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Massachusetts District Office  - May 2019

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Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month


May is Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month – a celebration of Asians and Pacific Islanders in the United States. A rather broad term, Asian/Pacific encompasses all of the Asian continent and the Pacific islands of Melanesia (New Guinea, New Caledonia, Vanuatu, Fiji and the Solomon Islands), Micronesia (Marianas, Guam,  >>Read more

National Small Business Week Wrap-Up

Thank you to SCORE and all of the event sponsors, supporters and friends for making the 2019 Small Business Week Awards Luncheon a special occasion for our statewide honorees. 


Special thank you to Congresswoman Lori Trahan who took time to meet with Minority Owned Small Business of the Year, El Huipil to present a certificate of recognition to owners Alonso and Alma Moreno along with District Director Bob Nelson.  Follow our Twitter handle @SBA_MA to check out more photos.


Upcoming Events

Global Needs Assessment

5/20 Doing Business with Government and Higher Education

Wednesday, May 22, 2019 / 9:30 AM – 12:00 PM
Harvard Ed Portal, 224 Western Avenue, Allston, MA 02134

Harvard Ed Portal

6/18: Cambridge - Grow Your Business


SBA Loans 101
Tuesday, May 21, 2019 / 8:30 am - 10:30 am
Enterprise Center at Salem State, 121 Loring Avenue, Suite 106, Salem, MA (FREE) REGISTER

8(a) Business Development Government Contracting Eligibility Workshop
Tuesday, May 21, 2019 / 9:00am - 10:30am
10 Causeway Street, Suite 265, Boston, MA 02222

Pitching Your Idea
Wednesday, May 22, 2019 / 5:00pm - 7:00pm  
Suffolk University Law School, 120 Tremont Street, Faculty Dining Room, 4th Floor
Boston, Massachusetts 02108

Women, Wine, and Networking
Thursday, May 23, 2019 / 6–8pm
Primitive Modern, 460-B Harrison Avenue, Gallery B-5, Boston, MA

Starting and Growing a Business
Wednesday, May 29, 2019 / 7:45am–9:00am
My Smart Space, 280 Merrimack Street, Suite 315 (3rd Floor), Lawrence, MA 01843

Growing Your Business Through Contracting Opportunities
Wednesday, May 29, 2019 / 10:30am–12:30pm
Massachusetts Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC), UMass Lowell 600 Suffolk Street, Room 407, Lowell, MA (Metered parking available along Suffolk Street)

Powering Your Exports: A Program for Manufacturing and Tech Companies
Thursday, May 30, 2019 / 8:30–10am
IndusPAD Industrial Innovation Hub
46 Stafford Street (Route 28), Rear Entry
Lawrence, Massachusetts 01841

Mass Export Center Trainings

MA Export

The Massachusetts Export Center offers a full range of targeted, customized services to Massachusetts businesses at any stage in the export process. Whether you are a small business just thinking about exporting or an experienced exporter, the Massachusetts Export Center is ready to help with services suited to your needs!

Upcoming Training Events:
Jun 06 - China Trade Update (webinar)
Jun 19 - Powering Your Exports: A Program for Manufacturing
and Tech Companies (Springeld)
Jul 19 - Managing Export Operations and Compliance

6/5 Western Massachusetts - Capital Matchmaking & Business Coaching

Capital Matchmaker


Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts
375 Church St, Murdock Hall: Sammer-Dennis room (218)
North Adams, Massachusetts 01247

8:00 AM – 11:30 AM

Are you an Entrepreneur, Business Owner or have a business idea? Do you need financing to Start/Grow?

Then, attend the SBA’s Capital Matchmaking & Business Coaching Event!

• Meet one-on-one with banks/lending institutions/business service providers

• Learn about borrowing and lending for small business growth

• Find out about various loan options including USDA Rural Development Loans

• Access business advisory services available through the SBA’s resource partner network – Small Business Development Centers, SCORE, Center for Women & Enterprise, Procurement Technical Assistance Center and other local advisory services

• All Attendees will have the opportunity to meet up to six (6) lenders and/or service providers for 12 minutes each

• Attendees may want to come prepared with their elevator speech, business plan and credit report

• You can get help with your elevator speech or business plan by visiting the Massachusetts Small Business Development Center Network, Berkshire Regional Office ( or SCORE 

Questions? Reach out to

Military Appreciation

Learn more about the SBA's Boots 2 Business program, which provides entrepreneurial education and business ownership training to transitioning service members (including National Guard and Reserve) and their spouses → 

Past Events

Economic Development Specialist Lisa Gonzalez Welch took part in an open office hours  event hosted by the City of Lowell and Digital Federal Credit Union, providing  local small  business owners information about SBA programs/services.


Business Opportunity Specialist Susan Lourie and Metro South Chamber of Commerce President & CEO Chris Cooney  


MA Lender Relations Specialist Dan Martiniello is delivering SBA loan program eligibility and updates to MA lenders for the latest training series : the winning combination- 7a & 504 loan programs.


Business Opportunity Specialist Susan Lourie and Public Affairs Specialist Norm Eng participated in a regional economic development community convening hosted by SCORE South Eastern MA Chapter Chair Rod Clark and Maureen Geary, Economic Development Director of City of Quincy.  The tombs of two U.S. Presidents, John Adams and John Quincy Adams are located at a national historical attraction at the newly renovated Quincy Center.  


MA District Director Bob Nelson and Lisa Gonzalez Welch of the MA District Office spent a day north of Boston in Lowell, Massachusetts visiting partners including, UMass Lowell Innovation Hub and E for All.   In the picture below are: Tom O’Donell, Senior Director Innovation Innitiatives Lowell IHub;  Lisa Armstrong, Associate Director Lowell IHub;  Bob Nelson, District Director;  Andrew Shapiro, Director of Economic Development City of Lowell;  Lisa Gonzalez Welch, EDS.


Visiting EforAll Lowell  (from the left) Tom Lamond, Economic Development Assistant City of Lowell ; Lisa Gonzalez Welch, SBA EDS; Maria Dickinson, Economic Development Officer City of Lowell; Joey Bahn, Senior Program Manager EforAll ; Bob Nelson, SBA District Director


District Director Bob Nelson took part in an interview with Danielle McFadden, President of the Greater Lowell Chamber of Commerce on her cable access television show.  Earlier in the day, Nelson signed a Strategic Alliance Memorandum with the chamber for brand expansion and to raise awareness about programs and services north of Boston.


New England Regional Administrator Wendell Davis and District Director Bob Nelson visited the MA & New England Exporter of the Year, Optim LLC and the MA Small Business Person of the Year, Swati Elavia, President of Monsoon Kitchens yesterday for a meet and greet.  Wendell and Bob were joined by Julia Dvorko of the MA Export Center who nominated Grace Preston, Director of International Sales for Optim and CEO Doug Hughes was there and provided a tour of the operations;  Later in the day, the team at Leader Bank hosted our visit with Swati Elavia, who is an SBA lending client of Leader Bank.  Sushil Tuli, President of Leader Bank nominated the business