Your Link to Opportunities and Information - Volume 3
A message from the CEO
Participate in Virtual Matchmaking
Our “Virtual Matchmaker” launched last week and connects buyers to entrepreneurs with sourcing solutions. Please click the appropriate below link and answer a few brief questions to begin the matchmaking process. An EMSDC representative will contact you with potential matches and additional instructions.

Supplier (MBE) Registration:

Buyer (Corporations and other buying entities) Registration:

Current Bids
Federal Home Loan Bank
April 6, 2020

Federal Home Loan Bank
April 10, 2020

ENGIE and Community Energy
April 10, 2020

Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority
April 14, 2020

April 21, 2020

Community College of Allegheny County
May 6, 2020

Philadelphia Housing Authority
May 8, 2020

May 13, 2020
SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan
In response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, small business owners in all U.S. states, Washington D.C., and territories are eligible to apply for an Economic Injury Disaster Loan advance of up to $10,000. The SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan program provides small businesses with working capital loans of up to $2 million that can provide vital economic support to small businesses to help overcome the temporary loss of revenue they are experiencing. Read more.

SBA Paycheck Protection Program
The Paycheck Protection Program is a loan designed to provide a direct incentive for small businesses to keep their workers on the payroll. SBA will forgive loans if all employees are kept on the payroll for eight weeks and the money is used for payroll, rent, mortgage interest, or utilities. The Paycheck Protection Program will be available April 3, 2020 through June 30, 2020 . Read more.

The SBA is offering daily disaster loan training webinars for small business. The webinar will provide you with answers and help you understand: 1) who is eligible for an SBA Disaster (EIDL) loan, 2) what you need to have in hand before filing your application, and 3) Q&A time devoted to answer your specific questions. Read more.

COVID-19 Working Capital Access Program (CWCA)
The COVID-19 Working Capital Access (CWCA) Program is administered by the Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority (PIDA) and provides critical working capital financing to small businesses located within the Commonwealth that are adversely impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak. Read more.

Philadelphia COVID-19 Small Business Relief Fund
The City of Philadelphia and PIDC have launched the Philadelphia COVID-19 Small Business Relief Fund. The $9 million fund aims to provide targeted support for small businesses, which face an unprecedented challenge due to the ongoing global pandemic. The fund offers a mix of new grants and zero-interest loans for businesses that make under $5 million in annual revenue.   Read more .

The Enterprise Center Capital Corporation (TEC-CC) offers both microloans and traditional small business loans of up to $500,000.
If you need a loan under $50,000, you may be eligible through TEC-CC for a microloan: a short‐term, fixed rate, fixed payment loan up to $50,000 made to start‐up or growing small businesses. Microloan applications are reviewed and approved by the internal loan review committee, which is composed of TEC staff members.   Read more.

Bridgeway Capital Loans
During the COVID-19 pandemic, Bridgeway’s patient, flexible capital and free technical assistance is available to help small businesses stay resilient
when facing business disruptions and changing cashflows. Financing solutions and loan modifications are tailored to the needs of your small business. Bridgeway’s financing is designed to work with credit challenges, collateral gaps, and complex transactions in need of creative funding solutions. Read more.

Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA)
The URA recognizes the potential hardships and needs small businesses are facing and may face due to COVID-19. We want to reassure our small business borrowers that we are here to work with you. Read more.
Ballard Spahr Launches Entrepreneur Legal Relief Program Amid Coronavirus Crisis
Ballard Spahr has established the Entrepreneur Legal Relief Program (ELRP) to ensure that entrepreneurs have the resources and counsel required to endure the current coronavirus crisis. Through ELRP, Ballard Spahr lawyers will provide discounted legal services and other business support to entrepreneurs and emerging growth companies. Read more.

Bloomberg Philanthropies and NACTO Launch Online Hub for Transportation Officials Responding to COVID-19 Emergency
Bloomberg Philanthropies and the National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO) today announced the launch of a transportation-focused online resource hub to give mayors, city officials and other practitioners real-time information on the transportation strategies cities are deploying to adapt to the rapidly evolving international health emergency. Read more.

Pittsburgh Technology Council "Business As Usual"
Access thought leadership, resources and insight to navigate the business impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. Click here to register for daily webinars and here for previous recordings.

