MARCH 23, 2020
Real Talk from the CEO

Our world is pulsating hourly with an incredible load of data thrown at us. We are getting hit from all directions! Putting on our MBE lens, our goal is to filter some of the most pertinent information for you. Thank you for your feedback! 

In this issue of HotSheet:
  • Critical new info from NIH and CDC on how the disease is spreading. Pay Close Attention.
  • Scams are on the rise
  • News headlines about a few of our Corporate Members who are doing what they can to impact and combat this virus. 
  • What’s happening around our region.
  • In case you missed out on some of the webinars that happened last week, we captured their respective links and content.

Sharon R. Pinder
What we will be watching closely this week…

Senate negotiators and the White House on Saturday kicked off the second day of talks on a stimulus plan that could exceed $2 trillion, intended to help limit the economic fallout of the coronavirus outbreak.   Source: Washington Post

The number of National Guardsmen called up to deal with the coronavirus response may double by the weekend, and a top general says they may help with local law enforcement. Read the Story 
Coronavirus is an emerging, rapidly evolving situation
New coronavirus stable for hours on surfaces
According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) -The scientists found that severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) was detectable in aerosols for up to three hours, up to four hours on copper, up to 24 hours on cardboard and up to two to three days on plastic and stainless steel.
Coronavirus can live in the air for hours and on surfaces for days, study finds
Coronavirus can remain infectious in droplets in the air for hours and on some surfaces up to three days, according to a new study. The virus spreads between people who are in close contact with one another through respiratory droplets, much like the common cold or flu, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Industry Ideas for DC Government during COVID-19
From Lindsey Parker, Chief Technology Officer

DC Government is in search of good technology ideas/solutions. Here is the opportunity to showcase your innovation and solutions-driven products and services! (Open to companies across the DMV)
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Coronavirus email scams are trying to cash in on your fear
The coronavirus-related phishing attacks have arrived. Here’s how to prevent getting infected.

If you didn’t have enough to worry about with the new coronavirus, here’s one more thing: Scammers are using the outbreak to steal your information through phishing attempts or to lure you into downloading a different kind of virus.
CRMSDC’s Corporate Members “Making A Difference”
While many of us are grappling with the impact of COVID-19 on our individual families and our local communities many of CRMSDC’s corporate members are leveraging their resources and answering the call to make their contributions.

If you have information you’d like to share, please email Sonya Bigelow-Smith , Director of Business Development
Dominion Energy commits $1 million to coronavirus relief

Dominion Energy says it's committing $1 million to help aid in coronavirus relief efforts across the country. RELATED: Live updates: Coronavirus in South Carolina ...The company, which took over SCE&G and SCANA operations in South Carolina,...

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Bank Of America Offers Homeowners Relief: Its Mortgage...

Homeowners who are struggling financially due to the coronavirus pandemic may now see some relief-at least if they have a Bank of America mortgage. According to an announcement from the company early Thursday evening, homeowners with Bank of...

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JPMorgan Chase Commits $50 Million To Address...

JPMorgan Chase is the latest company helping to quell the negative ramifications of the widespread global pandemic caused by the coronavirus. As the spread of virus has severely impacted communities and cities around the globe, the number of...

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From Director Kristi Whitfield
DC Department of Small and Local Business Development

Mayor Bowser Announces DC Businesses Can Now Apply for SBA Disaster Assistance Loans
Businesses in the District of Columbia are eligible to apply for loans under the SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Program for assistance from hardships from the novel corona virus (COVID-19). Terms are determined on a case-by-case basis, based upon each borrower’s ability to repay. DC businesses can start the process by clicking the button below.

Important Info for MBEs
From Secretary Jimmy Rhee, Governor’s Office of Small and Minority Business Affairs recommends this webpage of business resources  Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information for Businesses This site will be updated frequently as new information becomes available. It includes an FAQ that will also be updated regularly.
2020 Census
Maryland Department of Planning Statement on Census 2020 and COVID-19
Census 2020 invitations are being sent to homes by the U.S. Census Bureau between Mar. 12 and 20 with instructions on how to participate. The Census can be completed online, via telephone, or by mail. For more information please visit

Any additional questions, please contact Randall Nixon at
From Tracey G. Wiley, Agency Director 
Virginia Department of Small Business and Supplier Diversity

Governor Northam Announces Additional Actions to Address COVID-19
Small businesses can receive up to $2M in funding to pay for fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable and other bills.
Webinars and Virtual Meetings RECAP
Each day we receive multiple invites to attend webinars or conference call on this important topic. In case you missed any of the following important webinars, we have assembled their materials for you.
National Minority Supplier Development Council • NMSDC's Virtual Town Hall: How Can MBEs Survive the Impact of COVID-19?
Mid-States Minority Supplier Development Council • We've Got a Crisis…What's the Plan?
Florida State Minority Supplier Development Council • Mitigating the Impact of Coronavirus COVID-19 on Your Business
NFIB COVID 19 Webinar Part II: Congressional and Legal Update for Small Businesses
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What products/services have you provided during this pandemic? OR, do you have products/services you’d like us to share? Email or call 301.593.5860.