Archives for March 2021

Announcement of Federal Funding Opportunity

Posted by Ardis Bazyn, President of ABWA Verdugo-Glen Chapter

Funding Opportunity Description: The Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA), a bureau of the U.S. Department of Commerce, will provide Federal assistance to support innovative projects that promote and seek to ensure the growth and resolve the challenges faced by minority business enterprises   The primary drivers of a MBDA Advanced Manufacturing Project (AMP) program are capacity building and job creation/retention (see additional details on page 2 of NOFO).

A total of $1.6 million will be available to fund the financial assistance awards under this announcement utilizing FY2021 appropriated funds. The FY21 funding will be approximately $400,000 (see page 5 of NOFO).

MBDA will issue awards for a 5-year term from July 1, 2021 through June 30, 2026. Receipt of any prospective funding also is contingent upon the availability of funds from Congress, satisfactory performance, and continued relevance to program objectives and will be at the sole discretion of the Department of Commerce.

All proposals must be received on or before 11:59 p.m. EDT on April 8, 2021.

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California Enacts New COVID-19 Paid Sick Leave Entitlement Similar to FFCRA

Posted by Ardis Bazyn, President of ABWA Verdugo-Glen Chapter

As the federal government passed extended tax credits for Emergency Paid Sick Leave (“EPSL”) and Expanded Family Medical Leave (“EFMLA”) in March 2021 under the American Rescue Plan Act (“ARP”), California was busy crafting its own paid sick leave expansion.

Shortly after passage of ARP, Governor Newsom signed Senate Bill 95 into law, which codifies additional paid sick leave for most California workers in line with the requirements of the FFCRA and, thus, allows employers to take advantage of federal tax credits for providing EPSL under the same conditions as would have been mandated under the FFCRA were it still in effect.

While the ARP extension is voluntary, employers with more than 25 employees will have to comply with California’s new sick leave entitlement. Employers providing in-home supportive services should contact us directly to discuss how their industry is treated differently in terms of providing COVID-19 paid sick leave in California.

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ABWA Verdugo-Glen’s Fundraiser – Drag Queen Bingo on Friday, March 19 at 7 p.m.

Posted by Ardis Bazyn, President of ABWA Verdugo-Glen Chapter

Tired of doing nothing on a Friday night?  Want some excitement and lots of laughs?  Then have we got a great time for you!

Please don’t tell us you never wanted to play virtual BINGO hosted by drag queens!? By the way, this is family-friendly.

Join us virtually on Friday, March 19 at 7 pm for four games of BINGO hosted by Bingo Boy himself, and co-host Deven Green.

Our prizes include gift cards for Bloomingdale’s, Trader Joe’s, Target and Amazon.

The cost is $20, and funds go to the Verdugo-Glen Chapter of American Business Women’s Association for Business Success Scholarships. We are a 501(c)(6) charity, if you would like to make an additional donation.

Please click on the PayPal link below. Payment deadline is Tuesday, March 16. You will receive more information, and bingo cards, after that date.

Looking forward to seeing you,

Your friends at American Business Women’s Association Verdugo-Glen Chapter