Special Edition: Celebrate #SmallBusinessWeek in Massachusetts!

Massachusetts District Office  - Happy National Small Business Week!

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Happy National Small Business Week, May 5-11, 2019

National Small Business Week is here! During this week, the U.S. Small Business Administration shines a spotlight on our nation’s 30 million small businesses. Through community events across the country, we honor entrepreneurs whose achievements over the past year stand out. 

Here is how you can participate:

  • Participate in the FREE National Small Business Week Virtual Conference on May 7-8 from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. ET. This virtual conference will offer exclusive educational webinars, mentoring sessions, networking opportunities, downloadable resources and prizes. You will hear from industry experts, such as Visa, Chase, Constant Contact, Square and Google about the latest business trends and best practices. Register now
National Small Business Week Virtual Conference
  • Registration is free to the public. Participate in all the webinars or pick and choose the topics you like. You will also have the opportunity to meet other business owners and chat with industry experts. The Virtual Conference offers all the best parts of an in-person conference, but without the hassle of traveling.  Register Here

The live webinars include: 

  • The U.S. Economic Outlook and Its Impact on Small Businesses

  • Making Sense of Online Marketing: A Simple Checklist for Success

  • Mastering Control of Your Cash Flow

  • Creating Effective Online Ads

  • The Culture Imperative: Drive Growth with Customer Obsession

  • SBA Funding Programs Explained

  • How to do Business with the Federal Government

  • Disasters Happen: How to Prepare Your Business and Recover

All you need to participate in this virtual event is a computer or mobile device with an internet connection and speakers/headphones. Register now to get all of the best parts of an in-person conference – without the hassle of traveling! 



Join @SBAgov for the National Small Business Week Twitter Chat on Friday, May 10 at Noon ET. We’ll be sharing tips and resources about how to start and grow a business with hashtag #SmallBusinessWeek.

National Small Business Week Twitter Chat on May tenth at Noon eastern standard time. The hashtag is #smallbusinessweek

Want more ways to get involved in Small Business Week?  Here's a rundown of other statewide events with resource partners and friends... 

5/7 Cambridge Local Vendors Fair


Tuesday, May 7, 2019 / 9:30 - 11:30 AM
City Hall Annex, 344 Broadway, 2nd Floor Conference Room

Looking to do Business with the City of Cambridge’s Top Employers?
Interested in learning more about the purchasing practices and contract
opportunities at the City of Cambridge, Harvard, Lesley, MIT and other
organizations?  Learn how to do business with these large organizations and
connect with purchasing agents interested in learning more about your products
and services. Free to all. Refreshments will be provided.

5/7 Cambridge Chamber After Hours - Celebrating Small Business Week

Bob Nelson

Tuesday, May 7, 2019 / 5:30 - 7:00 PM
East Cambridge Savings Bank, 292 Cambridge Street, Cambridge MA 02141 
Member Rate - $25 / Non Member Rate - $40

The Cambridge Chamber of Commerce is proud to celebrate Small Business Week with this event hosted by East Cambridge Savings Bank. Join us for a night full of fun networking, special raffles, delicious food, and drinks. Don't forget your business cards!  Register Here

MA District Director Bob Nelson will be participating in this event as a speaker. 

National Small Business Week
Annual Awards Luncheon
Assumption College, Worcester, MA


Keynote Speaker:

Juliette C. Mayers
Founder | CEO | Author | Speaker
Inspiration Zone LLC 
Elevating Brands. Inspiring Dreams!

InspirationZoneLLC.com | JulietteMayers.com

Keynote Biography:

Mayers is Founder and CEO of Inspiration Zone LLC (IZL), a strategic consulting firm specializing in Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) Strategy, Brand Management and Thought Leadership.  She is known for helping clients integrate D&I and multicultural insights to provide value-driven, innovative solutions that position brands for success in the global marketplace.   >>Read more

SBA Resource Partners


SCORE Boston Chapter
SCORE Worcester Chapter
SCORE Northeast MA Chapter
SCORE Southeast MA Chapter
SCORE Western MA Chapter
SCORE Cape Cod Chapter

5/8 Cape Cod & the Islands SCORE's 26th Annual Awards Breakfast


The Awards Breakfast will take place on: 
Wednesday, May 8th, 8:00am - 10am
(plan to arrive early to sign in, doors open at 7:30am)
at the Hyannis Golf Club, Hyannis, MA 02601
Cost $35.00 per person

Sign Up HERE!


