Conferences & Events
*Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all events being shared at this moment are webinars*
2021 Derby Diversity & Business Summit
April 27- April 30
The mission of the Derby Diversity Business Summit (DDBS) is to drive innovative strategies to attract diverse consumers while promoting the utilization of best in class diverse business leaders within the Executive Workforce and Global Supply Chain and Sports. DDBS has an international draw and exists to bring together the world’s top, diverse suppliers and executives – inclusive of ALL diverse groups (Minority, Women, LGBTQ, Veteran & Disabled) on a national scale to network, develop and enjoy the Derby.
A portion of the 2021 proceeds will be donated to GEDDI in support of black owned businesses. The Derby Diversity & Business Summit team has assembled an inclusive and elite group of suppliers and executives spanning all diversity categories – MBE, WBE, LGBTBE, and Veteran/Disabled.
Our corporate partners will have access to businesses with annual revenues that exceed $10 million and many of the country’s top degreed diverse executives. The Summit embodies diverse suppliers within the following industries:
– Food & Beverage
– Media & Advertising
– Technology & Innovation
Register today for the 2021 derby diversity & business summit here
Grants, Scholarships & Programs
Comcast RISE Business Services Awards
DEADLINE: May 7, 2021
This program is a multi-year commitment to provide business services that include marketing, creative, media, and technology services to Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC)-owned small businesses that have been in operation for at least 12 months. The business services are delivered to your business in the value of the services, not money.
Applications for this program opened on February and will close on May 7, 2021. Businesses that are selected to receive the business services will be notified on or around May 28, 2021. The program is ongoing and will end on December 31, 2022 with awardees selected quarterly.
Electrical Distribution Technology Program
Community College of Allegheny County and Duquesne Light Company
DEADLINE: May 21, 2021
The Electrical Distribution Technology (EDT) program is a joint partnership between the Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC) and Duquesne Light Company (DLC) to provide training in the basic skills, knowledge, and abilities applicants would need to apply for skilled craft positions in the electrical utility industry such as Line Workers, Underground Splicers, Sr. Operators, and Operations Center Dispatchers.
The EDT program begins in September, 2021. Applications are now being accepted until May 15, 2021.
For more information, please contact Jeffrey Peters (email@example.com), Sr. Talent Acquisition Specialist, at DLC
Business Opportunities & RFPs
External Strategy Consultant
Federal Home Loan Bank of Pittsburgh
DEADLINE: April 15, 2021
The Federal Home Loan Bank of Pittsburgh is looking for suppliers to develop an external-facing strategy that promotes the FHLBank Pittsburgh’s (the “FHLBank”) efforts to engage effectively with our members and the public on racial equity and inclusion (“REI”) issues in banking and financial services, including but not limited to:
- Challenges and opportunities for our membership in building successful REI programs/initiatives (e.g., lack of engagement/exposure and barriers to use)
- Creating lists of (a) best practices in financial services industry, (b) comprehensive initiative/program options for the FHLBank’s consideration, and (c) recommended subsets of initiative/programs that the FHLBank should consider in the short term and long term.
- Recommended options should include assessments of (1) partnership opportunities (with members, trade associations, non-profits, and others) for the FHLBank, (2) potential market-level impact of recommended program(s)/initiative(s), and (3) estimations of costs (money and time) to the FHLBank to implement each recommendation.
The Pennsylvania Unified Certification Program (PA UCP) New Website
The Pennsylvania Unified Certification Program (PA UCP) website has a new look. It is now being hosted by B2GNOW, the nation’s leading diversity management software firm. The new PAUCP website has enhanced online functionalities while continuing to allow DBE certification applicants and certified vendors the same functionality as the previous website.
Certification- and compliance-specific questions will still be answered by your certifying agency contacts. It is our goal that these customer service improvements simplify the certification and annual renewal processes; reduce the need for firms to send paperwork through the mail; and, facilitate website access for all vendor users.
Contracting Opportunities with the City of Philadelphia
Several opportunities are available with the City of Philadelphia. Notable opportunities include Construction Management services for the renovation of the 15th Police District, consulting for the Sanitation Division’s Northeast Incinerator Building Rehabilitation Project and procurement and reproduction support for the Law Department. All opportunities within the city’s eContract system are available here.
- 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.
- The description and link will be added within four business days of receipt.