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Coronavirus (COVID-19)

As the world grapples with COVID-19, WIPP is closely monitoring the CDC's global health status and encouraging everyone to follow your local, state, and federal government guidelines for public health. WIPP will still serve our business ecosystem through our online-based resources. We are committed to keeping a strong community connection for all our stakeholders throughout this challenging time.  

 

 

The Impact of COVID-19: Business Resources

Last updated: 05/20/2020

We will update this list of resources and news as it becomes available. To add resources to this page, please email web@wipp.org. To quickly access this page, please navigate by our three core values:

Advocacy

Find guidance on federal advocacy actions and legislative updates. 

Community

Find specific resources for federal contractors as well as links from federal agencies, corporate partners, and small business community partners. WIPP Members are welcome to add resources here. 

Education

Register for our Monday COVID-19 webinar each week. Access our archive. 

 



Not sure where to start?

Download the Five Actions for Small Business Owners infographic to learn how to stay action-oriented during this challenging time.

  1. Understand
  2. Participate
  3. Engage
  4. Apply
  5. Contact

 

 



Advocacy

WIPP In Action blog

 

WIPP Policy Update

 

Join us for the monthly Policy Update Webinar to understand what is happening at a federal level for relief and recovery. 

 

May Policy Update

 

April Policy Update

 

Congressional updates:

WIPP Advocacy Actions: 



Community

Federal Contractors:

 

WIPP In Action blog: 

Federal Resources for U.S. Small Businesses: https://www.covid-sb.org

 

Access to guidance documents: 

 

Paycheck Protection Program:

 

WIPP In Action blog: 

Access to guidance documents:



WIPP Agency Partner-Provided Resources:

  • Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA): Doing Business With FEMA in Response to COVID-19 [PDF] (April 5)
    • Department of Homeland Security COVID-19 Procurement & Acquisition Innovation Response (PAIR) Team: DHS has created the PAIR Team in response to the surge of incoming industry offers of help and innovative ideas to support the fight against COVID-19. Please share with your communities that if they are interested in doing business with FEMA and supporting the response to COVID- 19 with non-medical goods and/or services, they should submit inquiries to DHS’s Procurement Action Innovative Response Team (PAIR) team at DHSIndustryLiaison@hq.dhs.gov.

WIPP Corporate Partner-Provided Resources:

WIPP Strategic Partner-Provided Resources:

WIPP Member-Provided Resources:



Education

Every Monday during this challenging time, WIPP will be hosting free webinars on The Intersectionality of COVID-19 and the Small Business Community. Hear up-to-the-minute business policy and funding information from Capitol Hill. Each week's webinar will feature the WIPP Advocacy Team, the U.S. Small Business Administration, and a special topic of interest.

These webinars are sponsored by our corporate partners Accenture and Southern California Edison.

 

Coming Next: 

Monday, June 1 at 2 PM ET


Stay tuned for updates on upcoming webinars.

 



 

Webinar Archive

COVID-19: Hot Topics in Government Procurement

Monday, May 18 at 2 PM ET

Watch the recording [1 hour]
Download the slide deck

 

If you have customers in the federal government or you're curious on how to access the increased opportunities in the federal marketplace, join our panel of experts to hear up-to-date information on all the hot topics, like changes to WOSB certification and procurement as well as GSA schedules. We're here to help you navigate your path and expand business opportunities for all women business owners. 

 

Join our panel of experts for this special topic:

  • Barb Carson, Deputy Associate Administrator, Office of Government Contracting & Business Development, U.S. Small Business Administration
  • Courtney Fairchild, President & CEO, Global Services


COVID-19: Business Continuity Plan
Monday, May 11 at 2 PM ET

Watch the recording [1 hour]

Download the slide deck.


Crisis can have a way of illustrating gaps in a business' capabilities. Many women-owned businesses have not had the time or opportunity to work on business continuity plans; however, all businesses may soon have to share their continuity plans as a prerequisite to doing business in the commercial and federal marketplace.
 
Listen to our panel of experts for this special topic:  

  • Rose Hatcher, ViacomCBS
  • Lisa Firestone, Managed Care Advisors

 

COVID-19: Business Innovation

Monday, May 4 at 2 PM ET

Watch the recording [1 hour]


Our current environment forces business owners to pivot and consider changing their business model. Thinking outside the box is critical and there is no better way to do that than through business innovation. Our panel of experts discussed the importance of technology and the role big data will play in winning contracts during this crisis.

 

Moderator: 

Angela Dingle, President & CEO, ExNihilo; WIPP Board Chair

 

Panelists:

  • Jennifer Bisceglie, CEO, Interos, Inc.
  • Denise Evans, Vice President, Women and Diverse BtB Marketing, IBM
  • Dr. Melvin Greer, Chief Data Scientist, Americas, Intel Corp.

