On March 8, 2013 at Room 718 at 5030 Broadway in New York City, Robert Izzo? Director of M/WBE Services of the NY Women’s Chamber of Commerce will present a workshop on Winning the Bid.? Learn about bidding notice email lists, the Compete to Win program, how to write a bid response, and how to make sure you get paid if you win the Bid.??? From 10 am to 12 pm Robert will take you through all of these skills.??? Contact Lawrence Miles at 212 491 9640 to sign up or email Robert at with your name company name phone number and email????? See you there!? Minority and Women Owned Businesses take note, but all are welcome.

February 27 Last Day for Businesses to Apply for Disaster Loans

This Wednesday Feb. 27th? is the final day for Small Businesses to apply for physical damage to property low interest loans with the SBA? You can do it online and you can do it even if you have not yet settled with your insurance? It takes 15 minutes and you can add the documentation of loss later while you preserve your right to a loan up to 2 million dollars if you suffered loss from Hurricane Sandy?????? Contact me at the NY Women’s Chamber for more info


Look for opportunities to ask your customers about what they want from your business.?? Its natural for all of us to continue to do things in a certain way.??? But, every chance we get to ask a customer about anything they would like from us, is a marketing aid and cost free investment in our business.? You would be surprised at the positive reaction you will receive from your customers!

Workshop on Becoming A Union Contractor

Just a reminder? The NY Women’s Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring a workshop entitled “Becoming a Union Contractor” on Feb. 15th from 8;30 to 10:30 AM at 5030 Broadway, Suite 718 at The Inwood Center.??? Come and learn how to increase your business volume in the construction industry. RSVP for this workshop by calling Lawrence Miles at 212 491 9640

Make Taxes Work In Your Favor

?NYWCC Tax Workshop?

In Spanish
Wednesday, January 16, 2013
10:00 am ? 12:00 pm
Latino Microenterprise Institute
5030 Broadway, Suite 718
In English
Thursday, January 17, 2013
12 noon – 2:00pm
Operation Hope
2511 Frederick Douglass Boulevard
Attend this workshop to learn about Federal, State and City filing requirements, techniques to minimize your tax bill, how business tax returns tie into personal tax filings, pre-tax health savings accounts, ?pre-tax spendable accounts, pre-tax retirement accounts and more.

Please RSVP – Space is limited


Crowdfunding Rules on Hold

So you’re looking for alternative funding to expand your business and you’ve been thinking about crowdfunding? Hold that thought!

Excerpt from the Wall Street Journal:

The SEC is still hammering out its rules. The commission was given until January 2013 to set the rules, but is widely expected to miss that deadline. Agency Chairman Mary Schapiro will step down Friday, a move that is likely to delay the rule-making progress. An SEC spokesman declined to comment.

Finra, an independent regulator for all U.S. exchange markets and brokers, also was required under the JOBS Act to set its own equity crowdfunding rules. But unlike the SEC, it wasn’t given a deadline. In July, it sought public comment on a host of crowdfunding rules, including advertising, fraud and manipulation, and trading principles. Read more

Whats New For Businesses

FEMA and NYC are seeking contractors
who could immediately provide
construction services to neighborhoods
impacted by Hurricane Sandy

The current plan is to divide the distressed areas into 3-4 individual geographic areas. Program managers for each region will be selected by FEMA officials. Each individual program manager will then use the registration forms referenced below to identify specialty trade contractors to perform work in their respective area.?Unregistered contractors may not be contacted for this work.?Current FEMA requirements state that contractors interested in participating must register in the FEMA Disaster Response Registry.


Register on
BTEANY Rapid Repairs website

Register on
System for Award Management (SAM) website
If you have any questions call 866-606-8220.

Complete the
FEMA Vendor Profile Form to the Industry Liaison Program
Contact the Industry Liaison Support Center at? this form or call 202-646-1895. Each program manager/CM/GC will then identify subcontractors from this registration.

Separate links to material suppliers will be available to those contractors selected in an effort to ensure sufficient materials and suppliers are available.

BTEA will keep you informed as to whether the FEMA registration requirements are in effect.?The BTEA strongly recommends you register with FEMA unless otherwise notified.