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Massachusetts District Office - March 2021

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SBA Celebrate Women's History Month

SBA celebrates Women's History Month

Join us for a series of virtual networking opportunities, educational events and a conference in commemoration of Women's History Month!

  • March 16th – Now is the time to Launch! Women Entrepreneurs Panel with Center for Women & Enterprise 
  • March 17th – Women’s Successes – Celebrating Women’s History Month 
  • March 17th – MA Cosmetology Industry Covid Relief Update 
  • March 24th – Advanced Woman-Owned Certification with PTAC
  • March 29th – Celebrating Women’s History Month – Contracting Opportunities to Grow Your Business 
  • March 31st – Women in Business Conference: Challenges and Opportunities 2021 and Beyond


Women In Business Conference: Challenges and Opportunities 2021 and Beyond

Wednesday, March 31st 2021 / 1pm - 4pm


This 3-hour event will kick-off with our keynote speaker, followed by panels and presentations including: three women entrepreneurs who will share their stories of success, challenges, and lessons learned; resource partners; and funding experts sharing tips for success. 

Keynote Speaker is Meryl Snow, a leader in the special event & catering industry for over 28 years and author of "Booked It! Selling, Closing and Standing Out in the Special Events Industry" and "Cha-Ching: there is no money in sales for 2nd place". 


Meryl Snow

Networking: Women Small Business Owners
Kelly Holbrook, award-winning entrepreneur, educator, and cosmetologist
Kasey Corsello, Owner of Corsello Butcheria
Jen Howard, Owner of Leo's Table & Strength for Life
Moderated by: Michelle Miller, Center for Women & Enterprise

Panel 1

Presentation: Finance Without Fear: Braving Your Numbers for Better Outcomes
Dawn LaRochelle, CWE Project Manager
Callie Niezgoda, Vice President of Business Lending, Common Capital

Panel 2

Panel: Alternative Financing with several Funding Experts Moderated by Michelle Miller Director – CWE Central Massachusetts. 

Panel: Lastly, there will be a panel with the SBA and its resource partners about the different types or Resources and Programs available to you.

American Rescue Plan Act Highlights

On March 11, 2021, President Biden signed the American Rescue Plan Act into law, which provides additional relief for the nation’s small businesses and hard-hit industries for programs the SBA is currently administering and adds new efforts. Specifically, the new law includes:

  • $7.25 billion additional for the Paycheck Protection Program, including to expand eligibility to additional nonprofits and digital news services
  • Additional funds are allocated for the Shuttered Venue Operators Grant program, and now allows businesses to apply for both a PPP loan after Dec. 27, 2020, and the SVOG
  • $15 billion additional for Targeted Economic Injury Disaster Loan Advance (EIDL) payments, including NEW $5 billion for Supplemental Targeted EIDL Advance payments for those hardest hit
  • NEW: $28.6 billion for the Restaurant Revitalization Fund for industry-focused grants
  • NEW: $100 million to establish a Community Navigator pilot program; grants will go to eligible organizations supporting efforts to improve access to COVID–19 pandemic assistance programs and resources.

Learn more 


Paycheck Protection Program


There is Still Time to Apply!

Have you heard?! The SBA  announced new rules for calculating PPP loans that are game changers for sole proprietors who file Schedule C's! Whether or not you have employees, and whether or not you take a draw, there has never been a better time to apply!

Questions?  Contact Beth Ann Dahan, Center for Women & Enterprise:

Success Story: Preserving the Sport of Horse Dressage and Eventing

Heather Dostal

Heather Reynolds Dostal is Head Riding Instructor and Owner of RER Ponies in Hatfield, MA.  She has been riding horses since the age of 4, and started teaching horseback riding in her community as a teenager.   

Growing up in rural Hampshire County near the west bank of the Connecticut River, it used to be easy for Dostal to take her horse swimming in the river.  There used to be trails for riding – but now there are blockages, houses and automobile traffic – causing obstacles for riders.  Read Heather's Story


UPCOMING Virtual Events

3/16: Now is the time to Launch! 
Women Entrepreneurs Panel w/ CWE Eastern MA


Tuesday, March 16 at 1pm

Join Daysi Meregildo and Samantha Pevear from CWE with several women entrepreneurs who will share about their entrepreneurial journey.  Learn about best practices and join our client network of female entrepreneurs in MA.


3/17 MA Cosmetology Industry Covid Relief Update


Wednesday, March 17 at 9:30am

Calling all cosmetologists, barbers, aestheticians, manicurists and electrologists!

We will be discussing the new PPP updates, including the interim final rule on revisions to loan amount calculation for filers of IRS Form 1040 Schedule C, available here.  This training session is geared towards for Schedule C filers – Sole Proprietorships, Independent Contractors, Self Employed, Single Member LLC’s.



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

Thursday 3/18/21 / 1:00pm - 2:30pm
PPP Loan Program Eligibility Update – Revisions for Schedule C Filers

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

Thursday 3/25/21 / 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Massachusetts Food Trust Information Session

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


3/17 Women’s Successes – Celebrating Women’s History Month


Join us on Wednesday, March 17th at 12pm as the Massachusetts District Office will host a webinar designed to engage women in business -- to share their inspiration, support, successes and resilience as they launch and grow their business.

In addition, meet SBA resource partners who provide free and confidential business advice at every stage of starting and growing a business.

Hope you can join us!


