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/


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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