SBA July Calendar l Resources for National Guard and Reserve Members

Massachusetts District Office - July 2021

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July Education Calendar


As a member of the National Guard or Reserve, you’re well-equipped to tackle any obstacle – like natural disasters, domestic emergencies, and more – at a moment’s notice. The tenacity, flexibility, and other transferable skills you’ve gained through serving your community and country make you well-positioned to see success as a small business owner.

Now’s the time to bring that business idea to life. Whether you’re interested in selling your own products, providing some type of specialty service, or anything in between – the SBA can help you get there. Learn more about the SBA resources available to help you along the way.

Small Business Education and Training
All successful missions begin with one critical component: training. Plus, the best place to start when diving into entrepreneurship is with the fundamentals. National Guard and Reserve members have access to a number of specialized resources through the SBA that can help you decide whether small business ownership is right for you.

Boots to Business (B2B) Reboot is a great way to introduce yourself to all things business. Are you wondering how to develop a business plan? Or maybe you’re hoping to get more insight on the legal, financial, and technical sides to business. B2B Reboot is a free course taught by skilled advisors who can help you navigate ins-and-outs of entrepreneurship. Plus, there are classes available all over the country, so it’s easy to find one right in your local community.

Local Community Support
Now that you’re ready to begin your small business journey, you’ll need to assemble a team. The SBA has a number of national resource partners that are ready and willing to join your entrepreneurial network. For example, Veterans Business Outreach Centers serve as one-stop shops for all of your veteran-owned small business needs including entrepreneurial training, counseling, and resource partner referrals. You can also find tailored business mentorship and support at your local SBA District Office, Small Business Development Center, Women’s Business Center, or SCORE chapter. In other words, you have a support system out there – and you don’t have to go it alone.

Disaster Assistance Resources
The National Guard and Reserves are uniquely important elements of the U.S. military, and as such, the SBA understands that duty may call at any given time. As an agency, the SBA prides itself in providing resources to help you keep your small business running in the event you or an employee gets called-up to active duty in your role as a military reservist.

Thanks to the Military Reservist Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program (MREIDL), certain small businesses may be eligible for funding to meet ordinary and necessary operating expenses that could have been met in the event an essential employee is deployed. The maximum MREIDL loan amount is $2 million, and the amount of each loan is limited to the actual economic injury as calculated by the SBA.

To learn more about the resources available to the National Guard and Reserve small business community, visit

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

UPCOMING Virtual Events

Thursday 7/15/21 / 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Social Media Made Simple

Thursday 7/15/21 / 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Is Entrepreneurship Right For You?

Thursday 7/15/21 / 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Steps to Start a Business

Friday 7/16/21 / 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Is Your Desk Job Killing Your Golf Score?

Monday 7/19/21 / 2:00pm - 3:00pm
The Effective Elevator Pitch

Monday 7/19/21 / 3:00pm - 4:00pm
The Secret Sauce: Instagram Business for Restaurants and Caterers

Tuesday 7/20/21 / 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Crisis Communication: Protecting Your Brand Post-COVID

Tuesday 7/20/21 / 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Start Your Own Business

Wednesday 7/21/21 / 10:00am - 12:00pm
Accounting 101

Thursday 7/22/21 / 9:00am - 10:30am
Get Started-Doing Business with the Federal Government

Thursday 7/22/21 / 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Business Plan Basics

Wednesday 7/28/21 / 6:00pm - 8:00pm
10-Week Business Planning Program [Wednesdays July 28 - September 29]

Thursday 7/29/21 / 9:00am - 10:30am
SBA 8(a) Business Development Program for Contracting Webinar

Thursday 7/29/21 / 10:00am - 11:00am
Starting and Growing a Business - The SBA Advantage

Wednesday 7/28/21 / 11:00am - 12:00pm
MA SBA Virtual Café: July

Virtual Cafe

Government Contracting and Business Development


The U.S. Small Business Administration is offering free webinars brought to you by SBA’s Office of Business Development through the 7(j) Management and Technical Assistance Program’s 7(j) provider, Catalyst Center for Business and Entrepreneurship. 

Please view the table of training offerings below and note that registration is required.  The registration links for each course are listed next to each workshop offered.  Participants can join from a variety of devices, including desktop or laptop (PC, Mac and Linux), smartphone and tablet (iOS and Android).  This makes it easy for busy small business executives to join the training from virtually anywhere without installing additional software.   The training is free for all eligible small businesses Nationwide.


The Catalyst Center for Business & Entrepreneurship

7(j) Technical and Management Assistance Provider 

SBA Cooperative Agreement contract # SBAGC7J200005-01-00

Workshop Name


**All times are 3:00 to 5:00 pm CST unless noted

Workshop Leader

Registration Link


The SBA Small Business Affiliation Rules for Government Contractors


Koprince Law - Steven Koprince 

The SBA Small Business Affiliation Rules for Government Contractors (

Small Business Certifications 


Catalyst Team

Leigh Christian, Tracy Junkins, Holly Brockman, and Davian Talley

Small Business Certifications (

Fearlessly Hit Send – writing to win 


Writing is Easy - Juliet Fletcher 

Fearlessly Hit Send – writing to win (

Turn Contacts into Contracts before SMD Symposium Aug 10-12 


Teledyne Brown - Debbie Batson, Catalyst - Kevin Hoey 

Turn Contacts into Contracts (



Cepeda Systems


Project Management Framework and Certification - Project Management Institute


NASA Project Manager - David Truitt 

Project Management Framework and Certification - Project Management Institute (

 For questions:  Email Leigh Christian at or Tracy Junkins at

Success Stories by Center for Women & Enterprise


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

Elms Café & Catering, North Grafton

Located inside a veterinary school, the café’s core customer base is made up of vet school students and faculty/staff, and they took a devastating hit when the school closed for in-person learning (most of the students have still not returned, and many faculty/staff are still working from home).

