06/15/20: WBE Tools, Resources, Information and Connections Bulletin June 15 - 19, 2020
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.

Watch Past WPEO Lunch with the Experts Webinars and Virtual Events

  • View recordings of past events here.


  • The National Women’s Business Council (NWBC) partners with the Association of Women’s Business Centers (AWBC) to deliver June 17 Webinar – The National Women’s Business Council (NWBC)is partnering with the Association of Women’s Business Centers (AWBC) for a webinar on financial literacy. The webinar will take place Wednesday, June 17, 2020 from 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM EDT. It will include an in-depth conversation with Bonnie Nawara, NWBC Council Member and CEO of Grand Rapids Opportunities for Women (GROW); Klassi Duncan, Director of Women Business Resource Center, Urban League of Louisiana; and David Ramos, Community Affairs Specialist for the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC).

Small Business Administration

  • Revised Guidance Regarding the Paycheck Protection Program – The U.S. Small Business Administration, in consultation with the U.S. Department of the Treasury, issued new and revised guidance for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). This guidance implements the Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act (PPPFA), signed into law by President Trump on June 5, 2020, and expands eligibility for businesses with owners who have past felony convictions. Learn More.
  • Fast Forward: Advancing Small Business in these Unprecedented Times (Virtual Event) – GSA’s Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization and the Federal Acquisition Service are partnering to host a FAST Forward virtual event on June 22 to assist and answer questions on how small businesses can sell products and services to the federal government. The training sessions will give you an overview of what you need to know to pursue a federal or GSA contract; from market research, registering your business in SAM.gov (System for Award Management), supply chain resilience and contract compliance, to adapting to some of the emerging needs we are experiencing in response to the global pandemic. Links to additional small business resources will also be provided after the event. Register Today.
  • To further meet the needs of U.S. small businesses and non-profits, the U.S. Small Business Administration reopened the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) and EIDL Advance program portal to all eligible applicants experiencing economic impacts due to COVID-19 today.SBA’s COVID-19 Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) and EIDL Advance The SBA is offering low interest federal disaster loans for working capital to small businesses and non-profit organizations that are suffering substantial economic injury as a result of COVID-19 in all U.S. states, Washington D.C., and territories.These loans may be used to pay debts, payroll, accounts payable and other bills that can’t be paid because of the disaster’s impact, and that are not already covered by a Paycheck Protection Program loan.  The interest rate is 3.75% for small businesses.  The interest rate for non-profits is 2.75%.

    To keep payments affordable for small businesses, SBA offers loans with long repayment terms, up to a maximum of 30 years.  Plus, the first payment is deferred for one year.

    In addition, small businesses and non-profits may request, as part of their loan application, an EIDL Advance of up to $10,000.  The EIDL Advance is designed to provide emergency economic relief to businesses that are currently experiencing a temporary loss of revenue.  This advance will not have to be repaid, and small businesses may receive an advance even if they are not approved for a loan.

    SBA’s EIDL and EIDL Advance are just one piece of the expanded focus of the federal government’s coordinated response.

    The SBA is also assisting small businesses and non-profits with access to the federal forgivable loan program, the Paycheck Protection Program, which is currently accepting applications until June 30, 2020.

Webinars and Townhalls


The following industries listed may begin re-opening under specific rules and regulations. Click the appropriate link(s) for more information.

  • Thursday, June 18 | 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. – Business (and Personal) Resilience for the “New Normal” informative Webinar hosted by Baltimore MBDA Business Center
    Please join the Baltimore MBDA Business Center for our June Webinar Series “Business and (Personal) Resilience for the “New Normal”” with GME Enterprise. The webinar will discuss the new ways for your business to adjust to the “New Normal” post Covid-19.
    To view flier, click here
    To register, click here
  • Wednesday, June 24 | 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. – Bringing Multicultural Business to the Forefront: Understanding What’s Important Webinar hosted by M&T Bank
    M&T Bank invites you to a forum dedicated to the unique needs and perspectives of our multicultural business community. This virtual event will focus on sharing information and strategies including access to resources and peer group mentoring.The discussion will be lead by M&T Banks team of business banking experts:

    • Carlos Andrade, Senior Relationship Manager
    • Andy Kim, Relationship Manager
    • Rosa Scharf, Senior Relationship Manager
    • Natalie Wech, Team Leader
    • Moderated by: Detra Miller, Minority Owned
    • Business Banking Manager

    To register, click here

  • Tuesday, June 30 | 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. – 2020 State of Downtown Webinar hosted by Downtown Partnership of Baltimore
    Join the Downtown Partnership of Baltimore as they release the findings from the State of Downtown Report alongside a new Economic Impact of COVID-19. Report and a discussion with leaders from Johns Hopkins Carey Business School. This will be an opportunity to look at the success seen in 2019 in the areas of employment, office and residential density, and hotels and hospitality to use a benchmark for Baltimore 4 recovery. Leaning on the advice and guidance from the latest data, Downtown business community, and civic and community leaders, we will get through this together.
    To register, click here
  • Wednesday June 24 | 10:00am – 11:45 am “Helping Brooklyn’s Immigrant- and Minority-Owned Businesses Rebound from the Pandemic,” a Center for an Urban Future (CUF) virtual policy symposium taking place Wednesday, June 24th from 10:00 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. Please join us for this live-streamed event, which is generously sponsored by HSBC and presented in partnership with the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce.Attendance is free, but registration is required. Please RSVP via this link.

New York

  • NYC Office of Small Business Services is hosting a number of webinars to give help understanding and complying with requirements and best practices to reopen Phase One businesses in NYC.

Phase One businesses include:


Wholesale Trade

Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing, and Hunting


Retail (limited to curbside or in-store pickup or drop off)

Topics include:

State requirements for reopening

Recommendations and best practices for reopening

Employee support

Compliance and enforcement

Resources available to help your business

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Partner Organization Resources

  • WIPP June 23 1:00pm EDTWomen to Watch 2020 – Join 131 & Counting on June 23rd to discuss what Congress may look like in 2021, women to watch, efforts to increase the racial diversity of women in 2020, and how we may best support women candidates during COVID-19.

The virtual panel includes:

    • Representative Susan Brooks (R-IN)
    • Representative Lauren Underwood (D-IL)
    • Debbie Walsh, Director for the Center for American Women and Politics, Rutgers University
    • Jessica Knight-Henry, National Political Director for the DSCC
    • Betsy Ankney, Political Director for the NRSC
    • Lauren Leader, Co-founder and CEO, All In Together (moderator)

Tools You Can Use

  • Remote personal development toolkit – Organizational growth starts with people. Use this toolkit to help guide employees in their personal development.
  • Talent optimization roundtables – Join an upcoming roundtable to discuss how to take lasting action when it comes to culture, DEI initiatives, engagement, and more. Let’s achieve Better Work, Better World together.
  • Managing team dynamics in a downturn – Watch this video series to learn how science can help you understand, navigate, and improve team dynamics.
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