Highlights from the
2020 Women's Conference & Resource Fair!
February 25, Cheyney PA
On February 25th, we opened the doors of Cheyney University of Pennsylvania to welcome registrants to our 2020 Women's Conference & Resource Fair. What followed was a day full of women supporting women owned businesses, business networking, meeting with corporates, and being motivated and taught by our various speakers - all for free! 

Thank you to our attendees and speakers for making this event such a success!
Maximizing Your WBE Certification
March 30, 2:00 - 2:45 PM
Online Webinar
Once you receive your certification, you'll want to make sure you are using it in the best ways possible to help you network and grow your business. This webinar will show you how.
Women 2 Women Webinar:
Data & Anayltics
April 22 , 2:00 – 3:00 PM
Online Webinar
Your company's data is tremendously valuable. Almost every company has data but most organizations aren't sure how to turn these data into actionable insights.

In this live, interactive Zoom webinar we'll talk about business data analytics. We'll also cover analytics tools and what makes a good data visualization. 
Update: WOSB Eliminates Self-Certification
for Federal Contracting
As of summer 2020, businesses will no longer be able to self-certify as a Women Owned Small Business (WOSB), and will have to apply for certification through an approved third-party certifier, such as WBENC, or through the SBA. The WOSB certificate is useful only if you are interested in contracting with the federal government.

How this will impact you:
You are currently certified as WOSB through WBEC-East: This does not impact you. Continue to request WOSB on your annual recertifications and we will file on your behalf.
You are currently self-certifying as WOSB: You can request WBEC-East to file on your behalf for no additional cost. On your next WBE recertification, check “yes” on question 1 requesting WOSB. Upload your active SAM registration as well as one of the following: previous 4 quarterly IRS form 941; W-3 from previous year; OR current list of employees if the first two do not apply.
You are not interested in contracting with the federal government: This does not impact you. Continue to check “no” on question 1 (Do you wish to apply for WOSB) of your annual WBE recertification.
WBE Spotlight
One of our WBEs, Marguerite Rodgers - President & Creative Director of Marguerite Rodgers Interior Design - was featured in February's Philadelphia Magazine! Read more below:

The challenge Meg Rodgers faced when working on this Center City condo wasn’t simply designing. It was editing — namely, the homeowner’s extensive collection of art, artifacts, antiques, textiles and furniture, acquired through decades of world travel. With her team, Rodgers, principal of Marguerite Rodgers Interior Design, started by cataloging each piece and then collaborating with the client — who was downsizing from a suburban spread — to determine which items would be integrated into the new home.

“The home is a testament to a life spent traveling and creating. It embraces this life well lived. The amount of artistry and craft and skill that is represented here — it’s almost like a museum.”
~ Meg Rodgers, Designer
Welcome Newly Certified WBEs!
Certified In February 2020
379 Supply LLC

All In Highway Services LLC

Behavioral Health Industry News, Inc. DBA Open Minds

Butler Floor & Carpet Company, Inc.

Canna Be Secure LLC

Cassidy, Connor & Pitchford

Chaddsford Planning Associates, LLC

Clawson & Associates Case

Management Consulting Services, Inc.

E.K. Services, Inc

Eagle Staffing Company

Elite Building Services

Frank Casilio & Sons, Inc DBA Casilio Concrete

J. Miller & Associates LLC

Kline Corporation

Make A Difference Entertainment LLC

DBA Philly Made Creative

Menser Inc

Monaloh Basin Engineers, Inc.

Prism Therapeutic Consulting

The Paper Space

Three Big Dogs Incorporated DBA DCIManagement, Big Dog Installations, Big Dog Fulfillment

Total Engineering & Consulting Services, LLC

United Traffic Control LLC

Watersolv Inc DBA Aquagy
Opportunity & Grants
Third Party Subject Matter Expertise (SME) Auditing Services
The Federal Home Loan Bank of Pittsburgh (FHLBank)
DEADLINE: March 13

The Internal Audit (IA) department of the Federal Home Loan Bank of Pittsburgh (FHLB-PGH) is responsible for conducting independent risk based assessments of the design and operating effectiveness of controls over the significant risks inherent in the Banks processes. All work is performed according to the Bank’s Internal Audit methodology and the International Standards for the Professional Practice of Internal Auditing.

