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11/5 JOIN US! #VetBiz Resources in Your Local Community

National Veteran Small Business Week November 2 through 6 2020Veterans


Thursday, November 5th / 9:30 AM – 11:30 AM

Please join us for the Veterans EDGE (Engage, Develop, Grow, Elevate) Workshop in collaboration with the Plymouth Area Chamber of Commerce Veterans Center for Business and Entrepreneurship.

In this virtual workshop you will learn about the U.S. Small Business Administration, its' Resource Partners, and free support services available to help you start and grow your Veteran owned business. 

Connect with a panel of three Veterans who will share their stories of success, challenges, and lessons learned as they continue work on growing their business amid the COVID-19 crisis.

ICYMI WATCH ON-DEMAND: Massachusetts Manufacturing Month Resources for Small Businesses

Manufacturing Event

In case you missed it... 

October is Manufacturing Month in Massachusetts and there are a wealth of resources available for innovative makers that call Massachusetts home.

On Wednesday, October 28th, the MA District Office held a virtual networking event for a small manufacturers along with other partners and friends, the presenters along with links to their slide decks are below... 

Manufacturing Industry Resources

Paycheck Protection Program Forgiveness




Government Contracting Events

Tuesday  11/17/20 / 9:00am - 10:30am
SBA 8(a) Business Development Eligibility Session

Friday  11/20/20 / 10:00am - 11:30am
Opening Doors To Federal Government Contracting

Government Contracting Eligibility

U.S. Small Business Administration offers the 7(j) Management and Technical Assistance Program for eligible Small Businesses.

7(j) training, provided to eligible firms and their employees, includes very specialized training in the areas of federal contracting. The training will be provided in an online format with live instructors and the ability for students to participate and ask questions. Up to 40 participants per workshop will receive training on how to make "real world" business decisions that will facilitate their firm's success.

Training is provided by Stover & Associates, Inc. For more information and to register, please visit:

To view all current offerings, please visit: Stover & Associates

Any questions, please reach out to

7J Training

UPCOMING Virtual Events

Wednesday 11/4/20 / 11:00am - 1:00pm
Finding New Revenue Streams in Retail & Food

Wednesday 11/4/20 / 10:00am - 11:00am
How to Become a Women-Owned Certified Business with SBA

Thursday 11/5/20 / 1:00pm - 2:30pm
E-commerce Advanced

Thursday 11/5/20 / 10:00am - 11:15am
Franchising 101-Small Business Ownership

Thursday 11/5/20 / 1:00pm - 2:00pm
SBA's PPP Loan Forgiveness Tips & Hints

Thursday 11/5/20 & 11/12/20 & 11/19/20  / 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Global Marketing and Sales Series: Information You Need to Market in a Global Pandemic

Friday 11/6/20  / 12:00pm - 1:00pm
CARES Act and PPP Program Update

Tuesday 11/10/20 / 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Inbound Marketing/Digital Tools to Attract Customers

Tuesday 11/10/20 / 11:00am - 12:00pm
Massachusetts Food Trust Program Information Session

Thursday 11/12/20 / 10:00am - 12:00pm
Basic Entrepreneurial Workshop: Understanding Business Financials

Friday 11/13/20 / 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Top 3 Things to Look at When your Businesses is Facing Financial Difficulty

Monday  11/16/20 / 10:00am - 12:00pm
Accounting for Non-Accountants

Thursday 11/17/20 / 10:00am - 12:00pm
How to Open a Business in Massachusetts “Legally”

Thursday 11/17/20 / 10:00am - 11:15am
Better Business Bureau Small Business Summit 

Wednesday  11/18/20 / 11:00am - 12:30pm
Negotiation Skills for Business Owners and Entrepreneurs Session 2

Wednesday  11/18/20 / 10:00am - 11:00am
Master Your Lead Generation

Thursday  11/19/20 / 12:30pm - 2:30pm
Legal Considerations for New Business Owners

Thursday  11/19/20 / 9:30am - 11:00am
Tax considerations When Selecting a Business Entity

Tuesday  11/24/20 / 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Tuesday Talks with CWE & SBA

Thursday  10/29/20 / 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Use YouTube to Grow Your Business- Online

Monday  11/30/20 / 8:00am - 9:30am
Women Supporting Women: Online Open Forum

Check out our latest Massachusetts Edition 2020 - Small Business Resource Guide now available online!

BECMA's 2nd Annual Mass. Black Expo

SBA will be participating in the 2nd Annual Black Expo as a vendor and presenter with strategic alliance partner Black Economic Council of Massachusetts (BECMA).

PLEASE JOIN US November 13th-15th!


Black Expo

Grant Opportunity Deadline Nov. 12


The Mass Growth Capital Corp. has opened a $50.8M grant program to support small businesses.   Grants made through this program will give preference to minority-, women-, veteran-, and immigrant-owned businesses; businesses located in Gateway Cities; businesses most impacted by COVID-19; and businesses that weren’t able to access the Paycheck Protection Program. These funds can be used to cover a number of expenses, such as payroll and benefit costs, mortgage interest, rent, utilities and interest on other debt obligations.

