Monday, October 25, 2021

NSBA Leadership Council Opportunity

The National Small Business Association (NSBA) is seeking leaders from the small business community to become part of NSBA’s Leadership Council. This is a great way to get involved in small business advocacy as well as  promote yourself and your business both nationally and in your community.

Specifically we are seeking members who may know their member of Congress, have experience in leadership positions in other organizations, have had some experience in dealing with the media and most importantly are passionate about small business.Our goal is to have at least one Leadership Council member in each Congressional District. The needs of small business has to be communicated to our political leadership in an effective manner so that  loans, grants, contracts and small business relief measures are a national priority as we emerge from the pandemic. Congress also needs to understand the impact of tax and regulatory policies on small business. 

We have developed a survey to better understand your leadership qualifications. To be considered please complete the Leadership Council Survey.

The NSBA Leadership Council is the premiere network of small-business leaders from across the U.S. who meet on a regular basis to identify key issues that are important to the small business community.   Our members bring a wide variety of skills and interests to the table.  Some of our members like to work in the background while others like to be in front of the camera.  We need all types because we have a message that needs to be communicated. We need to get the attention of our elected officials and educate them on our real-world issues including the impact of Covid-19 on small business and why small business must play a leading role in improving our nation's infrastructure. 

If you are interested in becoming a spokesperson for small business and gain visibility for you and your firm while helping advance the small-business community before lawmakers and members of the media please consider this opportunit

Thank you in advance for your time and consideration. We look forward to talking with you soon.

Please click here to take the survey. We will review your answers and will respond to you shortly. 

To find out more about The National Small Business Association please click here to visit our website. 

Sunday, October 24, 2021

Get Involved. District of Columbia Police Department. Active Bystander for Law Enforcement Training

ABLE Training

This week, Mayor Bowser observed the Metropolitan Police Department’s (MPD) Active Bystander for Law Enforcement (ABLE) training that is required for all MPD sworn members. For years, MPD has trained members on the requirement and duty to intervene. In 2021, as part of its annual professional development training, MPD formally adopted this new national best practice training program that prepares officers to successfully intervene to prevent harm and to create a law enforcement culture that supports peer intervention.

The Georgetown Law Innovative Policing Program, partnering with global law firm Sheppard Mullin, created the ABLE training, which employs evidence-based practices to give officers the tools and skills they need to perform an intervention on a fellow officer, a subordinate, or even a superior officer. ABLE is unique and uses lessons from other industries like aviation, medicine, and college campuses.

Learn more about the program HERE, and watch the demonstration HERE

The BERLIN CONFERENCE of 1884–1885. G20, COP26, IMF, World Bank. Know your history.

The Berlin Conference of 1884-1885.    ...  



Saturday, October 23, 2021

We haven't even gotten into COP26. What is the COP26?

From G20 to COP26.

Any relationship?

G20: What is the G20? October 23, 2021  

About the G20

The G20 is the international forum that brings together the world’s major economies. Its members account for more than 80% of world GDP, 75% of global trade and 60% of the population of the planet.
The forum has met every year since 1999 and includes, since 2008, a yearly Summit, with the participation of the respective Heads of State and Government.
In addition to the Summit, ministerial meetings, Sherpa meetings (in charge of carrying out negotiations and building consensus among Leaders), working groups and special events are organized throughout the year.
Visit website for G20:
  • Origins of the G20
  • Participants
  • How the G20 works
  • The Finance Track
  • G20 Empower

BEMA International signed on to the joint G20 Civil Society Organizations (CSO) Advocacy Letter . October 22, 2021

As members of BEMA International you advocate and represent full inclusion of communities of color, communities at risk (CAR), marginalized and vulnerable populations.  Inclusion of the ‘whole community’.

You have a voice locally that YOU at your local community level is the start of the change in addressing issues in your community, we have a voice nationally, and globally.  A voice and taking actions not only addressing global health, but the changes and impacts of climate change, disasters\emergency management,  and crisis in our communities.

The COVID-19 crisis has brought our communities together.  Do not stop the momentum.

Chair\CEO BEMA International

Dear Colleagues,
Thank you ever so much for signing on to the CSO Advocacy Letter ahead of the G2O Finance and Health Ministers Meeting on October 29, 2021.
Please note that the letter has been published on our website, and will be shared on our various social media platforms, we encourage you to kindly share the joint advocacy letter - calling for a coordinated, global response to the pandemic, as we ask world leaders to commit to the following urgent actions

          sEnsure at least 70% of people in every income category in every country are fully vaccinated
             by sharing doses at scale, releasing production slots, and supporting non-exclusive knowledge
             and technology sharing measures; 
           sIncrease multi-year financing for the pandemic response and preparedness in
             low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) to match the scale of need;
           sReallocation of Special Drawing Rights (SDRs) to support the fight against the 
             pandemic in LMICs;

           sStrengthen global leadership and accountability..

Warm Regards,

Aminata W.

