Ohio Minority Supplier Development Council

Duke Energy, Cincinnati Chamber Foundations to provide $5,000 grants to minority, women and veteran-owned small business in need

Source: The Cincinnati Business Courier

The Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber and Duke Energy foundations will provide $5,000 grants to minority, women and veteran-owned small business in need of general reliefs.

The grants are aimed at helping businesses recover from the pandemic and its economic effects. It’s the second year of the program.

“Our small business customers, which are a foundation of our communities, continue to struggle as the pandemic persists,” said Amy Spiller, president of Duke Energy Ohio and Kentucky. “This meaningful program with the Cincinnati Chamber allows us to have a direct impact on these customers to help them succeed.”

Chamber members and nonmembers are eligible for the funding. Applicants must have less than $1 million in annual revenues and have fewer than 100 employees. The application deadline is Sept. 17.

Derrick Braziel, owner of Pata Roja Taqueria, received a grant last year.

“We’ve had our best year yet and it’s due to support from Duke and the chamber,” he said.

Both chamber members and non-members are eligible to apply for the funding.

The grants can be used to help support payroll, paid sick or medical leave, insurance premiums, mortgage payments, legal assistance, technical assistance and other debt obligations. The funding cannot be used to pay Duke Energy utility bills.

The application deadline is September 17, 2021 – https://www.cincinnatichamber.com/duke-fund

Women-Owned Small Business Federal Contracting Program Webinar January 12, 2021 from 10-11:30 a.m.

Description: The federal government’s goal is to award at least five percent of all federal contracting dollars to women-owned small businesses each year, but before firms can compete for Women-Owned Small Business (WOSB) Federal Contracting Program set-aside contracts, they must apply for certification. We can help you determine whether the WOSB certification is right for your business!

During the webinar, you will learn about:

  • Program benefits
  • Eligibility requirements
  • Submitting your application
  • Legislative changes that may impact your business

Date: Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2021
Time: 10 to 11:30 a.m.
Format: Webinar

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Webinar access instructions will be sent 24 hours before the event.

The Spanx by Sara Blakely Foundation Establish The Red Backpack Fund To Alleviate Recovery For Female Entrepreneurs Impacted By COVID-19 Pandemic

Since its inception, Spanx and The Spanx by Sara Blakely Foundation have been dedicated to elevating and supporting women through entrepreneurship. Knowing the ripple effect that empowering women can have to strengthen neighborhoods, cities and countries, The Spanx by Sara Blakely Foundation donated $5 million to support female entrepreneurs in the wake of COVID-19 and teamed up with GlobalGiving to establish The Red Backpack Fund. GlobalGiving will be overseeing the fund, making 1,000 grants of $5,000 each to female entrepreneurs in the U.S. to help alleviate the immediate needs and support the long-term recovery of those impacted by this crisis.

In addition to the financial gift, each woman will also receive a “lucky” red backpack. Sara started Spanx with her “lucky” red backpack from college. It was with her every step of the way. The lucky red backpack is a symbol of starting small while dreaming big. It’s become the official icon of The Spanx by Sara Blakely Foundation. It’s a wonderful reminder that everything you need to succeed is already on your back.

Thanks to MasterClass’s generous donation, all 1,000 women will also receive a free annual All-Access Pass to all 80+ MasterClass instructors, including Sara Blakely’s class on entrepreneurship, to provide mentorship to recipients during this time.

The first round of applications were open from April 6 at 12pm ET through April 12 at 11:59pm ET. Each month, we will accept additional applications. The portal will open for applications again on May 4, June 1, July 6, and August 3.

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MBDA Business Center: Enterprising Women of Color Grant Competition – Register for Pre-Application Conference April 14, 2020


MBDA Business Center: Enterprising Women of Color The Enterprising Women of Color program is a part of MBDA’s focus to promote the growth and global competitiveness of minority business enterprises. The agency program will promote women of color entrepreneurs as engines of economic growth in their communities. MBDA is seeking proposals to fund three Enterprising Women of Color business centers in any U.S. State or U.S. Territory.  The MBDA Business Center: Enterprising Women of Color offices will focus on supporting minority women entrepreneurs to build their businesses, secure contracts and capital, and increase employment opportunities.

Deadline: Applications must be submitted to Grants.gov no later than May 30, 2020 at 11:59 pm EDT.

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The MBDA Business Center: Enterprising Women of Color pre-application conference will be held on April 14, 2020 at 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. EST  Register Now.

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