The program will accept applications until November 12th


****PLEASE TAKE NOTE: If you have already applied and were determined to be ineligible - please REAPPLY to the program as there may have been a glitch in the MGCC application process.****

Application Deadline November 12, 2020

Small Business Resource Guide Massachusetts Edition 2020

2020 Resource Guide


Please direct all other inquiries and questions to our District Office email at:

FREE and confidential counseling services are available across the Commonwealth. 


Virtual education, training and networking sessions are happening daily.


Please schedule a virtual session with any of our Resource Partners below...

Resource Partner Network

How prepared are you to reopen your business? Check it out here



Staff are working remotely and can be reached via email or telephone. MSBDC is committed to supporting entrepreneurs during these very challenging times.

Request for Counseling

MSBDC advisors can assist businesses with disaster loan applications.

If you are not currently a client and would like to speak with a counselor, please find your region and reach out to the REGIONAL OFFICE SERVING YOU.

Berkshire Regional Office
33 Dunham Mall, Suite 103
Pittsfield, MA 01201
413-499-0933 | Fax: 413-499-3005

Central Regional Office
Clark University
The Carriage House, 125 Woodland Street
Worcester, MA 01610
508-793-7615 | Fax: 508-793-8890

Northeast Regional Office  (SPANISH-SPEAKING COUNSELOR)
Salem State University
121 Loring Avenue, Suite 310
Salem, MA 01970
978-542-6343 | Fax: 978-542-6345

Procurement Technical Assistance Center
Scibelli Enterprise Center
1 Federal Street, Building 1
Springfield, MA 01105
413-545-6303 | Fax: 413-737-2312

Southeast Regional Office
200 Pocasset Street
Fall River, MA 02721
508-673-9783 | Fax: 508-674-1929

Western Regional Office
Scibelli Enterprise Center
One Federal Street, Building 101
Springfield, MA 01105-1160
413-577-1768 | Fax: 413-737-2312



Request for Counseling

Counseling Sessions with BOSTON SCORE CHAPTER:
If you want to speak with a counselor, SCORE is doing tele-consults. Just pick a date and time to schedule a session and enter your contact info, mentors are doing sessions by phone and Zoom video app. 

Reach out to other SCORE CHAPTERS throughout the state below.

SCORE Boston Chapter

SCORE Worcester Chapter

SCORE Northeastern Massachusetts Chapter

SCORE Southeastern Massachusetts Chapter

SCORE Western Massachusetts Chapter

SCORE Cape Cod Chapter

SCORE Rhode Island (Serving Fall River, New Bedford)


CWEWomen's Business Centers

CWE Success Story: Darius Zamani, New England Healthy Hearing

By: Dawn LaRochelle
Project Manager – COVID Business Recovery Central MA

Darius Zamani contacted CWE-Central MA on August 4, 2020 for assistance with his EIDL loan application. He was approved for a loan in the amount of $21,900 ($1,000 of which would be provided as an advance) at the end of May, but he wanted to be reconsidered for additional funds.

On May 28, 2020, Darius spoke by phone with an SBA representative whose name and agent number he did not recall. This representative told Darius not to sign the closing documents for the first authorized loan agreement ($21,900), or he would not be able to obtain any additional funds. The agent confirmed to Darius that the two-month deadline for signing meant that he had until July 28, 2020 to sign the forms, and that the SBA would not withdraw his application prior to July 28th.

Darius never heard back from the reconsideration team about his request for a loan increase. On July 27, 2020, however, he received a letter from the SBA rescinding the first authorized loan agreement ($21,900) due to “inactivity.” Darius then spoke by phone to Agent #2416, a Tier 2 SBA representative.  Agent #2416 reached out to her supervisor about Darius’s case, told Darius she put some notes in his file, and encouraged Darius to email SBA’s Disaster Customer Service about his situation. Darius followed the agent’s advice and emailed Disaster Customer Service that same day. He never heard back from them.

On July 29, 2020, Darius spoke by phone to SBA Agent# 8471. This agent told him to email the same information he had sent to Disaster Customer Service to the reconsideration team. Darius did so and received an automated reply (“Thank you for contacting the PDC reconsideration team. Your request has been received and will be processed in the order it was received."). He did not hear anything further from the reconsideration team.

On August 7, 2020, I had a telephone meeting with Darius. I walked him through the EIDL appeals process and gave him guidance about the kind of information to include in his appeals letter and the way in which he should organize that information. I also gave him guidance about tone – he was, understandably, angry and frustrated, but I wanted him to write in a neutral, factual, and respectful manner. After talking with me, Darius submitted a formal letter of appeal to the SBA by both e-mail and fax. The next day (August 8, 2020), Darius heard back from the SBA. They reinstated the original loan contract ($21,900) for him to sign and deposited the money into his account shortly thereafter. They also gave him instructions on how to request a loan increase in the future.


Eastern Massachusetts Center - Boston
44 School St., Suite 200
Boston, MA 02108

Central Massachusetts Center - Westborough
69 Milk St., Ste. 217
Westborough, MA 01581

Veterans Business Outreach Center of New England (VBOC of NE)
132 George M. Cohan Blvd.
Providence, RI 02903


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