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Massachusetts District Office - April 2021

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National Volunteer Month

National Volunteer Month

DYK? April is National Volunteer Month and SBA resource partner, SCORE Mentors is the nation’s largest network of volunteer business mentors. Connect with a mentor here →

Give Back and Get More: Volunteer as a SCORE Business Mentor

Over the past 50 years, SCORE’s network of business experts has helped guide entrepreneurs. Every day, our volunteers help Massachusetts small businesses start, grow and achieve new levels of success. These volunteers are our lifeblood and the reason for that success.

SCORE volunteers aren’t just anyone. They’re successful business owners and executives with real-world experience in every sector. Some have worked at Fortune 500 companies. Others have built their own businesses from the ground up. And each one of them knows how good it feels to help others achieve their dreams.

SCORE knows your time is valuable and you have a variety of skills to share. That’s why they offer total flexibility when it comes to volunteering. Share your business knowledge as a lead mentor and work with clients.

There’s no way to quantify how good it feels to help others. Sharing business knowledge you’ve accrued over the years gives you an extra boost of pride and purpose. And you’ll feel even better knowing you helped someone achieve success.

The SCORE team is currently operating virtually, to ensure the safety of our volunteers and community.

Share your expertise. Fill out the Volunteer Application HERE and your responses will be submitted to your local chapter for more information. 

SCORE is a nonprofit resource partner of the U.S. Small Business Administration that helps aspiring and existing entrepreneurs succeed.

Small Business Opportunities with the Federal Government

Government Contracting

The U.S. Government is the world’s largest buyer of all types of products and services; in both large and small quantities. By law, the U.S. Government’s procurement policy requires opportunities for small businesses. Federal statute defines government-wide goals including grants which are a primary tool in assisting to:

• Support small businesses as engines of economic development, growth, and job creation
• Offer opportunities to small businesses or challenged socio-economic groups by limiting competition
• Access and develop innovative technology from small businesses

Upcoming Events

Tuesday  4/13/21 / 10:00am - 11:00am
Federal Government Contracting (Part 1)

Thursday  4/15/21 / 8:00am - 9:30am
How to do Business with the Federal Government as a Small Business

Thursday  4/22/21 / 8:00am - 9:30am
Federal Government Contracting 8(a) Program Webinar

Tuesday  4/27/21 / 10:00am - 11:00am
Federal Government Contracting (Part 2)

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 Gabriel Enterprises Consulting Group.  For more information and to register, please see the flyer:

Overview and LIVE Webcast Schedule CLICK HERE

Course descriptions are included in the flyer, and the schedule of upcoming courses for the upcoming months (April, May and June 2021) are provided in the table below. 

Date | Time (ET)


Target Cohort*

4/12/2021 | 12pm - 1pm

FAR and Other Regulations

New 8(a) Participant

4/13/2021 | 11am - 12pm

How to do Business with the Federal Government and Win Contracts as an 8(a) Certified Firm

New 8(a) Participant

4/14/2021 | 10am - 11am

Market Research in Federal Procurement

New 8(a) Participant

4/19/2021 | 4pm - 5pm

Capabilities Statements and Briefings

New 8(a) Participant

4/22/2021 | 12pm - 1pm

Bids and Proposals

New 8(a) Participant

4/27/2021 | 2pm - 3pm

How to Market to the Federal Government as a "Small Business Concern"

Program Years 8-9

5/11/2021 | 1pm - 2pm

FAR and Other Regulations

New 8(a) Participant

5/12/2021 | 11am - 12pm

How to do Business with the Federal Government (Refresher)

Program Years 3-4

5/13/2021 | 2pm - 3pm

Marketing & E-Tools: Identifying Opportunities

Program Years 3-4

5/18/2021 | 4pm - 5pm

Market Research in Federal Procurement

New 8(a) Participant

5/19/2021 | 12pm - 1pm

How to do Business with the Federal Government and Win Contracts as an 8(a) Certified Firm

New 8(a) Participant

5/20/2021 | 12pm - 1pm

How to Market to the Federal Government as a "Small Business Concern"

Program Years 8-9

6/10/2021 | 11am - 12pm

Bids and Proposals

New 8(a) Participant

6/10/2021 | 1pm - 2pm

Preparing Your Company to succeed after 8(a) Graduation

Program Years 8-9

6/16/2021 | 4pm - 5pm

How to do Business with the Federal Government and Win Contracts as an 8(a) Certified Firm

New 8(a) Participant

6/28/2021 | 1pm - 2pm

Networking, Capturing & Leveraging

Program Years 5-7

6/29/2021 | 2pm - 3pm

Capabilities Statements and Briefings

New 8(a) Participant

6/8/2021 | 2pm - 3pm

Teaming and Mentor Protege Programs

Program Years 8-9

6/9/2021 | 3pm - 4pm

FAR and Other Regulations

New 8(a) Participant

*Participants in Years 0-2 of the 8(a) program must attend all Year 0-2 New 8(a) Participant courses live before they have access to courses in other cohorts.

