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

25th Anniversary Video Blog with Cheryl Stevens

COVID-19 Loan & Funding Info from WIPP 

How 3 Female CEOs in DFW are Managing the COVID-19 Crisis

SBA Disaster Loans - What You Need to Know

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.

Facebook Small Business Grants Program

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

NMSBIC Small Businesses Fund

Austin Small Business Relief Grant Application

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)

[May 21] WBE Zoom Room Presents: Looking Ahead – An Economic Outlook From Wells Fargo

CVS Health & Roger Williams University Executive Learning Series for Diverse Suppliers

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

The Small Business Owner’s Guide to the CARES Act

Coronavirus and Texas Small Businesses

COVID-19 Information for the State of Arkansas

COVID-19 Information for the State of Oklahoma

COVID-19 Information for the State of New Mexico

COVID-19 Legal Services Resource Directory from Bell Nunnally 

Dallas Innovates: COVID-19 A Roundup of Resources for Small Businesses

Entrepreneur's Survival Guide in the Age of Coronavirus

DFW Small Business Resource List from LiftFund's Women's Business Center

Other 

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.