three Federal Reserve Banks. Featuring insights from Regional Executives and Local Economists, Sonya Waddell, Ryo Tashiro, and Emily Mitchell. This event is intended for suppliers based in the Mid-Atlantic and Southeast Regions. Up to two member of each organization are welcome to register for this event. REGISTER HERE

Washington, DC

Second Annual Business Bootcamp Series Join SBA-Washington Metropolitan Area District Office staff, including Lender Relations Specialist Rod Johnson and Economic Development Specialist David Hincapie, as they take part in this six-session virtual workshop series to help small business owners take their operations to the next level. Beginning on September 30, these semiweekly interactive workshops will offer participants focused training on how to grow their revenue and profitability. 

What

Business Education & Resiliency Bootcamp Seriesa sequence of six webinar sessions hosted by the Greater Washington Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (GWHCC) and led by a team of Subject Matter Experts in their respective fields.

When

Tuesdays & Thursdays
September 30 – October 19, 2021
5pm – 7pm

Session 1: Thursday, September 30, 5pm to 7pm Business, Licensing, Research and Persona Canvas

Session 2: Tuesday, October 5, 5pm to 7pm (ET) / How to Run a Profitable, Company + Projections and Cash Flow

Session 3: Thursday, October 7, 5pm to 7pm (ET) / PPP Loan Forgiveness and Credit

Session 4: Tuesday, October 12, 5pm to 7pm (ET) / Increasing Revenue, Government Contracts and Teaming Agreements

Session 5: Thursday, October 14, 5pm to 7pm (ET) / Biz Interruption and Social Media

Session 6: Tuesday, October 19, 5pm to 7pm (ET) / Long Term Business Planning + Patents and Trademarks

Where

Online, Zoom-based webinars. Login instructions provided to all registrants.

How

Click HERE below for additional information and to register. While there is no fee to attend this series, advanced registration is required.

Please note: This series will feature Live Sign Language Interpreting Service and Spanish translation.

If you have any questions, please call GWHCC at 202-728-0352 or email info@gwhcc.org.

Webinars

  • Thursday September 30 | 1:00pm – 1:30pm EST Restrictive Covenant Agreements hosted by Nukk-Freeman & Cerra, P.C. In this webinar we will turn our attention to the considerations necessary when drafting enforceable restrictive covenant/confidentiality agreements, tips for rolling out a new agreement, and the associated Q&A.
  • Wednesday September 22 | 11:00am ET/8:00a PT Are you joining the 20K+ leaders going to the 2021 Resources for Humans: Lead with Empathy Virtual Conference? The Predictive Index is partnering with Lattice to deliver this opportunity to learn from industry leaders. Three reasons you should attend:
    1. Learn from keynote speakers like Adam Grant, Serena Williams, and Shantell Martin.
    2. Earn SHRM & HRCI credits by attending tracks with topics ranging from retention and engagement to employee development. 
    3. It’s free and virtual. Pick and choose the sessions you want to attend from the comfort of your home.
    4. [Bonus Reason] Enjoy a puppy cam@ 
09/12/21: Tools, Resources, Information and Connections Bulletin September 13 - 17, 2021
Applications are now open for WeIGNITE, powered by EOS®, the Entrepreneurial Operating System, a highly interactive, virtual WBENC executive education program, brought to you by Wells Fargo. 
If you are looking for a transformational experience for your business, apply now!
During this program (previously the WBENC Executive Education Program), Certified EOS Implementers® help WBEs achieve TRACTION in their businesses through self-implementing the Entrepreneurial Operating System described in the book Traction: Get a Grip on Your Business by Gino Wickman.
EOS® is a set of simple, practical, real-world tools that help entrepreneurs and leadership teams improve the operational value of their businesses. Learn More and Apply Now.
Applications are due September 22, 2021. Program run from September 20 – October 27, 2021.
National Small Business Week kicks off TODAY Monday, September 13! There is still time to register for the National Small Business Week Virtual Summit, September 13 – September 15, to learn new business strategies, meet other business owners, and chat with industry experts. The SBA also recently announced a list of guest speakers including, but not limited to, entrepreneur Mark Cuban, Chef José Andrés, and White House Senior Advisor and Director of the Office of Public Engagement Cedric Richmond. Register for the virtual summit

