SBA September Calendar l National Preparedness Month

Massachusetts District Office - September 2021

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September Education Calendar

Disasters don't plan ahead, but you can. Protect your business today.

This past year has introduced a unique set of challenges for the veteran small business community – from COVID-19 to wildfires and hurricanes. Veterans are trained to overcome hardships and adapt to obstacles but sometimes events happen that are out of your control. That’s when it’s critical to turn to your network to help you prepare for and rebuild after a disaster.

September is National Preparedness Month, and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is here to help your small business remain resilient and recover amid any disaster. Whether it’s a once-in-a-lifetime pandemic, a natural disaster, economic setback or a cyber-attack, the SBA has resources to help educate and prepare veteran-owned small business owners for whatever they may face. Let's explore some options for disaster mitigation and recovery.

Preparing for Emergencies
Disasters can strike at any time and assessing your business’ risk can help you avoid future challenges. Review the following steps to ensure your small business is set up for success when it comes to disasters:

  • Assess Your Risk: Conduct a business assessment to know where your business’s vulnerabilities lie.
  • Create a Plan: Begin your roadmap to recovery by reviewing resources like the IRS guide to disaster preparedness and the FEMA emergency preparedness checklist.
  • Execute Your Plan: Review your plan with your staff and access business counseling so you’re prepared before a disaster occurs.

To learn more, check out the Preparing for Emergencies Guide

Local Resources
If you’re not sure how to assess your business risk or create a disaster plan, connect with a local SBA office or resource partner for assistance. The SBA’s extensive network is located throughout the United States and can advise you on disaster management practices. Veterans Business Outreach Centers (VBOC), Women’s Business Centers (WBC), Small Business Development Centers (SBDC), and SCORE are available in your local community to provide you with access to workshops, business planning feedback, counseling, and mentorship opportunities. These centers can understand the unique risks your business may face based on the location of your small business.

Find your local VBOC, WBC, SBDC or SCORE chapter here.


Disaster Assistance Loan Programs
The SBA provides a variety of loan options to assist small businesses when disasters strike. The SBA is here to support you with the following options:

  • Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL): In the event a disaster causes substantial damage to your personal home or property, you can apply for an EIDL to help cover the costs.
  • Military Reservist Economic Injury Disaster Loan (MRIEDL): If one of your essential employees is a Reserve or National Guard member and is called to active duty, the MRIEDL covers operating expenses due to their service.
  • Mitigation Assistance Loans: To mitigate the cost associated with disasters, mitigation assistance loans help to defray the cost of physical damage in the future.
  • Physical Property Damage Loans: If you own a business located in a declared disaster area that has experienced damage, you may be eligible for financial assistance from the SBA. Businesses of any size and most private non-profit organizations may apply for a loan to recover after a disaster.

Learn more about the loan options available to you at

Disasters are unpredictable and often unavoidable. This National Preparedness Month, make sure to safeguard your veteran-owned small business from future disasters. The SBA is here to help support your business to mitigate and recover from any disaster you may face. For more information and resources, visit  

This blog was originally written by the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Office of Veterans Business Development.

UPCOMING Virtual Events

9/9 SBA Grants for Global Expansion

Image for International Trade: Map of the world with lines connecting other countries, indicating trade and exporting

Thursday 9/9/21 / 2:00pm - 3:00pm


Please join the U.S. Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Office of International Trade for a 20-minute discussion on our State Trade Expansion Program (STEP) grant with a fellow small business that has utilized STEP to support global expansion.

An opportunity for Q & A will be provided after the session for anyone that would like to stay on a little longer.

SBA is utilizing a new technology to facilitate this conversation. The telephone number you have previously provided to SBA will be called to invite SBA-affiliated companies to participate live.

To receive a weblink or call-in number to participate, please register and we will send you that information prior to the event.

We hope you will join us and discover how a STEP grant can take your business global.

Thursday 9/2/21 / 11:00am - 12:00pm
Ready or Not: Trying to Survive a Pandemic

Wednesday 9/8/21 / 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Clubhouse: The Hottest New Social Media App

Thursday 9/9/21 / 10:00am - 11:00am
Franchising 101-Small Business Ownership

Thursday 9/9/21 / 12:00pm - 2:00pm
SCORE Cape Cod & Islands New Office Open House

Thursday 9/9/21 / 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Finance Without Fear Roundtable - CWE Eastern MA

Thursday 9/9/21 / 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Is Entrepreneurship Right For You?

