October Newsletter l 10/14 Fireside Chat with Administrator Guzman

Massachusetts District Office -October 2021

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October Newsletter


Media Advisory: U.S. Small Business Administration Celebrates National Hispanic Heritage Month with Virtual Event Featuring Administrator Guzman

A special fireside chat with Administrator Guzman and other SBA leadership will kick off the two-part event, followed by a virtual panel discussion with entrepreneurs about SBA’s economic relief programs

Release Date: October 7, 2021
Release Number: MA21-25                       

WHAT:  SBA Celebrates National Hispanic Heritage Month:
Testimonies of Excellence & Pride (Excelencia y Orgullo)

The U.S. Small Business Administration will hold a virtual fireside chat to discuss entrepreneurship in the Hispanic community with SBA Administrator Isabella Casillas Guzman, Associate Administrator of the Office of Entrepreneurial Development, Mark Madrid, and Bibi Hidalgo, Associate Administrator of the Office of Government Contracting and Business Development. The fireside chat will be followed by a live online panel discussion with Hispanic small business owners about how they’ve used critical financial lifelines to help them pivot and overcome adversity during the pandemic.  

WHEN:    Thursday, October 14, 2021  / 12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. (EDT) 


  • Isabella Casillas Guzman, SBA Administrator  
  • Mark Madrid, Associate Administrator
    SBA’s Office of Entrepreneurial Development  
  • Bibi Hidalgo, Associate Administrator
    SBA’s Office of Government Contracting and Business Development  
  • Ryan Bethencourt, CEO, Wild Earth, Las Vegas, NV 
  • Teresa Razo, CEO and Owner, Cambalache and Villa Roma Argentine and Italian Restaurants, Fountain Valley, CA 

HOW:       Registration is required. Click here to register or visit  


This event will be recorded

SVOG Spotlight: Scamps Comedy Productions, Inc.


Dave Rattigan started Scamps Comedy Productions, Inc. over 15 years ago as a small business he could run out of his home.

He produced shows and contracted talent for events; the business also provided lights, sound, staging, and marketing services for partners.   Over the course of a year, Scamps Comedy would contract with roughly 80 freelancers, mostly comedians to put on shows at theaters and for charity events – with the goal to make you laugh!

As March was always a busy time of year, Rattigan remembered the pre-pandemic weekend of 2020 when he worked two great shows on Friday and Saturday.  

“The crowd for the first show was more than 300 and the crowd for the second 170, both sellouts,” recalls Dave.  “The next weekend, four of my five shows were cancelled and the one that wasn’t only drew 35 patrons.”

Entertainment industry hit hard When the world shut down, the entertainment industry was deeply impacted.  Comedians and entertainers of all forms could no longer perform; live event stakeholders, including tech crews, servers, managers and other staff that ran shows all went unemployed.

As the pandemic ran its course, Rattigan tried to adapt his company to the changing environment.  Scamps Comedy pivoted by staging outside “parking lot” shows as a way to keep going.  Comedians rotated multiple mics in with their shows and used mic covers for safety measures with their set – the beeping of car horns replaced applause.  Some venues opened for reduced-seating shows, where 50 people sat in a 300-seat room for a “sellout” performance.  A virtual show, “Zoom Comedy” was created where comedians could perform from their home.  


Finding a way to make it through Covid Rattigan also worked during the academic year as a college professor, where he managed to earn an income teaching online classes.  This allowed him to get by without totally losing his entire income, but it also prevented him from qualifying for unemployment.  Without assistance from the U.S. Small Business Administration, Rattigan admits he would have had to tap into his retirement savings in order to pay rent and monthly expenses.

Rattigan had never applied for any loan outside of a home mortgage before Covid, so the assistance from Rosa Taormina, an advisor with the Small Business Development Center at Salem State University – along with many others in the resource provider community – was crucial.  Taormina provided free guidance and counseling services leading to both the Shuttered Venue Operators Grant and the Economic Injury Disaster Loan being approved.

Laugh it off As a result of the new funding, the business was able to keep going – Rattigan used the capital to secure a series of events that kept his people employed including: an annual comedy festival in New Hampshire that had taken the year off because of Covid; a comedy show at a new venue in Boston; theater shows in Mansfield and Cape Cod; an event for New Year’s Eve; and upcoming shows at theaters in September and October. 

Some theaters and other entertainment venues are still having staffing issues however – volunteers not coming back to previous roles as ushers and committee members.  Patrons are still reluctant to attend indoor events, and with the variant spreading, there is a lot of uncertainty moving forward.  

Unfortunately, the entertainment industry is not out of the woods yet – but one thing we can all try and do is laugh it off!  