Join us as we honor successful small businesses on Cape Cod and the Islands who demonstrate business excellence. This year's awards include:

Small Business Owner of the Year - Selected from among SCORE's most successful clients, this year SCORE has two winners:

Build a Better Mousetrap Awards - Winners will be presented to Small Business Owners, selected for recognition by each of their local Cape & Islands Chambers of Commerce

Champion's Award - Recognizing a Small Business Champion who supports small businesses through their actions and community participation. This year's awardee is Shepley Wood Products.

Non-Profit Award - New this year, recognizing a Non-Profit that demonstrates effective use of business principles


Keynote Speaker:
Jung Ho Pak, Artistic Director and Conductor, The Cape Symphony

5/17 GROW WITH GOOGLE WEBINAR: Using Data to Drive Growth

Register Here


Learn how customers find your business online and how to promote your business using Search Engine Optimization (SEO) and Smart Campaigns in Google Ads. We’ll also introduce tools to help you run your business online, including Google My Business and Google Trends.  (SBA is participating)



Join Center for Women & Enterprise at Primitive Modern in Boston's SoWa District on Thursday, May 23rd!  Read an SBA Success Story about how Zainab Sumu is disrupting Boston's fashion industry.

Woman and Networking - CWE Eastern MA
Thursday, May 23 / 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm 
Primitive Modern, 460-B Harrison Avenue, Gallery B-5, Boston, MA 02118
($10) Must register to attend.  REGISTER

"It's Nice to See You Again!" A Strategic Networking Workshop
Thursday, May 23 / 10:00 am - 12:00 pm 
CWE Central MA, 69 Milk St., Suite 217, Westborough, MA 01581
($10) Must register to attend.  REGISTER


Central Regional Office
Northeast Regional Office
Southeast Regional Office
Western Regional Office
Berkshire Regional Office
Massachusetts Export Center
Procurement Technical Assistance Center

5/21 SBA Loans 101

Dan Martiniello

 Register Here

Tuesday, May 21, 2019 / 8:30 am - 10:30 am
Enterprise Center at Salem State University
121 Loring Ave | Salem, MA, 01970

Join Lender Relations Specialist Dan Martiniello as he details the SBA Loan Guaranty programs, services, and benefits for small businesses. Learn about the 7(a) and 504 loan programs, Lender Match Service and more to help your business succeed. 

5/22 Pitching Your Idea

Register Here  (Fee: No Cost)
Wednesday, May 22, 2019 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM Eastern
Suffolk University Law School, Faculty Dining Room



Register Here  (FREE)
Thursday, May 30, 2019 / 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Hilton Boston Logan Airport, One Hotel Drive, EAST BOSTON, MA 02128

  • Featuring Keynote Speaker, John Barros, Chief of Economic Development, City of Boston
  • Featuring "A Conversation with Sam Sleiman, Massport Director, Capital Programs, Design and Construction Leaders"
  • Find out about upcoming Massport opportunies
    Learn about Massport's Bid and RFP Procedures
  • Business-To-Business Networking Opportunities
  • Meet with Massport's Senior Managers from Capital Programs, Administration & Finance, Real Estate & Assets Management, Airport Business Office and Diversity & Inclusion/Compliance
  • Meet with key General Contractors, Design Consultants, Lenders & Rental Car Companies

(SBA is participating in this event)

SBA’s participation in this activity does not constitute an express or implied endorsement of any cosponsor’s, donor’s, grantee’s, contractor’s or participant’s opinions, products, or services. All SBA programs are extended to the public on a nondiscriminatory basis.