SBA Massachusetts Newsletter | October 2017

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October 2017

National Veterans Small Business Week (OCT 30 - NOV 3)

U.S. Small Business Administration - Massachusetts District Office

National Veterans 2017

SBA celebrates, connects, and empowers service member (including National Guard and Reserve), veteran, and military spouse entrepreneurs and business owners—past, present, and future—during 2017’s National Veterans Small Business Week (NVSBW).

NVSBW, now entering its fourth year, raises awareness of veteran business ownership and encourages communities to support their veteran- and military-owned businesses. It also inspires business support and mentorship within the veteran and military community, while connecting these business owners to entrepreneurship resources administered through OVBD and its stakeholders.

Perhaps most importantly, NVSBW ’17 is an annual renewal of the national commitment to veteran business ownership, while highlighting its positive impact on the U.S. economy and the ongoing challenges faced by the veteran entrepreneurship community.

We at SBA invite you to join us in igniting the conversation around veteran entrepreneurship. Join the conversation using #MyVetBiz, or register for a MyVetBiz event near you!


In Massachusetts, there are two (2) upcoming Boots to Business: REBOOT sessions open to veterans of any era and their spouses. 

1. Friday, November 3rd / 8:00 am – 4:00 pm /  REGISTER
WHERE: SCORE Cape Cod, 270 Communications Way, Suite 5A, Hyannis, MA 02601  / For more information call: 401-427-6536 or email:

2. Tuesday, November 7th / 9:00 am – 4:00 pm / REGISTER 
WHERE: Worcester Public Library, 3 Salem Street, Worcester, MA 01608 / For more information call: 413-785-0484 or email: 



Boots to Business Reboot is a training program that provides participants an overview of business ownership as a career vocation, an outline and knowledge of the components of a business plan, a practical exercise in opportunity recognition, and an introduction to available public and private resources.

Step one is the Introduction to Entrepreneurship course eligible to Veterans of all eras, Service members (including National Guard and Reserves) and their spouses. This course is instructed by SBA and its partners who are skilled business advisors.

Step two is an eight-week online Foundations of Entrepreneurship course instructed by a consortium of professors and practitioners led by the Institute for Veterans and Military Families at Syracuse University.


YOU'RE INVITED!! Join Us for the 2017 SBA Massachusetts Annual Meeting! 

All are welcome! Prior Registration Required. 


WHERE: HULT International Business School, 1 Education Street, Cambridge, MA 02141

PROGRAM: 9:30am to 11:45am 

  • NETWORKING (9:00am-9:30am) 
  • Emerging Leaders Graduation 
  • SBA Program/Partner Updates 
  • Lender Awards 
  • MA Small Business Resource Panel 

Speakers Include:
Dick Dalton, Boston Regional Director , Mass Office of Business Development; Ken Goode, SVP, Business Development, Mass Development ; Jerry Bird, President, MassVentures; Larry Andrews, President, Massachusetts , Growth Capital Corp.; Travis McCready, President and CEO, Massachusetts, Life Sciences Center 

TRANSPORTATION: Take the MBTA to Science Park - Green Line T Station PARKING: Science Museum and Cambridgeside Galleria

From the Desk of Robert Nelson: Share Your Business Wisdom, Volunteer with SCORE


Now that summer is officially over and everyone is falling into their normal day-to-day routines, it is a great time to think about volunteer opportunities.  Volunteering doesn’t just have an impact on the people being helped; it also benefits the volunteers themselves. Volunteering can be a good way to expand your personal and professional networks, it can help you take a more active role in your community, make a difference in the lives of others and it can be fun!

Small business owners and those with a background in business management have a wealth of specific and specialized information that they can impart to other small business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs. 


Here at the SBA we have a long time relationship with SCORE, the nation’s largest network of volunteer expert business mentors. With more than 11,000 volunteers and over 300 chapters nationwide, SCORE provides free and confidential business counseling to current and aspiring small business owners.  