Participants Login/Registration Link:

You may need to copy and paste the above URL into your web browser.

UPCOMING Virtual Events

For Vietnamese & Mandarin Speakers


The SBA Massachusetts District Office, in collaboration with Vietnamese American Business Association of Massachusetts, SEACMA (Southeast Asian Coalition of Massachusetts) and NOVA Boston (Networking Organization for Vietnamese Americans) -- are putting together a webinar with Vietnamese-speaking resource providers to share the latest information on Covid relief programs for small businesses.

Monday, April 12th, 2021 / 2pm - 3pm


The SBA District Offices of Massachusetts and Connecticut, in collaboration with QARI (Quincy Asian Resources) are organizing this webinar for Chinese-speaking small businesses. .

Wednesday, April 7th, 2021 / 3pm - 4pm


Tuesday 4/6/21 / 9:00am - 10:45am
How Can I Finance My Small Business

Tuesday 4/6/21 / 10:00am - 11:00am
Increasing Your Enterprise Value & Growing Your Business

Tuesday 4/6/21 / 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Will Your PPP Loan be Forgiven

Tuesday 4/6/21 / 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Business Planning and Cash Flow Session 1 - Business Concept

Wednesday 4/7/21 / 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Winning Fundraising Strategies

Wednesday 4/7/21 / 10:00am - 11:00am
Credit Counseling

Wednesday 4/7/21 / 10:00am - 11:00am
Building Sustainable Business Series: Using Financial Tools

Wednesday 4/7/21 / 5:30pm - 7:00pm
CWE Eastern MA: Personal Care Roundtable Series

Thursday 4/8/21 / 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Steps to Start a Business

Thursday 4/8/21 / 11:00am - 12:30pm
Making a Business Plan: leveraging your earned and innate skills to soar

Thursday 4/8/21 / 10:00am - 12:00pm
Basic Entrepreneurial Workshop: Understanding Business Financials

Friday 4/9/21 / 9:00am - 1:00pm
Legal Clinic with Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

Friday 4/9/21 / 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Exporting: Restricted Party List Trends & Best Practices

Tuesday 4/13/21 / 9:00am - 10:00am
Debt Relief Options for COVID-19 Impacted Businesses

Tuesday 4/13/21 / 10:00am - 11:30am
Reach Customers Online with Google

Wednesday 4/14/21 / 10:00am - 11:15am
Google Analytics, Getting Started

Wednesday 4/14/21 / 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Effective Hiring, Recruiting and Retention

Thursday 4/15/21 / 1:00pm - 2:00pm
MA Manufacturing Resources for Small Businesses

Thursday 4/15/21 / 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Starting and Growing a Business: The SBA Advantage

Friday 4/16/21 / 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Raising Outside Funds: opportunities and potential pitfall

Friday 4/16/21 / 11:00am - 12:00pm
Get Comfy with Your Business’s Back End

Tuesday  4/20/21 / 9:00am - 10:45am
Marketing - It's More Than Advertising

Tuesday  4/20/21 / 10:00am - 11:30am
How to Open a Business in Massachusetts Legally

Tuesday  4/20/21 / 10:00am - 11:00am
Getting Relief for Shuttered Venue Operators

Wednesday 4/21/21 / 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Starting and Growing a Business

Thursday 4/22/21 / 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Steps to Start Your Own Business

Thursday 4/22/21 / 5:15pm - 6:45pm
Working on Wellness: Cooking and COVID Business Recovery

Tuesday 4/27/21 / 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Explore Small Business Administration Resources

Tuesday 4/27/21 / 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Website Planning 101: Take your first step to website success

Wednesday 4/28/21 / 10:00am - 11:00am
Instagram for Beginners

Wednesday 4/28/21 / 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Basics of Business Contracts

Thursday 4/29/21 / 10:00am - 11:00am
Instagram for Beginners

4/8 Ayuda para pequeñas empresas: PPP abierto hasta mayo 31

4-8-21 Spanish

Date: Thursday, April 8th, 2021 Time: 6:00pm – 7:00pm ET

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Únase a SBA el jueves 8 de abril a las 6:00 pm ET para un seminario web en español sobre los programas de alivio durante COVID-19

Para más información y eventos en español, por favor contacte a Carlos Hernandez:

¡Atención, propietarios de pequeñas empresas! El Programa de Protección de Pago (PPP) se ha extendido hasta el 31 de mayo. Aproveche este tiempo adicional para solicitar este préstamo perdonable.

Únase a SBA el jueves 8 de abril a las 6:00 pm ET para un seminario web en español sobre los cambios recientes en Programa Proteccion de Pago.

