Minority businesses still have difficulty re-entering the market even though the US economy has been recovering well from the Covid-19 pandemic. One possible reason is that there is little information on what resources to go after and grants.
Join this exclusive conversation with DMVs Leading Advocates; Secretary Jimmy Rhee (MD), Director Kristi C. Whitfield (DC), and Director Tracey G. Wiley (VA). This will be a conversation with our local government officials in DC, MD & VA to discuss what their agencies are doing to assist minority businesses as they embark on re-opening and re-entry. We will also discuss barriers and what resources, grants, and funding may be available to assist MBEs.
Featuring Panelists are;
- Jimmy Rhee- Special Secretary, Maryland Governor’s Office of Small Minority & Women Business Affairs.
- Kristi C. Whitfield- Director, DC Department of Small and Local Business Development.
- Tracey G. Wiley- Director, Virginia Department of Small Business and Supplier Diversity (DSBS)
Here’s What You’ll Get In This Episode
[02:24] A warm welcome by the moderator; Sharon Pinder
[03:18] This webinar’s agenda and introduction to the team
[09:19] Fireside chat with the Panelists
[09:32] A quick poll
[11:01] It’s a fact that more small businesses need financial help!
[15:05] What Jimmy’s office is offering to help small businesses stay afloat
[19:49] Questions for Secretary Rhee
[23:52] A bit about Virginia’s DSBSD agency- Director Tracey G. Wiley (VA)
[29:45] Source of their data about MBEs that didn’t get funding
[30:32] How small businesses can find opportunities with the DSBSD agency
[32:47] Questions for Director Tracey G. Wiley
[37:12] What’s going on in the District of Columbia- Director Kristi C. Whitfield (DC)
[39:08] Recovering the economy of Columbia from the effects of the covid pandemic
[44:01] Small business opportunities available in the district of Columbia
[47:38] Questions for Director Kristi C. Whitfield (DC)
[54:30] Ticket give-away
[59:18] Open Chat questions
[01:19:37] Wrap-up and call to action