SBA February Newsletter l APPLY NOW: Emerging Leaders Worcester Returns!

Massachusetts District Office  - February 2019

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Calling All Central MA Small Biz Owners!

Emerging Leaders Returns to Worcester! 


The SBA Emerging Leaders Initiative is a federal training initiative that focuses on executives of businesses poised for growth in historically challenged communities. The initiative provides participants with the organizational framework, resource network, and motivation required to build sustainable businesses and promote economic development within urban communities. 

The Emerging Leaders Initiative has aided over 4,000 small business owners in sustaining and growing their businesses.  Over the course of seven months, participants are given the opportunity to work with experienced mentors, attend specialized workshops and develop connections with their peers, city leaders, and the financial community.

This training is for established business owners and is not for start-ups or people who are thinking about starting a business.  Eligibility and requirements include:

  • Have annual revenues of at least $250,000
  • Have been in business for at least 3 years
  • Have at least one employee, other than self

The program is free of charge and will run from April 2019 to October 2019.  Interested small business owners may register their interest by applying online by Friday, March 8th at:

Upcoming Events

Happy National Entrepreneurship Week, February 16-23!

Celebrate Entrepreneurship at Microsoft in Burlington!


Burlington Mall
75 Middlesex Turnpike Burlington, MA 01803
781 – 685 – 1000
Wednesday February 27th 11:30 am – 1:00pm

Join us at Microsoft Store at the Burlington Mall as we supply you with the tools and resources needed to kick-start your business!

This event will walk participants through the entrepreneurial journey, allowing them to reflect on where they are in the process, and identify the tasks ahead. There will be a panel of successful entrepreneurs who will share their stories, led by Nadine Boone who is the Lead Business Development Specialist for the U.S. Small Business Administration.

Participants will also have the opportunity to network with fellow entrepreneur participants over lunch, while learning about how services like Microsoft 365 (M365), Office 365 Business Premium (O365BP), can support their business.

Space is limited and you won’t want to miss out!

Government Contracting Training


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

Strategic Planning for Small Business
March 4, 2019
1:00—2:00 pm EST

Tools for Construction Project Managers
March 4, 2019
5:00—7:00 pm EST

Internet Tools to Generate Federal Business
March 11, 2019
1:00—4:00 pm EST

Marketing to the Government Buyer
March 11, 2019
5:00—8:00 pm EST

Capture Management
March 12, 2019
1:00—4:00 pm EST

Contractor Teaming
March 13, 2019
1:00—3:00 pm EST

Understanding RFPs
March 14, 2019
1:00—3:30 pm EST

Federal Contracting Basics
March 18, 2019
1:00—4:00 pm EST


8(a) Business Development Government Contracting Eligibility Workshop
Wednesday, February 27, 2019 / 2:00pm - 3:30pm
UMass Lowell, PTAC, Wannalancit BLDG. Conf. Room #403, 600 Suffolk Street, Suite 160, Lowell, MA 01854

8(a) Business Development Government Contracting Eligibility Workshop
Tuesday, February 26, 2019 / 9:00am - 10:30am
10 Causeway Street, Suite 265, Boston, MA 02222

Opening Doors to Federal Government Contracting
Friday, March 1, 2019 / 10:00am - 12:00pm  
10 Causeway Street, Suite 265, Boston, MA 02222

Opening Doors to Federal Government Contracting
Thursday, March 21, 2019 / 10:00am - 11:30am  
Greenfield Community College, Stinchfield Lecture Hall, One College Way, Greenfield (FREE) Email: 

Save the Date: 5/8/19


Past Events

Thursday, February 14th - Regional Administrator Wendell Davis and MA District Director Bob Nelson joined Worcester Chamber president Tim Murray of the Chamber Exchange TV program to talk SBA program and our mission and to plug recruitment for the SBA Emerging Leaders program which will be in Worcester, MA for the second year.


Friday, December 14th the Massachusetts District Office held a Business to Business Reverse Matchmaker event at the Tip O’Neill Federal Building in Boston led by Nadine Boone, Lead Business Opportunity Specialist.  Over 60 attendees participated in the event and gave pitches to prime contractors and other government agencies.