SBA March Calendar l 3 de Marzo: Nuevos cambios en el Programa de Préstamos PPP

Massachusetts District Office - March 2021

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Nuevos cambios en el Programa de Préstamos PPP Seminario web


Fecha: miércoles 3 de marzo de 2021
Hora: 6:00pm – 7:00pm EST

Registrese Aqui!!

¡Atención propietarios de pequeñas empresas! Únase a la SBA el miércoles 3 de marzo de 2021 a las 6:00 pm EST y participe en un seminario web en español sobre los cambios más recientes en el nuevo Programa de Protección de Pago (PPP). Los prestatarios deben solicitar un préstamo PPP antes de la fecha límite legal del 31 de marzo, sujeto a la disponibilidad de financiamiento.

SBA le describirá:

  • Período exclusivo de solicitud de préstamos PPP para empresas y organizaciones sin fines de lucro con menos de 20 empleados.
  • Nuevo cálculo de préstamos para propietarios únicos, contratistas independientes y autónomos.
  • Acceso para propietarios de pequeñas empresas no ciudadanos que son residentes legales de ee. UU.

Durante la presentación, habrá una breve sesión de preguntas y respuestas.

Spanish Language Webinar: March 3 New Changes to the PPP Loan Program

Date: Wednesday, March 3rd, 2021
Time: 6:00pm ET – 7:00pm EST


Attention Small Business Owners! Join the New England SBA on Wednesday, March 3, 2021 at 6:00pm ET for a Spanish language webinar on the newest changes to the new Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) to ensure equity. Borrowers must apply for a forgivable PPP loan before the March 31 statutory deadline, subject to the availability of funding.

SBA Spanish speakers will outline:

  • Exclusive PPP loan application period for businesses and non-profits with fewer than 20 employees.
  • New loan calculation for sole proprietors, independent contractors, and self-employed individuals.
  • Access for non-citizen small business owners who are lawful U.S. residents

After the presentation, there will be a brief Q&A session.


Government Contracting

Government Contracting Eligibility

Upcoming Events

Thursday  3/18/20 / 8:00am - 9:30am
How to do Business with the Federal Government

Thursday  3/25/20 / 8:00am - 9:30am
SBA 8(a) Business Development Eligibility Session

HUBZone Program

The HUBZone Program offers eligibility assistance every Tuesday and Thursday from 2-3pm ET via toll free number:  208-391-5817; Conference ID: 278 449 067. Members of our team answer questions to  help firms navigate the certification process.  For specific questions regarding an application, please contact the HUBZone Help Desk at

HUBZone Procedural Notice 6000-20015 - Improvements to Application Submission Process



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:

  • 3/8/21 Understanding the Request for Proposals
  • 3/9/21 Developing the Technical & Past Performance Proposals
  • 3/10/21 Developing the Cost Proposal
  • 3/11/21 Managing & Administrating Government Contracts
  • 3/15/21 Tools for Construction Project Management 

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

Any questions, please reach out to


UPCOMING Virtual Events

3/5 Emerging Leaders Initiative Info Session for Western Massachusetts

SBA Emerging Leaders Initiative

Springfield, MA is one of the SBA’s nationwide program locations for the 2021 Emerging Leaders Initiative.  This will be a VIRTUAL program.

The Emerging Leaders Initiative is an intensive executive-level series intended to accelerate the growth of high-potential small businesses in America’s underserved cities.  Developed by SBA and drawing on the experiences of advisors and business leaders in urban communities across the country, this comprehensive curriculum provides the tools to catapult your company to the next level and help it emerge as a force in your community.  >>Learn more

This informational webinar on Friday, March 5th at 11:30AM will  provide a course overview from the Interise staff, details about the program eligibility and you will also get to hear from previous Emerging Leaders graduates.  There will also be an opportunity to ask questions about program details.


