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Massachusetts District Office  - April 2019

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Get ready for National Small Business Week! (May 5th - May 11th)

As part of National Small Business Week, the U.S. Small Business Administration takes the opportunity to highlight the impact of outstanding entrepreneurs, small business owners, and others from all 50 states and U.S. territories. Every day, they’re working to grow small businesses, create 21st century jobs, drive innovation, and increase America’s global competitiveness.

Join us in Worcester on Wednesday, May 8th for our annual Awards Luncheon in collaboration with the Greater Boston SCORE Chapter. >> REGISTER NOW


(2018 Small Business Week Awards Honorees)

Join us in congratulating the 2019 Massachusetts Honorees:

Small Business Person of the Year
Swati Elavia, President
Monsoon Kitchens
Shrewsbury, MA

Exporter of the Year (MA & New England)
Grace Preston, Director of International Sales
Optim LLC
Sturbridge, MA

Financial Services Champion of the Year
Barbara Arena, Vice President
Granite State Economic Development Corporation
Portsmouth, NH

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SBA and Better Business Bureau

On March 26th, District Director Bob Nelson visited the Better Business Bureau Serving Eastern MA, ME, RI & VT to formalize a partnership with a strategic alliance memorandum.  This month, there will be two webinars held to raise awareness about 1. how BBB is creating an ethical marketplace and 2. all about scams, fraud and identity theft.  Registration details below. 


Thursday 4/18 WEBINAR:
Better Business Bureau 101 - Ask Me Anything!

Amy Schram  

Thursday, April 18, 2019 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM

Community Relations Manager, Amy Schram will give a presentation on the vision and mission of your local BBB. One of our BBB's goals is to make the public aware of our free programs and services offered to consumers and the community as a precautionary resource. If you have questions you would like to send to Amy beforehand to have her answer, please email:

Thursday 4/25 WEBINAR:
Scams, Fraud & Identify Theft 

Thursday, April 25, 2019 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM

Community Relations Manager, Amy Schram will give a presentation covering the most common scams currently circulating the community (IRS, tech-support scams, malware scams, etc.), the major red flags to watch out for, and the tactics consumers can use to protect themselves and their identity. Amy will also share more about the BBB Scam Tracker ( as well.  If you have questions you would like to send to Amy beforehand to have her answer, please email:

Upcoming Events

Starting and Growing a Business - The SBA Advantage
Wednesday, April 17, 2019 / 2:30pm - 4:30pm  
J.V. Fletcher Library, 50 Main Street, Westford, MA 01886

8(a) Business Development Government Contracting Eligibility Workshop
Tuesday, April 23, 2019 / 9:00am - 10:30am
10 Causeway Street, Suite 265, Boston, MA 02222

Tuesday 4/23 WEBINAR:
Health Connector for Business: The NEW way for Massachusetts small businesses to choose health insurance


Tuesday, April 23, 2019 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM

Managing health care costs while delivering quality health insurance benefits to employee is a chief concern for small business owners. During this seminar, Health Connector for Business representatives will discuss how the state exchange platform can save money through plan selection and ConnectWell rebates of 15 percent, while providing employees the flexibility to choose their own plan. Small businesses can access the platform at, where they can also find a certified broker available to help complete enrollment.

Largest Business Matchmaker in New England

April 25th and 26th in Portland, ME!  Get ready for the largest business matchmaker in New England!

Are you interested in selling your goods or services to the government?

Join us for a two day event where you will build long-lasting relationships through networking, training, and one-on-one meetings.  

REGISTER HERE to meet: Federal/state agencies; Prime contractors; and Small businesses


How to Prepare for a Matchmaker

Join us next Wednesday, April 17th at 1pm to learn the most effective way to prepare for a business matchmaker.  We will have Steve Edmonds, Procurement Specialist at the Procurement Technical Assistance Center to answer any questions you may have!

Join Skype Meeting HERE  Trouble Joining? Try Skype Web App

Join by phone: +12027651264 (Dial-in Number) English (United States)

Conference ID: 32453614  


Stephen Edmonds brings over 35 years of private industry experience, which includes engineering, manufacturing and procurement management at Teradyne Inc. and Honeywell Information Systems Division.

Steve has served on several boards including being vice president of the New England Minority Supplier Development Council (NEMSDC). He also was active in the National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC) and served on several of their committees.

Steve is a member of ATPAC and NCMA. Steve and his family reside in Quincy. He enjoys spending time with his family at their summer home on Martha's Vineyard and also enjoys fishing and playing tennis.

2019 Massachusetts Honorees (Continued from above)

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Minority Owned Business of the Year
Alma Moreno, Owner
El Huipil
Maynard, MA

Veteran Owned Business of the Year
Robert J. Brown, President
Broco Oil
North Reading, MA

Woman Owned Business of the Year
Suzanne Merritt, President
Lenox Fit
Lenox, MA

Microenterprise of the Year
Lisa Evans and Timothy Kinte Smith, Co-Owners
We Grow Microgreens
Roslindale, MA

Homebased Business of the Year
Stephanie Thompson, Owner
Warrior Runners
Sandwich, MA

Family Owned Business of the Year (MA & New England)
Leslie Carrio, President
Depaoli Mosaic Company
Canton, MA

Young Entrepreneur of the Year
Renee Ann Diaz, Owner
The Queen’s Cups
Worcester, MA

8A Graduate of the Year (MA & New England)
Dawn Dearborn, President
Tantara Corporation
Worcester, MA

Small Manufacturer of the Year
Neil Grover, President
Grover Pro Percussion
Woburn, MA

SBDC Services Center Excellence and Innovation Award (MA & New England)
MSBDC Government Sales Advisory Program
Sandra Ledbetter, Government Sales Advisor
Daniel Lilly, Government Sales Advisor & SBIR Specialist



Job Vacancies with SBA Massachusetts


The Massachusetts District Office currently has the following vacancies open:

Economic Development Specialist 
Open 04/10/2019 to 04/23/2019

Business Opportunity Specialist
Open 04/09/2019 to 04/22/2019

Past Events

Deputy District Director David Polatin was celebrated for 30 years of service and retirement from the SBA!  Colleagues past and present from across New England gathered at the Massachusetts District Office to celebrate together and wish him a happy retirement.  Please join us in sending David off to the next chapter!


LBOS Nadine Boone address the Dudley Square 7th Annual Women-Owned Business Networking Breakfast on Thursday, March 28, 2019.  Seventy (70) Women-Owned Businesses attended the event. Theme was “Activating your network to grow your business”  with an emphasis on Connecting, Collaboration and Mentoring. Nadine introduced the SBA’s All Small Mentor Protégé Program.


PIO Norman Eng hosted the New England Chinese Information and Networking Association Entrepreneur Club monthly meeting at the MA District Office to give an overview of SBA's Small Business resources.


District Director Bob Nelson was co-presenting alongside DD Mark Hayward and other District Offices at the Greater New England Credit Union Show held at the new MGM Springfield Casino.