Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates and Resources
General Announcements
WBENC Pitch - Last Chance to Vote!
Watch pitch videos from 100+ WBEs who have pivoted their business. Vote to determine who moves on to the next round!

The 12 WBEs who receive the most votes will have the opportunity to present a live three-minute pitch for a panel of WBENC Corporate Member judges. Each finalist will also receive grant funding for their business.

Voting ends TODAY at 8 PM EST.

You are invited to watch the final 12 pitches LIVE during the WBENCPitch Pivot Final Round on Thursday, June 25 from 3-5:30 PM EST. Register now.  
Prelude Solutions Supports WBEC-East & Our Corporate Members!
It all starts with an audit! When Prelude Solutions saves you money with
our telecom audit, we PAY IT FORWARD to WBEC-East!
  • FREE analysis of communication services and systems.
  • NEW Contingency fee-based model 75% of savings directly to corporate member
  • 3% of Telecom savings will be donated back to WBEC-East
  • FREE health check at 6 months.
  • Optimization of Voice, Data, Mobile & Cable
  • Unbiased Carrier Selection Review
  • VoIP Strategies (UCaaS/CCaaS)
  • Cloud Transformation and Planning
  • Wireless/Wireline Services Help Desk
  • Telecom Expense Management 
Prelude Solutions saves corporations an average of 33% on telecom spend!

Let's help WBEC-East increase their programming support!
Regional News
Restore PHL Loan Fund
This loan program provides flexible low-cost capital to small businesses with less than $5M in revenue for costs associated with improved business resilience or growth, including working capital, fit-up, inventory, technology, mobilization, re-hiring, and employee training. 

The fund is targeted to historically disadvantaged communities with a specific focus on minority, women, and immigrant-owned businesses located on commercial corridors in low-income areas. The loan application and additional program details will be released soon.
WBEC-East Webinars
Doing Business with Comcast
June 23, 1-2pm

Are you interested in doing business with Comcast? 

Please join us for an informative webinar to learn about Comcast's supplier diversity and procurement initiatives. There are several business opportunities still available despite today’s economic landscape. Comcast wants to engage with WBEs like you to discuss potential procurement opportunities. 

Register today to learn the business requirements to be a supplier for Comcast! 
Partner Webinars
Grow with Google Digital Workshop
African American Chamber of Commerce of Western Pennsylvania
June 23, 9 - 10am

U.S. Senator Bob Casey, the African American Chamber of Commerce of Western Pennsylvania (AACCWP), Grow with Google , and the Connected Commerce Council are co-hosting a free, online workshop for small business owners in Pennsylvania.

Discover tools, tips and resources to help you manage your business remotely during the COVID-19 crisis. Learn how to host virtual meetings and events. We’ll also share the latest resources from Google and other partners to help support small businesses.
The Pacific Regional Conference - Ideation
WBEC Pacific
June 25, 8am - 5pm | Pre-event: 7am

Every year, WBEC Pacific puts on a business conference to drive business engagement and celebrate our community. This year, we are moving the event online and going with the theme “IDEATION.”

This event offers a full day of conference activities: Opening and Closing Keynote Addresses, Match-up ! Sessions, Fireside Chat, Economic Outlook, workshops, resource tracks, game breaks, and a wellness and yoga pre-event class. 
Virtual Matchmaker Presented by SHARE in Harrisburg
June 25, 1-5pm

WBEC-East is excited to partner with EMSDC, Johnson Controls Inc., Retail Business Services and UPMC to bring you this month’s Virtual Business Matchmaker presented by SHARE in Harrisburg, Thursday, June 25.

Register now for this matchmaking event that brings top economic engines and community organizations together in one (virtual) place.