Your Link to Opportunities and Information - Volume 8
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.

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. 

COVID-19 Antibody Test Kits and Hand Sanitizer
Duquesne Light
Please contact boffley@duqlight.com

Surface Sanitizing Wipes
Ahold

Mascaro Construction Company
May 8, 2020

Philadelphia Housing Authority
May 8, 2020

Allegheny County Airport Authority
May 13, 2020

DRPA and PATCO 
May 13, 2020

BITTENBENDER CONSTRUCTION
May 13, 2020

Community College of Allegheny County
May 13, 2020

Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority
May 21, 2020

Delaware River Port Authority
June 8, 2020
SBA Paycheck Protection Program (PPP)
New funding has been made available by Congress for the PPP, which provides relief to small businesses, independent contractors, eligible self-employed individuals, and nonprofits. The SBA resumed accepting PPP applications from participating lenders on April 27. Go here for a list of approved lenders to apply for PPP and Read more .

Questions regarding the status of your PPP application can be submitted to your lender directly. If you have applied call SBA's 24/7 Customer Service Center at 800-659-2955 to check the status of your loan number. Click here to sign up to receive email updates from the SBA.

Our Fair Share Helping Secure PPP Loans
Their goal is to guide minority business owners through the SBA PPP loan programs available to you through the recently passed CARES Act. Read more.

Facebook Offering Grants
Facebook is offering  $100 million in  grants to small businesses globally, with $40 million reserved for the U.S., and $175,000 specifically for Pittsburgh. Half of that grant funding will go to women-owned, minority-owned and veteran-owned businesses. Read more.

Wolf Administration: New Funding Available for Technology-Based Companies
Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) Secretary Dennis Davin announced that new funding is available to help technology-based companies impacted by the novel coronavirus, COVID-19. Read more.
How to Operate Sustainably
The University of WA Foster School of Business and NWMMSDC have put together a seven series workshop which addresses how to operate sustainably during this COVID-19 crisis.  Read more.

5 Tips to Improve Video Meetings
Google has dug into the science behind remote working to provide some insights that can bring the human touch to video-based meetings. Read more.
Minority Owned Coffee Business Shipping Nationally
ROOTS JAVA COFFEE celebrates ten years of providing their customers an UNFORGETTABLE taste. This black owned enterprise’s coffee beans are sourced from RWANDA and their diverse packaged products are shipped nationally from Oklahoma where the spirit of Black Wall Street cheers them on. For the last three years, RJC has been the coffee of choice by BMW when hosting their annual Supplier Diversity Conference. Read more.
EMSDC Supporting Bus Stop Food Distribution
EMSDC is proud to help The City of Pittsburgh, 412 Food Rescue, APlus Schools, and the Latino Community Center by volunteering to distribute lunches to children in need in the City of Pittsburgh. You can help too by volunteering, donating, and sharing social media updates. 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!
Ways to Keep Your Family Busy at Home!
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