COVID-19 Updates & Resources
Dear Corporate Members and MBEs,

The Council wants to assure you that we take the health and well-being of our community, corporate members, and MBEs very seriously. Like you, we're closely monitoring the quickly developing effects of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

As you may know, to help prevent the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, The Council is practicing social distancing, and the team is currently conducting business as usual from home.

All meetings and events will be conducted via conference call or webinar until further notice. The Council is committed to serving our community, below you will find information on upcoming Council events, and resources available for businesses that may be experiencing financial hardship during this difficult time.
Upcoming Council Webinar Series

COVID-19 is having a devastating effect on businesses across the country. The Mountain Plains Minority Supplier Development Council has worked for more than 40 years to Certify, Develop, Connect and Advocate; we want to continue to bring critical resources to assist your company during these trying economic times. 

Please join us and share your thoughts during the Virtual MPMSDC Interactive Town Halls, each session will begin with economic development remarks and business leaders and then open up for input and questions from MBEs. 

Submit questions in advance to:
Belinda Hooks at Belinda@mpmsdc.orG 
Marvin Lyman at 

Immediate Local Market Support for Minority Business Enterprise
Thursday, April 9th, 2pm MST/3pm CST | REGISTRATION COMING SOON

Inclusive Regional Economic Recovery Support for Minority Business Enterprise
Thursday, April 16th, 2pm MST/3pm CST | REGISTRATION COMING SOON

Accessing Capital for Minority Business Enterprise
Thursday, April 23rd, 2pm MST/ 3pm CST | REGISTRATION COMING SOON
National Resources
NMSDC Town Hall - How MBEs Are Navigating The COVID-19 Business Challenges
March 26, 2020

A town hall focused on a frank discussion with minority business owners on of the impact of the COVID-19 crisis on their business, how are they coping, what can corporate customers do to support them and what advice can they give to other MBEs. What do the federal, state and local governments need to do to support minority businesses?

How To Engineer Diversity And Inclusion: A Conversation With Dell Technologies’ Chief Diversity And Inclusion Officer, Brian Reaves
February 25, 2020

When I started thinking about developing a series on diversity and inclusion in tech, I wanted to make sure I wasn't just replicating the information that we see many companies share in their annual reports. I wanted an honest conversation with the leaders in tech who are tasked with the great responsibility not just to make the numbers better but to drive the conversation forward. The companies I looked at all have a particular angle from which they approach diversity and inclusion either because of their leaders’ vision or because of the company history and business role. 

SBA Disaster Loan Assistance
SBA is collecting the requested information in order to make a loan under SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program to the qualified entities listed in this application that are impacted by the Coronavirus (COVID-19). The information will be used in determining whether the applicant is eligible for an economic injury loan. If you do not submit all the information requested, your loan cannot be fully processed.

Funds for COVID-19 Relief
Candid is compiling a list of funds specifically established in the wake of coronavirus. The list focuses on funds hosted at US-based foundations that serve nonprofits, though others outside of this criteria may appear as well.

Local Resources

Colorado COVID Relief Fund Application
Coronavirus (COVID-19) has created far-reaching economic and social impacts across Colorado and beyond. Coloradans who live daily without access to critical services and opportunities due to race and socioeconomic status are being especially hit hard and disproportionately affected.

The Colorado COVID Relief Fund’s purpose is to raise and coordinate allocation of funds based on prevention, impact and recovery needs of community-based organizations in Colorado. This Fund is organized to ensure that the most acute community needs across the state are being addressed and that community voice is reflected in all funding decisions made over time. Click Here To Learn More>


United Way Prepares for COVID-19 With Emergency Relief Fund
The Salina Area United Way is offering help as the COVID-19 Coronavirus continues to spread across the country, and Kansas.
According to the agency, they determined to provide continued high-quality support and service to our community during this unique circumstance. This crisis is affecting everyone, especially those areas involving their core pillars of health, education, and financial stability. Read More>

Western Missouri

AltCap Announces Small Business Relief Loan Fund to Provide Financial Support During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Kansas City, MO (March 31, 2020) – In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, a new community-backed $5 million small business relief loan fund was launched today by AltCap, supported by the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce (KC Chamber), the Kansas City Area Development Council (KCADC) the Civic Council of Great Kansas City (Civic Council) and the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation . Read More>

Need business help right now? KCSourceLink is here for you!
KCSourceLinks's hotline is—and will continue to be—open for your business. You can still talk to real people and get relevant resources to help your business in general and throughout the outbreak of the coronavirus.   Read More>


The Village Connector has several resources available to the community in the State of Nebraska.

Please take a moment to look at the extremely valuable information that has been shared in their most recent publication.
Have an event or news you'd like to share?
Please email Teshauna Dawkins at at the beginning of each week to ensure inclusion in our weekly newsletter.
KSMO Office
11320 W. 79 th Street
Suite 200
Lenexa, KS 66214
MPMSDC Headquarters
6025 South Quebec Street Suite 135
Centennial, CO, 80111
Nebraska Office
1311 Fort Crook Road South
Suite 104
Bellevue, NE 68005