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Conferences & Events



Marketing 101 with Vicki Lam

February 7, 2024 | 9:00 – 10:00 AM | Wilmington, DE

In this introduction to modern marketing, you will learn:

  • The 4 elements in Marketing: Product, Price, Place and Promotion
  • Difference between Marketing and Advertising
  • How to set a marketing budget every year
  • Effective Marketing & Branding strategies – Clear Brand, Unique Value Proposition, brand promise, define target audience, mission statement, core values.

Register here.



AACCWP Member Mixer

February 15, 2024 | 5:00 – 7:00 PM | Koppers Building, Pittsburgh, PA

Come and join us for our first Mixer Meeting of 2024 in the Koppers Building. Enjoy the beauty of this 100-year old landmark, built during the time when Pittsburgh had become the nation’s most powerful industrial metropolis. Bring your business cards & come prepared to network with your fellow Chamber members.

RSVP here.


Black & Diverse Business Forum

February 24, 2024 | 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM | Delaware County Community College, Media, PA

Representative. Gina H. Curry and Senator Kearney are teaming up again to host their Black & Diverse Business Forum at Delaware County Community College on February 24. Local minority entrepreneurs and small business owners are invited to come out to this event and learn the basics of entrepreneurship, how to get certified, and different ways to access capital.

Register here.



PA Diversity Summit 2024

February 27, 2024 | 8:30 AM – 12:00 PM | Penn Harris Hotel, Camp Hill, PA

City & State PA’s Annual Supplier Diversity Summit will offer industry executives, public-sector leaders, and academics a half-day conference dedicated to fostering and expanding the relationships between the state and local government, prime contractors, and small diverse businesses (SDBs). Find out what it takes to thrive in Pennsylvania’s complex and competitive procurement arena by connecting with key government agencies, prime contractors and state & local representatives at the Supplier Diversity Summit.

Register here.


University of Delaware 2024 Supplier Diversity Conference

March 5-6, 2024 | University of Delaware, Newark, DE

Please make sure to SAVE THE DATE! Conference registration will open in January 2024. If you are interested in being an Exhibitor or Conference Sponsor, please send an email to

Grants, Scholarships & Programs


Pennsylvania CDFI Network Historically Disadvantaged Business Assistance Program

Apply now through February 23rd, 2024

In partnership with the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development, the Pennsylvania CDFI Network is pleased to announce the opening of grant applications for the Historically Disadvantaged Business Assistance (HDBA) Grant Program.

The Historically Disadvantaged Business Assistance Program is a $10.5 million grant program funded by the American Rescue Plan Act financed in part by the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development, under the administration of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The program intends to mitigate the negative economic impacts of COVID-19 on small businesses.

Learn more and apply here.



84 Lumber EmpowerHER Grant Contest 2024

Nominations accepted now!

Are you a local, female-owned Pittsburgh business or do you know one that is deserving? In honor of Women’s History Month in March, the Pittsburgh Penguins and 84 Lumber are joining forces to give back to a female-owned business within our community and provide them with a $25,000 grant to support their business. Nominations will be reviewed by a small panel of members from the Penguins and 84 Lumber, and the top 3 finalists will be announced to the public to vote and determine the grant recipient.

Please nominate your business or a deserving business by answering the questions found here.



JVS Philadelphia Fund for Women Grant

Applications accepted now through March 6th, 2024

A fund focused on investing in women-owned businesses and helmed by Diversified Search Group Founder and Chair Judith von Seldeneck is readying to invest $2 million locally through a forthcoming round of grants.

Applications for the latest round of the JVS Philadelphia Fund for Women are now open and will be accepted through March 6.

See if you’re eligible and apply here.




Do you have questions on SBA services, resources and programs?

Bi-monthly exclusive virtual Q&A sessions | Virtual

The U.S. Small Business Administration Eastern Pennsylvania District Office invites entrepreneurs and small businesses to bi-monthly exclusive virtual Q&A sessions focusing on the various services, resources and programs offered by SBA.

Whether you’re starting a business, growing a business, or in recovery mode, we can offer guidance on our Resource Partner Network, loan programs, government contracting and certifications, and more! The SBA Eastern Pennsylvania team is here to help answer your questions live. The sessions are not recorded.

  • What: Q&A with the SBA
  • Where: Virtual live event via Microsoft Teams Platform or Phone Call
  • When: Occurs the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month
  • Time: 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
  • Cost: No-cost session

RSVP here.


SBA Presents: OSHA Webinar Series – A Safe Business is a
Successful Business

Next webinar February 8th, 2023 | 12:00 – 1:00 PM | Virtual

This webinar series is designed to reach small business owners across the country with regionally focused conversations connecting them to OSHA resources and to improve their OSHA workplace safety compliance.

