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Black History Month

During #BlackHistoryMonth, we're honoring the valuable contributions African American business owners make to our economy and communities.  Explore inspiring success stories on SBA's Instagram. ▶️

Success Story: Café Blends Healthy Juices in Mattapan

Learn how loans, grants and technical assistance helped a Boston-based juice café grow... 

Cafe Juice Up

Small businesses in the City of Boston have a wealth of resources available to help them start and grow.  In addition to support from the SBA resource network – Boston-based business owners can access free trainings, technical assistance and grants from the local government.

As the owner of the building at 1290 Blue Hill Avenue in the Boston neighborhood of Mattapan, Denise O’Marde needed a little assistance and took advantage of available resources to transform her idea into reality.  

Storefront improvement grants available from local government
The big obstacle for O’Marde was updating her building to conform to modern food service standards.  In order to bring the building up to commercial code with the city’s inspectional services department, O’Marde learned that she had to replace all of the plumbing in the building from PVC piping to cast iron. 

Support by the City of Boston’s Office of Economic Development and Dorchester Bay Economic Development helped O’Marde finance the plumbing renovation and storefront improvements needed in order to open.

O’Marde met Business & Design Services Manager, Steven Rumpler who helped her discover all of the resources available from her local government, including the ReStore Boston program.  She learned Café Juice Up was eligible for the ReStore Boston storefront improvement program, which reimbursed small businesses up to $5,000 in a grant to upgrade their storefront signage – and up to $7,500 for façade improvements.  >Continue reading

SBA Massachusetts

Save The Date: Friday, April 3rd 2020

SBA's next "LIVE" Lender Match Event


SBA Smart Biz Workshops (Part 1)
Thursday, February 20 / 5:30pm - 7:00pm
Village Enterprise Center, 26 A Main St., Chester, Massachusetts 01011
(FREE) To REGISTER, contact: Michele Kenney at 413-354-1055 or email:

SBA Smart Biz Workshops (Part 2)
Thursday, February 27 / 5:30pm - 7:00pm
Village Enterprise Center, 26 A Main St., Chester, Massachusetts 01011
(FREE) To REGISTER, contact: Michele Kenney at 413-354-1055 or email:

8(a) Business Development Government Contracting Eligibility Workshop
Thursday, February 27 / 1:00pm - 2:30pm
10 Causeway Street, RM 265, Boston MA 02222

Are you SBA 7(j) eligible??

Check out FedMAP! →  Federal Market Acceleration Program a new program to help you land government contracts!


Save The Date: Friday, April 10th 2020

Can't make 4/3? "LIVE" Lender Match will take place in Lawrence the following Friday...

Save the Date

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

How to Successfully Market and Grow Your Business
Tuesday, February 11 / 9:30 AM to 12:00 PM
Harvard Ed Portal, 224 Western Ave, Allston, MA 02134 

Social Media Hands-On Workshop
Thursday, February 13 / 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Neponset River Chamber, 520 Providence Highway, Suite 4, Norwood, MA

Business Planning - The Simpler Way
Thursday, February 13 / 9:00 AM to 10:30 AM
Bridgewater State University, 1175 Route 28, South Yarmouth, MA, 02664

Pricing Products and Services: Knowing if your “Price is Right” - Part 2
Wednesday, February 19 / 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Newton Free Library, 330 Homer Street, Newton, MA 02459

Building a Great Elevator Speech
Wednesday, February 19 / 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Quaboag Hills Chamber of Commerce, 3 Converse St, Palmer, MA 01069

One Page Business Plan for Starting, Buying, Growing, and Selling Your Business
Monday, February 24 / 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Grafton Municipal Building, Room G, 3o Providence Road, Grafton MA

The New Way for Mass Small Businesses to Choose Health Insurance
Tuesday, February 25 / 9:30 AM to 12:00 PM
Harvard Ed Portal, 224 Western Ave, Allston, MA 02134 


Financing Strategies for Small Businesses
Tuesday, February 11 / 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Orange Innovation Center, 131 West Main St #210, Orange, MA 01364  
(Free, must register to attend) REGISTER

Keeping the Books: Basic Accounting & Recordkeeping 
Wednesday, February 12 / 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
CWE Central MA, 69 Milk St., Suite 217, Westborough, MA 01581
($20) Must register to attend. REGISTER

Understanding Cash Flow Management (Staples-Brighton)
Thursday, February 20 / 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Staples-Brighton, 1660 Soldiers Field Rd., Brighton, MA 02135
($20) Must register to attend. REGISTER

Getting to Yes: Effective Sales of Strategies (Staples-Cambridge)
Thursday, February 20 / 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Staples-Cambridge, 186 Alewife Brook Parkway, Cambridge, MA
($30) Must register to attend. REGISTER

Steps to Start a Nonprofit (Staples-Cambridge)
Wednesday, February 26 / 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Staples-Cambridge, 186 Alewife Brook Parkway, Cambridge, MA
($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

The ABCs of Starting a Business
Wednesday, February 12 / 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
The Dream Network, 530 Broadway Street, 1st Floor, Lawrence

Annual Tax Reporting for a Small Business
Wednesday, February 12 / 8:30 am - 10:30 am
Salem State University, Marsh Hall, Petrowski Room, 71 Loring Avenue, Salem

How to Become a GSA Federal Supply Schedule Holder and Government Contracting 101
Wednesday, February 12 / 10:00 AM to 12:30 PM
Thomas P. O'Neill, Jr. Federal Building, 10 Causeway Street, 1st Floor, Boston

Legal Clinics (offered monthly in Southeast Massachusetts)
Friday, February 14 / 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM (30-minute appointments)
(FREE) Online Registration Required REGISTER

Primeros Pasos Para Emprender Un Negocio Propio
Lunes 24 de febrero de 2020 / 4:30 - 6:30 p.m.
Scibelli Enterprise Center, 1 Federal Street, 3rd Floor, Springfield

Cómo iniciar un negocio
Miércoles 26 de febrero de 2020 / 8:30 - 10:30 a.m.
North Shore Community College, 300 Broad Street, McGee Building, Room LE-203, 2do piso (frente a la cafetería), Lynn

7J Government Contracting Training


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

Facilities Clearances
February 13
1:00—2:30 pm EDT

Strategic Planning for Small Businesses 
February 18
1:00—2:30 pm EDT

Preparing Bids for Government Construction Contracts
February 19
1:00—4:00 pm EDT

Negotiating Government Contracts
February 20
1:00—5:00 pm EDT

Audits & Accounting Systems
February 24
1:00—4:00 pm EDT

Online Education

SBA Online Learning Center
SBA Blogs
SBA MA Resource Guide
Create a Business Plan
Find SBA Events
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