Minority and Women Owned
RESOURCES FOR WOMEN AND MINORITY OWNED BUSINESSES
The Port Washington Chamber of Commerce is dedicated to promoting and assisting all businesses in our community to the best of our ability. In recognition of the fact that there are special resources available specifically for women and minority owned businesses, we will be sharing information about these resources as we become aware of them. We welcome input from the public on what other resources we can add. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
1. Long Island African American Chamber of Commerce.
Phil Andrews, President
1225 Franklin Ave. Suite 325
Garden City, New York 11530
Sole Proprietorship Campaign to Build Black Businesses, Access to Capital Forums, Capacity Building, Black Business Directory, MWBE Utilization and Certification, and Retool, Refocus, and Rebuild Black Business Campaign. NEW: In partnership with Wish Local, financial support is available to Black-owned businesses with brick-and-mortar stores and 20 or fewer employees. The shop’s annual revenue must be under $1 million. Wish Local recommends using the money to keep workers employed; pay rent, operation or inventory costs; connect with new customers; or provide opportunities in the community – or any combination of those recommendations.
2. Long Island Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
Luis Vazquez, President
3. Nassau County Office of Hispanic Affairs
NCHispanicAffairs@nassaucountyny.gov (516) 572-0750
Melissa Figueroa, Deputy Director
4. Minority Business Development Agency / U.S. Department of Commerce
5. La Fuerza Unida, A Community Development Financial Institution. Provides economic growth opportunities to low-income minority and women owned enterprises. Provides free assistance with the New York Forward Loan application and other COVID-19 Disaster Relief programs. They also offer free webinars on a variety of topics, from access to capital to social media and marketing. New for women business owners - interest-free loans up to $3,000 for the purchase of technology hardware and software. For information call (516) 922-8100. Or visit https://lafuerzacdc.org/ or text 516-666-5071. For Spanish call 516-757-1260. Email Covid19@Lafuerzacdc.org, email@example.com
6. IFundWomen.com is a crowdfunding platform that offers support for women-run businesses. Women of color can go to: www.IFundWomen.com/woc
7. LISC Small Business Relief Grants.
Primarily for women and minority owned businesses –offers up to $10,000 to small businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Here is what they say:
We will support small businesses and enterprises affected the Covid-19 across the country, especially those in underserved communities, including entrepreneurs of color, women- and veteran-owned businesses that often lack access to flexible, affordable capital. Applications will be reviewed based on criteria designed to prioritize particularly challenged businesses, and the final grantees will be randomly selected from the top scoring applicants.
8. American Express will be setting up a program to assist black owners of small businesses. Although details are not yet available, here is what they say:
In continuation of our longstanding support for minority-and women-owned businesses, American Express is building a coalition, with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, that will bring together the U.S. Black Chambers, the National Black Chamber of Commerce, the National Business League and Walker’s Legacy with a $10 million pledge over the next four years to fund a program that will provide grants to U.S. Black-owned small businesses to assist in their recovery and address the challenges they face due to racial and social inequalities. A portion of the grant will also fund building the capacity of the network by offering leadership development and business mentoring. More information will be available at shopsmall.com.
9. SMALL BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT CENTER (SBDC) AT FARMINGDALE STATE COLLEGE
Certifying your business can be a complicated process. The SBDC can help assist you in applying and submitting your application(s).
10. WOMEN BUSINESS CERTIFICATIONS.
Woman owned businesses seeking ways to promote your company to major corporations? WBENC certification is recognized by more than 1000 corporations who are looking to do business with certified woman business enterprises.
11. U.S. WOMEN’S CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
Through a national network of affiliate chambers, the USWCC is creating economic and leadership opportunities for women by building a strong community voice and providing programs and benefits to support the growth of its members.