SBA Massachusetts Newsletter | November 2017

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November 2017


U.S. Small Business Administration - Massachusetts District Office


In celebration of Small Business Saturday, the SBA Massachusetts District Office is teaming up with the Massachusetts Health Connector for Business and City of Boston to offer helpful WEBINARS next week:

1. The New Way for Massachusetts Small Business to Choose Health Insurance

REGISTER  Tuesday, November 21st / 11:30am - 12:30pm

  • Are you a small business owner with 1-50 employees?
  • Are you wondering if you need to comply with an employer mandate and what kind of health insurance is compliant with the law?
  • Are you interested in learning about ways you can save on your health insurance premiums?

Starting in 2018, Health Connector for Business will also feature new choice options where employers can set a fixed contribution and let their employees shop between over 50 plans from 7 leading health insurers! Find out more at:



Emily Brice is the Deputy Chief of Policy & Strategy for the Massachusetts Health Connector, which has served as a state-based marketplace for over a decade. Prior to her role at the Health Connector, she served as the Senior Health Policy Advisor to Washington State Insurance Commissioner Kreidler during Affordable Care Act implementation and as Staff Attorney at Northwest Health Law Advocates, a consumer legal advocacy organization. Emily began her career in clinic-based social services as the Chicago Site Director for Health Leads. She is a graduate of the University of Washington School of Law and University of Chicago.

2. Growing a Business in Boston - ASK ME ANYTHING

REGISTER  Tuesday, November 21st / 10:00am - 11:00am

The City of Boston has a wealth of resources available to new entrepreneurs and existing small business owners to start and expand. There will be short presentations on loan programs and technical assistance available, followed by an Ask Me Anything session where the City of Boston representatives will help provide answers to your questions.

Presentations will be delivered on the following access to capital programs:

  • Boston Planning & Development Agency Loan Program
  • Neighborhood Business Access Loan Program
  • Small Business Assistance


Speakers Include:

John FitzGerald is Director of Capital and Finance, Mayor's Office of Economic Development, Office of Small Business Development. John FitzGerald has worked with the BPDA since 2006, originally as a Project Manager dealing with developments and construction all around the City. He served as the City's Olympic Liaison during the 2024 Olympic Bid, as well as the Deputy Director of Imagine Boston 2030, the City's first citywide plan in over 50 years. Since 2016 John has served as Director of the Business Capital and Finance for Economic Development. John attended Boston Latin School and attended college at Northeastern as both an undergrad and grad student while getting his Executive MBA. 


You're Invited: Office of Advocacy Regulatory Reform Roundtable


WHEN: Wednesday, November 29th / 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
WHERE: Tip O'Neill Federal Building, 1st Fl Auditorium, 10 Causeway St., Boston, MA


Attention small business owners and others interested in regulatory reform.    

SBA is hosting Regional Regulatory Reform Roundtables across the country in an effort to hear directly from small businesses about what regulations concern them the most. Our next roundtable will take place in Boston, Mass.

The purpose of Advocacy’s Regional Regulatory Roundtables is to: 

1. Identify regional small business regulatory issues in order to assist agencies with regulatory reform and reduction in compliance with Executive Orders 13771 & 13777; 

2. Compile crucial information for Advocacy’s new report on existing small business regulatory burdens across the nation, identifying specific recommendations for regulatory changes based upon first-hand accounts from small businesses across the country; and 

3. Inform and educate the small business public as to how Advocacy and SBA can assist them with their small business goals. 

This will be an opportunity for small business leaders to educate Advocacy and federal agencies through first-hand accounts of how they are impacted by federal regulations. The information gathered at these roundtables will be utilized to inform agencies, congress and the public on what specific regulations can be modified or removed to help small businesses.

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EXPORT GRANT: Massachusetts State Trade Expansion Program - Deadline: December 15th

Exporting July

We are pleased to announce that we are accepting a new round of Massachusetts State Trade Expansion Program (STEP") applications. Please take an opportunity to view our free STEP webinar which will help you navigate the application process.Click here for further information. Application deadline is December 15, 2017 at 5pm.




Join us for the state’s largest and most important export event of the year that brings together resources, training and information for the local exporting community! This year’s Export Expo will focus on uncertainty in the current global trade landscape, including possible upcoming shifts in U.S. trade policy.

Our keynote speaker will be Richard AshoohAssistant Secretary of Commerce for Export Administration with the U.S. Department of Commerce.

In addition, we welcome special guest speakers Peter Cazamias, Associate Administrator for International Trade with the U.S. Small Business Administration and Christina Sevilla, Deputy Assistant U.S. Trade Representative with the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative.

For details and photos from last year's Expo, click here.



