Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates and Resources
General Announcements
Beyond Spots & Dots
In an effort to help support women-owned businesses struggling to maintain production, commerce and/or staff as result of the devastating COVID-19 outbreak, Beyond Spots & Dots has launched their Women-to-Women grant program, which offers $15,000 total in grant funds to three women owned businesses, with each receiving $5,000.
 
Beginning June 1, 2020 through July 15th, Beyond Spots & Dots will be accepting applications from female business owners in the communities they serve. Of these applicants, three businesses (one Pennsylvania business, one Ohio business, and one Maryland business) will each receive a $5,000 grant to sustain their businesses. 
This virtual executive development program is tailored to meet WBE's where they are, and support them through the COVID-19 crisis and beyond. WeThrive will be a resource to 200 accepted WBEs. The program will offer three tracks and include courses across five disciplines to help WBEs not only survive the uncertainty of today, but grow and thrive for the future.  

WeThrive will take place virtually from Tuesday, July 14 through Friday, September 11.

Applications are open now through June 23.
Regional News
New Jersey Updates
The New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA) announced that Applications for the expanded Small Business Emergency Assistance Grant Program Phase 2 will be available at 9:00 a.m. on June 9, 2020 . There will be no application fee.
The $45 million program will provide grants up to $10,000 to small businesses impacted by the coronavirus pandemic.
WBEC-East Webinars
Developing an Inclusion Action Plan For Your Business
June 11, 2-3pm

During this workshop, participants will have the opportunity to draft their own household budget as River walks through how to prioritize your expenses and estimate your income, even when income may be inconsistent or unstable.

River will also provide some strategies and information that may be useful for folks who temporarily have less income due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Partner Webinars
Developing an Inclusion Action Plan For Your Business
Women Impacting Public Policy
June 8, 2pm

With the current state of the country, it is more than apparent that we need to engage in a larger conversation—what WIPP is doing to be part of the solution and not part of the perpetual problem of systemic injustice.

WIPP is committed to working together to address systemic injustice and to be a part of ongoing solutions. Developing an inclusion action plan is the first step to acknowledging the problems that exist as well as building the internal scaffolding to support employees of color in your workplace. Join us for an environment of honest conversation and tools for implementation in this unprecedented time.
Developing a Dynamic Capability Statement
Center for Women & Enterprise | Massachusetts
June 11, 12-1pm

Attend a FREE webinar to learn tips for developing a robust capability statement to assist you in marketing your products & services to large business prime contractors and federal agencies.
Stay at Home Activities!
Google Arts & Culture  has teamed up with five national parks in the U.S. so people can enjoy the beauty of the natural world while sitting safely on their couch. These parks feature different climates and environments from across the country, including famous desert vistas and snowy terrains.
In Your Journey to Aging Well, author Sally Hendon will lead you through the four major components of good health: water, exercise, quality food, and sleep. You will learn how to maximize these components to take control of your health to age well. By changing just one of your habits, it will resonate throughout your body.

Please stay healthy and safe during this time, and know that WBEC-East remains a resource to you and your business.