3/24 LGBTQ Business Resources
Info Session 

Wednesday, March 24 at Noon

Register Here

LGBTQ-owned businesses: Join representatives of the Massachusetts LGBT Chamber of Commerce to learn about resources for your community, networking opportunities, COVID Resources, potential corporate connections, FREE NGLCC certification for LGBTBEs, access to workshops and trainings, and more!

Beth Ann Dahan and Dawn LaRochelle, Project Managers from Eastern and Central MA will moderate the discussion.

Government Contracting

WOSB Federal Contracting Program, visit to submit your application

3/24 Advanced Woman-Owned Certification with PTAC

Wednesday, March 24 at 11am 

Register Here

You've done the research, your business is at least 51% owned, and 100% operated, managed, and controlled by a woman or women, and you are officially ready to start the exciting process of certifying your business as woman-owned. Now what?! In this webinar you will hear from certifications experts in both the public and private sectors on what the certification process looks like and how you can get started! 

Join the Center for Women and Enterprise and the Small Business Administration for this interactive session.

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

3/29 Celebrating Women's History Month - Contracting Opportunities to Grow Your Business

Monday, March 29 at 10am 

Register Here

Looking for new markets for your small business goods or services? Consider selling to the federal government.

A representative from the Small Business Administration (SBA) and Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) share how to grow your business through contracting opportunities and the U.S. Small Business Administration programs and services.

“PTAC Overview with intro to SAM”
How the Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) Representative and System for Award Management (SAM) can help grow your business. PTAC provides insight to their services and follows up with a brief intro into registering your business in

WOSB Certification
Learn about new certification process! WOSB is no longer self-certification. Hear from: Michelle Simoes, Procurement Specialist, Massachusetts Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC); Nadine Boone, Assistant District Director | Business Development, U.S. Small Business Administration Massachusetts District Office; Lisa Gonzalez Welch, Economic Development Specialist, U.S. Small Business Administration

SBA BLOG: Celebrating the Women Veteran Small Business Community


March is Women’s History Month – the perfect time to reflect on all of the impactful women from years past. From inventors like Marie Curie to entrepreneurs like Madame C.J. Walker, these leaders and changemakers have paved the way for the next generation of female success stories.

Our nation’s 1.1 million women-owned small businesses are already making history, and the SBA is here to make sure these entrepreneurs have the necessary resources to succeed. And did you know that women service members, veterans, and spouses can access business startup and continuity resources through the SBA too?

Here are just a few of the many SBA programs and services available for the women veteran small business community.

  • Boots to Business: If you’re interested in transitioning into small business ownership, Boots to Business is the perfect first step for women service members, veterans, and military spouses who are looking to learn the fundamentals of business. Classes are available on military installations worldwide and in local communities via Boots to Business Reboot.
  • Women Veteran Entrepreneurship Training Program: Through WVETP, women veterans can build the skills necessary to navigate through the complexities of small business ownership. Programs are provided by a network of SBA-funded grantees including the Institute for Veterans and Military Families, San Antonio LiftFund, and ONABEN.
  • Local Resources for Women Veterans: Did you know you have access to skilled business advisors and mentors right in your local neighborhood? Together, SBA’s Women’s Business Centers and Veterans Business Outreach Centers are equipped with the tools and resources to prepare you for the unique obstacles you may face as a woman veteran in the business world.
  • WOSB Federal Contracting Program: The federal government’s goal is to award at least 5% of all contracting dollars to women-owned small businesses each year. If your small business is at least 51% owned and controlled by women who are U.S. citizens, you may be able to leverage the benefits of SBA’s Women-Owned Small Business Federal Contracting program.

It’s time for you to make history. For more information about the SBA’s resources for women veteran entrepreneurs, visit

SBA’s top priority is to continue to support the small business community, including the military and veteran small business community, through the COVID-19 pandemic. Please visit for information.

This blog was originally written by the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Office of Veterans Business Development. To learn more about OVBD visit,

SBA Launches ASCENT for Women Owned Small Businesses


SBA has announced Ascent, an interactive digital platform packed with resources women business owners need to set, and achieve, their business goals. Ascent is designed for the “missing middle” — growth-oriented women entrepreneurs who are beyond the start-up phase and already generating revenue yet looking to grow and scale. Most learning resources for business owners focus on either start-ups or mature businesses. Ascent is here to change that!

During these challenging times, SBA’s Ascent can also help you elevate your business with research-backed tips and strategies. Within Ascent, you can examine both internal (strengths and weaknesses) and external factors (opportunities and threats) that may have arisen because of COVID-19 to help you set up a comprehensive recovery strategy. And Ascent is a resource you can turn to again and again, as your business grows and your needs change.

Start learning today at

Ascent was created through a joint initiative between the White House, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), the U.S. Department of Labor’s Women’s Bureau, and the U.S. Department of the Treasury. Bringing these agencies together provides Ascent users with unique access to a wealth of knowledge and expertise not found anywhere else.

3/23 Getting Relief for Shuttered Venue Operators

Shuttered Venue Operators Grant Program

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

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

Interview with MSBDC Covid Relief Business Advisor Jessi Kirley

Public Affairs Specialist Norm Eng recently interviewed Jessi Kirley from the MA Small Business Development Center Western Regional Office.  

Check out the On-Demand Interview!

If you are based in Western MA and would like to schedule a session with Jessi, please fill out the REQUEST FOR COUNSELING form. 

Jessi Kirley


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


Disclaimer: The SBA does not endorse the organizations sponsoring linked websites, and does not endorse the views they express or the products/services they offer.  All programs and services are extended to the public on a nondiscriminatory basis.