THURSDAY 12pm! SBA Summer Training Camp Begins!

Massachusetts District Office - August 2019

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Education Calendar l August 2019

SBA Summer Training Camp for Small Businesses starts every Thursday to prepare you for the season!  

No training pads, no sprint drills – ALL BUSINESS.


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Quick lunch & learn webinars to help you GROW your business. 
Check out the schedule below:


Join by Web: Join Skype Meeting Trouble Joining? Try Skype Web App

Join by Phone: +12027651264 (Dial-in Number)
Conference ID: 2866742

(8/8) The SBA Playbook 

REGISTER Thursday, August 8th / 12:00pm - 12:30pm 

This session will be presented by Carlos, Dan and Norm from the SBA Massachusetts District Office. This will be an interactive conversation to help entrepreneurs understand various SBA programs and services available to start or expand a business. Topics covered include: How to access counseling services; How to get an SBA loan; How to get certified for government contracting; and other business development opportunities available through the SBA. ASK US ANYTHING!


(8/15) Strategies for Veteran Owned Business

REGISTER Thursday, August 15th / 12:00pm - 12:30pm


This session will feature Marco Capaldi, Director of the Veterans Business Outreach Center of New England and Paul Furbush, Regional Veterans Employment Coordinator, Department of Labor Veterans Employment and Training Service (VETS).

  • There will be an overview about the resources available for Veterans and an interactive conversation to help Veterans navigate through the journey of business ownership with some help! Topics covered include: Veterans' loan incentives; SBA Boots to Business Program; NEW VETRN Business Growth program launching 9/21 in Portsmouth, NH.  

  • This session will also provide information for employers seeking to hire from diverse, educated and skilled groups of individuals through services provided at over 2,400 American Job Centers nationwide. No–Cost employment resources, assistance and expertise are available to employers for building programs that specifically enhance the hiring of veterans and their spouses, including Federal Registered Apprenticeship opportunities and On the Job Training programs

This is a perfect opportunity for any veteran or transitioning service-member who wants to start or grow their business!


(8/22) The Money Playbook for SBA Lending: Lender Match, Banks, and etc.

REGISTER Thursday, August 22nd / 12:00pm - 12:30pm

This session will be presented by Carlos and Dan from the SBA Massachusetts District Office. There will be a brief presentation about the SBA lending resources and the process for applying for SBA loan programs. Topics covered include: SBA 7A Business Loan Guarantees; SBA 504 Real Estate Loan Program; Microloans (under $50K); and other specialized SBA products. A demo of our SBA Lender Match tool which connects small business owners with SBA lending partners, will be shared. Over 400K connections have been made nationwide!


(8/29) Free Money Plays! Grants, Awards, Contests, and etc.

REGISTER Thursday, August 29th / 12:00pm - 12:30pm

This session will be an overview of various grants, awards or prize money for entrepreneurs that you may not know about. There will be a brief presentation about different opportunities for free money, including: STEP (State Trade Expansion Program) Grants; SBIR (Small Business Innovation Research) Awards, 2019 North of Boston Business Plan Program & Competition. 

(9/5) Alternative Financing: Crowdfunding, Microlending, Online, and etc.

REGISTER Thursday, September 5th / 12:00pm - 12:30pm 

This session will be an overview of alternative financing options for small business who can't qualify for conventional financing. There will be guest speakers from various partners and friends TBD.

Topics covered include: crowdfunding, microlending, mission-based lending (minority/women/veteran owned business), online, and etc. 

Thursday, September 5th at 10am!

Save the date

Join us at The Tip O'Neill Building!

8/15 Western Massachusetts Capital Matchmaker & Business Coaching



When: Thursday, August 15th / 8:00am – 11:30am
Where: Greenfield Community College, One College Drive, Greenfield, Dining Commons (2nd Floor)

Are you an Entrepreneur, Business Owner or have a business idea?

Do you need financing to Start/Grow?
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, WMass Regional Office ( or SCORE

SBA Massachusetts

Starting and Growing a Business with the SBA
Thursday, August 8th, 2019 / 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm  
My Smart Space, 280 Merrimack Street, Suite 315 (3rd Floor)
Lawrence, Massachusetts 01843

Lawrence in The Zone Opening Doors to Contracting Opportunities
Thursday, August 8th, 2019 / 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm  
My Smart Space, 280 Merrimack Street, Suite 315 (3rd Floor)
Lawrence, Massachusetts 01843

8(a) Business Development Government Contracting Eligibility Workshop
Tuesday, August 27, 2019 / 9:00am - 10:30am
10 Causeway Street, RM 265, Boston MA 02222

VETRN - Veteran Owned Small Business Growth Training Program launches on 9/21!

