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.

 

 

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