Thursday 9/9/21 / 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Basics of Business Contracts

Monday 9/13/21 / 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Basics of Starting Your Business

Tuesday 9/14/21 / 10:00am - 11:00am
The Digital Side of Starting a Business

Tuesday 9/14/21 / 12:00pm - 1:00pm
How to Grow your Business Faster with Digital Marketing

Tuesday 9/14/21 / 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Steps to Start a Business

Tuesday 9/14/21 / 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Build Your B.A.I.L. Team

Tuesday 9/14/21 / 5:00am - 7:00pm
Legal Considerations for New Business Owners

Wednesday 9/15/21 / 10:00pm - 11:00am
Excel Tips and Tricks - Put Excel Magic to Work for You

Thursday 9/16/21 / 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Multiply Your Small Business Success with Public Speaking even online

Friday 9/17/21 / 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Financing Export Sales: Resources for Massachusetts Businesses

9/18 Calling All Service Members, Veterans and Military Spouses!

boots to business reboot

Saturday, September 18th / 9:00am - 4:00pm


Boots to Business Reboot is an entrepreneurial education and training program offered by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). The course provides an overview of entrepreneurship and applicable business ownership fundamentals.

Veterans of all eras, Active Duty Service members (including National Guard and Reserve), and spouses are eligible to participate. During Reboot, participants are introduced to the skills, knowledge, and resources they need to launch a business, including steps for developing business concepts, how to develop a business plan, and information on SBA resources available to help. The program is facilitated by subject matter experts from the SBA and their extensive network of skilled business advisors. Participants that complete an in-person B2B Reboot course can elect to further their study through one of many B2B online courses, offered at no cost to Service members, Veterans and military spouses.

Monday 9/20/21 / 2:00pm - 3:00pm
The Effective Elevator Pitch

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

Tuesday 9/21/21 / 10:00am - 11:30am
Kickstart Your Social Media Blueprint with TikTok and IG Reels

Wednesday 9/22/21 / 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Crowdfunding: Everything You Need to Know!

Wednesday 9/22/21 / 12:30pm - 2:30pm
Steps to Start a Business

Tuesday 9/28/21 / 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Business Plan Basics

Wednesday 9/29/21 / 12:00pm - 1:00pm
B2G Matchmaker Preparation

Thursday 9/30/21 / 12:00pm - 1:00pm  ($25)
2021 Major Changes to the Export Administration Regulations

9/28 Learn to Trade Series: Standards and Complying with Foreign Regulations



Tuesday, September 28th / 2:00pm - 3:00pm


Join SBA’s Office of International Trade for this 45-minute session which will provide an overview of the fundamentals of complying with regulations, the role of international standards, and where to find additional support and resources, when selling internationally. We will be joined by experts from the International Trade Administration’s Office of Standards and Intellectual Property. The session will cover:

• How you can find out about foreign regulations, including testing and certification requirements, that your product has to meet in foreign markets?

• The standards your product can use to meet regulatory requirements.

• What international agreements exist to help you learn about foreign regulations?

• What support is available if you feel you are facing discriminatory foreign regulations?

• USG resources to help small business exporters and manufacturers.

News Release: SBA Announces Moratorium on Bona Fide Place of Business Requirements for the 8(a) Business Development Program

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Small Business Administration today announced a moratorium on the requirement that participants in SBA’s 8(a) Business Development Program must establish a bona fide place of business in a specific geographic area in order to be awarded any construction contract through the 8(a) Program due to the ongoing challenges of COVID-19.  The moratorium is effective August 25, 2021, and applies to all 8(a) construction contracts offered to the 8(a) Program between August 25, 2021, and September 30, 2022.

“The SBA is committed to finding innovative ways to assist small businesses, particularly small disadvantaged businesses that have been historically underserved,” said Bibi Hidalgo, Associate Administrator for SBA’s Office of Government Contracting and Business Development. “This change to the SBA’s 8(a) program -- our flagship contracting program born out of the Civil Rights movement -- will help small businesses continue to drive our economic recovery and position themselves at the forefront of our nation’s reimagined economy.”

During the moratorium, any 8(a) Program participant seeking an 8(a) construction contract (either on a sole source or competitive basis) will not be required to have or establish a bona fide place of business in any specific geographic location.

