UPDATE: On Thursday, May 14, I was certified by NYS as a Women's Business Enterprise!
After uploading 28 attachments back in February, on April 28, I got an email with 11 additional requests.
In a few cases, it was a slight do-over of something I had already sent, but there were a number of new documents I had to provide. These included:
Of course, this would require a lot of legwork under normal circumstances, but during a pandemic, it took more than a week to get that letter from SEFCU.
According to my Harvest Time Tracker, I spent an additional 9.44 hours on gathering and producing these documents. I told my husband, “I think this is how they weed out the weak.”
I hope that once these documents are reviewed, I’ll quickly be certified!
How are you holding up? Drop me a line and I’ll carve out some time to make #SmallTalk!
Updated on 5/9 to add: On Wednesday 5/6, I received an email from a Senior Certification Analyst in the Senior Certification Analyst in the Division of Minority and Women’s Business Development for Empire State Development to confirm that CMR Communications would have the following codes in the NYS Contract System: Marketing consulting services; Communications marketing services; Grant writing services. With these codes confirmed, my application will be sent to a committee for the final stage of the review process. Fingers crossed!
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