As part of the audit process or for special projects, IA may leverage third party Subject Matter Expertise (SME) to gain comfort that, at a minimum, current industry standards and trends are considered in planning.
RSA Platform Upgrade Professional Services
The Federal Home Loan Bank of Pittsburgh (FHLBank)
DEADLINE: March 13

The Federal Home Loan Bank of Pittsburgh is seeking suppliers that have the capability to perform upgrade supportive services to the RSA platform. The below information is a high-level scope of what the Bank is looking for from an RSA resource Standpoint:
Architecture Overview
  • RSA SecurID Software Version: Auth Mgr 8.4 P09
  • 3 IDR at each location (Production); 3 IDR at Iron Mountain
  • Web Tier Layer deployment – Existing
  • Internal AD integration – completed
  • External AD integration – AD built; integration needs completed
Contracting Opportunity with City of Philadelphia

The City of Philadelphia Board of Pensions and Retirement issued three notices of contract opportunity for the following services:

  • Board Trustee Election – Closing Date March 16
  • Annual Board Audit – Closing Date March 19
If you have questions about the bidding process call 215.685.3407
From Our Partners
Preparation for Prosperity
March 12, 8 - 1:30pm  
Pittsburgh, PA

You are invited to join the City of Pittsburgh and partners on March 12, 2020 for a free Women Business Enterprise Event- 'Preparation for Prosperity'. Attendees will get to hear guidance and best practices for growing and sustaining their businesses.

There will be 3 valuable sessions discussing:
• Government Contracting Opportunities
• Business Owner Health: Take Care of Yourself
• Business Lifecycle Needs
SBA Emerging Leaders
DEADLINE: March 20. Program runs from April - October
King of Prussia, PA

The SBA Emerging Leaders program provides free entrepreneurship education and training for executives of small, poised-for-growth companies that are potential job creators. During the course of seven months, participants are given the opportunity to work with experienced mentors, attend specialized workshops and develop connections with their peers, city leaders, and the financial community. 

Classes begin in mid April. Specialized areas of training include growth strategies plans, financing and access to capital, government contracting, CEO mentoring. The only cost is your time and commitment to complete the curriculum over the course of seven months. All other costs are covered by SBA and our local partners.

Do you qualify?
  • Does your business have annual revenues of at least $400,000 up to $10 million?
  • Does your company employ at least one person in addition to the owner?
  • Have you been in business at least three years? 
April Diversity Dinner Meeting
April 9, 5:15 - 8:00pm  
Philadelphia, PA

This event is for all supplier diversity professionals, supply chain professionals, technology professionals, and corporations seeking to learn more about supplier diversity, and how to do business with diverse suppliers and technology trends.

Pre-Dinner: A networking session that would allow you to meet and engage with supplier diversity professionals from various supplier diversity affiliates to gain knowledge about their organization, certifications, members, and how to connect with diverse suppliers for inclusion and utilization purposes on procurement opportunities.  

Dinner Meeting: a panel of certified diverse experts in the technology field will discuss their successes and challenges of doing business as diverse suppliers.

Participants who attend both meetings will receive (2) hours of continuing education. They may be applied toward ISM CPSM recertification, CPSD recertification, C.P.M. recertification, and/or A.P.P. reaccreditation program requirements.
Women United Gala
April 30, 5:00 - 8:00pm  
Philadelphia, PA

On April 30, Women United will celebrate our recently expanded portfolio of Impact initiatives and recognize extraordinary women in leadership and philanthropy. You will have the opportunity to see first hand how, in partnership with United Way, Women United empowers women and families in our community to build strong, independent lives from cradle to career.
Each year, the Women United Gala recognizes the outstanding contributions of women leaders dedicated to changing the lives of others. This year, we are pleased to honor J. Lindsay Johnston. Lindsay is the President of the Power of Professional Women, a professional membership association focused on the development of the next generation of leaders through education, mentoring and purposeful connections.

Always committed to giving back to the community, Lindsay has been a problem solver and active volunteer throughout her thirty-year career.
* 20% discount for all WBE’s to attend! Register with the promo code - WU Social *