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Conferences & Events

Black History Month HBCU Resources

 

Bank of America Cornell Partner Class – Certificate in Women’s Entrepreneurship

January 15 – March 25
Online

The Bank of America Institute for Women’s Entrepreneurship at Cornell provides women entrepreneurs with the practical educational resources to build, manage, and scale a successful business.

In this series of six online courses authored by faculty of Cornell University, students will identify critical skills in entrepreneurial leadership, communication, and relationship management, and will find ways to carry out effective customer discovery, lay the right legal building blocks for a venture, seek appropriate financing, and create a product development strategy. Throughout the program, students will identify both opportunities and vulnerabilities in key areas of their venture and walk away with action plans for increasing their chances.

It is first come/first served and enrollment is limited! 

Register Now!

 

Entrepreneur Works – Start It. Grow It.

Begins: February 25
Philadelphia, PA

Start It. Grow It. is a 10-12 week business course designed to cover the fundamentals of starting or growing a business.

Participants will complete SIGI with:

  • Business Plan
  • 1-on-1 Business Consultations
  • Access to Entrepreneur Works business resources & GoDaddy Product Bundle which includes a FREE GoDaddy website and training

 

Learn How To:

  • Make money in your business
  • Get lenders, investors, customers
  • Identify your competition and compete
  • Research your industry/market
  • Price your product/service
  • Strategize for funding
  • Set goals and achieve them

Interested candidates can apply here: http://bit.do/sigiapp

ABIDE: Moving Your Entrepreneurial Ecosystem Beyond Diversity & Inclusion

February 27, 10am – 3:30pm
Pittsburgh, PA

Taking place Feb. 27 in Pittsburgh, this proprietary training has been developed specifically for entrepreneurial support organizations and entrepreneurial ecosystem stakeholders to help them cultivate a culture of access, belonging, inclusion, diversity, and equity (ABIDE). Our team specialist will equip attendees with the base knowledge and baseline skillset to address the systemic issues that lead to inequitable ecosystems.

Participants will:

  • Have greater understanding and empathy for the entrepreneurial journey for under-connected, under-valued, under-resourced, and under-invested entrepreneurs
  • Be able to apply equitable strategies for mitigating unconscious bias in recruitment, staffing, and outreach
  • Be equipped to engage in more inclusive programming and collaboration
  • Create spaces of belonging and opportunities for equitable access

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Rowland School of Business to Host “Accelerating Women in Industry” for International Women’s Day

March 6,  8 – 1 pm
Pittsburgh, PA

In honor of International Women’s Day, the Rowland School of Business will host “A WIN — Accelerating Women in Industry,” a day of workshops open to the public and Point Park University students, faculty and staff on Friday, March 6, 2020, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The event is in collaboration with the University’s Women in Industry Speaker Series. Workshops and panel discussions (featuring Elizabeth Walsh) will focus on celebrating the successes of women, while acknowledging challenges they’ve faced in the professional world.

Deadline to register is Feb. 28th!

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WBENC 2020 Call for Presentations

DEADLINE March 15

To serve its constituents, WBENC hosts two national events throughout the year: The National Conference & Business Fair and the Summit & Salute.

WBENC seeks speakers and presenters who can deliver content on ranging skill levels, interest areas, and perspectives. Proof of performance is key to the selection of proposals and is required to make the proposal complete.

Accepted forms of proof of performance are: Video Recordings of the proposed speaker presenting a session to an audience and/or a summary of evaluations from a program the speaker previously presented. Note that preference is given to video recording evidence.

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Become an Approved UPMC Vendor or Supplier!

March 26, 8 – 11:30 am

UPMC wants to do more business in Pittsburgh & surrounding regions.

FY 2018, UPMC achieved $225 million in spending with 400+ diverse suppliers – YOUR BUSINESS CAN BE NEXT!

Qualifications: Seeking Business Opportunities with UPMC Supplier Diversity Department

  1. Business Owners: Minority, Women, Veteran, Disabled, LGBTQ
  2. All Industries Welcomes: Service, Manufacturing, Retail
  3. Receive 50+ Comprehensive Sales Materials

Buy Tickets Here

 

WiM Western Pennsylvania Presents:
Re-energizing Your Personal Brand!

March 26, 3 – 6pm
Pittsburgh, PA

Tracy Saunders, Chief Boss Make-Her of Boss Make Her discussing digital marketing and marketing yourself on LinkedIn.

Following the presentation, we will be hosting a Headshot Happy Hour with professional photographer, Scott Dietz for FREE digital headshots.

Cocktails and appetizers will be available during the happy hour as well!

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Grants

EDGE Grants
Delaware Division of Small Business

Deadline: February 28, 2020 at 11:59 p.m.

