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March 18, 2020


There is an old economic adage that states…when America sneezes, the world catches a cold. In the minority business community when America sneezes, minority businesses catch pneumonia.  These are historic and extraordinary times. CRMSDC’s Business Consortium stand ready to assist you. You are not alone.


With the daily inundation of information, the goal of this HotSheet is to compile pertinent information for busy minority business owners and our corporate members.

March 23, 2020


Our world is pulsating hourly with an incredible load of data thrown at us. We are getting hit from all directions! Putting on our MBE lens, our goal is to filter some of the most pertinent information for you.


In this issue of HotSheet:

(1) Critical new info from NIH and CDC on how the disease is spreading. Pay close attention; (2) Scams are on the rise; (3) News headlines about a few of our Corporate Members who are doing what they can to impact and combat this virus; (4) What’s happening around our region; (5) In case you missed out on some of the webinars that happened last week, we captured their respective links and content.

March 27, 2020


Do you need to understand how to do business with the federal government during this Coronavirus disaster? As a business owner, where do you start? What are the rules of engagement? Where are the opportunities?


In an exclusive conversation with Tommy Marks, Director of the MBDA Federal Procurement Center, we asked his perspective on how minority businesses can do business with the federal government during disasters such as the Coronavirus.

April 3, 2020


In this issue of HotSheet, we start by addressing the COVID-19 contracts question. Please join us on Tuesday, April 7th, to learn what’s real. Last week we began this discussion in our interview with Tommy Marks, Director of the MBDA Federal Procurement Center.


In this issue, we also capture pertinent info about the SBA loan programs and we take a look at our Corporate Members.

April 10, 2020


On April 7, we launched our first HotSheet Live! webinar. Over 600 businesses from across the country attend this content-rich session that focused on how to do business with the federal government during COVID-19 and the SBA’s Disaster Business Loan Programs.


The expert panel provided key takeaways such as: (1) Rules of Engagement When Doing Federal Business during the Coronavirus pandemic; (2) The role of the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers, and how to do business with them during a disaster; (3) How to take advantage of the SBA programs such as the Payroll Protection Program and the Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL).


Please keep scrolling…this issue is filled with business opportunities. Check out the Amazon opportunity.

April 24, 2020


I don’t know about you, but it seems I’m busier now more than ever. It is hard to keep up with all that’s going on with COVID-19. We had a successful webinar on Tuesday and it is available for your viewing (see below).

This week’s hot and burning topic is, of course, the new round of funding. We also heard about public companies that obtained the prior round of funds intended for small businesses. We need to understand if you have applied and/or received your EIDL or PPP loans. Since the data is not readily captured, please help us help you by filling out our survey.


Please keep scrolling… this issue is filled with stories about our hardworking MBEs making a difference during the COVID-19 pandemic.

May 6, 2020


These are stressful times for people and communities. Conspiracy theories, speculation and misinformation about COVID-19 have lead to discrimination toward people of Asian descent. We need to combat this stigmatization with facts and compassion. This virus doesn’t discriminate, and neither should we. Read our Feature Story penned by our Board Chair, which shares some insights into the subject, and take this May, which happens to be Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month, to celebrate, and to stand against all forms of Asian – xenophobia.


It may seem like this will never end, but the planet is slowly opening back up. Do you have a plan for the post-pandemic business world? Strategy is key right now to laying the groundwork for recovery. Businesses must develop and be ready to implement a solid plan to bounce back from the crisis as soon as lock-downs are lifted. Harvard Business Review offers tips and a worksheet to help.

May 21, 2020


In this Issue:

  • Replay our last webinar featuring Chief Procurement Officers
  • Find local money for your businesses
  • Define and locate CDFI’s
  • Check-out current Business Opportunities
  • Browse stories about our award-winning Corporate Members and more…

June 18, 2020


On the eve of Juneteenth, we are reminded of the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States. Such observances keeps us focused on our mission.


Please make sure you keep scrolling until you reach bottom… In this Issue: Re-play our last webinar featuring Chief Procurement Officers; learn how the PPP Loan Flexibility Act modifies provisions related to the forgiveness of loans made to small businesses; look for opportunities with government agencies as they close out the fiscal year; check-out current Business Opportunities, and browse stories about our generous MBEs, and more…




A Fireside Chat with DMV’s Leading Advocates


This will be a conversation with our local government officials in DC, MD & VA to discuss what their agencies are doing to assist minority business 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.


Jimmy Rhee
Special Secretary
Maryland Governor’s Office of Small, Minority & Women Business Affairs


Kristi C. Whitfield
DC Department of Small and Local Business Development


Tracey G. Wiley
Virginia Department of Small Business and Supplier Diversity