Small Business Administration

On September 9, 2021, Administrator Isabella Casillas Guzman announced the following major enhancements to the COVID Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program.
  • Increasing the COVID EIDL Cap. The SBA will lift the COVID EIDL cap from $500,000 to $2 million. Loan funds can be used for any normal operating expenses and working capital, including payroll, purchasing equipment, and paying debt.
  • Implementation of a Deferred Payment Period. The SBA will ensure small business owners will not have to begin COVID EIDL repayment until two years after loan origination so that they can get through the pandemic without having to worry about making ends meet.
  • Establishment of a 30-Day Exclusivity Window. To ensure main street businesses have additional time to access these funds, the SBA will implement a 30-day exclusivity window of approving and disbursing funds for loans of $500,000 or less. Approval and disbursement of loans over $500,000 will begin after the 30-day period.
  • Expansion of Eligible Use of Funds. COVID EIDL funds will now be eligible to prepay commercial debt and make payments on federal business debt.
  • Simplification of affiliation requirements. To ease the COVID EIDL application process for small businesses, the SBA has established more simplified affiliation requirements to model those of the Restaurant Revitalization Fund.
    To learn about eligibility and application requirements and how to apply, visit sba.gov/eidl. The last day that applications may be received is December 31, 2021. All eligible applicants should file their applications as soon as possible. Learn more
Paycheck Protection Program borrowers: If your loan is $150,000 or less, you may be eligible to apply for direct forgiveness through SBA using our online portal. Follow the steps below.
  1. Find out if your lender is participating. 
  2. Watch a video about how to use the portal.
  3. Apply for forgiveness.
    For additional information, visit the SBA website.
September 2021 is National Preparedness Month. Disasters can take many forms and the financial cost of rebuilding after a disaster can be overwhelming. If you’re prepared for emergencies, you’ll be in a better position to recover and continue operations when a disaster strikes. During National Preparedness Month, take the important steps to keep your small business, employees and family safe when a disaster strikes. Learn more

New York

Tuesday September 14 | 10:00am – 11:00am Small Business Financing to Purchase Owner-Occupied Real Estate. Are you sick of making small business rent payments?$? Have you considered purchasing a commercial property from where you can operate your small business?
Then join the Pace University Small Business Development Center (SBDC) as we partner with the NYSBDC network, US Small Business Administration’s (SBA) New York District Office, and several small business lenders as we review the range of resources in place to help take your business to the next level.The panel will address financing options for owner-occupied commercial real estate purchase and will be led by SBA New York District Office District Director Beth Goldberg. This session will include a review of the SBA’s 504 and 7(a) loan programs and feature active small business lenders including Dime BankTruFund Financial Services, and Pursuit Lending. Come join us as we celebrate National Small Business Week and meet key contacts as you grow your business!​ Click Here to Register
Governor Kathy Hochul announced that the New York Department of Health has designated COVID-19 to be a highly contagious communicable disease that presents a risk of harm to the public under the New York Health and Essential Rights Act (the “NY HERO Act”). Because of this designation, employers are now required by the NY HERO Act to take the following actions:
  1. Immediately review their Airborne Infectious Disease Prevention Plan(s) and update the plans as necessary with all current guidance and requirements;
  2. Finalize and promptly activate their Airborne Infectious Disease Prevention Plan(s);
  3. Provide a verbal review of the plan(s) with their employees (in person is not required; can be by audio or video conferencing technology); and
  4. Provide each employee with a copy of their Airborne Infectious Disease Prevention Plan(s) in English or their primary language (if available from the Department of Labor) and post the plan at all required work sites for employees to access during work shifts.
    Before this designation, all non-governmental employers were only required under the NY HERO Act to adopt workplace health and safety protection plans by August 5, 2021; distribute such plans to employees in the employee’s primary language (if available from the Department of Labor) by September 7, 2021; and post their plans in a visible and prominent location within each work site and include the plan in their employee handbook. With this recent designation, employers must now activate their plans.