For purposes of 8(a) construction procurements, a bona fide place of business means a location where a participant regularly maintains an office that employs at least one full-time individual within the appropriate geographical boundary. The term does not include construction trailers or other temporary construction sites.

The SBA believes this modification to the 8(a) Program will make it easier for small disadvantaged businesses to be eligible to be awarded 8(a) construction contracts.

Firms participating in the 8(a) Program can email questions to their local servicing District Office or visit: 8(a) Business Development Program.

Government Contracting and Business Development

Thursday  9/16/21 / 9:00am - 10:30am
Doing Business with the Federal Government

Thursday  9/23/21 / 9:00am - 10:30am
SBA 8(a) Business Development Eligibility Session

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Friday, October 15th, 2021 / 8AM - 4PM EST

Government Contracting Matchmaker

9/29 B2G Matchmaker Preparation

Wednesday, September 29th / 12:00pm - 1:00pm


Join us to gain an understanding of how to prepare for a successful experience at a small business government procurement matchmaker and "wow" the buyers you will virtually meet! Learn tips and strategies to assist in preparing for this unique marketing outreach event. Whether you attend an in-person or virtual event, you need to show that you are ready for government business either directly or as a subcontractor. 

The webinar will briefly cover:  

  • Market Research
  • Preparing Materials
  • Matchmaker Etiquette
  • Presentation Pitch
  • Follow-up    

The speaker will be Sandra Ledbetter, government sales advisor with the MSBDC Government Sales Advisory Program.


Training is provided by Stover & Associates, Inc.

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.

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The U.S. Small Business Administration is offering the Federal Market Acceleration Program (FedMap™) brought to you by SBA’s Office of Business Development through the 7(j) Management and Technical Assistance Program’s 7(j) provider, Coley & Associates.

FedMap is a three-month training program led by a government business development expert that guides companies in the pursuit of a real opportunity with the goal of winning it. The FedMap Growth Program includes these key parts: Training, Coaching, Team Building, Peer support, and real-life pursuit of a contract opportunity. THIS PROGRAM IS COMPLETELY VIRTUAL!

The Federal Market Acceleration Platform (FedMap™) model delivers a holistic approach to helping small businesses quickly gain traction and sustain success as a government contractor. Our FedMap™ model includes the following elements:

  • Peer Advisory Groups
  • Coach guided implementation of lessons learned
  • Online WBT to provide foundations of understanding
  • Virtual Live Group and Coaching meetings
  • Knowledgebase for quick refreshes of knowledge
  • Templates, how-to guides, and case-studies for helping companies implement new knowledge
  • Real-life pursuit of opportunities
    • Capture Planning workbook
    • Templates
  • Online Community support that leverages the knowledge and experience of other small businesses

How is FedMap Different?

Training topics in government contracting do not work nearly as well if they are presented alone without implementation support provided by peers and advisors.

As a FedMap Member, you will be a part of a coach-led cohort of your peers, you will identify a real opportunity and go through the entire process of developing and executing a capture strategy that significantly improves your chances of winning the contract with a targeted agency. You will also meet one-on-one with a coach each month to guide you towards your contract win. Finally, you will have access to the FedMap Growth Platform that includes a Networking Community, Tools & Templates, Supplemental Training, and our online Target software that helps you find new, winnable opportunities to pursue. 

FedMap is not a one topic course training.  The time commitment is three months.


Committed to Win?

Are you ready to commit yourself to three months to get a full understanding on learning how the government works, how to target agencies that buy what you sell, how to make yourself more competitive? This commitment also means that you will commit your time and effort toward your success and support of your peers.

If so, apply now at  We are accepting applications for cohorts starting in Fiscal Year 2022 (subject to the availability of funds).  This program has been very popular.  Applicants will be assigned in order of eligibility and availability.  Please view the attached marketing flyer as you must apply to be considered for the FedMap Program. Please contact the FedMap Team at 210-834-1503 or at for assistance with the application.  This training program is for eligible small businesses nationwide.


