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S.H.E. Summit 2020: Advancing Diversity in the Workplace & World

S.H.E. Summit 2020: Advancing Diversity in the Workplace & World

With the way the world is right now, it can often seem like we have been plunged into a state of chaos. The adverse effects of uncertainty are largely impacting our mental, emotional, and physical well-being - not forgetting our finances and ability to manage our businesses effectively! Thankfully, the 9th annual S.H.E. Summit Conference is just around the corner! The S.H.E. (SHE, HE & the Equity of All People) Summit is an award-winning conference dedicated to…

How Do You Estimate Costs for Construction

How Do You Estimate Costs for Construction

Do you feel in over your head when you bid for a construction contract with a government agency? Every year, I work with literally hundreds of minority and women small business owners, each of them pushing to make their MWBE into a huge success. And I firmly believe that one of the best ways to make an MWBE sustainable is to bid on government contracts. Of course, this is easier said than done. It can be a…

Does Your MWBE Market Itself to the Government?

Does Your MWBE Market Itself to the Government

How much money do you spend marketing your MWBE? If you’re like most small businesses, your marketing budget probably goes into maintaining your online presence, boosting your exposure on social media, and maybe doing some real-world promotions to solidify the relationship with your customer base. All of these are time-honored ways of getting the name of your business out there. However, there is another area where marketing comes into play. If you want to start landing contracts…

Understanding Insurance Requirements to Bid On Government Contacts

Understanding Insurance Requirements to Bid On Government Contacts

What kinds of insurance do you currently have? If you're like most people, health insurance is high up on that list. If you drive a vehicle, then car insurance should be up there too. Life insurance, home insurance, the list goes on and on. Without these forms of insurance, you could end up in big trouble if the worst was to come to pass.  As a small business owner, you also need to have certain kinds of…

Identifying and Landing Government Contacts for DBEs

Are you ready to start your small business’ recovery after the shutdowns? Small and mid-sized businesses alike have been under an incredible strain over the last few months. COVID-19 has tested (and continues to test) entrepreneurs like nothing else in decades. But there is some good news for minority and women-owned businesses in Massachusetts looking for a chance to rebuild and grow.  As MA enters into the next phase of its reopening, small business owners are looking…