The program will focus on the following areas: OSHA regulations, compliance resources such as existing small business compliance guides, digital tools, and other free resources to allow small business owners to be safety leaders with their employees, more successful and statistically more profitable.

The series of 5 webinars is offered Thursdays from 12pm to 1pm ET via Microsoft Teams. Registration to each free webinar will be limited to the first 150 participants.

View the entire series and register for the series or individual webinars here.


SBA Hour with Veterans

Next Date February 16th, 2024 | 12:00 – 1:00 PM | Virtual

Join us as the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Pittsburgh and Eastern Pennsylvania District Offices discuss resources and programs the SBA provides for active duty, reservists and national guard, military spouses and veterans of all eras.

Did you know that veterans own roughly 8% of all small businesses in the United States and employ more than 5 million Americans? Veteran entrepreneurs play an essential role in the U.S. economy. Participants will learn how the SBA can assist the veteran and military community in their path toward entrepreneurship.

Learn more and register here.



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Philadelphia Business Lending Network Incentive Grant

Grow your business with a simplified process of applying for loans! The Philadelphia Business Lending Network (PBLN) is a service that enables business owners to express interest in financing to a group of nonprofit lenders, for profit lenders, and other funders with one form.



Industry Specializations are training programs, built by leading universities, to help you develop additional expertise and unlock job opportunities in high-growth industries. After completing a Google Data Analytics, IT Support, or Project Management Certificate, you can build on your skills and take the next step in your career with a Specialization from Columbia Engineering, the University of Illinois’ Gies College of Business, Johns Hopkins University, the University of Michigan, or Arizona State University.

Business Opportunities & RFPs


Atid EDI is interested in finding reputable dealers of tools, technical equipment, ‎pneumatic and welding tools, boosters, etc., to establish mutually beneficial business ‎relations.‎

They are looking for high-quality tools and technical equipment, such as‏:‏

  • ‏Hand Tools
  • ‏Auto shop equipment
  • ‎Toolboxes, cabinets, trolleys, and organizers
  • ‏Safety harnesses and equipment
  • ‏‎Tying, lifting and hoisting equipment, jacks, and levers
  • ‎Mechanic gloves and nitrile work gloves.‎

If interested, please contact Seth Vogelman via telephone: +972.54.668.4802, or via e‑mail:



NJ Diverse Business Advisory Council Responds to NJ Disparity Study

Calls for Swift Action to Address Unfair Contract Allocation

The NJ Diverse Business Advisory Council (NJDBAC) is a coalition of leading New Jersey business organizations dedicated to promoting the inclusion and advancement of diverse businesses in the state’s economy. NJDBAC members advocate for fair and equitable access to government contracts, resources, and opportunities for minority, women, LGBTQ+, veteran-owned businesses, and those with disabilities.

Read their recently released study on the Availability and Utilization of Small, Minority, Women, and Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Businesses.



Call for Web Quality Assurance and Accessibility Tool

The U.S. Department of Education (ED), Office of Communications and Outreach (OCO), has a need to obtain a Web Quality Assurance and Accessibility Tool.  ED requires a software program or online service that shall support web content quality assurance and improve website user experience by identifying and fixing common errors like broken links, outdated content, and typos.  In addition, the tool shall conduct a web accessibility evaluation to help ED determine if its web content meets accessibility guidelines.
To be considered, quoted products must meet ALL the requirements identified in the guidelines. The anticipated period of performance is a 12-month Base Year and one 12-month Option Year.
See the full notice and additional information here.


The Philadelphia Business Lending Network Incentive Grant

The Philadelphia Business Lending Network simplifies the process of applying for loans. It is a group of nonprofit lenders, for profit lenders, and other funders who work together with the Philadelphia Department of Commerce to improve access to capital for businesses throughout Philadelphia. The Commerce Department has launched a Philadelphia Business Lending Network Incentive Grant to increase access to capital for Philadelphia’s small businesses.  Read more below to apply and find out if you qualify.

Read more here


Posting Guidelines

Our business is to get you business – the right supplier for our Corporate Partners, access to bids and RFPs for our WBEs. 

We welcome Procurement Opportunity postings on this page in accordance with the following guidelines:

  • Posts are accepted for procurement opportunities from Supplier Diversity Corporate/Council Members in good standing.
  • Posts are accepted for procurement opportunities for WBE-to-WBE spend by WBEs in good standing.
  • A brief three-line description of the opportunity; a link to the opportunity posted on line; an identified point-of-contact with name, e-mail and phone number; and dates of opportunity may be e-mailed to Steve Damweber, Engagement Manager-
  • The description and link will be added within four business days of receipt.
  • Please note:  This is a public website and public page.  WBEC-East cannot guarantee that respondents are WBENC-certified WBEs.