SCORE volunteer mentors specialize in various industries including Restaurants and Hospitality, Government Contracting, Entertainment, Web-Based Services, Construction, Farming and Agriculture to name a few.  They are trained to help people in business or those looking to start a business understand all the elements of business ownership, including taxes, human resources, and marketing. Their generosity helps to create small businesses that truly ignite the nation’s economy, create jobs and build wealth.

If you want to help make an impact, learn more about volunteering with SCORE at:

Office of Disaster Assistance Employment

For Hurricane Harvey recovery, you may be eligible for low-interest loans for your home and business through SBA disaster assistance.

If you are interested in seeking temporary full-time employment, please consider joining the SBA Disaster Program.  >Read more

Business Tips for Women Entrepreneurs


Save the Date! Join us and industry experts for a Twitter chat on October 26 in celebration of Women's Small Business Month | #SBAchat

Hispanic Heritage Month

Thursday, October 12th – the Massachusetts District Office celebrated National Hispanic Heritage Month at the Tip O’Neill Federal Building in Boston.  Led by Lisa Gonzalez-Welch, Economic Development Specialist – the program consisted of Mark Hayward, New England Regional Administrator kicking off the half-day event with remarks and Carlos Hernandez, Lender Relations Specialist as a panel moderator; followed by authentic dance performances by Veronica Robles – and 4 educational panels including:  

"Doing Business with Latino Markets" with: Josiane Martinez, CEO & Founder Archipelago Strategies Group and Eduardo Crespo, CEO Hispanic Market Solutions

Strategies for Access to Capital” with event cosponsors: Charles Smith, SBA Specialist, Eastern Bank, Seth Goodall, Director of SBA, Santander Bank, Anna Bautista, Senior Vice President, Boston Private Bank; 

State of Latino Small Business – Resources to Scale and Grow” with : Carmen Diaz-Jusino, Sr. Director, Program & Service Delivery, Center for Women & Enterprise; Awilda Irizarry, Sr. Business Advisor Salem State Small Business Development Center; Rodrigo Lopez, Mentor Boston SCORE Chapter; Alberto Calvo, Board of Hispanic American Institute

Latino Entrepreneurs Sharing Success” with: Rita Vazquez-Torres, New Stone Soup; Libis Bueno, CEO and Chief Technology Officer, Domitek; Alberto Calvo, Board of Hispanic American Institute, Stop and Compare Supermarkets


Tuesday, October 10th – the Massachusetts District Office hosted a visit by the U.S. Senate Committee on Small Business & Entrepreneurship staff and Legislative Aides visiting Boston to learn about SBA and the role of district offices.  Led by Deputy District Director, David Polatin and joined by Ili Spahiu, Lead Lender Relations and Norman Eng, EDS/PIO – our office increased their understanding of agency programs/services that district offices deliver and shared strategies that we use to connect the public to SBA and implement programs.  


Monday, September 25th – Robert Nelson, District Director, Nadine Boone, Lead Business Opportunity Specialist, and Ili Spahiu, Lead Lender Relations Specialist from the SBA Massachusetts District Office took part in a local access television show called, “Your Federal Government.”  Hosted by Diane LeBlanc, this show is a program of the Greater Boston Federal Executive Board and shared via sharepoint site specifically for cable tv stations nationwide and gets picked up on average by 80 communities.  WATCH ON YOUTUBE HERE


Friday, September 22 -  Bob Nelson, District Director was at AARP's Massachusetts offices with Kara Cohen, Community Outreach Director taping a segment talking about SBA and our programs and services and Kara talking about their tools to help small businesses to start and grow.  Kara is holding a pic of AARP founder Ethel Percey Andrus, a retired school teacher.    The National Retired Teachers Association started in 1947 which evolved into AARP in 1958.


Wednesday, September 20th – Bob Nelson, District Director gives an update on SBA Programs to over 35 Boston SCORE chapter mentors in Newton, MA. 