Despite their struggles, owners Denise Kapulka-Carigilia and John Mauro gave selflessly back to the community, donating food to the North Grafton fire department and supporting ataxia (impaired coordination due to neurological damage) research – John and his wife even traveled to Nashville to participate in a 26.5 mile walk for the cause, and the café donated t-shirts to all the walkers who participated.

The café received two rounds of PPP funding, which enabled them to pay their staff, hold on to their lease, and set up their POS system to offer online ordering for no-contact service. Denise and John were then able to focus on pivoting and alternate revenue streams, including delivery service and a new location at a golf course, since (in Denise’s words) “golf courses are one of the few places that don’t seem to be hurt by the pandemic.” Denise has benefitted from CWE’s extensive educational programming and is hoping to take advantage of our many other services in the future.


Livia’s Dish and Altea’s Eatery, Worcester

Oriola was born and raised in Albania and moved to Worcester with her parents when she was eighteen years old. She went from struggling with English and culture shock to ultimately earning her master’s degree from Clark University. Oriola was drawn to the hospitality industry while working at restaurants during her college days. She opened Liva’s Dish with her husband in 2012  -- the restaurant introduced the seven-day-a-week brunch concept to Worcester and became a Worcester landmark.

Four years later, Oriola and huer husband opened Altea’s Eatery,  the home of “familiar daytime comfort chow.” The restaurants are named after the couple’s two daughters. In 2016, Oriola was selected as one of " 40 under 40" successful individuals by Worcester Business Journal.  

The pandemic hit their bottom line hard, but thanks to two rounds of PPP funding, they were able to not only survive, but thrive. As Oriola says, “Running two successful restaurants is not an easy task by any means. My daughters have watched me juggle three tasks at once and correct their homework, too. This past year has been one of the toughest of our lives for sure, but even at our lowest point, they watched my husband and I adjust and work towards a solution instead of giving up. My love for them goes beyond words, and I know that they have learned so much by watching us build these businesses.”

Oriola and her husband have also given back to the community during COVID through food drives at the local Albanian church. Oriola is working with CWE on marketing strategies for the restaurants.

Cybersecurity Training



The flyer above AND LINKED HERE describes a sixteen (16) one-hour training modules conducted by Synergy Solutions that break down cybersecurity elements and concepts into easily understandable topical lessons which 7j eligible small businesses can apply immediately to their business practices.  

All web-based courses are FREE and available via Synergy’s secure Learning Management System (  Class size is limited to optimize the interactive online sessions that are taught by Federal and industry subject matter experts and students are encouraged to actively participate.   

After 7(j) participants complete all ten (10) Introductory Cybersecurity modules, they are given 30-days access to a secure and confidential Cybersecurity Assessment and Risk Tool.  A synopsis of each training module and the Cybersecurity Assessment and Risk Tool are provided in the attached flyer.

Any questions, please reach out to

News Release: SBA Hosts National SBIR Week to Connect Technology Innovators & Entrepreneurs with Research Funding

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Small Business Administration will host 2021 National SBIR Week on July 19 through July 23 for small business innovators.  The virtual event will connect entrepreneurs working on advanced technology to the country’s largest source of early-stage funding – the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs.  The SBA Administrator Isabella Casillas Guzman will provide welcome remarks on July 19.

“The $4 billion in federal non-dilutive funding offered through SBA’s SBIR/STTR programs is often a critical milestone in moving an entrepreneur’s research idea from concept to commercial product/services. This national conference will enable entrepreneurs across the country to engage virtually with the federal program managers that oversee more than 7,000 awards annually,” said John Williams, Director of Innovation and Technology. “SBA is committed to making sure innovators – particularly women, minorities, and those located in states with less access to federal or private funding to advance their ideas – are aware of the SBIR and STTR programs and gain a higher percentage of that funding moving forward.”

The SBA is committed to building an inclusive innovation ecosystem to ensure that entrepreneurs from historically underrepresented communities can fully participate in next- generation research and development. SBIR Week will feature complimentary events from organizations involved in supporting entrepreneurs across the country including, the Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) and the Federal Laboratory Consortium for Technology Transfer (FLC).

The MBDA InVision Tour will take place on July 21.  The InVision Tour is designed to empower minority entrepreneurs to bring new technologies to the commercial marketplace. Throughout the entire week, program managers from the participating federal agencies will conduct virtual one-on-one meetings with small businesses, take part in live targeted panels, discuss technology areas, and share insights into how the agencies make funding decisions.

Small technology firms, innovators, scientists, or researchers seeking more information, including the event schedule and participating agencies, should visit  

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, that 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.


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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


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.