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Massachusetts District Office  - October 2018

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In celebration of National Veterans Small Business Week the Massachusetts District Office is hosting an event for Veterans on November 7th with District Director Bob Nelson along with partners and friends, including: South East Massachusetts Small Business Development Center; Veteran Small Business Owner; New Bedford Economic Development Council; South Eastern Economic Development Corp & Bristol County Savings Bank. 

Additionally, there will be a Boots to Business REBOOT workshop on November 15th for Veterans of all eras and their spouses. Please share with a Veteran!

SBA Resources for Your Veteran Owned Business

Wednesday, November 7, 2018 / 5:00pm - 7:30pm
The Quest Center, 1213 Purchase Street, 2nd Floor Conference Room
1213 Purchase Street, New Bedford, MA 01103 

Boots to Business - Reboot, Cape Cod #MyVetBiz

Thursday, November 15, 2018 / 5:00pm - 7:30pm
Cape Cod SCORE, 200 Communications Way, Hyannis, MA 02601

Program Updates

Now Accepting Nominations for 2019 National Small Business Week Awards!

Nominate a Business!

NSBW 2019

Veteran Success Story

Dave Adams

Marine Captain Reignites Commitment to Service through Franchise Ownership

Veterans represent a vital part of our nation’s population, workforce and business community.  According to the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2012 Survey of Business Owners (SBO) – veteran business owners represented an estimated 9.1% of all business owners (2.52 million) with an annual payroll of $195 billion and receipts of $1.14 trillion[1].  Another study conducted by the International Franchise Association cited that one out of every seven franchise businesses are owned and operated by veterans.[2]

Veterans such as Dave Adams are part of an increasing trend of military personnel who are returning home and transitioning back to civilian life with business ownership. 

SBA Lending Supports Rapid Expansion
A Captain in the United States Marine Corps, Dave Adams finished his service after nearly a decade as a commissioned officer, both as a leadership instructor and an assault amphibian platoon commander. After rejoining civilian life, Dave’s entrepreneurial spirit, leadership, education, and desire to serve others – led him to owning and operating several AFC urgent care centers.

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November 24th, 2018
Small Business Saturday

Upcoming Events

SBA Business Smart Workshop
Wednesday, October 24, 2018 / 5:30pm - 6:30pm
220 State Street, Springfield, MA 01103 

Starting and Growing a Business - The SBA Advantage
Thursday, October 25, 2018 / 10:00am - 12:00pm
Merrimack Valley Small Business Center, 155 Merrimack Street, Lowell, MA 01852

8(a) Business Development Eligibility Briefing
Thursday, October 25, 2018 / 10:00am - 11:30pm
10 Causeway Street, Suite 265, Boston, MA 02222

Opening Doors to Federal Government Contracting
Friday, October 26, 2018 / 10:00am - 11:30pm  
10 Causeway Street, Suite 265, Boston, MA 02222

Legal Considerations for New Business Owners
Wednesday, October 30, 2018 / 5:30pm - 7:30pm
24 School Street, Boston, MA 02108

Get Your Business Online 
Tuesday, October 30, 2018 / 8:00am - 10:00am  
Norwood Space Center, 83 Morse Street, Building 4
Little Bird Event Space, Suite F, Norwood, MA 02062

Lean Business Planning
Tuesday, October 30, 2018 / 9:30am - 12:00pm
Harvard Ed Portal, 224 Western Avenue, Allston, MA 02134

Protect Your Brand with Copyright & Trademark
Wednesday, October 31, 2018 / 11:00am - 1:00pm
24 School Street, Boston, MA 02108



Past Events

Rural Lending

SBA Massachusetts District Director Bob Nelson is in rural Massachusetts at the Orange Innovation Center today facilitating a “Lending to Rural America Forum.”  Program topics include: increasing access to capital in rural areas to build prosperity, resources available to reduce risks associated with lending to rural small businesses, and highlighting a success story, Honest Weight Artisan Brewery.

Pauline AARP

Business Opportunity Specialist Pauline Swanson participated in a speakers panel in collaboration with AARP for an Encore Entrepreneurs Event in Sharon, MA.   In addition to Pauline on the panel are: Nancy Loud, Southeast Small Bus. Dev. Center Sr. Bus. Advisor, Jayne Rebello Korn, Southeast SCORE Mentor and Workshop Committee Chairperson Ceci Murphy, co-founder or Abundant Home Health Care.


Massachusetts District Director Bob Nelson is representing the SBA at the Cooperative Credit Union Association Annual Meeting and Trade Show today connecting with credit union partners and prospects.  Bob had the opportunity to hear a hear keynote remarks and get a selfie with Andy Card also!


Massachusetts District Office cosponsored an event in conjunction with HUBweek, Santander Bank, and Eastern Bank – an annual festival and yearlong civic initiative founded by The Boston Globe, Harvard University, MIT, and Mass. General Hospital that explores innovation at the intersections of art, science, and technology.  The program kicked off with District Director Bob Nelson and included panels on topics including: the Future of Public Service, Small Business Profiles from the Future, Access to Capital in the Future Economy, and Marketing Strategies of the Future.

Cape Cod 5

District Director Bob Nelson and Lead Lender Relations Specialist Ili Spahiu presented Cape Cod 5 with the MA Lender of the Quarter Award for the 3rd Quarter of 2018 – for excellent activity with 504 loan approvals and being the #1 third-party lender by $’s approved.   In the picture are:  Andrew Foss, VP of Commercial Lending, Donna Zayatz, VP of Commercial Lending; Ili Spahiu; Bob Nelson;  Robert Talerman, First EVP; Dorothy Savarese, President and CEO; Scott Vanderall, VP of Commercial Lending; and Robert Reisner,  VP of Commercial Lending.


Pauline Swanson, Economic Development Specialist led an Emerging Leaders Class in Worcester putting together a Government Contracting panel for the evening class.  In the picture below, from left to right:  Jeff Emmons, Director, Small Business Programs US Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Hanscom AFB, Eva Marie D’Antuono, Deputy for Small Business, US Army Corps of Engineers, New England District, Alison Berglund, Instructor, Pauline Swanson, Economic Development Specialist, Bonnie Borch-Rote, Counsel, Operations Services Division; along with a picture of the 2018 Emerging Leaders cohort from central Massachusetts.

Dan Swearing In

On 10/1, we welcomed Daniel Martiniello to the Massachusetts District Office as a new Lender Relations Specialist.   Dan joins us from Century Bank where he worked for the past 14 years and was most recently a Branch Manager in Salem.     He was in the United States Army Reserves and served 1 tour of duty in Balad, Iraq (Camp Anaconda).  He is currently enrolled at Salem State University (Business Administration/Management).  We are excited to have Dan on board!

Latin American Business Organization

District Director Bob Nelson participated in the 2018 Central Massachusetts Latino Business Expo on Saturday, with over 75 businesses participating in the expo including the SBA! In the picture is Bob with Efrain Medina, Latin American Business Organization Founder and Jose Rentas , LABO President.


Lisa Gonzalez Welch, Economic Development Specialist and Oreste Varela, Springfield Branch Manager were at Endicott College yesterday delivering SBA's Boots to Business REBOOT program for veterans of all eras.


Nadine Boone, Lead Business Development Specialist participated in a panel discussion for Coalition of New England Companies for Trade (CONECT) & Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Collaborative: Import/Export Basics Seminar on September 26, 2018 at the Hampton Inn Conference Center, Natick, MA.  There were 40-50 participating importers and exporters of all sizes at this seminar to understand the basic rules of importing and exporting in compliance with U.S. regulations.