Need to Report COVID-19 Fraud?
The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Pennsylvania is on-duty to protect the citizens of western Pennsylvania from fraudsters and criminals who seek to exploit this crisis for their profit. We have heard reports of scammers using email phishing schemes that claim to be from legitimate health organizations, advertising counterfeit virus test kits, and seeking donations fraudulently for illegitimate or non-existent charitable organizations, all in an effort to exploit people’s anxiety and uncertainty. They have also established a COVID-19 Fraud hotline at 888-219-9372 or

US Chamber Resources
The U.S. Chamber is working closely with the White House, U.S. government agencies, and foreign government officials to inform and equip businesses with the most important and up-to-date information to prevent the spread of the virus and prepare businesses for the near and long-term impact. Read more.

Pittsburgh Post Gazette Resources
With the ongoing  COVID-19 pandemic  and related economic fallout forcing businesses to close and sending jobless claims soaring, even people who have never felt they needed help before may need it now. Here are some places to look for answers to your questions or if you need assistance. Read more.
Athletic Gear to Protective Masks
Holla Athletics converted his sporting good store into a protective Mask Factory. With the rise of the Corona Virus COVID-19 protective wear is one of the best defense against this deadly virus. Many medical professionals estimate that this will not end until late May, protect yourself and your family, by staying safe and healthy. Please keep in mind this pandemic is effecting all shipping; Items ship before or within 7 days of ordering processing time could add an additional 3 days.  Read more.
Electrostatic Spray Guns
The virus is shown to live on various surfaces at room temperature for quite some time. To combat this, Checklist Facility Maintenance is using electrostatic spray guns with chemicals that are approved in killing the virus. The electrostatic delivery process is a revolutionary approach to infectious disease prevention, protection and sanitization. 
The electrostatic process atomizes the cleaning solution with high pressured air. The droplets pass an electrode inside of the nozzle, creating a magnetically charged spray that covers all touch points and surfaces.  Read more.
Gloves, Masks, and More
At RS SUPPLY , the health and safety of our associates, customers, and business partners is our top priority as we navigate the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and its impact on our work and personal lives. Its impact continues to be felt within our business and across the country. There are significant steps we are taking to support the safety of our associates and business partners. With that said we have a list of items here that can be purchased for your protection and safety. Feel free to reach out if you have any additional request.
Live Streaming and Video
Schools are closing face to face events, businesses are requesting employees to work from home, and individuals are avoiding travel. Business cannot stop in times like these which is why Cut 'N' Run is offering our clients 15% off live stream productions until May 2020. These include PowerPoint presentations from any location. The stream, will switch between presenter and presentation with interactive audience questions also available. The stream itself can be private, public, and embedded into social media platforms. Keep your business moving forward with Cut 'N' Run live streaming.  Read more.
As a team, we spent the past week figuring out how we can be of the most value to our community in such a critical state. At  The JPI Group , we've agreed to focus on doing our best to keep EVERYONE employed in our eco-system which includes our employees, contractors, friends, family, and community! Maintaining health is our first priority & economic stability is our second. If you know of any organizations looking to hire in any capacity, reach out to our team and we will see if we can help or refer you to another Small Business. Read more.
$2 Trillion Coronavirus Relief Package
The legislation, which passed unanimously in the Senate on Wednesday, will provide billions of dollars in relief for struggling industries, a significant boost to unemployment insurance and direct cash payments to Americans, many of whom have been financially devastated by the outbreak.
The measure  increases unemployment payments  and extends the benefit to those who typically do not qualify, such as gig economy workers, furloughed employees and freelancers. The bill increases the maximum unemployment benefit that a state gives to a person by $600 per week for four months. Read more.
We have created a new Microsoft Yammer page, EMSDC MBE Connects. This is a private group where EMSDC Corporate Members, MBEs, and Subscribers can connect with each other, post information, and view posts from EMSDC. Although our in-person events have been postponed, we hope to keep the EMSDC community engaged and connected through the new Yammer group and upcoming webinars.

 Click here to log in . If you have any questions about accessing Yammer or if you did not receive your invitation to join please email Tricina Cash on our team at and she will be able to assist you.
We are Here for You
EMSDC is proactively taking COVID-19 precautions and is therefore working virtually until further notice. Please send an email or use the extensions at 215-569-1005 or 412-391-4423 to leave a voicemail. We will get back to you by the close of business.

Jan Fleishner (Certification) - or x104
Darius Hurst-Rodney (Recertification) or x115
Brittany Rivera (Accounting) - or x110
Christine Robertson (Events) or x114
Tricina Cash (Corporate Engagement) - or x106
Meg Markley (Subscription Services) - or x103
Alea Bunch - or x111
Valarie Cofield - or x111
Certification and Re-certification Update
There has been no change in the processing cycle for new and re-certification applications. Notarized affidavits are currently non-applicable, and you will need to submit within 30 days of the quarantine being lifted. We are working daily to keep things moving forward for our entrepreneurs. Feel free to contact us: or

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