Your Link to Opportunities and Information - Volume 32
Upcoming Events, Programs, and Webinars

November 17

November 17

November 17

November 18

December 1

December 1
EMSDC and Morgan Stanley Present "How to Build a more Valuable Business"

December 3
How to do Business with the Federal Home Loan Bank of Philadelphia

December 3
EMSDC Virtual Annual Meeting

December 10

December 11
EMSDC Choice Awards Virtual Gala
Participate in Virtual Matchmaking
Supplier (MBE) Registration:

Buyer (Corporations and other buying entities) Registration:

Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Critical Medical Supplies Procurement Portal
The Portal is for manufacturers, distributors and other suppliers to inform the Commonwealth of supplies available and will allow them to more efficiently procure these supplies for hospitals and medical facilities across Pennsylvania. Read more.

Current Bids
Hand Sanitizer, Toilet Paper, Disinfectant Wipes, etc.
The City of Pittsburgh - The Urban League is buying to distribute locally. Suppliers in Southwest PA call Michael Buzzelli or Mary Kay Dietrich at 412-227-4229. 

West Virginia University
November 13, 2020

Federal Home Loan Bank of Pittsburgh
November 16, 2020

Federal Home Loan Bank of Pittsburgh
November 16, 2020

The Delaware River Port Authority 
November 17, 2020

Community College of Allegheny County
November 19, 2020

Community College of Allegheny County
November 24, 2020

Federal Home Loan Bank of Pittsburgh
November 24, 2020

Pittsburgh Public Schools
December 8, 2020
The SBA is Accepting New Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) and EIDL Advance Applications 
EIDL Overview:
  1. Low-interest loan at 3.75% for for-profit entities; non-profit organizations are eligible at 2.75%;
  2. Term for EIDL is up to 30 years and there is a one-year deferral from date of loan approval;
  3. Loan eligibility is up to $2 million;
  4. EIDL Advance is $1,000/employee up to $10,000. EIDL Advance does not have to be repaid and will be deposited directly by the Treasury Department; and
  5. All EIDL funding is direct from SBA, does not require third party approval.
  6. If an applicant has previously applied and their loan number starts with a “2”, they are encouraged to re-apply.
Applicants who have already submitted their applications will continue to be processed on a first-come, first-served basis. Businesses are encouraged to apply immediately to ensure timely processing of applications and access to funding. Read more.

The PA 30-Day Fund
The Pennsylvania 30 Day Fund will deploy at least $100,000 for diverse small businesses who have suffered loss due to property damage and looting. The nonprofit organization provides $3,000 forgivable loans to small business owners who complete a simple application and submit a video. Read more. 

Southwestern Pennsylvania Commission has established a COVID-19 Recovery Loan Program
Under this program, small businesses can apply for financing to help pay for current employee salaries, including salaries for those individuals who may have been furloughed due to the outbreak. Businesses can also use the loan proceeds to help pay for rent and utilities, as well as inventory purchases. SPC will consider proof of expenses in any of the three aforementioned categories from the three-month period prior to the onset of the crisis, and those expenses will count towards the loan amount. Read more.

Beyonce's BeyGood Foundation and The NAACP are giving $10k grants to Black Businesses through December 2020
BeyGOOD is on a mission to spread hope. The goal is to provide a lifeline for small businesses at the epicenter of dual pandemics. BeyGood has teamed up with the NAACP to expand economic opportunity by awarding grants of $10,000 on the 15th of each month through the end of 2020. Read more.

Caress is Awarding $1000 Grants and Coaching Scholarships through its IFundWomen of Color Dreams to Reality Fund Program - Deadline November 13
Caress can help grow your dream! Whether you have a small business or are jumpstarting your side hustle, Caress wants to provide you with the education, tools, and resources to take your dreams to the next level. Through the Caress Dreams to Reality Fund, 150 diverse founders will receive a $1000 grant and a coaching scholarship to execute successful crowdfunding campaigns. Read more.
CEI offers end-to-end technical services that can be tailored to the unique needs of each client. With expertise in both legacy and emerging technology areas, they are ready to consult, build, manage and staff in critical areas to propel business forward. CEI's services include: Staffing Solutions, Managed Services, Custom Software Applications, and Consulting and IT Advisory Services. Read more.
Comcast Rise - Resources & Tools to Elevate Your Business
Recently, small businesses have been dealing with the ongoing impact of the pandemic, social unrest, and environmental events. Comcast RISE was created to invest in the success of these critical businesses by providing valuable and practical support. The Comcast RISE program will initially be available for Black business owners. Beginning November 28, 2020, all Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) business owners will be eligible to apply for Comcast RISE. Read more.

Rebuild Ready Business Support Program -
Winter 2020-21 Cohort
The Rebuild Ready Business Support Program provides Philadelphia based small and diverse construction businesses with access to resources and support to prepare for upcoming Rebuild projects and build their capacity in the process. Read more.

UPMC in Collaboration with IBM Reignite Program Offering Free Seminars
IBM SkillsBuild Reignite seminars are free live online events presented by national subject matter experts, with the opportunity for business owners to interact and ask questions of the experts. There are several seminars scheduled for the remainder of 2020, with topics covering legal, financial and business education. Read more.

Rise Up Philly - Creating Economic Opportunity in Communities of Color
This year Rise Up Philly is putting the tools of opportunity into the hands of aspiring and established entrepreneurs, with a focus to benefit communities of color. This is a serious effort to “Hack” into economic solutions and opportunities for people who have been left behind. Read more.

New Voices Foundation & JPMorgan Chase’s Advancing Black Pathways Launch Banking Bootcamp - Deadline November 22
The bootcamp is designed to help women of color entrepreneurs establish strong business banking relationships and expand their access to capital, which is critical to business growth and success. Small businesses that are led by women of color entrepreneurs, for example, are often unable to access both private and public funding opportunities due to weak banking relationships and other factors. The New Voices Banking Bootcamp seeks to help fill this gap by providing business banking and finance education, as well as a $10,000 award upon completion of the bootcamp. Read more.
Accept the Challenge! Shop & Order from Local Businesses
Help support your favorite local food and drink businesses and retailers, specifically ethnic or minority-owned, by ordering takeout, buying gift cards, and/or shopping online.  Here's the challenge: click here, shop and share your shift with a shout out to that business on social media using the #ShiftwithEMSDC. If you spend with businesses, specifically ethnic and minority businesses not on our list, let us know on social and we’ll add them to the list. Together we’ll reinforce our local economies!

MBE2MBE Marketplace
The MBE2MBE Marketplace connects you with sourcing solutions. Now more than ever is the time to look beyond your usual sourcing outlets and reach out to support each other. Check out the minority businesses listed here for your business supply chain and help drive success for yourself and fellow entrepreneurs. Read more.

Over the past several months, we have all experienced unprecedented social, environmental, and economic challenges. Gone are the days where we talk about change. Change is now and the only way it happens is that we all #STANDTOGETHER SAFELY. EMSDC and SRMSDC #STANDTOGETHER SAFELY. We are reaching out to businesses who may be able to provide services to adversely affected business owners for their health and well-being, as well as for the health of their businesses and communities. Where we go from here depends on you. If you can help, need help, or want more information, contact Christine Robertson at
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