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Massachusetts District Office - June 2021

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June Education Calendar

Summer School

Whether you're looking to start a small business or expand your current one, SBA's digital learning platform has everything you need to educate yourself on entrepreneurial best practices and available financing options. Take advantage of SBA’s free online courses this summer →

UPCOMING Virtual Events

6/4 Community Navigator Pilot Program Info Session

Community Navigator

The Community Navigator Pilot Program is designed to provide high quality support and assistance with pandemic relief programs and recovery services to small businesses and entrepreneurs. Recovery services can include financial assistance, access to capital supports, contracting and procurement assistance, marketing, operations, and business development, export and importing, and industry specific training, among other areas of technical assistance to aid businesses in stabilization and expansion.


In total the program will award $100M in grants to support nonprofit organizations, state, local, tribal governments, Community Financial Institutions and SBA resource partners among other institutions.

During the webinar you will:

  • Hear about the program structure and eligibility requirements
  • Learn more about the program goals as it relates to outreach, education, and technical services to increase awareness and use of programs of the Small Business Administration

6/10 Cape Cod SCORE Small Business Awards



Join this FREE & VIRTUAL annual event!  The Cape Cod SCORE Chapter's Small Business Awards recognizes a Small Business of the Year, Non-Profit of the Year and Small Business Champion!


Monday 6/7/21 / 12:00pm - 2:00pm
Starting Your Own Business

Tuesday 6/8/21 / 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Navigating PPP Loan Forgiveness

Tuesday 6/8/21 / 11:00am - 12:00pm
Complimentary Mobile-Friendly Financial Assistant for Business Owners Like You

Wednesday 6/9/21 / 12:00pm - 1:30pm
The Money and Marketing Matrix

Thursday 6/10/21 / 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Use YouTube to Grow Your Business

6/10 Manufacturing Resources for Small Businesses


Join SBA MADO and Subject Matter Experts for Massachusetts Manufacturing products and services available.


Friday 6/11/21 / 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Trends in U.S. Export Controls for the Electronics and Semiconductor Sector in Greater China

Monday 6/14/21 / 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Learn how to Sell Better to Grow Your Business

Monday 6/14/21 / 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Understanding the Secret Sauce: Branding and Marketing for Restaurants and Caterers

Tuesday 6/15/21 / 10:00am - 11:30am
Optimizing PowerPoint for Zoom — Highlight Key Points & Keep Viewers Engaged

Tuesday 6/15/21 / 9:00am - 12:00pm
Quickbooks Desktop for Beginners

Tuesday 6/15/21 / 9:30am - 11:30am
Business Legal Primer

Tuesday 6/15/21 / 10:00am - 11:00am
Ascent: For Women Entrepreneurs & Business Owners

Wednesday 6/16/21 / 11:00am - 12:00pm
Your Business Plan: Soup to Nuts

Wednesday 6/16/21 / 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Basics of Business Contracts

Wednesdays starting 6/16/21 / 6:30pm - 8:30pm
What is the Business Worth?

Wednesday 6/16/21 / 12:00pm - 2:30pm
Business Planning - The Simpler Way

Details Coming Soon...

Virtual Cafe

Thursday 6/17/21 / 11:00am - 12:00pm
Plan de negocios: de la A a la Z

Thursday 6/17/21 / 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Digital Skills for Everyday Tasks

Thursday 6/17/21 / 12:00pm - 1:30pm
How to Boss Up and Stand out with Confidence

Thursday 6/17/21 / 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Your Path to Growth in Life Sciences: Leveraging Resources & Avoiding Pitfalls

Monday 6/21/21 / 2:00pm - 3:30pm
The Effective Elevator Pitch

Monday 6/21/21 / 3:00pm - 4:00pm
The Secret Sauce: Content Development for Restaurants and Caterers

Tuesday 6/22/21 / 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Legal Considerations for New Business Owners

Wednesday 6/23/21 / 12:00pm - 2:30pm
Cash Flow Management for Small Businesses

6/23 Pasos para empezar su negocio


Si usted está pensando en ser dueña de un negocio o se encuentran en las primeras etapas de iniciar uno, entonces este taller es para usted.

Registrese para que:

  • Desarrolle sus ideas de negocio y la planificación del mismo.
  • Importancia de un Plan de Negocios
  • Entendimiento del proceso y requerimientos para empezar un negocio, incluyendo: Su estructura legal.
  • Cómo escoger y registrar el nombre de su negocio o entidad.
  • Aprender cómo obtener un número de identificación patronal, licencias, permisos y seguros.
  • Entender sus responsabilidades como empleador
  • Determinar sus necesidades financieras

Al final de este taller usted tendrá una visión general de la A la Z, herramientas y consejos específicos que le ayudarán a empezar rápidamente.

Se enviará un enlace para acceder al seminario web a los participantes por correo electrónico después de completar el registro.

