Live Hotsheet Webinar "Where is the Money Part XIV.   
PPP New Rules & All That Matters for MBES hosted by 
Capital Region Minority Supplier Development Council Business Consortium
Thursday, January 21, 2021  
10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.


The 3rd round of the $284B PPP (Paycheck Protection Program) funding was released on Monday, January 11th.  This round intends to benefit more minority businesses and provide the much needed stimulus for our local communities.  SBA's Antonio Doss will share some very important information relative to the PPP funding and additional resources available. 

Key Discussion Topics

  1. Brief overview of the latest $284B PPP
  2. Key benefits for minority businesses
  3. Access to capital
  4. Draw options
  5. Re-affirming the EIDL
  6. Changes in Government Contracting

To view flier, click here

To register, click here

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Paycheck Protection Program Round 2 Apply Now!

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), in consultation with the Treasury Department, announced today that the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) will re-open the week of January 11 for new borrowers and certain existing PPP borrowers. To promote access to capital, initially only community financial institutions will be able to make First Draw PPP Loans on Monday, January 11, and Second Draw PPP Loans on Wednesday, January 13. The PPP will open to all participating lenders shortly thereafter. Updated PPP guidance outlining Program changes to enhance its effectiveness and accessibility was released on January 6 in accordance with the Economic Aid to Hard-Hit Small Businesses, Non-Profits, and Venues Act.

This round of the PPP continues to prioritize millions of Americans employed by small businesses by authorizing up to $284 billion toward job retention and certain other expenses through March 31, 2021, and by allowing certain existing PPP borrowers to apply for a Second Draw PPP Loan.

LEDC's PPP application portal is now live! You can access it here:
https://www.ledcmetro.org/sbappp

Key PPP updates include:

  • PPP borrowers can set their PPP loan’s covered period to be any length between 8 and 24 weeks to best meet their business needs;
  • PPP loans will cover additional expenses, including operations expenditures, property damage costs, supplier costs, and worker protection expenditures;
  • The Program’s eligibility is expanded to include 501(c)(6)s, housing cooperatives, direct marketing organizations, among other types of organizations;
  • The PPP provides greater flexibility for seasonal employees;
  • Certain existing PPP borrowers can request to modify their First Draw PPP Loan amount; and
  • Certain existing PPP borrowers are now eligible to apply for a Second Draw PPP Loan. 

A borrower is generally eligible for a Second Draw PPP Loan if the borrower:

  • Previously received a First Draw PPP Loan and will or has used the full amount only for authorized uses;
  • Has no more than 300 employees; and
  • Can demonstrate at least a 25% reduction in gross receipts between comparable quarters in 2019 and 2020.

The new guidance released includes:

For more information on SBA’s assistance to small businesses, visit sba.gov/ppp or treasury.gov/cares


BGE Energizing Small Business Grants Program


On January 20, BGE will launch its Energizing Small Business Grants Program as part of its $15 million pledge to assist small businesses with COVID-19 relief and recovery. This is a component of BGE's comprehensive Customer Relief and Energy Infrastructure Investment Plan, designed to help the state’s economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Through the BGE Energizing Small Business Grants Program, eligible businesses located in BGE's service area will have three opportunities to apply for grants of up to $20,000: 

  • Round 1: January 20 -  March 3, 2021 
  • Round 2: May 5 - June 16, 2021
  • Round 3: September 1 - October 13, 2021

To be eligible, a business must have between two and 25 employees, less than $7 million in annual revenue, a demonstrated need for support, a strong plan for moving forward, and be in good standing with the state of Maryland.

For more information contact Allyson Black, Manager, State Affairs and Economic Development, BGE Allyson.Black@bge.com 410.269.5286


 Live Hotsheet Webinar "Where is the Money Part XIV.   
PPP New Rules & All That Matters for MBES hosted by 
Capital Region Minority Supplier Development Council Business Consortium
Thursday, January 21, 2021  
10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.


The 3rd round of the $284B PPP (Paycheck Protection Program) funding was released on Monday, January 11th.  This round intends to benefit more minority businesses and provide the much needed stimulus for our local communities.  SBA's Antonio Doss will share some very important information relative to the PPP funding and additional resources available. 

Key Discussion Topics

  1. Brief overview of the latest $284B PPP
  2. Key benefits for minority businesses
  3. Access to capital
  4. Draw options
  5. Re-affirming the EIDL
  6. Changes in Government Contracting

To view flier, click here

To register, click here


 2021 Maryland General Assembly Legislative Forum hosted by Greater Baltimore Committee 

Monday, January 25, 2021
8:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.


Join the Greater Baltimore Committee for its annual Maryland General Assembly Legislative Forum. This event will highlight key policy issues for the 2021 Maryland General Assembly legislative session.