Los oradores de la SBA describirán:

  • ¿Cómo solicitar un préstamo perdonable PPP y qué es un PPP de primer y segundo sorteo?
  • Nuevo cálculo de préstamos para propietarios únicos, contratistas independientes y autónomos.
  • Acceso para propietarios de pequeñas empresas que no son ciudadanos y que son residentes legales de EE. UU.
  • ¿Necesita ayuda con la aplicación? Obtenga información sobre la asistencia gratuita disponible de los socios de recursos de la SBA de Nueva Inglaterra.
  • Después de la presentación, habrá una breve sesión de preguntas y respuestas.

Attention Small Business Owners! The Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) has been extended to May 31st. Take advantage of this additional time to apply for this forgivable loan.

Join the SBA on Thursday, April 8th at 6:00pm ET for a Spanish language webinar on the recent changes to PPP.

SBA speakers will outline:

  • How to apply for a PPP forgivable loan and what is a First and Second Draw PPP?
  • 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
  • Need application assistance? Learn about free support available from New England’s SBA Resource Partners.

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

5/7 Woostapreneurs Forum (6th Annual)



The Woostapreneurs Forum intends to connect Greater Worcester to the entrepreneurship ecosystem and business resource providers in central Massachusetts. The conference is designed for existing business owners, budding entrepreneurs, veteran entrepreneurs, millennial entrepreneurs, women-owned businesses, and other underserved entrepreneurs in search of business help. There will be a panel of business success stories, a resource panel discussion, as well as a keynote speaker and the opportunity for attendees to network with resource partners and supporters to learn more about the services they offer.

SVOG Application Opens on 4/8

Shuttered Venue Operators Grant. Accepting applications starting on April 8.


The Economic Aid Act funded the Shuttered Venue Operators Grant (SVOG) program with $15 billion to provide eligible applicants with grants equal to 45% of their gross earned revenue, up to a maximum of $10 million.

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has set April 8 as the date it will begin accepting applications for the SVOG program.

Who is Eligible?

The SVOG program will offer funds to a specific set of businesses that operate live venues or serve a role in the performance arts industry. These companies must have been operating as of February 29, 2020, and have not received a PPP loan on or after December 27, 2020. 

Businesses that generally qualify include:

·     Live venue operators or promoters

·     Theatrical producers

·     Live performing arts organization operators

·     Museum operators, zoos and aquariums that meet specific criteria

·     Motion picture theater operators

·     Talent representatives

What Can I Do Prior to April 8?

1. To get started, watch the SBA presentation from 3/30 here.

2. Applicants must have a System of Award Management (SAM) registration to receive an SVOG. The SBA recommended in late January that potential applicants obtain a Dun & Bradstreet (DUNS) number, which is required to register in the SAM system. To register for SAM, access the links below:

·     Register your Business with SAM (PDF)

· Entity Registration Training (Video)


3. You can watch the appropriate YouTube training videos for your specific business:  

·     Eligibility for Live Venue Operators or Promoters

·     Eligibility for Talent Representatives

·     Eligibility for Museum Operators

·     Eligibility for Motion Picture Theatre Operators

·     Eligibility for Live Performing Arts Organization Operators

·     Use of Funds

FAQ: Employee Retention Tax Credit

Tax Season

Small businesses should seek guidance from their tax advisor in regards to Employee Retention Tax Credit.  

There are FAQ’s published on on this topic.

45.  Question: Is an employer that repays its PPP loan by the safe harbor deadline (May 18, 2020) eligible for the Employee Retention Credit? Answer: This question is no longer applicable because, as a result of a change in the law in December 2020, receipt of a PPP loan no longer makes an employer ineligible for the Employee Retention Credit. See FAQ #65 for updated information related to the Employee Retention Credit.
Paycheck-Protection-Program-Frequently-Asked-Questions.pdf (

65.  Question: As of December 27, 2020, is an employer that receives a First Draw PPP Loan or Second Draw PPP Loan also eligible for the Employee Retention Credit? Answer: The Taxpayer Certainty and Disaster Tax Relief Act of 2020, which was enacted as Division EE of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021, Pub. L. No. 116- 260, 134 Stat. 1182, on December 27, 2020, permits an employer that received a First Draw PPP Loan or Second Draw PPP Loan to claim the Employee Retention Credit if the employer is otherwise an eligible employer satisfying the requirements for the credit. However, payroll costs that are qualified wages for the Employee Retention Credit are not eligible for loan forgiveness if the employer elects to claim the credit for those amounts. (Additional guidance from the IRS is available at

Question 45 published May 6, 2020 and revised May 27, 2020 to change the date from “(May 14, 2020)” to “(May 18, 2020).”

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


ICYMI: PPP Extended to May 31, 2021

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In case you missed it! On March 30, President Joe Biden signed the PPP Extension Act of 2021 into law, extending the Paycheck Protection Program an additional two months to May 31, 2021, and then providing an additional 30-day period for the SBA to process applications that are still pending.

Learn more

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

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)


Women'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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