WBENC has compiled a list of resources, information, webinars, and more to assist women-owned businesses during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic (click here). We will be adding additional resources specific to our region of north and central Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, and New Mexico on this page. Check back often to see the most recent updates.
Due to the current quarantine and social distancing recommendations, we have taken our events virtual! We've also added a limited free "Virtual Coffee Break" series - weekly small group zoom discussions over relevant topics for women business owners. Click here to see our upcoming event schedule.
WBCS Blog Posts
Funding and Loans
*click here for additional national funding sources from WBENC's resource page
Verizon Small Business Recovery Fund -Grants of up to $10k for business affected by COVID-19. Applications opened May 14th!
[July 10th] Minority Entrepreneurship Institute Showcase - applications accepted through June 1st.
Fort Worth Business Resiliency Microloan Program - $850,000 to eligible businesses in Fort Worth who are being impacted by the COVID-19 crisis.
IFundWomen Grant Resources - running list of grant resources for women business owners.
MBDA Business Center: Enterprising Women of Color Grant Competition - Find the link to grant application below the presentation desk
Spanx - The Red Backpack Fund - 1000 $5000 grants will be awarded to female entrepreneurs; upcoming application dates are May 4, June 1, July 6, and August 3.
Salesforce Care Small Business Grants - $10,000 grants to small businesses; NM, TX, OK applications open April 27; AR open April 24th.
New Mexico Recovery Fund - for business with 40+ employees
Stacy’s Rise Project- Applications are officially open for the 2020 #StacysRiseProject! Stacy’s Rise Project is awarding $10K to fifteen #FemaleFounders that are going above and beyond to give back to their communities.
WBE-Led Tips and Tools
Tips on Seeing Your Business Through a Crisis - From Sherrill Lester, QMF Steel Inc. (blog post)
Six Tips for Cultivating Client Relationships Through Email Marketing - From Amanda Hueneke, Hello Imprint LLC (blog post)
Email Safety Tips During COVID-19 - From First Equipment Company (blog post)
Strategies for Managing and Motivating Employees During a Pandemic - from Chris Zimmer, Director of Human Resources at CFJ Manufacturing (blog post)
Webinars / Town Halls / Education
How to Manage Your Team and Leveraging PPP in the COVID-19 Realities - Part of the Founders First Virtual Event Series
Additional External Resources
Texas Workforce Commission - New virtual chat launched for questions regarding unemployment benefits
Fast Start Mentor Program - A program to connect tenured entrepreneurs and business leaders with small business owners who are struggling right now. As mentees, they will be provided with guidance from their mentors to help them survive and thrive through COVID-19.