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Massachusetts District Office  - December 2018

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Upcoming Events

Join us in Lawrence for two special events designed to outreach and help support small businesses affected by the recent events involving gas explosions.  Economic Development Specialist Lisa Gonzalez Welch will be facilitating these events held at Induspad.  For more information email:

12/13 Lawrence in the Zone:
Opening Doors to Contracting

Lawrence HZ

Thursday, December 13, 2018 / 10:00am - 12:00pm
Induspad, 46 Stafford Street, Lawrence, Massachusetts 01841

12/17 Information for Massachusetts Small Businesses Affected by Natural Gas Explosions

Lawrence Disaster

Monday, December 17, 2018 / 9:00am - 11:00am
Induspad, 46 Stafford Street, Lawrence, Massachusetts 01841

Legal Considerations for New Business Owners
Wednesday, December 19, 2018 / 5:30pm - 7:00pm
CWE Eastern MA, 24 School Street, 7th Fl, Boston, MA 02108

Business Plan Basics
Tuesday, December 18, 2018 / 5:00pm - 7:00pm
CWE Eastern MA, 24 School Street, 7th Fl, Boston, MA 02108

8(a) Business Development Eligibility Briefing
Thursday, December 20, 2018 / 10:00am - 11:30pm
10 Causeway Street, Suite 265, Boston, MA 02222

Opening Doors to Federal Government Contracting
Friday, December 21, 2018 / 10:00am - 11:30pm  
10 Causeway Street, Suite 265, Boston, MA 02222

12/14 Reverse Matchmaker at the Tip O'Neill 



Small business suppliers will have two (2) minutes for an elevator pitch to government agencies and primes.  Tentatively participating as buyers are:


  • Raytheon
  • Watermark
  • Harvard University
  • Suffolk Construction

Government Agencies:

  • Dept. of Navy
  • U. S. Army Corp of Engineers
  • Dept. of Transportation
  • General Services Administration
  • Environmental Protection Agency
  • Commonwealth of MA-OSD
  • City of Boston

Past Events

On Friday, December 7th – the Massachusetts District Office participated in the Annual Export Expo, held by the Massachusetts Export Center.  In the pictures below are: Lender Relations Specialist/District International Trade Representative Carlos Hernandez engaging visitors at the information table; Massachusetts Office of International Trade & Investment Executive Director Mark Sullivan with New England Regional Administrator Wendell Davis and District Director Bob Nelson;  RA Davis helping to facilitate the Boston Listening Tour Session on U.S. small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) Trade-related Barriers affecting exports to the United Kingdom (UK) cosponsored by U.S. International Trade Commission and SBA; and the Opening Address being delivered by Erin Ennis, Senior Vice President of US China Business Council.

Export Expo

Regional collaboration in action!  Pauline Swanson, EDS (right) and Susan Lourie BOS (left) from the MA DO along with Rachel Roderick of the NH DO (center) were in Manchester, New Hampshire supporting the Matchmaker event held at Manchester Community College today making sure buyers and suppliers connect with the right people!  

Susan and Pauline

District Director Bob Nelson made an appearance on a local Greater Boston cable access television show, “Waltham Watches” -with Waltham Chamber of Commerce Executive Director John Peacock and Chamber Board Member and Director of Marketing at Mount Auburn Hospital Kelly Hill.