VOSB will launch its next biz growth training program on September 21st in Portsmouth, NH. Visit to apply.

By joining this program, veteran small business owners can connect with other veterans who have successfully transitioned back into civilian life and are now running their own businesses. Just like the military, entrepreneurship is not a solo mission and this program encourages veterans to utilize mentors, peer-to-peer mentoring, a professional resource network, and in-class training.

Upon completion, participants will have completed and have vetted by industry a three-year strategic growth action plan, and are encouraged to use the extensive resource network, including SBA’s resources, to help them through the next phase of their journey.

Veteran and military spouse business owners (or anyone with an immediate family member who is a veteran) are eligible to apply for this program. The business should have annual revenues of $75,000 and been in operation for one year with one employee (not including the owner).

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

Refresh Your Website
Wednesday, August 7 / 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm 
Quoboag Hils Chamber of Commerce, 1 Federal Street, Bldg 101, Springfield, MA 01105

Social Media Marketing Workshop
Wednesday, August 21 / 9:30 am to 12:00 pm 
MetroSouth Chamber of Commerce, 60 School St., Brockton, MA 02301

LIVE WEBINAR: Simple Social Media Must Do's for Small Business Owners
Thursday, August 22 / 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm 

Western MA SCORE Client Networking Event
Thursday, August 22 / 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm 
Shaker Farms Country Club, 866 Shaker Road, Westfield, MA 01085
($10/$20) REGISTER

LIVE WEBINAR: End the Year in Good Legal Standing 
Thursday, August 27 / 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm 

Social Media Marketing Blueprint: 1 of 4 Modules
Wednesday, September 4  / 9:30 am to 12:00 pm
Tip O'Neill Building, 10 Causeway, 1st FL Conference Rm B, Boston, MA 02222


Keeping the Books: Basic Recordkeeping and Accounting
Monday, August 12 / 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
CWE Central MA, 69 Milk Street, Suite 217, Westborough, MA 01581
($25) Must register to attend.  REGISTER

Twitter for Small Businesses
Monday, August 19 / 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
CWE Central MA, 69 Milk Street, Suite 217, Westborough, MA 01581
($25) Must register to attend. REGISTER

Facebook for Small Businesses
Tuesday, August 20 / 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Harvard Innovation Lab, 125 Western Ave, Room 102, Allston, MA 02134
($25) Must register to attend.   REGISTER

Business Plan Basics
Wednesday, August 28 / 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
1660 Soldiers Field Rd, Brighton MA 02135
($20) 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

Scale Up: Take Your Business to the Next Level (4-part series)
Tuesday, August 6 & 20 / 4:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Scibelli Enterprise Center, Teleclassroom, 1 Federal Street, 3rd Floor, Springfield

Primeros Pasos Para Emprender Un Negocio Propio
Tuesday, August 20  / 4:30 am - 6:30 pm
MSBDC Western Regional Office, Scibelli Enterprise Center, 1 Federal Street, Building 101, Springfield, MA 01105

How to Become a GSA Federal Supply Schedule Holder and Government Contracting 101
Wednesday, August 21, 2019 / 10:00 am - 1:30 pm 
Thomas P. O'Neill, Jr. Federal Building, 10 Causeway Street, 1st Floor, Boston

Small Business Roundtable Discussion with Massachusetts Senator Eric P. Lesser
Monday, September 9  / 9:00 am - 10:00 am 
Scibelli Enterprise Center, 1 Federal Street, 3rd Floor, Teleclassroom, Springfield
The Massachusetts Small Business Development Center will be hosting a Small Business Roundtable Discussion featuring Senator Eric P. Lesser. Small business owners are invited to attend and discuss opportunities and obstacles to growth for their companies in Massachusetts.

7J Government Contracting Training

7J Government Contracting

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

Introduction to Construction Project Management
August 7, 2019
5:00—8:00 pm EDT

Tools for Construction Project Managers
August 8, 2019
5:00—8:00 pm EDT

Understanding RFPs
August 12, 2019
1:00—3:30 pm EDT

Managing and Administrating Government Contracts
August 15, 2019
1:00—4:00 pm EDT

Negotiating Government Contracts
August 20, 2019
1:00—5:00 pm EDT

Online Education

SBA Online Learning Center
SBA Blogs
SBA MA Resource Guide
Create a Business Plan
Find SBA Events
Analyze Your Company
SBA Office of Advocacy Research and Statistics

Center for Women & Enterprise Online Learning 
SCORE Online Workshops
America's SBDC Blog
BusinessUSA Training 
Massachusetts Export Center Podcasts