 

COVID-19: Put Your Mask On First - The Business of You

Monday, April 27 at 2 PM ET

Watch the recording [1 hour]

 

On Monday, April 27, WIPP President & CEO Candace Waterman moderated an expert-led discussion on the powerful connection between mind, body, and business in this uncharted territory. Featuring special guests and health experts:
  • Brenda Loube, CEO, BCL Teams
  • Dr. Karen Wolfe, international speaker, author, coach, and wellness entrepreneur

Business owners and leaders must prioritize taking care of ourselves so we have the ability to help those around us. Resources for this session include the following:

  1. BCL Teams Stretch Break Worksheet and Office Ergonomics Reminder
  2. Top 12 Lifestyle Tips to Support A Healthy Immune System:
    Using diet and lifestyle modification, you can support your immune system and create a strong, resilient internal environment. If you care about your health, you’ll want to nurture this important protection system.

    Supporting your immune system and keeping the fire stoked is a big step towards optimal health. Taking the key steps to protect and promote your immune system is as important as it gets when it comes to your health and longevity. 

In addition, hear up-to-the-minute business policy and funding information from Capital Hill. This webinar will feature the WIPP Advocacy Team and the U.S. Small Business Administration. We welcome questions from the audience.

 

  

COVID-19: Standing Together

Monday, April 20 at 2 PM ET

Watch the recording [1 hour]

 

WIPP is a proud partner of the National Business Inclusion Consortium (NBIC). On Monday, April 20, WIPP President & CEO Candace Waterman led a discussion with special guests:

  • Justin Nelson, Co-Founder & President, National LGBT Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC)
  • Pamela Prince-Eason, President & CEO, Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC)

These leaders share available education, resources, and networking opportunities within their organizations. In addition, hear up-to-the-minute business policy and funding information from Capital Hill. This webinar will feature the WIPP Advocacy Team and the U.S. Small Business Administration. We welcome questions from the audience.

 

  

COVID-19: Opportunities During the Crisis  

Monday, April 13

Watch the recording [1 hour]

Download the slide deck

 

Although the country is still on stay-at-home orders, there are still business opportunities available and contracts being awarded in both the public and private sectors. This webinar was moderated by WIPP President & CEO Candace Waterman and will feature the WIPP Advocacy Team as well as special guests:  

  • Barbara (Barb) Carson, U.S. Small Business Administration Deputy Associate Administrator, Office of Government Contracting & Business Development
  • Rose Hatcher, Director, Supplier Diversity, ViacomCBS
  • Melissa Jenkins, WOSB Program Manager & Industry Liaison/Program Analyst/HBCU, OSDBU, Department of the Treasury
  • Amy Murray, Director, Office of Small Business Programs, Department of Defense

 

COVID-19: Managing Processes, Records, and Data Privacy

Monday, April 6

Watch the recording [1 hour]

 

We discussed up-to-the-minute business policy and funding information from Capitol Hill as well as tips for managing human resources during this challenging time. This webinar was moderated by WIPP President & CEO Candace Waterman and will feature the WIPP Advocacy Team as well as special guests: 

  • Barbara (Barb) Carson, U.S. Small Business Administration Deputy Associate Administrator, Office of Government Contracting & Business Development
  • Tina Teree Baker, President and CEO of the Cadence Group; Member, WIPP Board of Directors 


COVID-19: Managing Team Dynamics & Morale

Monday, March 30

Watch the Recording [1 hour]

 

We discussed up-to-the-minute business policy and funding information from Capitol Hill as well as tips for leading and engaging teams in the social distancing era. This webinar was moderated by WIPP President & CEO Candace Waterman and featured the WIPP Advocacy Team as well as special guests:

  • Courtney Fairchild, President & CEO, Global Services, Inc; Vice Chair, WIPP Board of Directors
  • Laurie Sayles, President, and CEO of Civility Management Solutions; WIPP Member

Monday, March 23
COVID-19: Funding Resources and Options

Watch the Recording [45 minutes]

We discussed options and opportunities for funding during this time of crisis. This webinar was moderated by WIPP President & CEO Candace Waterman and featured the WIPP Advocacy Team as well as special guests:

  • Sue Malone, President, Strategies for Small Business
  • Barbara (Barb) Carson, Deputy Associate Administrator for the Office of Government Contracting at the U.S. Small Business Administration. 

 

Monday, March 16
COVID-19: WIPP Up-To-The-Minute Webinar
Watch on YouTube [1 Hour]

WIPP President & CEO Candace Waterman moderated a discussion about the crisis response to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) and resources for small business owners. Panelists included

  • Barbara (Barb) Carson, U.S. Small Business Administration Deputy Associate Administrator, Office of Government Contracting & Business Development
  • Angela Dingle, President & CEO of ExNihilo Management and WIPP Board Chair
  • Courtney Fairchild, President & CEO of Global Services and WIPP Vice Chair
  • Rebecca Boenigk, CEO of Neutral Posture and WIPP Treasurer
  • Ann Sullivan, President & CEO of Madison Services Group and WIPP Chief Advocate
more Calendar

6/1/2020
COVID-19: Position, Pivot, Profit

6/10/2020
WIPP Policy Update - June 2020

6/17/2020
WIPP Community Connections - June 2020

6/30/2020
WEP: Compliance Begins Before the Win!

7/8/2020
WIPP Policy Update - July 2020

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