Interested small business owners can register your interest >>HERE – join us on March 5th at 11:30am or reach out to Springfield Branch Manager Oreste Varela at:  

Tuesday 3/2/21 / 10:00am - 11:00am
Will Your PPP Loan be Forgiven

Wednesday 3/3/21 / 11:00am - 12:00pm
Starting a Business -- What You Need to Know

Wednesday 3/3/21 / 9:00am - 10:30am
Facebook - Maximize Results without Spending Money

Thursday 3/4/21 / 11:00am - 12:30pm
Validating Your Idea & Starting Your Business

Thursday 3/4/21 / 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Multiply Your Small Business Success with Public Speaking even online

Thursday 3/4/21 / 9:00am - 10:00am
Small Business Resources Forum

Friday 3/5/21 / 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Negotiation Skills for Business Owners and Entrepreneurs Session 1

Tuesday 3/9/21 / 10:00am - 11:00am
Google My Business: Get Your Local Business on Google Search and Maps (Part 2)

Tuesday 3/9/21 / 1:00pm - 2:15pm
Franchise Funding

Tuesday 3/9/21 / 10:00am - 11:30am
Instagram Reboot

Tuesday 3/9/21 / 1:00pm - 2:00pm
What You Need to Know About the PPP

Wednesday 3/10/21 / 10:00am - 12:00pm
Marketing 101

Tuesday 3/16/21 / 9:00am - 11:00am
QuickBooks Desktop for Beginners (3 sessions)

Tuesday  3/16/20 / 10:00am - 11:00am
Intro to Government Contracting with PTAC

Tuesday 3/16/21 / 10:00am - 11:30am
How to Open a Business Legally in Massachusetts

Tuesday 3/16/21 / 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Debt Relief Options for COVID-19 Impacted Businesses

Tuesday 3/16/21 / 10:00am - 11:00am
Using PowerPoint with Zoom, Keep People Focused on Your Message, Not the Slides.

Wednesday 3/17/21 / 10:00am - 11:15am
Restaurant Employees: Build a Team to Align w/ Your Business Goals

Wednesday 3/17/21 / 9:00am - 10:30am
Creating an Effective Social Media Strategy

Wednesday 3/17/21 / 11:00am - 12:00pm
Cash Flow Your Way to Break Even

Thursday 3/18/21 / 11:00am - 12:30pm
Basic E-Commerce

Thursday 3/18/21 / 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Business Planning - The Simpler Way

Thursday 3/18/21 / 1:00pm - 2:15pm
Straight Talk Hear From Franchise Brand Representatives

Wednesday 3/24/21 / 10:00am - 12:00pm
Accounting 101

Wednesday 3/24/21 / 10:00am - 11:15am
Effective Websites - Getting Intended Results

Thursday 3/25/21 / 9:30am - 10:30am
Adopt the Mindset of a Top Performing Leader & Build Your Dream Team

Thursday 3/25/21 / 1:00pm - 2:15pm
Attracting Clients to Your Website

Wednesday 3/31/21 / 12:00pm - 1:00pm
7 Ways to Stretch Your Marketing Budget

3/23 Getting Relief for Shuttered Venue Operators

Webinar: Shuttered Venue Operators Grant

Tuesday 3/23/21 / 4:00pm - 5:00pm


This workshop will provide an overview of the Shuttered Venue Operators Grant (SVOG) established by the Economic Aid to Hard-Hit Small Business, Nonprofits and Venues Act, signed into law on December 27, 2020. Specific areas discussed will include:

  • Program Overview
  • Benefits and Purpose
  • Eligibility Requirements
  • How the Funds Can be Used
  • Available Grant Amounts
  • Application Process

The workshop will be presented by Rosa Di Virgilio Taormina, business advisor with the MSBDC Northeast Regional Office.

Shining the Light on Women in History


The month of March is a time to proudly celebrate Women’s History Month ‐ from Madam Marie Curie, who founded the new science of radioactivity and discoveries that launched effective cures for cancer, to black civil rights activist Rosa Parks, who challenged racial segregation in Montgomery, Alabama in 1955 by refusing to give up her seat on a bus so that a white person could sit down. The history of women’s impact on society and culture through the centuries has played a major role in shaping our world. There have been so many important contributions made by women, from selfless acts of courage by women such as Florence Nightingale, to invaluable artistic contributions from brilliant artists and novelists such as Frida Kahlo and Jane Austen. Join me in acknowledging impressive women through the ages. Their achievements changed history and paved the way for the success of generations to come. >>Learn more

Women's History Month Events

Women in Business

Thursday 3/4/21 / 12:00pm - 1:00pm
CWE Central MA - You’ve Got This! COVID-19 Business Recovery Virtual Panel

Wednesday 3/10/21 / 12:00pm - 1:30pm
CWE Central MA - Your Brand is More Than Your Logo

