GEO Cluster Event to be held by Diversity Alliance for Science

OUR GEO CLUSTER IS ONE FULL IMMERSIVE DAY FOCUSED ON A SINGLE VERY RELEVANT TOPIC  WHAT IS THE DA4S GEO CLUSTER? GEO meaning geography; Cluster meaning a group of similar people positioned closely together. GEO Clusters will expand the Diversity Alliance for Science Footprint and build on our successful specialized conference format. Clusters will bring together suppliers and buyers in the Life Sciences and Healthcare industries for a day of immersion around a singular topic/theme. Read more…

Lowe’s Offers Chance of a Lifetime to Hundreds of Diverse Small Businesses with Virtual Pitch Program, hosted by Shark Tank’s Daymond John

MOORESVILLE, N.C. – Every day, small businesses across America struggle to get their products in front of a company or business leader who can propel them forward, into the hands of the masses – and entrepreneurs from underrepresented communities face even tougher obstacles. Today, Lowe’s and Daymond John, star of ABC’s Shark Tank and a New York Times best-selling author, are creating opportunities for diverse small businesses to pitch their products to a Fortune 50 company, providing the platform and letting Read more…

Bristol Myers Squibb and the Bristol Myers Squibb Foundation Commit $300 Million to Accelerate and Expand Health Equity and Diversity and Inclusion Efforts

Five–year commitment builds on long-standing investment in health equity PRINCETON, N.J.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Bristol Myers Squibb (NYSE: BMY) and the Bristol Myers Squibb Foundation announced today a combined investment of $300 million as part of a series of commitments. For Bristol Myers Squibb and the Bristol Myers Squibb Foundation, the commitments are designed to address health disparities, increase clinical trial diversity and for Bristol Myers Squibb, to increase the company’s spend with diverse suppliers and continue to increase Read more…

SBA to Host Virtual Military Spouse Entrepreneur Summit

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Small Business Administration will host a virtual “Military Spouse Entrepreneur Summit” in collaboration with Second Lady of the United States Karen Pence and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s Hiring Our Heroes on Wednesday, Aug. 19 from 1-3:30 p.m.,  EDT. This free event will connect military spouses with resources and information available to help them start or grow a small business. The event will open with remarks from the Second Lady and SBA Administrator Jovita Carranza. Panel Read more…

NBIC & Federal Reserve Bank Main Street Lending Program Webinar

Join the National Business Inclusion Consortium (NBIC) collaborating partners and the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston for an informational webinar on the Main Street Lending Program to ensure your company is eligible and ready to apply before the deadline of September 30, 2020. NaVOBA is proud to partner with NBIC & Federal Reserve Bank Main Street Lending for this Webinar. Be sure to use the link to register. Tuesday, August 4, 2020 | 1:30-3pm EDT Read more…

Lowe’s More Than Doubles Small Business Grant Program to $55 Million, Expands Minority Grant Offering and Extends Reach to Rural Communities

Home improvement retailer increases its minority grant program by $5 million to $30 million and focuses additional $25 million donation on rural, hard-hit communities nationwide; pilots drive-in movie program at select stores to benefit local small business relief efforts MOORESVILLE, N.C. – In response to the overwhelming need to help support small businesses across the country, Lowe’s Companies, Inc. (NYSE: LOW) is announcing it is increasing its minority small business grants from $25 million to $30 million while Read more…

PGA of America Offers Vendor Inclusion Opportunities at 2021 PGA Championship

PGA VendorMatch for next year’s PGA Championship at the Ocean Course at Kiawah Island Golf Resort is open for applications through July 31 at PGAVendorInclusion.org PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. (July 8, 2020) – The PGA of America is encouraging diverse and locally owned vendors to provide sourcing in support of the 2021 PGA Championship at the Ocean Course at Kiawah Island Golf Resort in South Carolina. Minority-, women-, LGBT-, disabled-, Veteran-, and locally-owned businesses are Read more…

REGISTER NOW FOR VIRTUAL VETS’20

Our friends at VETS’20 turned their conference virtual! The Virtual Veteran Entrepreneur Training Symposium is a 13-part, one-hour* webinar series which will be held every Tuesday at 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm EST starting on July 7 and ending on September 29, 2020. The webinars will feature speakers from senior-level acquisition leaders, professionals from the services industry and experts within the federal marketplace. Confirmed Speakers: Dr. Michael E. Wooten, Administrator, Office of Federal Procurement Policy, Office Read more…

NaVOBA Celebrates Juneteenth

Juneteenth is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States. From its Galveston, Texas origin in 1865, the observance of June 19th as the African American Emancipation Day has spread across the United States and beyond. Today Juneteenth commemorates African American freedom and emphasizes education and achievement. It is a day, a week, and in some areas a month marked with celebrations, guest speakers, picnics and family gatherings. It Read more…

Lowe’s and LISC come together to support minority small businesses through $5 million in grants

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Grants are the first in a series of efforts as part of Lowe’s $25 million community commitment to help minority-, veteran- and women-owned small businesses reopen and stay open. NEW YORK (June 10, 2020)— Lowe’s Companies, Inc. (NYSE: LOW) today announced $5 million of its previously announced donation will be distributed by the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC), the nation’s largest community development organization, to help minority-, women- and veteran-led, small businesses Read more…