10/04/20: WBE Tools, Resources, Information and Connections Bulletin October 5 - 9, 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.


  • What’s New with WBENC? Find out in WBENC’s Monthly Newsletter for September 2020. Read about National Women’s Small Business Month and the #BuyWomenOwned campaign; WBENCs Cummins Grands for Black Student Female Founders and watch the Final Pitch Competition.
  • The deadline to fill out the census has been extended into October. This year, filling out the census is easier than ever. The census asks just 10 simple questions that can be answered in just a few minutes online by visiting gov, or by calling 844-330-2020 for assistance in English.

Small Business Administration

  • Did you know that SBA’s Lender Match tool helps connect minority-owned businesses with SBA-approved CDFIs and small lenders?

Here’s how it works:

    1. Describe your needs – Answer a few questions about your business in as little as five minutes.
    2. Get matched in two days – Receive an email with contact information of lenders who express interest in your loan.
    3. Talk to lenders – Compare rates, terms, fees, and more.
    4. Apply for a loan – Submit loan applications and paperwork. You’re well on your way to securing a business loan.

Get Started.

  • National Small Business Week 2020 has come to a close, but there’s still a chance to get to know our winners. Many of SBA’s winners are veterans, women and minority-owned small businesses. Learn about their achievements and dedication to their communities.

National winners

Local winners

  • SAVE THE DATE: National Veterans Small Business Week November 2 – 6, 2020.


New Jersey

  • The Hunterdon County Chamber of Commerce is asking for input through the Hunterdon Economic Recovery Survey. The information provided on this survey will help us to evaluate the impacts on Hunterdon County’s employers and the Hunterdon County economy. Individual survey responses will not be released, and the information will only be conveyed in the aggregate.
  • The Statewide Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of NJ is not accepting applications for their Hispanic Training Program (HETP) 2021. The HETP has a simple mission, to provide culturally and linguistically appropriate business education and mentorship services for free to small business owners. To see more information about our program and to apply, visit the following links:

HETP Home page: https://www.shccnjetp.com/

HETP Application: https://www.shccnjetp.com/apply-1

Make sure you apply today! Spaces are limited.


New York

  • New York Forward Loan Fund: The Empire State Development (ESD) announced that Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) recipients are now eligible to receive low-interest loans from the New York Forward Loan Fund (NYFLF). This conditional change will provide the Fund’s network of lenders and financial institutions with greater flexibility and enable them to provide more small businesses with working capital to cover expenses associated with reopening. Read More>>
  • Guidelines for Indoor Dining: In addition to the State-issued summary guidelines, affirmation document, and business plan, NYC Health has made available downloadable contact tracing logs for employees and customers, a checklist for Indoor Dining for restaurant operators, and more. Please use the buttons below to see all available materials. Read the Summary Guidelines.
  • The Manhattan Chamber of Commerce launched the NYC Small Business Resource Network, a city-wide initiative to bring technical assistance and business recovery support to NYC small businesses through borough-wide Chambers like ours. It is an outgrowth of our Pivot to Win initiative which began in June. The NYC Small Business Resource Network will be able to assist in technology, real estate, legal and accounting services, procurement opportunities, marketing, loans and grants, and more. Our on-the-ground Small Business Support Specialists will help guide you to the resources you need. Reach out directly for immediate help.
  • New York State Sick Leave Law is Effective: Governor Andrew Cuomo signed the Enacted Budget for fiscal year 2021, which included a statewide sick leave law. Employees start accruing sick leave under the law on September 30, 2020. Employers must provide the accrued leave for the covered uses set forth under the law starting on January 1, 2021.


District of Columbia

  • The application for the DC Small Business Resiliency Fund went live last night. DC businesses with less than $3M in gross receipts and 50 or fewer employees may qualify for a $10,000 grant. Applications are due by October 15. More information on this grant can be found at https://coronavirus.dc.gov/page/small-business-resiliency-fund.

