Conferences & Events Grants & Scholarships Business Opportunities & RFPs Posting Guidelines

Conferences & Events

*Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, some events being shared at this moment are strictly virtual. 

SHARE Pittsburgh

October 17, 2022 | 2:00 PM – 6:00 PM

You are invited to attend SHARE 2022 in Pittsburgh, a hybrid matchmaker. We strongly encourage you to join us in person, but there is a virtual option for those unable to be there. Western Pennsylvania’s top economic engines and community organizations are coming together once again for SHARE 2022 in Pittsburgh.

Register Here


GACO’s 33rd Procurement Fair

October  26, 2022 | 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Pennsylvania Western University – California and Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania are sponsoring GACO’s 33rd Procurement Opportunities Fair to assist businesses interested in pursuing government contracts and subcontracts. The fair provides an excellent chance for businesses to network with government agencies and for prime contractors seeking to identify potential vendors and suppliers. A number of government agencies, major corporations, business resource partners and local purchasing representatives will participate in the fair offering a tremendous marketing opportunity for businesses. Additionally two training seminars will be held during the day.

-Register here


Grants, Scholarships & Programs

Comcast RISE Grant Funding- The deadline for your small business application is October 14, 2022.

Comcast is providing grants to small businesses owned by women and people of color, including Black, Indigenous, Hispanic, and Asian American owners, as part of our Comcast RISE Investment Fund initiative. Comcast RISE launched in late 2020 to provide these small businesses with the resources they need to navigate the challenges of the pandemic. This round of the Investment Fund will grant to small businesses in the City of Philadelphia. Small businesses are the backbone of our community, and it is our hope that these grants will help them not only grow but thrive.

-Read More here


The next Cohort runs from July–December 2022

The U.S. Small Business Administration’s T.H.R.I.V.E. Emerging Leaders Reimagined program assists small business owners in growing their business, creating jobs, and strengthening their communities. This innovative program is an intense 6-month course that includes in-person, self-paced, instruction, mentoring, and class room time. Providing small businesses the opportunity to work with experienced professionals at no financial cost.


Business Opportunities & RFPs



Chase for Business Curated Coaching for Entrepreneurs: New July Sessions Available for “Making Vendor Partnerships Work For You”

Join Chase for Business’s FREE Curated Coaching for Entrepreneurs program! Meet with an expert entrepreneurial coach on your schedule and walk away with actionable insights, a personalized game plan and the strategic tools needed to grow your business on your terms. The program’s current session, Making Vendor Partnerships Work For You, will focus on how to evaluate and improve your vendor relationships.

Sign up 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.