Today 9/14 @ 5PM: Pathways to Entrepreneurship: A Fireside Chat with Administrator Guzman & Jennifer Lopez

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New England Regional Office  - September 14, 2021

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Today @ 5:05 PM ET - Pathways to Entrepreneurship: A Fireside Chat with Administrator Guzman & Jennifer Lopez

Today is day 2 of SBA's National Small Business Week Virtual Summit.  At 5:05PM ET, Jennifer Lopez will join SBA Administrator Isabella Casillas Guzman in “Pathways to Entrepreneurship: A Fireside Chat,” moderated by Maria Teresa Kumar, MSNBC contributor, to discuss entrepreneurship and engagement in this new economy.

“I’m excited that Jennifer Lopez is joining us to headline National Small Business Week to discuss her journey as a successful entrepreneur and share her thoughts about how we can help small businesses continue to power our nation’s economy,” said SBA Administrator Isabella Casillas Guzman. “As we celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month, we recognize that Latinx entrepreneurs are starting businesses at incredible rates and celebrate the diversity in our economy.  SBA is committed to ensuring all entrepreneurs have access to the capital, markets, and networks that they need to launch and grow. We are honored that Ms. Lopez is sharing her insights and shining a light on entrepreneurship to inspire the next generation of aspiring entrepreneurs to pursue their dreams of business ownership. With our small businesses leading the way, we can build our economy back better.”

In the Fireside Chat, SBA Administrator Guzman and Ms. Lopez will discuss pathways to entrepreneurship and the SBA’s initiatives and plans to support our small businesses impacted by COVID and new startups seeking to launch.

Biography for Jennifer Lopez, Entrepreneur, Investor, and Entertainer: 

Jennifer Lopez is an award-winning actress, producer, singer, entertainer, and businesswoman who has helped to build billion-dollar brands and has established herself in film, music, television, and business as one of the most influential artists in history.  As a fashion icon, entrepreneur, and philanthropist, Jennifer Lopez has been named to the TIME 100 list, Forbes' "Most Powerful Celebrity," and was the first to grace People Magazine’s cover for "Most Beautiful Woman in the World.” With a career spanning over two decades at the top of every field, Jennifer Lopez is cemented in history as a global icon and the ultimate multihyphenate. 


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Throwback Brewery: Surviving & Thriving with Help from SBA

New Hampshire-based Throwback Brewery is a featured video success story at the NSBW Virtual Summit along with nine other small businesses from across the country.

In 2011, Annette Lee and Nicole Carrier opened a brewery in a small New Hampshire warehouse. They had a vision of creating a place where they could brew great beer and bring people together. In 2015, with the help of Enterprise Bank, Granite State Development Corp. and SBA backed loans, they purchased, renovated, and repurposed a 5,000 square-foot 1860s sheep barn located on a 12-acre farm near the Seacoast. This expansion increased their brewing capacity from 3-barrels to an impressive 15-barrel system. Later, Nicole and Annette established a full-scale kitchen, and a 5-acre farm with vegetables, for customers to enjoy in their new farm-to-table restaurant.

The pandemic affected Nicole and Annette’s business dramatically. When Covid first hit, they transitioned to 100% takeout pivoting from the normal 5% while implementing an online ordering system. As all restaurants transitioned and were allowed to open outside, Throwback moved to a table service model with a hostess and an online reservation system.  

Nicole Carrier explained, “The programs and grants offered by the SBA to small businesses during the pandemic served as a lifeline for our restaurant, farm, and brewery. We are incredibly thankful for the support, which allowed us to keep our top-notch team employed and engaged, while affording us the flexibility to find creative ways to make it through the tough times.”

 Watch Throwback Brewery Video Success Story