The panelists will discuss such topics as:

  • The impact of COVID-19 pandemic on state revenues, the state budget and how Maryland benefits from the recent federal government stimulus package
  • Potential overrides of the Governor’s veto on education and public safety legislation
  • Police reform legislation
  • Racial equity and social justice legislation
  • Efforts to accelerate economic recovery with an emphasis on small and minority-owned businesses
  • Transportation planning and funding
  • Workforce development

Panelists include:

  • Senate President William C. “Bill” Ferguson
  • Senator Michael J. Hough, Senate Minority Leader
  • Delegate Eric G. Luedtke, Majority Leader, House of Delegates
  • Delegate Stephanie Smith, Chair, Baltimore City House Delegation
  • David C. Romans, Fiscal and Policy Coordinator, Department of Legislative Service Office of Policy Analysis

Moderated by Jeff Salkin, Host of “State Circle” on Maryland Public Television.

To register, click here

The Governor's Office of
Small, Minority & Women Business Affairs

invites you to reserve a space for our upcoming 
Technical Training Classroom webinar:

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Navigating eMaryland Marketplace Advantage (eMMA)

Tuesday, January 26, 2021

10 a.m. - 12 noon

What exactly is eMaryland Marketplace Advantage (eMMA)? Opportunities to do business with the State are advertised on our e-procurement platform, eMaryland Marketplace Advantage, better known as eMMA. Vendors who want to compete in this arena must register (for free) on the system in order to receive solicitation notices, obtain detailed information of contracting opportunities, submit bids, and obtain bid results. Join us for an in-depth look at how to navigate this valuable tool and make it work for your company.     

Who should attend? Small, minority, women, and veteran business owners who want to learn more about navigating the state's e-procurement platform and gain a better understanding of how to identify procurement opportunities.

Your instructor is Dr. Victoria L. Steeger, Chief Learning Officer, Office of State Procurement with the Maryland Department of General Services.

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Prime Contracting in the Small Business Reserve (SBR) Program

Tuesday, January 26, 2021

2 - 4 p.m.

Ready to become a prime contractor with the state of Maryland? Every small business owner should consider participation in the SBR Program, a race- and gender-neutral procurement program that offers prime contracting opportunities on state-funded contracts. This session provides an in-depth review of the statutes governing the SBR Program, the online certification process, and the pipeline for identifying SBR opportunities.

Who should attend? Small, minority, women, and veteran business owners interested in becoming a prime contractor with the state of Maryland.

Your instructor is Lisa Mitchell Sennaar, SBR Compliance Manager, Governor's Office of Small, Minority & Women Business Affairs

 

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What you need to know:

  • There is no cost to attend.
  • Advance registration is required.
  • This session will be recorded; by registering, you are consenting to be recorded. 
  • Upon receiving a registration confirmation, you will be given a unique link to join the event.
  • All attendees will be in listen mode only (your camera will be off and your mic is muted).
  • A Q&A session will be conducted following the presentation.

ZOOM SECURITY NOTICE 

Attendees of this meeting should be aware that there are known and potential privacy and confidentiality issues with the Zoom System (Cloud Service, Web application, and/or Application). While every effort has been made to ensure the security of this meeting, factors out of the State’s control introduce risk. Participants should evaluate the risk associated with the application and platform and determine if the risks preclude the use of the service. The State provides no warranty regarding the security of the application, confidentiality of the information discussed, or the privacy of information collected by the application and/or service. Security events impacting the confidentiality, integrity, or availability of a meeting (e.g., ZoomBombing) must be reported to the State Security Operations Center (soc.info@maryland.gov).

Urgent* Opportunity Zone Microgrant Funding: The Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) through the Neighborhood Business Works (NBW) program is offering Opportunity Zone Microgrant ranging from $10,000 to $50,000 to early stage businesses and/or businesses that are expanding within an opportunity zone in Maryland. APPLY HERE 

- Funds are first come, first served.

NOVEMBER & ON-DEMAND WEBINARS

Starting an Online Business for Next to No Money

Recorded Webinar | Free


Steve Strauss, USA TODAY columnist and bestselling startup author, will show you the steps needed to start an e-business, even without a big budget.

WATCH NOW

Kaiser Permanente, in partnership with the Baltimore Mayor’s Office of Small, Minority, & Women’s Business and Catholic University, is bringing the Inner City Capital Connections back to both Baltimore and DC this year. This tuition-free executive leadership training program is designed by the Initiative for a Competitive Inner City (ICIC) to help business owners in under-resourced communities build capacity for sustainable growth in revenue, profitability, and employment. APPLY HERE

Laborers Needed for Construction Clean Up!!!!

Keller Professional Services, Inc. is seeking qualified laborers to join its Construction Clean-up Crew for construction projects throughout Baltimore City. Prior construction experience is helpful but not required.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Must be a resident of Baltimore City
  • Must have the strength and endurance to lift heavy debris (50 pounds)
  • Must have the desire and drive to work
  • Must be able to pass a drug screening (upon application and randomly)
  • Criminal Backgrounds considered on an individual basis
  • Two forms of valid ID (Social Security Card and State photo ID/Birth Certificate/or Green Card)
  • 1 Year's experience as a laborer is needed.

Please complete our on-line application in order to be contacted for an interview.

Greater Baltimore Black Chamber of Commerce is a 501(c) 4 non-profit organization. 1325 Bedford Avenue, Suite 5941; Pikesville, MD 21282

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