Tuesday 3/16/21 / 1:00pm - 2:00pm
CWE Eastern MA: Now is the time to Launch! Women Entrepreneurs virtual Panel

Thursday 3/18/21 / 9:00am - 10:30am
CWE Central MA - Social Media Made Simple

Friday 3/19/21 / 11:00am - 12:30pm
CWE Central MA - Business Plan Basics

Wednesday 3/24/21 / 11:00am - 12:00pm
CWE Central MA - Woman-Owned Certification – Advanced

Wednesday 3/24/21 / 5:00pm - 7:00pm
CWE Eastern MA: Understanding Cash Flow Management (For Beginners)

Wednesday 3/24/21 / 11:00am - 1:00pm
CWE Eastern MA: Legal Considerations for New Business Owners

Wednesday 3/31/21 / 11:00am - 1:00pm
CWE Eastern MA: Explore Small Business Administration Resources

3/31 Western Mass Women in Business Conference: Opportunities & Challenges 2021

Wednesday, March 31, 2021 / 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM EDT


Network with Successful Women in Business, hear about financing options for small businesses, learn about SBA resources and programs to help you thrive and grow, and much more!

Office of Investment and Innovation


Train-the-Trainer Sessions

  • SBIR intro training for partners (and SBA offices): next offering starts March 8.  For more information and to register visit
  • Tibbetts Awards: winners were recently mailed awards, opportunity for local press highlighting SBA’s role in SBIR (ie the firm could send a photo or there could be a photo op with DO).  Let us know if you’d like us to resend the company contact info (

    Sign up for SBA’s SBIR monthly newsletter:

An Introduction to SBIR/STTR and the Innovation Ecosystem

Jenny Servo sends e-mail)

3/8/21 - 4/5/21

Helping First Time SBIR/STTR Awardees

Lyn Barnett sends e-mail)

3/8/21 - 4/28/21

Helping Potential SBIR/STTR Applicants

Pete Hunt sends e-mail)

3/9/21 - 4/23/21

An Introduction to SBIR/STTR and the Innovation Ecosystem

Jenny Servo sends e-mail)

5/4/21 - 6/1/21

Helping First Time SBIR/STTR Awardees

Lyn Barnett sends e-mail)

6/7/21 - 7/28/21

Helping Potential SBIR/STTR Applicants

Pete Hunt sends e-mail)

6/8/21 - 7/29/21

An Introduction to SBIR/STTR and the Innovation Ecosystem

Pete Hunt sends e-mail)

8/19/21 - 9/16/21


SBA Implements PPP Changes for America’s Mom-and-Pop Businesses

Helping Mom and Pop Build Back Better

In case you missed it! Building on a month of strong Paycheck Protection Program results, the Biden-Harris Administration and the U.S. Small Business Administration are taking steps that will further promote equitable relief for America’s mom-and-pop businesses. These simple progressive steps by the Biden-Harris Administration further demonstrate the commitment to racial and gender equity, reaching low and moderate-income, rural, urban, and other underserved areas. The SBA has established a 14-day, exclusive PPP loan application period for businesses and nonprofits with fewer than 20 employee that ends on March 9, 2021 at 5:00 pm ET. Additionally, the Agency will:

  • Allow sole proprietors, independent contractors, and self-employed individuals to receive more financial support by revising the PPP’s funding formula for these categories of applicants
  • Eliminate an exclusionary restriction on PPP access for small business owners with prior non-financial fraud felony convictions, consistent with a bipartisan congressional proposal
  • Eliminate PPP access restrictions on small business owners who have struggled to make federal student loan payments by eliminating federal student loan debt delinquency and default as disqualifiers to participating in the PPP; and
  • Ensure access for non-citizen small business owners who are lawfully residing in the U.S. by clarifying that they may use an Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN) to apply for the PPP.

These actions will help to lay the foundation for a robust and equitable recovery for small businesses across the country. Small businesses employ nearly half of the American workforce; they create 2 out of 3 net new private-sector jobs; they reinvest 68% of revenues to build and sustain communities.

Borrowers can apply for the Paycheck Protection Program by downloading the First Draw PPP loan application or Second Draw PPP loan application and working with a participating PPP lender through the SBA Lender Match tool

Learn more

HUD Section 3

What is Section 3?
Section 3 requires that recipients of certain HUD financial assistance, to the greatest extent possible, provide training, employment, contracting and other economic opportunities to low- and very low-income persons, especially recipients of government assistance for housing, and to businesses that provide economic opportunities to low- and very low-income persons.