Now accepting NOMINATIONS for the 2018 National Small Business Week Awards!  The 3 Step process is EASY: 

Step 1: 

Email the following information to:

  1. Nominator: Full Name /Phone /Email
  2. Award Nominee: Full Name/ Business Name /Address /Phone /Email
  3. Nomination Letter: Which category? How do they fit the criteria?


Step 2: 

Massachusetts District Office will contact the nominee to request a complete package

Step 3: 

Award Nominee must send a completed package by mail or hand delivered to the Massachusetts District Office by: 3:00 P.M. on January 9, 2018.

Online Government Contracting Training: November 7(j) Classes 


Learn more / register for 7J FALL Training Schedule HERE!

U.S. Small Business Administration offers the 7(j) Management and Technical Assistance Program for eligible Small Businesses. Training is provided by Stover & Associates, Inc. For more information and to register, please visit: Stover & Associates


SBA Events


Thursday, November 9th – The Massachusetts District Office held its 2017 Annual Meeting at HULT International Business School with over 150 people in attendance.  The program celebrated the graduating class of the 2017 Emerging Leaders/E200 program, recognized year-end success with lender awards, district director’s award presentation, and a panel discussion consisting of state resource leaders.  In the picture are: Mark Hayward, New England Regional Administrator (A) and Robert Nelson, District Director and Katharine Boshkoff, the Vice President of Global Career Development and Alumni Relations – kicking off the event in a networking session;  Mark Sullivan, Executive Director of the Massachusetts Office of International Trade & Investment (MOITI) sharing information about the STEP grant program;  Leland Goldberg, Executive Director of the VETRN program receiving the District Director’s Award; a view from the bleachers for the segment: “State Resource Panel – Resources to GROW Jobs and Businesses in MA”; a group photo of the Emerging Leaders/E200 graduates; and lender network honorees receiving recognition including:  Accion East for ‘Micro Lender of the Year’ and CDC New England for ‘Western MA 504 CDC by $’s.” 


The Massachusetts District Office presented People’s Bank with recognition as a Preferred Lender to commemorate the new status.  In the picture are:  Margaret M. Lenihan, Senior Vice President, AAP, People’s Bank;  Meghan Parnell-Gregoire, Assistant Vice President, Commercial Banking, People’s Bank;  Bob Nelson, District Director; Oreste Varela, Springfield Branch Manager; Ili Spahiu, Lead Lender Relations Specialist. 


Tuesday, November 7th – The Massachusetts District Office hosted a #MyVetBiz Boots to Business REBOOT training event at the Worcester Public Library in celebration of National Veterans Small Business Week.  Brian LaFauci, Director of the New England Veterans Business Outreach Center leads a session with veterans to start the day-long event.


How To Write a Powerful Capability Statement

Thursday, November 16, 2017 / 9:30am - 11:30am
The Greater Haverhill Chamber of Commerce
80 Merrimack St., 2nd Floor, Haverhill, MA
A critical tool with tips and tricks to help you market to government agencies and prime contractors.
(FREE) Register

Opening Doors to Federal Government Contracting

Friday, November 17, 10:00am - 12:00pm  
O'Neill Federal Building, Suite 265, 10 Causeway St, Boston, MA 02222
Small business certifications are like professional certifications; they document a special capability or status that will help you compete in the marketplace. Learn more about certifications at this workshop.  
(FREE) Register


Explore SBA Resources

Tuesday, November 21 12:00pm - 2:00pm
Center for Women & Enterprise
24 School St., 7th Floor, Boston, MA,02108
This workshop will help you understand the various SBA programs and services that are available to entrepreneurs looking to start or expand a business. Topics covered will include: Technical Assistance Programs, SBA Loan Guarantee Program, 8(a) Business Development Program, HUBZone (Historically Underutilized Business Zones) Program, government contracting opportunities.
(FREE) Register

Wednesday, Women, & Wine Networking Event

Wednesday, November 29 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Appleton Antique Lighting
801 Boylston St.
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467 
Connect! Network! Learn! Connect with dozens of other ambitious, accomplished women of all ages and backgrounds at this exciting event with wine, cheese, and light hors d'oeuvres. Whether you’re an aspiring entrepreneur, an existing business owner, you’re in business, or in transition, join us and make new friends, catch up with old friends, make new professional connections, or simply be inspired by our guest speaker. This event is open to the public. Bring plenty of business cards, and invite friends and colleagues!
($15) Register

Grow Your Business via 8(a) Business Development

Thursday, November 30
10:00am - 12pm
10 Causeway Street, Suite 265, Boston MA 02222
The 8(a) Business Development Program is intended to help socially and economically disadvantaged small business owners gain federal contracts, grow your businesses and gain access to sole source contracts.  Join us and learn about certification requirements, program benefits, the application process and technical assistance.
(FREE) To register, email: or 617-565-5564