SBA September Newsletter | Powering Rural & Hispanic Heritage

Massachusetts District Office  - September 2018

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Now Accepting Nominations for Small Business Week Awards!

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Step 1: Email the following information to:
• Nominator: Full Name /Phone /Email
• Award Nominee: Full Name/ Business Name /Address /Phone /Email
• Nomination Letter: Which category? How do they fit the criteria?
Step 2: MA 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, 2019.


Upcoming Events

9/20 Pittsfield Rural Small Business Lending Forum

Join us in Pittsfield for a dialogue on building rural prosperity through Access to Capital.  SBA New England Regional Administrator Wendell Davis will be the keynote speaker!  There will be networking, success stories, a regulator panel, and lunch provided for this FREE event. 


Date/Time: Thursday, September 20th 2018 / 11:30am - 3pm
Location: Berkshire Athenaeum, 1 Wendell Avenue, Pittsfield, MA 01201

Rural Development

8(a) Business Development Program - Is Your Business SBA Certified?

Thursday, September 27 / 10:00am-11:30am
O'Neill Federal Building, Suite 265, 10 Causeway St, 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; Gain access to sole source contracts and get technical assistance. (FREE) 


Opening Doors to Federal Government Contracting

Friday, September 28 / 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.  


New Americans Success Story

Lawrence Has FAITH in ER Productions

ER Productions

According to the 2010 Census, the City of Lawrence is home to the largest percentage (73.8%) of Hispanic and Latino communities in the Commonwealth. Moreover, the largest community represented in Lawrence is the Dominican Republic population (30,243); which happens to have the third largest concentration of Dominicans in the world – following the Dominican Republic and the Washington Heights community in New York City. 

One of the biggest challenges facing New Americans as they immigrate to cities such as Lawrence has been the language barrier.  Accessing services and programs to integrate in a new country can be extremely difficult without being able to understand information in your native language.  That’s why the City of Lawrence has been benefitting from innovative programs that are providing Spanish-language services to meet the accessibility needs of New Americans.  

A mother of two children, Elena Rodriguez came to the United States in 2013 with mostly her FAITH.  Elena got married here in the states and shortly thereafter – her husband died 2 months after marriage.  After the tragedy, she needed to stay active and attended a community event at the Lawrence Heritage Park where she met Eduardo Crespo and Janine Duran from EparaTodos (EforAll).  They told her about the launch of a new business training program held in Spanish and encouraged her to apply to become part of the first cohort.  

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9/20 National Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration

Join us in Lawrence for a National Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration.  Mayor Dan Rivera from the City of Lawrence will deliver welcome remarks!  Come for food, cultural entertainment and small biz panels to get you inspired. This is a FREE event! 


Date/Time: Thursday, September 20th 2018 / 5:30pm - 8pm
Location: Everett Mills, 15 Union Street, Lawrence, MA 01840

Hispanic Heritage


The SBA will be participating in this event as an exhibitor and panelist. 

The Latin American Business Organization of Central Massachusetts is hosting a business expo in Worcester on September 29th. Join us at the DCU Center for inspiring keynotes, workshops and networking!



The SBA will be participating in this event as an exhibitor. 

MassMEP is proud to present the first regional event showcasing the emerging technologies being developed by the Manufacturing USA Institutes. Join us on Thursday, October 4, 2018 at the DCU Center in Worcester for The Future of Manufacturing Symposium and discover future technologies opportunities for U.S. businesses and education institutions. 


10/9 SAVE THE DATE: Open Doors at the Tip O'Neill Federal Building


Join us inside the Tip O’Neill Federal Building for a program on the Future of Public Service and Small Business.  Get inside to the second floor for a self-guided viewing of the Tip O’Neill exhibit; Join us for networking and dialogues on these topics:



Past Events

Nadine Boone, Lead Business Opportunity Specialist (left) participated in the 6th annual Massachusetts Supplier Diversity Networking Event. SBA had a table at the event and 50 or more individuals stopped by the SBA table.  This event is co-sponsored by Northeastern University’s Procurement Services Department and the Supplier Diversity Office of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts’ Operational Services Division and was held at Northeastern University.  Pictured with Nadine Boone is Veronica Cook, Program Director of University Supplier Diversity Program with the University of Connecticut (UCONN).  Massachusetts 8(a) firm: Vision’s  Sown-The Ancient Bakers acquired the contract from Northeastern University to provide breakfast for this event.

Nadine Tabling

SBA Massachusetts Deputy District Director David Polatin and Executive Director Louis Gutierrez of the Massachusetts Health Connector joined for a ceremonial signing of a strategic alliance memorandum, joining forces to inform the #SmallBiz community about health insurance options for employers. 

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