April 2020 newsletter
President's Message
Greetings all,

We hope this email finds you and yours well and safe.

The situation and crisis we find ourselves in is rapidly changing and unsettling, as you all know. That said, the NAWBO-CA board and admin team continue to monitor daily developments locally, nationally and internationally. We watch not only the healthcare situation, but how it’s affecting our WBOs. We also are tracking on resources at all levels of government to assist you in not only keeping your doors open, but in order to thrive, if at all possible.

By now you should be seeing our weekly emails of resources, links, and information. They come out early each week, and are also posted on our website here . Please bookmark and come back often. We know you are likely getting inundated with emails and webinars. We are working to ease that burden on you by sifting through all that clutter to find the solutions and resources that will help you the most.

Given the current quarantine directives, NAWBO-CA has postponed our 2020 Propel. It won’t be May 4 & 5. You should have received an email about this, too. We are coming up with an alternative plan. Look for an official announcement soon in your inboxes and on the NAWBO Propel website.

We in NAWBO-CA leadership are so appreciative of your shared enthusiasm for NAWBO and our #NAWBOcommunity. Thank you for your support and understanding as we navigate this challenging situation and do what we can to support you.

Now for the impact the virus may have on our businesses — see below for the quick survey I’d mentioned would be headed your way in my letter last month. It will be helpful to know as we advocate on behalf of all of our members how this crisis is impacting you and your businesses, so thanking you in advance for responding.

Advocacy
Our Advocacy committee under Moreen Lane and with our Legislative Advisor Lori Kammerer continues to fight the good fight on behalf of all of us. See their update below.

Opportunities
The 2 latest loan and grant opportunities are below. Make time to apply as soon as you can. Let us know if you’ve any questions.

1) Bank of America PPP Application
BofA has changed up the qualifications for the PPP. The qualification is less stringent now: to be eligible, you must have a Small Business lending and Small Business checking relationship with Bank of America as of February 15, 2020
OR
have a Small Business checking account that was opened no later than February 15, 2020 and do not have a business credit or borrowing relationship with another bank.

Access the application here: www.bankofamerica.com/sbresources
 
2) From Sara Blakely, Spanks founder, a grant opportunity:
Last Friday she announced that she’ll be giving $5 million dollars to help female entrepreneurs. Her hope is that this gift will directly impact the families and employees of these businesses and provide some immediate relief during this time. The application process opened at 12pm EST today, April 6. The $5 million dollars will be distributed to 1,000 women who will each receive $5,000 in funding. As Sara wrote: “being an entrepreneur is brave in and of itself — let alone when you are against a global crisis. I want to champion these women by giving them the support they deserve. Spanx and I are rooting for you. Here’s the link to apply. 

As always, stay brilliant, successful, and supportive of your #NAWBOcommunty colleagues. We are #TogetherApart and WILL get through this.

Hilary Lentini

- President, NAWBO-CA
- Past President, NAWBO-LA
- Founder & Creative Director, Lentini Design & Marketing, Inc.; DBE, WBE, SBE, SB, SLB, EBE, VSBE
- Governor-Appointed Board Member, California Workforce Development Board
Survey: How is COVID-19 affecting your business?
To better help us understand how COVID-19 is affecting your business, and to gain important information for future advocacy, NAWBO-CA is asking all members to please complete a brief survey by April 13 .
Advocacy Update
Although the California Legislature will not be reconvening at this point until May 4th, work by legislators and their office and committee staff continues.  

Implementation of SB 826 (Jackson)

In March 2020, the California Secretary of State released a report with implementation data for SB 826 which requires gender diversity on California’s corporate boards. According to the report, 109 corporations added women to their boards since the data was last collected in July 2019. In the most recent report, 282 corporations include women on their boards, compared with 173 just last July. Detailed data can be found in the online report .

SB 873 (Jackson) Gender: Discrimination: Pricing 

As previously reported, NAWBO-CA is a co-sponsor of SB 873 which would repeal the “pink tax” by prohibiting gender-based price discrimination for consumer goods sold in California. When the Legislature reconvenes, SB 873 will be double referred -- which means it will be heard concurrently in Senate Judiciary and Senate Governance & Finance committees. Because the bill has fiscal implications it will also be heard in Senate Appropriations. When appropriate, we may request chapters to once again provide support letters to committee chairs and staff. 

Statewide Moratorium on Evictions for Commercial Properties Occupied by Small Businesses and Nonprofits 

NAWBO-CA Board of Directors supported Assemblymember Kansen Chu’s request to Governor Newsom that he immediately enact a statewide moratorium on evictions for commercial properties that are occupied by small businesses and nonprofits in addition to providing support to vulnerable and minority-owned small businesses. The request also included more support in funding the local Small Business Development Centers (SBDC) who are working to help small businesses navigate through all of the business and employment issues associated with and arising from the COVID-19 pandemic.

NAWBO-CA and NAWBO Sacramento Valley were included as supporters in Assemblymember Chu’s letter to the Governor. We encourage all chapters to also support. Reach out to Moreen Lane for more information: Moreen@RRStrategies.biz or 916.216.9090.
Virtual Chapter Events
Ventura County : Speed networking on April 14

Silicon Valley : Videos and Live Streaming on April 21

San Diego: Negotiation Mastermind on April 16

NAWBO National has many virtual events including What will be your new norm ? on April 10 and a COVID-19 Impact discussion on April 15.
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