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

Conferences & Events

*Due to the COVID-19 situation, all events being shared at this moment are webinars*


Business as Usual: A Daily Interactive Web Call
The Pittsburgh Technology Council


This series is designed to give you access to Pittsburgh’s leading entrepreneurs, government officials and other executives from our region’s manufacturing, life sciences and technology communities.

Broadcasting via ZOOM, these events will be held each day from Noon until 12:30 P.M.

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Microsoft Teams Webinars
Windows Management Experts, Inc.

Various Dates

This series is designed to provide information on Microsoft Teams, working and managing staff remotely. Dates and Session descriptions below:

Working from Home Best Practices – June 30, 12:00 to 12:30 EST

  • The webinar will focus on industry best practices for remote users and management. This webinar will recommend solutions and techniques for remote users. Click Link for Webinar

Managing Remote Workers – July 14, 12:00 to 12:30 EST

  • This webinar will provide best practices for managing a remote workforce. Proven techniques to get best productivity from your remote users. Click Link for Webinar

Microsoft Team Basics – July 28, 12:00 to 12:30 EST

  • The webinar will teach basic Microsoft Teams tip and tricks for users. Will focus on chats, calls, and setting for Microsoft Teams. Click Link for Webinar


Clear & Concise Guidelines for PPP Loan Forgiveness
WBENC Regional Partner Organizations

June 30, 8am-5pm

Are you confused by the guidance circulating about the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP)? Do you have questions regarding how the forgiveness of the PPP loans should be calculated? Unsure about the impact of the recently passed PPP Flexibility Act on loan forgiveness? You are not alone.

All 14 WBENC Regional Partner Organizations (RPOs) are joining together to present a webinar to help WBENC-Certified WBEs better understand the Paycheck Protection Program’s specific guidelines for loan forgiveness.

This webinar will explain the key elements of PPP loan forgiveness and implications of recent revisions to the CARES Act, including the PPP Flexibility Act, and provide a clear roadmap on how to plan for PPP loan forgiveness.

Register Here


Resilience Through Equity Series:
Demystifying the Hiring of Foreign Nationals
Ellen Freeman Immigration Law, LLC

July 1, 1-2pm

Hiring foreign national employees has been perceived as a complicated, time-consuming and unpredictable process. Our webinar will demystify the process and identify the exact steps and procedures which should be followed by Recruiters, HR Generalists, Benefits & Total Rewards Administrators, Diversity & Inclusion Professionals, Global Mobility and Regulatory Compliance Specialists when hiring employees who need employment eligibility verification assistance. The webinar will provide the participants with the tools necessary to feel confident and rely less on outside immigration counsel when hiring foreign talent.

About the Speaker:

Ellen Freeman is founding partner of Ellen Freeman Immigration Law Group, PLLC. Her practice focuses on the needs of business, academia, emerging technology, healthcare, hospitality and the arts.

Register Here


Grants & Scholarships

Beyond Spots & Dots’ Women-to-Women Grant Program


In an effort to help support women-owned businesses struggling to maintain production, commerce and/or staff as result of the devastating COVID-19 outbreak, we are launching our Women-to-Women grant program, which offers $15,000 total in grant funds to three women owned businesses, with each receiving $5,000.

Beginning June 1, 2020 through July 15th, we will be accepting applications from female business owners in the communities we serve. Of these applicants, three businesses (one Pennsylvania business, one Ohio business, and one Maryland business) will each receive a $5,000 grant to sustain their businesses.

Learn More


Business Opportunities & RFPs

RFP: Project Manager for Resource Partner Training Portal

Deadline: July 3, 2020

America’s SBDC (ASBDC) and the Association of Women’s Business Centers (AWBC) have jointly launched a web platform ( to provide resource information to small businesses and training for SBA resource partner advisors in response to the COVID crisis.

The Request for Proposals (RFP) outlines the services requested to provide project management to the Resource Partner Training Portal (RPTP) project to ensure success of the site and drive usage. The two target audiences are: 1) small businesses 2) business advisors of the SBA Resource Partners (SBDC’s, WBCs, VBOCs and SCORE).

RFP Overview                        Terms & Conditions

Philadelphia School District RFQ for Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

Bid Open Date: July 7, 2020

The School District of Philadelphia currently has RFQ out for Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) which can be found here.

Please Note: The School District of Philadelphia is preparing to launch the Oracle Supplier Portal on July 1, 2020. Whether you are a supplier, charter school, government agency, or other entity that does business with the School District, you will use the new portal. Suppliers will be able to use the portal to respond to bids and RFPs, receive purchase orders and agreements, send/review invoices, and view payments.

School District of Philadelphia New Oracle Supplier Portal


Philadelphia Gas Works’ (PGW) New Online Bid System for Procurement Opportunities is Now Live.

Philadelphia Gas Works’ (PGW) Brand New, Online Bid System PGW is now posting RFP’s (Professional Services) and RFQ’s (Non-professional Services) to one centralized location for all vendors to visit, register, and gain access to our procurement opportunities.

Register Here.


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.


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 Affiong Inyang-ITIAT, Engagement Coordinator –
  • 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.