Govology Webinars

Use the code MA2021 to register for FREE

Connecting Your Business to the Commonwealth of MA
Date: September 9, 2021 Time: 10:00 a.m. EDT
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Region 1 OSDBU GSA Schedules Program - What You Need to Know
Date: September 16, 2021 Time: 10:00 a.m. EDT
Instructor: Deborah Tarleton (617) 459-6312
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Region 1 OSDBU Small Business Capabilities Briefing/Matchmaker
Date: September 16, 2021 Time: 1:00 p.m. EDT
Instructor: Deborah Tarleton (617) 459-6312
Click Here to Learn More

Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) Land and Maritime-Training, Knowledge and Opportunities (TKO)
Date: September 28, 2021 Time: 2:00 p.m. EDT
Instructors: DLA Land and Maritime Columbus, OH (800) 262-3272
Click Here to Learn More

For more details, visit Massachusetts PTAC Training Events

News Release: SBA Opens Supplemental Grant Applications for Shuttered Venue Operators Grant Awardees

Awards Expected to Begin Going out within Two Weeks

Today, the U.S. Small Business Administration announced it will begin sending invitations for supplemental awards for the Shuttered Venue Operators Grant program. Per the Economic Aid to Hard-Hit Small Businesses, Non-profits and Venues Act, SVOG supplemental awards are to be provided to those who received an initial grant and have illustrated a 70% loss when comparing 2021’s first-quarter revenues to the same in 2019. Thus far, approximately $9 billion has been awarded in initial SVOGs to more than 11,500 venues, providing a critical lifeline for theaters, live venue spaces, and other entertainment and cultural hubs as they recover from the pandemic, re-open in many communities across the nation and continue contributing to local economies.

 “The SBA has awarded approximately $9 billion in crucial relief to approximately 11,500 performing arts venues and other related businesses so they can continue to anchor our neighborhoods and define our communities. We know many of these businesses still need assistance to fully recover from the unanticipated expenses and debt caused by the pandemic,” SBA Shuttered Venue Operators Grant Program Director Matthew Stevens said. “These supplemental grants will go to the hardest-hit Shuttered Venue Operators Grant awardees to ensure they can get back on their feet and get back to the business of driving our nation’s economy.”

Supplemental award applicants can choose to apply for any amount up to 50% of their original SVOG amount, with a $10 million cap of the initial and supplemental awards combined, according to the law. The supplemental awards also allow SVOG recipients to extend the time to use their grant funds for expenses accrued through June 30, 2022 and lengthen their budget period to 18 months from the initial grant’s disbursement date.  SVOG is one of the many programs that the SBA has facilitated during the pandemic that has provided more than $1 trillion in relief for America’s communities.

​If sufficient funding is not available for all eligible entities to receive a supplemental award, priority will be given to applicants who have illustrated the greatest revenue loss in the first quarter of 2021 compared to the first quarter in 2019.

One such venue that the SVOG program was instrumental in saving is Tygart Valley Cinemas, which opened in 1979 and has been in the Carunchia family for two generations, with husband-wife duo Michael and Melissa now operating it. Marion County is very important to the family; the business employs nearly 20 residents and is dedicated to keeping ticket prices reasonable as they know the entire community has suffered during this crisis.

 “If we had not received the grant, we would probably still be riding out the storm as we speak,” stated Co-Owner and Operator of Tygart Valley Cinemas, a theater in Fairmont, WV, Melissa Carunchia. “The stress of running a small business during COVID is very hard and life-consuming. We are grateful that we were awarded the grant and are confident it will get us through this difficult time.”

Carunchia continued, “Because of the grant, as business picks back up, we do not have to worry about buying the supplies we need or the cost of utilities. The main thing we have is peace of mind knowing that going forward we have a safety net.”

 For additional information on SBA’s Economic Relief programs, visit COVID-19 relief options. Further, SBA’s resource partners, including SCORE Mentors, Small Business Development Centers, Women’s Business Centers, and Veterans Business Outreach Centers, are available to provide entities with individual guidance on their applications. Applicants can find a local resource partner via a zip code search at For weekly SVOG funding data reports, visit  

Shuttered Venue Operators Grant background 
The SVOG program was appropriated more than $16.2 billion for grants via the Economic Aid to Hard-Hit Small Businesses, Nonprofits and Venues Act, and the American Rescue Plan Act. Of these funds, at least $2 billion is reserved for eligible SVOG applications with up to 50 full-time employees. Eligible applicants may qualify for grants equal to 45% of their gross earned revenue up to a maximum amount of $10 million for a single grant.   

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

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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...

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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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