Wednesday, September 20th - Bob Nelson, District Director was with the Clark University SBDC to celebrate the retirement of John Rainey, Regional Director after 23 years of service to small businesses.  Together with Bob is Larry Marsh, former Regional Director and Paula Camara, who will serve as interim director.  The Clark U center under the direction of Mr. Rainey, has been a powerful force in helping small businesses to secure capital infusions.    All of us at the MA SBA wish John much happiness in his retirement.   



Business Certification Information Session

Weds, November 1 
Harvard Ed Portal
224 Western Avenue 
Allston, MA 02134 
Learn how certifications with Harvard University, the Federal, State and local governments can help grow your business.  
(FREE) Register

Financing Your Business

Thursday, October 19 
5pm - 7pm
Greenfield Savings Bank, 58 Bridge St, Shelburne Falls, MA
This FREE workshop will help you gain a better understanding of the various SBA programs and services that are available to prospective or current entrepreneurs who need assistance in financing their business (Start-up or expansion)

Government Contracting 101

 Weds, October 25
10am - 12pm
J.V. Fletcher Library
50 Main Street, Westford, MA
Did you know the U.S. government is the world's largest buyer of products and services, and that federal agencies have a statutory goal of awarding 23% of federal contracting dollars to small businesses? In this session, you will learn all about doing business with the Federal Government.

SBIR Workshop for New England Businesses


Friday, October 20
7:00 AM to 3:30 PM
Bentley University 
175 Forest St. 
Waltham MA 02452 
Join District Director Robert Nelson as he moderates a panel on "Alternative Sources of Financing" 

Branding for Your Small Business

Tuesday, October 24
10am - 12pm
Center for Women & Enterprise
24 School St., 7th Floor, Boston, MA
A lot of people think "branding" is only for Audi, Apple and American Express. The truth is companies of all sizes need to develop a brand. Branding goes beyond a mere color palette and logo-it's your reputation, and is essential to keeping your customers. 
($20) Register

Grow Your Business via 8(a) Business Development

Thursday, October 26
10 Causeway Street, Rm. 265, Boston
The 8(a) Business Development Program is intended to help socially and economically disadvantaged small business owners: Gain federal contracts;Grow your businesses; Gain access to sole source contracts and get technical assistance. (FREE) To Register, email Pauline Swanson

Start a Business with the SBA Advantage!

Thursday, October 26
5pm - 7pm
New Bedford Free Public Library
613 Pleasant Street
New Bedford, MA
Looking to Start or Expand your Business? This workshop will give you a better understanding of SBA Programs and Services. (Registration not required) 

The SBA Advantage

Thursday, October 26
10am - 12pm
United Regional Chamber of Commerce
310 South Street, Plainville, MA
Looking to Start or Expand your Business? This workshop will give you a better understanding of SBA Programs and Services.  Register

Understanding Your Business Financial Statement

Tuesday, October 31
1pm - 3pm
Harvard Innovation Lab, 125 Western Ave., Batten Hall- Room 150, Allston, MA
You have a financial statement for your business--what knowledge can you gain from it? This workshop will provide you with the tools necessary to understand your income statement, balance sheet and statement of cash flow; all essential skills for operating a successful business.  
($20) Register

WEBINAR: "Present" Yourself to Success in Your Small Business

Tuesday, November
12pm – 3pm
As a small business owner, you benefit greatly by improving your public speaking skills. Whether you’re presenting to a group of potential clients about your service offerings or pitching to investors or lenders, you need to be effective in getting your message across.  This webinar will provide you with effective tools to bypass your inner critic and allow your authentic and most confident self to shine through. Break through to a new level of public speaking that will get you noticed!  Aout the Presenter: Mary Cheyne is the author of the Amazon Best Selling book “Present” Yourself in Public Speaking. Mary is the 2009 World Championship of Public Speaking second place winner out of 25,000 contestants from 14 countries.