Virginia

SAVE-THE-DATE Mid-Atlantic and Southeast Regional Supplier Diversity Summit: Partnering with our Local Communities. October 13, 2021 | 8:00am – 5:00pm. Event Highlights:
  • The livestreaming interactive format will allow diverse suppliers to engage and network with executive leaders, procurement specialists, and business line leaders from all three Federal Reserve Banks
  • Featuring insights from Regional Executives and Local Economists, Sonya Waddell, Ryo Tashiro, and Emily Mitchell
  • This event is intended for suppliers based in the Mid-Atlantic and Southeast Regions. Up to two member of each organization are welcome to register for this event. Registration information will be available in a couple of weeks.
  • Wednesday September 15, 2021 | 9am-10am Discover the War Chest of government funding for your small business! An overview of local, state, and federal programs available now! District Director, Carl Knoblock will be presenting on SBA’s funding programs.
    REGISTER HERE

Webinars

Thursday September 23 Thinking about government contracting opportunities for your small business? Register for the ChallengeHER webinar on September 23, 2021 for information and resources to help you get started. Register
Thursday September 23 | 1:00pm EDT Join UPS for their next VIP webinar as we celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with music superstar J Balvin. J Balvin is not only one of the world’s bestselling Latin music artists. He’s also a global trendsetter, savvy businessman, and vocal advocate for the Latinx community. In this webinar, UPS CMO Kevin Warren will talk with J Balvin about how he remains true to himself and his brand in every arena of his life—from bringing Hispanic culture to the masses, to the partnerships he seeks out, to choosing to sing only in Spanish. REGISTER.
Thursday September 30, 2021 | 1:00pm – 1:30pm Restrictive Covenant Agreements…One Size Does Not Fit all. NFC’s three-part series on Restrictive Covenants continues with this latest installment. In our first two parts, we covered guidance on when you should/shouldn’t bring a lawsuit, the proper procedures to bring a suit along with the critical steps necessary to defend against an injunctive application/litigation. Now we turn our attention to the considerations necessary when drafting enforceable restrictive covenant/confidentiality agreements, tips for rolling out a new agreement, and the associated Q&A, including:
  • The state law
  • The legitimate business interest
  • The reasonableness
  • Scope
  • Time
  • Reach (tailored to employees)
  • The consideration
  • The practicality
  • When can you do it? (time of hire vs. settlement vs. severance)
  • The consideration
  • The message
    REGISTER
08/23/21: Tools, Resources, Information and Connections Bulletin August 23 - September 3, 2021

CONGRATULATIONS to WBEC Greater DMV WBE Windsor Group LLC who debuted at No. 191 on the 2021 Inc. 5000 list, Inc. Magazine’s list of America’s Fastest Growing Private Companies. Click this link for the full press release

Wednesday August 26th is Women’s Equity Day In honor, join Administrator Isabella Casillas Guzman and Assistant Administrator of the Office of Women’s Business Ownership, Natalie Madeira Cofield, for “Economic Equality for Women Entrepreneurs: A Conversation in Celebration of Women’s Equality Day 2021”. Register

Share the GreenSM | Supplier Diversity Initiative from Waste Management (WM) August 24, 25, 26 This August, WM is hosting a virtual event to help advance diversity in the corporate supply chain supporting and expanding female representation everywhere. Learn More

The U.S. Department of Commerce, Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) invites you to register for the 2021 National Minority Enterprise Development Week (MED Week), September 19 – 25, 2021. The conference celebrates the outstanding accomplishments of minority-owned companies and presents informational sessions and programming; offering interactive networking sessions to generate new connections and fresh perspectives. MED Week also features an awards ceremony where individuals and organizations are honored for exceptional commitments and contributions to minority business growth. Join MBDA as we lead the charge with our annual National MED Week celebration! https://www.medweekconference.com/