For Residents – If you receive HUD financial assistance or meet the criteria for low- or very low-income for your community, you are eligible for work under Section 3. Log onto the Section 3 Opportunity Portal to create an account. Once you have an account you can upload your profile and employment history. You may also search for job opportunities through the Section 3 Opportunity Portal.

For Employers – If your business qualifies as a Section 3 business concern, you may self-certify for addition to the Business Registry. The Business Registry allows recipients of HUD funds to identify potential businesses to award HUD-funded contracts. For more information please visit the Section 3 Opportunity Portal.

For more information, please visit the Section 3 Opportunity Portal:

There's also an app! For information about HUD resources and to find an office or grantee near you, please download the free HUD Resource Locator app or HUD Grants app for iPhone or Android devices.

Serie de emprendimiento ofrecida en español (serie de 10 partes)


¿Busca prosperar en estos tiempos difíciles? ¿Quiere crear o hacer crecer su negocio? ¿Quiere ser más innovador?

El MSBDC de la Universidad de Clark y la Organización Empresarial Latinoamericana (LABO) ofrecen un curso de 10 semanas para personas interesadas en aprender sobre el espíritu empresarial o que ya han iniciado su propio negocio.

El orador será el Dr. John Dobson (biografía), un emprendedor en serie. Antes de unirse a la academia, lanzó y vendió con éxito varios negocios. Enseña Emprendimiento en la Universidad de Clark. Su experiencia está en la difusión de innovaciones y lanzamientos exitosos de productos / negocios. El Dr. Dobson tiene una Maestría en Desarrollo Internacional de la London School of Economics y también un Doctorado de la Universidad de Manchester (Reino Unido). Tiene más de 25 años de experiencia empresarial, que utiliza para desarrollar un enfoque basado en evidencia para ayudar a los estudiantes a iniciar negocios exitosos en los Estados Unidos y en todo el mundo.

Fechas: Lunes consecutivos, del 11 de enero al 15 de marzo de 2021
Hora: 6:00 - 7:30 p.m. est
Ubicación: Webinar en línea
Costo: Gratis
Contacto: Si tiene preguntas sobre el contenido, comuníquese con el Dr. John Dobson en Si tiene problemas de registro, envíe un correo electrónico a

  • 11 de enero (Parte 1): Introducción a la creatividad, la innovación y el espíritu empresarial
  • 18 de enero (Parte 2): DYME Desarrolle su modelo de emprendimiento
  • 25 de enero (Parte 3): Creación de prototipos (desarrollo y prueba de innovaciones)
  • 01 de febrero (Parte 4): Pensamiento sistémico en el espíritu empresarial
  • 08 de febrero (Parte 5): Entonces, ¿qué? Estrategias para una diferenciación eficaz del mercado
  • 15 de febrero (Parte 6): Movimiento de liderazgo y cambio
  • 22 de febrero (Parte 7): Construyendo un seguimiento: características psicográficas de sus clientes
  • 01 de marzo (Parte 8): Marketing empresarial - Ciencia de la persuasión
  • 08 de marzo (Parte 9): Venta efectiva: Lanzamiento de sus productos
  • 15 de marzo (Parte 10): Finanzas empresariales

3/3 Making Strategic Decisions


Wednesday, March 3, 2021

10:00 AM -12:00 PM EST


In this module, the entrepreneur will strengthen her or his ability to make strategic decisions as they work on business strategy. This business strategy will provide a plan and blueprint to accomplish articulated goals and achieve the articulated vision. What opportunities, identified in Module 2, will you incorporate in your strategy? What activities and actions will be part of your plan to grow your business? As you work on your business strategy, you will consider your competitive advantage, business model, and exit strategy.

Module 2 exercises of Identify and Screening Growth Opportunities and determining market potential will be incorporated into this module's strategic decision-making discussion.

The presenter will be Keith Alex Greenaway, JD and Managing Director of MBE Advisory Services at the Greater New England Minority Supplier Development Council.

Module 5 - Strengthening the Product/Service
April 7, 2021

This webinar series is brought to you by the Massachusetts Small Business Development Center (MSBDC) and the Greater New England Minority Supplier Development Council (GNEMSDC)

Small Business Resource Guide Massachusetts Edition 2020

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

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

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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


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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