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The US-MBDA Coronavirus Response and Relief Center 

The Coronavirus Response and Relief Center is funded by the U.S. Department of Commerce Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA)'s Coronavirus Response and Relief award. The  Coronavirus Response and Relief Center aims to meet the business technical services and capital needs of minority businesses to help them pivot from the aftereffects of COVID 19. Assistance will include technical assistance, training, education, and advisory services to Minority Enterprises.

Virtual 1-on-1 Expert Consultant Office Hours

The CRR team offers qualifying minority-owned businesses who fill out our intake form access to free virtual 1-on-1 office hours with an expert consultant. Appointments are one hour in length and take place over Zoom: because our services are virtual, we assist minority-owned businesses nationwide. 

Currently, the following services are available:

  • Digital Marketing
  • Business Development
  • Business taxes 
  •  Accounting and Finance

To receive access to resources from our Coronavirus Response and Relief (CRR) Center, please fill out this intake form to help us better understand and serve your business’ needs.

Upcoming Workshops & Presentations

A Sales & Business Development Series: Part 2:

Date/Time: 9-22-2021- 3-5pm: Click here for free tickets 

SBA COVID-19 Relief Programs and Services Webinar: 

Date/Time: 10-05-2021- 10-11am: Click here for free tickets

Previous Workshops and Presentations

A Sales & Business Development Series (Part 1): View Presentation Here

Master Your Financials with Quickbooks Online

Master Your Financials with Wave Accounting

Introduction to the MBDA Coronavirus Response & Relief (CRR) Center: View Presentation Here

Business Tax Workshop: View Presentation Here

Latest News

Funding Sources

CBS3/CW PHILLY SMALL WINS Grant Application

  • On-air advertising and cash grants of up to $50,000 for businesses in Philly metro region

AMBER GRANT FOR WOMEN Application

  • Monthly grants of at least $10,000 for women entrepreneurs in honor of Amber Wigdahl

SOGAL BLACK FOUNDER STARTUP Grant Application 

  • $10,000 and $5,000 cash grants to Black women and Black nonbinary entrepreneurs 

TARGETED & SUPPLEMENTAL EIDL ADVANCE (grant)

  • Applicants for the COVID-19 Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) may be eligible to receive up to $15,000 in funding from SBA that does not need to be repaid. These "advances" are similar to a grant, but without the typical requirements that come with a U.S. government grant.

COVID-19 EIDL (SBA loan)

  • Low-interest long-term loan direct from US Government SBA. Must be repaid. Up to $2,000,000

Trainings & Workshops

Business Structure & Legal

  • To come  

Business Taxes

Accounting & Finance

Sales & Business Development

  • Pivoting in Challenging Times Part 1: View Webinar
  • Pivoting in Challenging Times Part 2: View Webinar (Access Code: $C#b3^eX)

Digital Marketing

Other


FAQS

Is there a cost for any of these services?
No! MBDA CRR services are 100% free of charge

Do I have to live in Philadelphia or Pennsylvania to access these services? 

Nope! While our offices are located in Philadelphia, our services are virtual and we are able to assist minority-owned businesses throughout the United States. The MBDA CRR Center was funded specifically to help the nation's Black-owned, Latino-owned, Asian-owned, Native-American-owned, and Pacific-Islander-owned businesses with their COVID-19 response and recovery. 

What happens if I cannot make my appointment? 

Please make every effort to attend your office hours appointment. If there is an emergency and you cannot make it, please reach out to your consultant to reschedule. If you miss your appointment with no communication, you may be prohibited from accessing future office hours appointments. 

Can I receive more than one type of assistance? 

Yes! When filling out your intake form, indicate the type(s) of assistance that you need. We will send you separate calend.ly links for each topic area.

Can my friend talk to one of the consultants?

As long as your friend is a person of color with an existing business, they can fill out our intake form to access our services. However, they cannot use the calend.ly link that we provide to you. The calend.ly link only works one time and is intended for the person who filled out the intake form. If you share the calend.ly link you will be prohibited from accessing office hours appointments through the MBD CRR Center. 

I haven’t started my business yet. Can your consultants help me? 

Unfortunately, no. These office hours are designed specifically for people who have existing businesses. If you have not started your business yet, reach out to us directly at mbdacrr@theenterprisecenter.com and we will direct you to some resources that better meet your needs.