Strategies for Veteran Owned Businesses l SBA August Newsletter

Massachusetts District Office  - August 2019

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8/15 Webinar TODAY! Strategies for Veteran Owned Businesses

Thursday, August 14th / 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm


Business Information Session for Veterans

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

  • 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

Upcoming Webinars


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

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

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

Upcoming Events


Thursday, September 5, 2019 / 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM 


9/30 Exporting Grant Opportunity Webinar: Massachusetts State Trade Expansion Program ("STEP")

Did you know one out of every five American jobs is tied to exports?

The Massachusetts Office of International Trade and Investment ("MOITI"), in collaboration with the Massachusetts Small Business Development Center Network ("MSBDC"), the Massachusetts Export Center, and the U.S. Small Business Administration, is pleased to announce the new:

Massachusetts State Trade Expansion Program ("STEP")

The Massachusetts STEP Program is intended to help offset international business development and related marketing costs for small businesses. Grant proceeds may be used for specific international business development and marketing costs, including:

• Overseas trade show or conference exhibition and directly related expenses;
• U.S. Department of Commerce Gold Key and other in-country services;
• Government-organized foreign trade missions with a business matchmaking element;
• Cost of compliance testing an existing product for entry into an export market;
• Design of export market-specific marketing media; and
• Localization of websites for target export markets.

The Massachusetts Export Center will offer a free webinar about the STEP program on Friday, September 20 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. The webinar will discuss the parameters of the Massachusetts STEP program and walk participants through the STEP application process. Click here for further details and registration.

The STEP application deadline is Monday, September 30 at 5:00 p.m. For further information or to apply, visit:

For further information on the Massachusetts STEP program and application process, call the Massachusetts Export Center at 617-973-6610.

First Steps to Start Your Business       (in Spanish)  Primeros Pasos Para Emprender Un Negocio Propio


Tuesday, August 20, 2019 / 4:30–6:30pm

Fecha: martes, 20 de agosto del 2019 
Hora: 4:30 - 6:30 p.m.
Ubicación: Centro Empresarial Scibelli, Salón del Salón de la Fama Empresarial, 1 calle federal, 3er piso, Springfield
Costo: Gratis

Descripción: Este taller te dará información essential para orientarte en como emprender un negocio propio. Comenzar un negocio es una aventura y verás que al principio te abrumarás muy fácilmente, sin embargo la clave para seguir en pie es contar con un plan de trabajo a seguir, un mapa que te debe guiar a lo largo del camino de tu negocio. Se requiere registración antes del taller. Regístrese en nuestra página de la internet. Si tiene alguna pregunta ó no puede registrarse por computadora, comuníquese con Samalid Hogan al o al 413-577-1762.

Social Media Marketing - Real Tools for Real Results
Wednesday, August 21, 2019 / 9:30 am - 12:00 pm
Metro South Chamber of Commerce, 60 School Street, Brockton, MA 02301

WEBINAR: 8(a) Business Development Government Contracting Eligibility
Thursday, August 22, 2019 / 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

How to Build a Successful Business Brand
Wednesday, August 28, 2019 / 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm  
Staples, 1660 Soldiers Field Rd, Brighton, MA 02135

Steps to Starting a Business
Tuesday, September 3, 2019 / 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm  
Worcester Public Library, 3 Salem Street, 3rd Fl Lab, Worcester, MA 01608

Building Your Business 
Thursday, September 5, 2019 / 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm  
Cardi’s Furniture Community Room, 999 Newport Avenue, Attleboro, MA 02703
(FREE) To register, email:

Opening Doors to Federal Government Contracting
Friday, September 6, 2019 / 10:00 am - 12:00 pm  
Tip O'Neill Federal Building, 10 Causeway Street, RM 265, Boston, MA 02222

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? 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, WMass Regional Office ( or SCORE


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

Calling all Massachusetts Veteran small business owners interested in growing your business. will launch its next biz growth training program on September 21st in Portsmouth, NH. Visit to apply.

On September 21, 2019, VETRN will launch a new cohort in Portsmouth, NH. Participants will learn about strategic planning, financial management, cash flow forecasting, marketing and sales, human resources, growth plan development, access to capital, and legal and government contracting.

By attending 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.

Interested in applying? Here’s what you need to know:

  • Two cohorts, the first starting on September 21, 2019
  • 12-20 participants in each cohort
  • 26-week program with 13 classroom instruction sessions, 3 hours each
  • 13 peer-to-peer CEO mentoring sessions
  • 100 hours of combined peer-to-peer mentoring, work assignments, and classroom training
  • Each participant is assigned at least one mentor
  • StreetWISE MBA curriculum and guest experts in every class including representatives from local SBA District Offices and professional resource partners

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).

Past Events

District Director Bob Nelson and Lender Relations Specialist Carlos Hernandez presented Northern Bank’s Commercial Loan Officer AVP, Justin Thomas and Commercial Loan Specialist Michael O’Brien with a certificate of recognition for Northern Bank’s new status as a preferred lender. Founded in 1960, the Woburn, MA headquartered company has over 2 billion in assets with 12 locations throughout Middlesex County.

Northern Bank

The Massachusetts District Office celebrated the career of Business Opportunity Specialist Terry Mooers last Friday, who served for over 30 years in federal service. District Director Bob Nelson presented a citation from Congressman Steven Lynch and the team shared a cake in celebration of an impactful career helping small businesses. From all of us at SBA - Thank You Terry!

Terry Mooers

Massachusetts District Director Bob Nelson visited the Springfield Branch Office to announce a strategic alliance with Hilltown Community Development Corporation to strengthen and expand small business development in Western Massachusetts.  Hilltown CDC Executive Director, Dave Christopolis joined Nelson for the ceremonial signing and said: “It is essential for rural regions like the Hilltowns to develop reciprocal relationships with neighboring population centers where many public services are located.  Our rural business owners need access to resources and our region needs to be better understood in relation to the regional economy.   This partnership will help accomplish this.”

Hilltown CDC