Businesses must:

    • Be duly organized in the District of Columbia
    • Have a facility located in within the District of Columbia;
    • Have a current, active District of Columbia business license and Certificate of Occupancy;
    • Have or attain a Clean Hands from the DC Office of Tax and Revenue before grant funding;
    • Have been revenue-generating for at least three (3) months prior to the declaration of the COVID-19 Response Emergency Amendment Act of 2020;
    • Derive at least 51% of its gross receipts from the District of Columbia;
    • Generate less than $3,000,000 in gross receipts;
    • Demonstrate a loss of revenue of 25% or more;
    • Grant funds will be used for business model restructuring, business continuity plan development, related COVID-19 marketing expenses, and the purchase of personal protective equipment (PPE), and/or disinfection products for the business;
    • Businesses receiving grant funds must comply with local and federal guidelines for operating their businesses (social distancing guidelines, disinfection protocols, occupancy restrictions, and so forth); and,
    • Submit a W-9 form (if awarded).


  • Mayor Young Announces Additional $2 Million Dollar in Funds for Baltimore’s Small Businesses. SBEs will be required to complete an application to request funding and provide necessary documentation. More information on eligibility and how to apply will be available at here on Monday, October 5.
  • Tuesday October 6 | 9:00am – 10:00am: Downtown Download A COVID Resources & Recovery Webinar hosted by Shelonda Stokes, President & CEO of Downton Partnership of Baltimore & Councilman Erick Costello. Join this live webinar for the latest and most useful information available from Councilman Eric Costello, Downtown Partnership CEO, Shelonda Stokes, and a variety of elected officials and business leaders who are guiding us through the pandemic recovery.
  • Tuesday October 6 | 12:00pm – 1:30pm: Mind Your Business: Lessons Learned During A Crisis – Moving Forward. Ever wonder how to reset your business after a crisis? During this virtual event participants will discover critical paths for your business after COVID. Many businesses have faced tremendous hardships during COVID-19 and many have learned lessons that can fuel their growth for the future.

Guests to include:

    • Paul Taylor – Mayor’s Office of Small, Minority & Women Business
    • Evert Sands – Lendistry
    • David Bramble – MCB Real Estate
    • Julie A. Hopkins – Hopkins IP
    • Dominick Davis – DIFFERENTREGARD
    • Steven White – DIFFERENTREGARD
    • Stephanie Geller – Community Wealth Builders

To view flier, click here

To register, click here

  • Thursday October 8 | 8:00am – 12:00pm: Whiting-Turner’s Contracting Company’s Get Down to Business Event. The event offers an opportunity for business owners to meet with the Whiting-Turner Contracting Company’s bid teams to find out about projects that will be put out for bid in the next several months. This event is exclusively for our diverse sub-contractors and vendors.

Event Details:

    • There will not be an “in person” event at our offices. Instead there will be a dedicated time period-8:00am until 12:00noon, on Thursday October 8th, for you to call in to talk with a WT contact. It is an opportunity for a brief personal dialogue, without a lot of phone tag. You will be limited to a 5 minute conversation. Additional conversations can be scheduled.
    • Whiting Turner will compile a project list with backup project information sheets.
    • Whiting Turner will provide you multiple WT contacts on the project list, no different than having multiple contacts at our tables. Enough capacity to personally discuss the projects and develop relationships.
    • Whiting Turner will send you the project lists and backup sheets on Tuesday October 6th, two days prior to the call in date. Please do NOT call until October 8th.
    • Whiting Turner encourages attendees to review the information before you call in , so as to focus your conversation on specific projects and the information you need.

For more information contact Bernie LaHatte at 410-821-1100 or email: Bernard.lahatte@whiting-turner.com


Partner Organization Offerings

  • Don’t miss WBDC’s brand new podcast series, Make Your Mark – Breaking the Glass Ceiling, where we shine the spotlight on influential women as they share how they fought for their voice and rights, became civically engaged, and changed the status quo. Episode two explores how women in the corner office drive civic engagement and economic empowerment in their organizations and in their communities. Listen here and make sure to subscribe for more from Make Your Mark.



  • Thursday October 29 | 12:00pm – 1:00pm ET – Disability:IN webinar featuring Tina Williams< OFCCP Policy Director. Tina Williams, Policy Director, Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP), U.S. Department of Labor, will present on Section 503 compliance, the Amended CSAL List, Focused Reviews and answer federal contractor’s questions. Deadline for Registration: Tuesday, October 27. Following your registration, you will receive a calendar hold within one business day and connection information will be sent 48 hours prior to the event.
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