U.S. Black Chambers, Inc.: April Isn’t Over Yet! Updates, Events, and Opportunities

SBA Announces Official Restaurant Revitalization Fund Application and Guidelines- Economic relief prioritized for underserved communities
WASHINGTON – SBA Administrator Isabella Casillas Guzman today announced key details on application requirements, eligibility, and a program guide for the Restaurant Revitalization Fund (RFF). The restaurant industry has been among the hardest-hit sectors during the economic downturn caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. To help bring jobs back and revive the industry, the American Rescue Plan, signed into law by President Joe Biden, established the $28.6 billion Restaurant Revitalization Fund at the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). The SBA will administer the funds to the hardest-hit small restaurants.
Under this announcement, details on application requirements, eligibility, and a program guide are now available in English at www.sba.gov/restaurants.
Ahead of the application launch and over the next two weeks, the SBA will establish a seven-day pilot period for the RRF application portal and conduct extensive outreach and training. Following the pilot, the application portal will be opened to the public. The official application launch date will be announced at a later date.
Replay “Ending The COVID-19 Pandemic: Improving Vaccine Confidence in Communities of Color” Event
Black and Brown Americans are disproportionately affected by #COVID19, experiencing significant health and economic impacts. Rewatch our event with PhRMA to explore the science behind #COVID19 vaccines, building vaccine confidence and more!
Fore more information on Vaccine Resources and Black Initiatives, visit usblackchambers.org/vaccine.
Featured Articles and Honorable Mentions
Minority Business News featured Ron Busby, Sr. and the USBC advocate efforts on the heels of our CEO’s roundtable with Vice President Harris and Secretary Yellen
Featured Article
USBC will continue to provide policy direction at the federal level, advocate for access to capital opportunities, enhance the visibility of Black-owned businesses and provide education and resources for these businesses to scale and thrive.
We have outlined these initiatives in a detailed plan called The BLACKprint, which is the design plan for the sustainability and growth of Black businesses— and in turn, America. The BLACKprint can be viewed on our website at usblackchambers.org under the “About Us” tab.
Strong Black Economic Support for Magalie Austin & Cassius Butts for MBDA Director
Letter to President Biden
Read our collective letter to President Biden from the Black Economic Alliance, the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, and the U.S. Black Chambers reflecting our strong support for both Magalie (Maggie) Austin and Cassius Butts to serve as Director of the Minority Business Development Agency at the U.S. Department of Commerce.
Upcoming Webinars, Events, and Opportunities
Thursday’s Edge Webinar:
Stress Management
Hosted By: The Career Mavericks
Stress is a common contributing factor to poor health outcomes and entrepreneurial burnout. The ability to maintain a healthy work and home life balance may seem impossible when running small businesses, but it doesn’t have to be, Learn how to develop healthy coping skills and positive reinforcement techniques that help with stress management to keep you productive and at your best.
In this session, we will teach participants how to:
  • Define stress and identify stressors
  • How to reduce stress for positive outcomes
  • Incorporate relaxation exercises and techniques
Celebrate the Power of Connections, American Express Business Class Live
April 22, 2021 from 1PM – 5PM EST
Register today for Business Class LIVE, a virtual experience from American Express taking place on April 22. Engage with fellow business owners and learn how to position your business for success.
Secure your spot today:
2021 Virtual Non-Profit Conference
April 30 – May 1, 2021
The PFC Coalition is hosting a Virtual Nonprofit Conference on Friday, April 30, 2021- 9:00am – 3:00pm and Saturday, May 1, 2021 – 9:00am – 12Noon. The theme is “Building Capacity thru Collaboration and Engagement“.
The conference will focus on helping nonprofits look at innovative ways to collaborate and partner. In addition we will have sessions on building their capacity to serve by investing in the leadership, improving ways to do outreach, and how to identify resources for grants.
The PFC Coalition represents over 300 Nonprofits and Minority Businesses in the Prince George’s County and the DC Metro Area. The Conference will be free for the first 100 Nonprofits. Businesses can attend for $25.
Use YouTube to Grow Your Business
with Dana James Mwangi, Memphis Region Digital Coach
Get best practices for creating a YouTube Channel and compelling video content that promotes your products and services and drives engagement with your brand.
Then, we will have a fireside chat with these special guests: Kris Keys, Founder and Creative Director, By Kris Keys, and Ashley Pickens, Luxury Realtor and Auctioneer. Kris and Ashley will share how they use YouTube to promote their expertise, educate their clients, and attract new customers.
Create and Deliver a Compelling Presentation- Part II
with Joy Hutton, Houston Region Digital Coach
Learn how to communicate information and engage your audience with an effective presentation. You will gain best practices and build a visually appealing presentation in Google Slides.
Level Up! Get in the Million Dollar Mindset!
Hosted by: MBDA Enterprising Women of Color
Learn how to leverage resources, tools, and identify strategic partners in your community to scale your business. Get to know key organizations, certifications, programs, grants, and access to funding available to help you take your business to the next level of growth and success!
Virtual Business Mixer Small Business Showcase
Hosted by: Dallas MBDA CARES Act Center
 Register today for the Dallas MBDA CARES Act Center Small Business Showcase Virtual Mixer featuring Small and Minority-Owned Businesses. During the Mixer, you will be able to highlight your service and/or product offerings via chat as a live DJ plays music on-screen. You will also be able to virtually connect with other Small and Minority-Owned Businesses located throughout the North Texas area whose products and services may interest you.
To feature your business, please submit two PowerPoint Slides that contain the following information below:
·   Slide 1 – Share Your Business Information and Product/Service Offerings
·   Slide 2 – Share Your Business Contact Information So That Interested Customers Can Stay Connected With You
If you are interested in being a featured business during the Showcase, please send your marketing material in the form of PowerPoint slides to Stacy Rosenthal stacy@mbdacares.com by April 26, 2021, 5:00 PM CST.
Confirmation will be returned, if accepted.
Limited Space Available.
SBA PPP Loan Period Extended!
Offering PPP loans until May 31, 2021
In case you missed it! On March 30, President Joe Biden signed the PPP Extension Act of 2021 into law, extending the Paycheck Protection Program an additional two months to May 31, 2021, and then providing an additional 30-day period for the SBA to process applications that are still pending.
Visit usblackchambers.org/cares-act for additional CARES Act Resources.
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