La información proporcionada en este taller es solo para fines informativos y no debe interpretarse como asesoramiento legal sobre ningún tema. No debe actuar o dejar de actuar sobre la base de cualquier contenido incluido en este taller sin buscar asesoramiento legal o ayuda de un profesional.


Thursday 6/24/21 / 12:00pm - 1:30pm
The Secret to Being Powerfully Productive

Thursday 6/24/21 / 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Start Your Own Business

International Small Business Day, June 27, 2021


Monday 6/28/21 / 11:00am - 1:00pm
Business Plan Basics

Monday 6/28/21 / 3:00pm - 4:00pm
The Secret Sauce: Graphic Design and Video Creation for Restaurants and Caterers

Tuesday 6/29/21 / 11:00am - 1:00pm
Explore Small Business Administration Resources

Tuesday 6/29/21 / 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Sustaining Entrepreneurial Success with Optimism, Resilience, and Grit

Tuesday 6/29/21 / 5:30pm - 7:00pm
Your Story is Your Voice: A Storytelling Workshop for Professionals and Entrepreneurs

Wednesday 6/30/21 / 5:00pm - 6:30pm
Recursos para inventores y empresarios de la oficina del U.S. Patent & Trademark


Coast to Coast

Small Business Opportunities with the Federal Government

Government  Contracting Programs, visit

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

Government Contracting Events

Thursday  6/17/21 / 8:30am - 10:00am
How to do Business with the Federal Government as a Small Business

Tuesday  6/22/21 / 8:30am - 10:00am
Become Woman Owned Certified with the SBA 

Thursday  6/24/21 / 8:30am - 10:00am
Federal Government Contracting 8(a) Program Webinar

Wednesday  6/30/21 / 10:00am - 11:00am
Demystify State and Federal Certifications for Small Business Informational Session


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 schedule below is provided by Gabriel Enterprises Consulting Group.  For more information and to register, please see the flyer:

Overview and LIVE Webcast Schedule CLICK HERE

*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.

Date | Time (ET)


Target Cohort*

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


Training schedule below 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


News Release: SBA Launches 6th Annual Growth Accelerator Fund Competition, Debuts SBIR Catalyst to Award over $5 Million in Prizes

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Small Business Administration announced its 6th Annual Growth Accelerator Fund Competition (GAFC) with the addition of a new component aimed at spurring investment in underrepresented communities within the innovation economy at scale. The 2021 Growth Accelerator Fund Competition and Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Catalyst programs will recognize the nation’s most innovative organizations with inclusive approaches towards supporting entrepreneurs in research and development (R&D). New to this year’s competition, two tracks will run totaling over $5 million in cash prizes.

“The Growth Accelerator and SBIR Catalyst programs are important parts of our efforts to support high-tech, deep-tech startups, by developing a network that targets the unique needs of pre-revenue, R&D-focused businesses,” said SBA Administrator Isabella Casillas Guzman.  “We are committed to equity and will award prizes to organizations that are finding ways to inclusively support underserved entrepreneurs -- including women, people of color, and individuals living in underrepresented geographic regions -- so that they can participate, contribute, and benefit from the U.S. innovation ecosystem.”

Track 1-The Growth Accelerator Fund Competition (GAFC): Prizes of $50,000 will be awarded to accelerators, incubators, and related entrepreneur programs proposing impactful assistance to STEM (Science Technology Engineering Math)/R&D entrepreneurs. This year, the competition will award an estimated 84 prizes to successful applicants who focus their proposed efforts on assisting the following groups: women entrepreneurs, minority entrepreneurs, entrepreneurs building technologies to address key policy issues such as clean energy and supply chain resilience, or an underserved target group identified by the applicant (i.e., rural, veterans, individuals with disabilities, etc.).

Track 2- SBIR Catalyst: For the first time, seven additional prizes of $150,000 will be awarded through SBIR Catalyst to scale collaborative partnerships and build regional collaborations in support of SBIR/STTR (Small Business Technology Transfer) applicants and awardees, fulfilling SBA’s mission of addressing gaps in access to the innovation economy for communities of color, women entrepreneurs, and rural communities.

For both tracks, applicants must submit a brief 12-slide presentation addressing the relevant elements of their track and a video narrative of no more than 90 seconds. Panels of expert judges from the private and public sector with experience in early stage investment, entrepreneurship, academia, startups and economic development will review proposals.

Competition rules, requirements and additional information can be found at

Submission period: May 26, 2021 4:00 PM EDT to June 25, 2021 4:00 PM EDT 

Winners to Be Announced: August 2021

About the SBIR and STTR Programs

The SBIR/STTR programs represent the nation’s largest source of early stage research and development funding for small businesses. SBA coordinates the programs, collaborating with 11 federal agencies, who collectively supported more than $4 billion a year in federal research and development funding.


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


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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