Your Link to Opportunities and Information - Volume 44
Upcoming Events, Programs, and Webinars

February 6, 13, 20, 27; March 6, 13, 20

February 24

February 25

February 25

March 2

March 4
The MWDBE Governmental Committee Annual Conference 

March 5

March 11

March 30
UPMC Essentials for Success morning or afternoon
Participate in Virtual Matchmaking
Supplier (MBE) Registration:

Buyer (Corporations and other buying entities) Registration: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/COVID-19MMBuyers

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.

State of Delaware Procurement Portal
The Bid Solicitation Directory is the State's central repository across all three branches of state government that have an open Request for Information (RFI), Request for Quote (RFQ), Invitation to Bid (ITB), and/or a Request for Proposal (RFP). Read more.

Current Bids

JPC Group, Inc.
February 22, 2021

State of Delaware
February 22, 2021

State of Delaware
February 22, 2021

State of Delaware
February 23, 2021

Delaware River Port Authority
February 23, 2021

State of Delaware
February 24, 2021

State of Delaware
February 24, 2021

State of Delaware
February 24, 2021

State of Delaware
February 24, 2021

State of Delaware
February 24, 2021

State of Delaware
February 24, 2021

State of Delaware
February 24, 2021

State of Delaware
February 24, 2021

State of Delaware
February 26, 2021

State of Delaware
February 26, 2021

URA of Pittsburgh
March 1, 2021

The City of Harrisburg
March 5, 2021

The City of Erie
March 5, 2021

Delaware River Port Authority
March 15, 2021

ALCOSAN
March 17, 2021

The Redevelopment Authority of the City of Pittston
March 29, 2021

The Redevelopment Authority of the City of Pittston
March 29, 2021

The Redevelopment Authority of the City of Pittston
March 29, 2021

The Redevelopment Authority of the City of Pittston
March 29, 2021

The Redevelopment Authority of the City of Pittston
March 29, 2021

The Redevelopment Authority of the City of Pittston
March 29, 2021

The Redevelopment Authority of the City of Pittston
March 29, 2021
New Round of PPP Funding
The Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) provides loans to help businesses keep their workforce employed during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis. SBA is currently offering:
To promote access for smaller lenders and their customers, SBA is currently only accepting loan applications from participating community financial institutions (CFIs). Lender Match can help you find a participating CFI.

The Pittsburgh Metropolitan Area Hispanic Chamber of Commerce is Partnering with Customers Bank to Offer a Streamlined Platform for the Paycheck Protection Program
The platform will provide access, resources and the assistance needed for business owners to accurately complete PPP applications with ease and maximize their likelihood of success in securing PPP funds. The system will ensure completeness of each application as well as provide one-on-one customer service in both English and Spanish. Click Here to download a document checklist before applying.

DE Relief Grants Application Portal Reopens
Small businesses and nonprofit organizations that have not applied in earlier rounds will have the opportunity to apply for this relief program presented by the State of Delaware and New Castle County using federal CARES Act funds. For those who have already applied for the DE Relief Grants program, the Division of Small Business is continuing to process applications as quickly as possible. Read more.

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.

Huntington's Lift Local Business Program Focused on Growing African American Businesses
Huntington’s Lift Local Businesses, a $25 million small-business lending program focused on serving minority, women, veterans-owned-businesses includes the following features: Loan amounts from $1,000 – $150,000; Access to capital at a low cost to your business; Zero origination fees; Huntington pays your SBA fees; Lower credit score requirements; Free financial education courses ($1,500 value). Read more.

Reopen and Recover Grant Program - Deadline February 26
The West Philadelphia Financial Services Institution's Reopen and Recover Grant Program was officially launched to help small businesses in West Philadelphia. The West Philadelphia Corridor Collaborative is coordinating the program on eligible commercial corridors. Eligible businesses can apply for an up to $10,000.00 grant to pay for physical improvements, marketing, past-due expenses and bills, and inventory. Read more.
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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.

Free 6-Month Dropbox Trial
If you would like to access the free 6-month Dropbox trial, please email StephanieS@Dropbox.com so she can provide you with the unique link! No credit card or commitment needed, no strings attached - just a free trial to see if Dropbox and the other programs integrated within Dropbox like Slack and Zoom are useful for your business! This offer is valid for NMSDC members who are not currently subscribed to Dropbox.

Small Business Bonding Readiness Assistance Program
The New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA) and The African American Chamber of Commerce of New Jersey (AACCNJ) entered into a partnership to establish and facilitate the Small Business Bonding Readiness Assistance Program (SBBRAP). This initiative was designed to better position New Jersey small, minority, veteran and women-owned businesses to compete for state, county, municipal, agency or government contracts in the public sector. Read more.


The Philadelphia Energy Authority Building Efficiency Assistance
The Philadelphia Energy Authority helps brick and mortar small businesses invest in making their properties more efficient to help cut costs and to help small contractors to do this energy work. We found that business owners often don't have access to capital and so have partnered with the National Energy Improvement Fund to make financing these projects easier. Learn more on March 2.
Use the following links to find updated information on statistics and recommendations in the states that we serve.
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.

#STANDTOGETHER SAFELY
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 crobertson@emsdc.org.
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