Your small business could win up to $50,000/$100,000 for a wide variety of expenses through an EDGE Grant from the Delaware Division of Small Business. The Spring 2020 application round is now open, and you have just one more month to apply. Fill out an application today for a chance to get the funding you need to take your company to the next level!

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The Small Business Advantage Grant

Open until end of February

The Small Business Advantage Grant is still open, with a little more than $190,000 remaining to be given away in the form of reimbursement grants. Potential customers and interested small businesses should apply soon!

The money is anticipated to be gone by the end of February. The grants may be used for energy efficiency or pollution prevention projects.

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Met-Ed/Penelec Sustainable Energy

January 15 – March 16

In 2020, the Met-Ed / Penelec Sustainable Energy Fund has $192,470 available to distribute as grants throughout the Pennsylvania service territories of the Met-Ed and Penelec energy companies.

 

The fund will distribute grants for projects and programs that support the development and use of clean energy technologies and energy efficiency. Grants will range from $2,000 to $50,000 depending on the scope of the projects. Applications will be accepted online from January 15 through March 16, with decisions to be made by the end of July 2020.

Information can be found in the “Apply” section of this website, here.

Business Opportunities

Federal Home Loan Bank Pittsburgh:
Electronic Press Release Services

Deadline: February 25

FHLBank Pittsburgh seeks professional consulting services to develop an assessment of housing characteristics and needs within its district of Delaware, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia. The Housing Needs Assessment will provide a factual resource for the FHLBank’s Affordable Housing Advisory Council in planning for the allocation of funds through the Affordable Housing Program.

In addition to conducting secondary research by examining current housing data and existing housing plans and studies, the consultant will be expected to hold several in-person focus group interviews. The final product will be a written report that analyzes the findings and provides informed policy recommendations.

Deadline: February 26

FHLBank Pittsburgh is looking for suppliers to provide mailing services. The general service need is to pick up and meter the mail each day. The volume for this service need is approximately 400-500 pieces of mail each month.

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City of Philadelphia’s REQUEST FOR QUALIFICATIONS (RFQ) for LED Streetlighting, Controls and Networking

February 19, 3pm
Philadelphia, PA

PECO is pleased to invite potential respondents to the City of Philadelphia’s REQUEST FOR QUALIFICATIONS (RFQ) for LED Streetlighting, Controls and Networking (issued January 23, 2020), to a bidder’s conference on February 19, 2020 at 3:00 p.m. at PECO’s Main Office Building at 2301 Market Street in Philadelphia.  A webinar option will also be available.  The conference will provide information regarding the company’s smart street light rate, incentives and communications system capabilities.

 On July 1, 2019, in recognition of the increasing interest of our communities in transitioning to energy efficient LED streetlights, PECO established a new smart street light rate (SL-C) to incentivize the deployment of LED lighting and smart platforms capable of usage measurement and controls.  The company will describe this rate for potential RFQ respondents, as well as provide an update on the transition to its Phase IV energy efficiency programs under Pennsylvania’s Act 129 program scheduled to begin in June 2021.

 In addition to these briefings, representatives of PECO and Sensus will provide an overview of the capabilities of the PECO Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) communication network and VantagePoint streetlight management and control system.  In order to provide the City with the broadest number of potential options for establishing its smart street lighting network, PECO and Sensus are making the VantagePoint solution available to interested respondents on a competitively neutral basis.

 Light refreshments will be available, and following the formal discussion, there will be a networking opportunity.

 Potential bidders interested in attending should contact Steve DeMott at (215) 841-3876.

Federal Home Loan Bank Pittsburgh:
Electronic Press Release Services

Deadline: February 25

FHLBank Pittsburgh seeks professional consulting services to develop an assessment of housing characteristics and needs within its district of Delaware, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia. The Housing Needs Assessment will provide a factual resource for the FHLBank’s Affordable Housing Advisory Council in planning for the allocation of funds through the Affordable Housing Program.

In addition to conducting secondary research by examining current housing data and existing housing plans and studies, the consultant will be expected to hold several in-person focus group interviews. The final product will be a written report that analyzes the findings and provides informed policy recommendations.

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City of Philadelphia
Board of Pensions and Retirement

The City of Philadelphia Board of Pensions and Retirement issued notices of contract opportunity for the following services:

  • General Investment Consultant – Closing Date March 6
  • Private Equity Consultant – Closing Date March 9
  • Global Equity Manager – Closing Date March 10
  • Board Trustee Election – Closing Date March 16
  • Annual Board Audit – Closing Date March 19

 

These opportunities are available to be viewed on the City’s contracting site here.

If you have questions about the bidding process call 215.685.3407

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 Colleen LaCoss, Education & Outreach Manager, clacoss@wbeceast.com
  • 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.