Aminata Wurie | Senior Project Manager, Policy & Advocacy 

BEMA International ®  1231 Good Hope Road SE, Washington, DC 20020
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Senate Hearing: Small Business Committee on women entrepreneurs. Wednesday, October 27 at 2:30 PM (ET)

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October 23, 2021

Dear Fellow Marylanders:

Did you know that our state is home to the highest concentration of women-owned businesses in the country? It is a distinction that fills me with great pride and fuels my work as Chair of the Senate Small Business Committee. So I always look forward to October, because it is National Women’s Small Business Month, during which we recognize the contributions of women-owned small businesses to our local and national economies

This year, National Women’s Small Business Month comes more than 18 months into the COVID-19 pandemic, which has devastated women-owned small businesses. Many are reporting a decline in sales and fear of permanent closure. In 2020, more small businesses closed than any other year on record and, as of May 2021, more than 37% of small businesses have closed, according to research conducted by Opportunity Insights. Throughout the pandemic, women entrepreneurs have been more likely than male owners to report a significant decline in the overall health of their business. Historically, women-owned small businesses lag behind male-owned small companies in three forward-looking measures: investment plans, revenue projections, and staffing expectations.

The COVID-19 pandemic truly has confirmed the key role the federal government has in empowering women entrepreneurs to overcome the pervasive, historic roadblocks that stop them from starting and growing successful businesses. In fact, a recent report issued by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) found that policies enacted by Congress in the bipartisan Economic Aid Act and the American Rescue Plan made distribution of loans under the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) more equitable this year than during 2020. For example, while women were underfunded during the first round of PPP administered by the Trump administration, the report found that the share of loans made to women in 2021 under the Biden administration —16 percent—was in line with the percentage of small businesses owned by women, also 16 percent.

This report shows that through thoughtful, targeted efforts, it is possible to bridge the historical gaps that prevent underserved entrepreneurs from starting and growing small businesses.  

Now, as Congress continues to debate President Joe Biden’s Build Back Better Agenda—a once-in-a-generation investment in our families, communities, and small businesses—it is vital that we build on the lessons learned during the pandemic to continue investing in women entrepreneurs.

That is why I am convening a hearing in the Small Business Committee next week, so the Senate can hear from women entrepreneurs, experts, and advocates about how we can unleash the full potential of women-owned small businesses.

I am especially looking forward to hearing the testimony of Dr. Tammira Lucas, founder of The Cube Cowork in Baltimore and cofounder of Moms as Entrepreneurs. She will shed light on the unique barriers that mothers face on the path to business ownership, as well as the tools and resources Congress can create to support them on their entrepreneurship journey.

The economic recovery that lies ahead will be difficult, but it is also an opportunity. With the right investments, Congress can empower women entrepreneurs so they can be an engine of economic growth for communities in Maryland and nationwide. Already, women-owned businesses employ 9.2 million people—only 8 percent of the total private sector workforce. And they generate $1.8 trillion in annual revenue—only 4.3 percent of annual private sector revenue. While these numbers seem small on the surface, they tell a remarkable story about the potential for women owned small businesses: from 2007 to 2018, total employment by women-owned businesses rose 21 percent, while employment for all businesses declined by 0.8 percent.

In other words, women-owned small businesses have been drivers of economic growth in our economy despite the myriad headwinds they face on the path to success. And it’s even more evident for minority women. Between 2007 and 2018, businesses owned by minority women grew by more than 163 percent.

Imagine what our women entrepreneurs could do if there were less obstacles in their way, and if they had more support during their entrepreneurship journey?

To ensure a robust recovery, Congress needs to continue to be deliberate in our efforts to support women entrepreneurs. Through thoughtful policy, Congress can make meaningful changes to empower entrepreneurs, especially women. The years ahead pose a challenge, but they are also full of potential. We simply cannot allow this time to go to waste.

If you are interested in watching the hearing next week on Wednesday, October 27 at 2:30 PM (ET) to hear from Dr. Lucas and our other witnesses, it will be livestreamed here.



Ben Cardin



Wednesday, October 20, 2021

What would you have done? No matter who. The Community Code.

What would be your choice? 

Engagement and participation requires all, every member of the community the ‘whole community’ to always be involved.

Many sit on the sideline. Directing others, but never on the front line.  Arm chair quarterbacks.
                    Part of the problem never actively participating, or part of the solution.

Change without sacrifice is an illusion. 

Help others in your community, even those not in your community.


BEMA International ®  1231 Good Hope Road SEWashington, DC 20020 

A 501 (c) 3 organization

Cooperation, Collaboration, Communication, Coordination, Community engagement, and  Partnering (C5&P)

Wednesday, October 13, 2021

The Power of Empathy




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Monday, October 11, 2021

Communities At Risk (CAR), Communities of Color. World has a Giant Climate-Crisis Blind Spot. CNN.COM October 11, 2021

Scientists looked at more than 100,000 studies and found the world has a giant climate-crisis blind spot


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