WBENC

Women Owned in Retail Accelerator brought to you by Lowe’s Companies, Inc. Join us in this five-session accelerator every Wednesday in September at 2pm EST for an interactive virtual webinar tailored to help small businesses get ready for big retail. This program is open to ALL women-owned businesses with consumer products. You do not need to be certified by WBENC to attend Women Owned in Retail events. REGISTER

How to Overcome Objections and Close that Sale! September 21 | 2 – 4 pm EST Objection handling is finding out the TRUE objection, understanding why it is a problem, collecting information needed and then handling it. The inability to effectively handle objections will make you feel like you are playing a game of “whack a mole” when all you want to do is sell your product. If you are ready to learn how to overcome objections and close that sale, join us September 21 from 2 – 4 pm EST. Learn more and register. 

Small Business Administration

  • Since the opening of the Paycheck Protection Program Direct Borrower Forgiveness Portal on August 4, the SBA has received more than 340,000 submissions from borrowers with PPP loans of $150,000 or less. For help submitting your application through the portal, watch this training videoLearn more
  • Join the SBA September 13 – September 15, for the National Small Business Week Virtual Summit to learn new business strategies, meet other business owners, and chat with industry experts. This free online event will include educational webinars, updates on resources for small businesses and a networking chat room for business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs. Register
  • Interested in government contracting? Below are some resources to help you along the way. Check out Associate Administrator of SBA’s Office of Government Contracting and Business Development, Bibi Hidalgo’s, interview with the Federal News Network to learn how the SBA is working to boost federal contracting opportunities for small, disadvantaged businesses.
    • Register for the SBA’s webinar on August 24, which will cover programs and resources to help you contract with the federal government.  
    • Register for the ChallengeHER webinar on August 26, which will cover overlooked opportunities in federal contracting. 
  • SBA Grants for Global Expansion | September 9 | 2:00pm ET Are you aware there is a unique grant program dedicated to helping U.S. small businesses grow their global sales? Please join the U.S. Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Office of International Trade for a brief conversation with two small businesses that have utilized the State Trade Expansion Program (STEP) grant to support global sales growth. The discussion will last approximately 20-25 minutes.  An opportunity for Q & A will be provided after the session for anyone that has additional questions and would like to stay on longer. If you are interested in growing your global market sales and are not familiar with the STEP grant, this is a 20-minute conversation that you don’t want to miss! To receive a weblink or call-in number to participate, please pre-register HERE and we will send you that information prior to the event.

New Jersey

The New Jersey LGBT Chamber of Commerce is excited to host a two-part roundtable series designed to advance the interests of LGBT-, small-, minority-, women-, disability-, and veteran-owned businesses in the state of New Jersey. Hester Agudosi, Chief Diversity Officer for the State of New Jersey, will be the Keynote Speaker for Part One of the Series, the “Small and Minority Owned Business Certification Summit”, taking place on September 9th, from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

This event will bring together many national organizations and state government agencies to educate business owners on the benefits of becoming a certified small- or minority-owned business. Such benefits include enhanced opportunities to establish contracts with Fortune 500 companies and special access to both federal and state government resources and lending. Click HERE for a full list of participating organizations. Interested attendees should pre-register by going to the New Jersey LGBT Chamber’s website or by going to www.bit.ly/CERTIFY2021 and www.bit.ly/DIVERSITY2021. Questions related to each event can be emailed to info@njlgbtchamber.org

New York

The New York Power Authority invites you to join us for a SMART PATH CONNECT – TRANSMISSION & SUBSTATION PROCUREMENT INFORMATION SESSION on Thursday, September 9, 2021 | 10:00am – 12:00pm. Smart Path Connect is a part of a comprehensive portfolio of transmission upgrades being undertaken across New York State to support New York State’s clean energy goals. Small Businesses, WBE, MBE, and SDVOB Firms are encouraged to attend. Click here to register.

 

 

 

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