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


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.


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