Find a MA Small Business Development Center near you

10/14 Coast to Coast Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration (En Espanol)

Thursday, October 14th / 3:00pm - 4:00pm


This program will be held entirely in Spanish in collaboration with SBA District Offices from El Paso, New Mexico, Houston, San Antonio, Dallas/Ft. Worth, and Massachusetts. 

Hispanic Heritage Month Event

10/20 Opciones de préstamos de la Administración de Pequeños Negocios(SBA)-CWE Eastern MA - Live Workshop


Wednesday, October 20th / 12:00pm - 1:00pm


Es muy común que cuando las mujeres propietarias de negocios necesitan financiamiento para el crecimiento de su negocio o para cubrir gastos, a menudo usan las tarjetas de crédito o sus ahorros personales antes de solicitar préstamos a bancos, cooperativas de crédito u otro tipo de préstamos. Una de las razones es que las mujeres generalmente temen las deudas más que los hombres y, a menudo, les intimida solicitar préstamos si han sido rechazados anteriormente. Y cuando buscan financiamiento para pequeñas empresas, las mujeres emprendedoras tienden a pedir menos, obtener menos y pagar más.

 En este panel de discusión, aprenderá:

 • Los préstamos de la Administración de Pequeños Negocios (SBA) diseñados para propietarios de pequeñas empresas y propietarios únicos sin empleados

• Cuales criterios utilizan los prestamistas para evaluar las solicitudes de préstamos

• Cómo conseguir financiamiento si no eres candidato para un préstamo bancario tradicional

• Una reunión con su prestamista no es un castigo

• Mejores prácticas para prestatarios


  • Carlos Hernandez, Especialista en relaciones con prestamistas, SBA
  • Janette Gallardo, Asesora financiera

10/26 Começando um negócio - O que você precisa saber

Tuesday, October 26th / 7:00pm - 8:00pm


Este webinar abordará aspectos relacionados à abertura de um negócio. Os tópicos discutidos serão: Determinação da estrutura legal do negócio, questões operacionais, questões de marketing e questões financeiras.

As palestrantes serão Awilda Irizarry, Assessora Sênior de Negócios do Escritório Regional Nordeste da MSBDC e Luciana Schmidt Barbiero, Consultora de Carreira e Admissão para Universidades Americanas.

10/15 Virtual Matchmaker Event


This is a FREE virtual event with 15-minute matchmaking sessions. 
The matchmaker will pair companies based on BUYER requirements and SUPPLIER capabilities to guarantee quality meetings. Suppliers will have five minutes to present, followed by a 10-minute Q&A from the Buyer.  

Friday, October 15th / 8:00am - 5:00pm


Review portal instructions HERE


Current Registered Buyers

Air Force Life Cycle Management Center - Hanscom Air Force Base
Army Corps of Engineers, New England District
Babson College
Boston Planning & Development Agency
Boston Scientific
Charter Contracting Company
Cianbro Corporation
Colt's Manufacturing Company
Continental Service Group, Inc. d/b/a ConServe
Crane & Co.
Defense Logistics Agency
Department of Labor
Education Development Center, Inc.
Encore Boston Harbor
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
Equity & Inclusion Unit, City of Boston
Federal Reserve Bank of Boston
General Dynamics
Electric Boat
Huntington-Ingalls-Newport News Shipbuilding
Ipsen Biopharmaceuticals
J & J Contractors, Inc.
Kaman Air Vehicles
KMK Construction Inc.
Madonna And Michael LLC
Methuen Construction
Missile Defense Agency, Office of Small Business Programs
Moog, Inc
NASA Stennis Space Center
NTT DATA Services Federal Government, LLC
Sunovion Pharmaceuticals
The Pike Company, Inc.
Triumph Engine Control Systems
TriWest Healthcare Alliance
US Department of Housing and Urban Development - OSDBU
US Dept of State
Wilco Sales and Service, Inc.

Government Contracting

Virtual Cafe

Wednesday, October 27th, 2021


Join Outreach and Marketing Specialist Caroline Williams from the MA SBA office as she and guests talk about getting started with government contracting at both federal and state levels. Learn from contracting experts and small businesses who have navigated this process before. Let us help you start, grow, and expand your small business without fear.

Wednesday  10/20/21 / 9:00am - 10:30am
GET STARTED - Doing business with the Federal Government

Thursday  10/28/21 / 9:00am - 10:30am
SBA 8(a) Business Development Eligibility Session

Are you thinking about contracting with Uncle Sam? You’ll need a DUNS number → http://ow.ly/o6tG50GfxMo

Illustration of buildings with the following text, get a D-U-N-S Number. The SBA logo is at the bottom.

UPCOMING Virtual Events

As a resource partner of the SBA, SCORE Mentors has helped 11M+ entrepreneurs through mentoring, workshops and educational resources since 1964. Connect with a business mentor today →  http://ow.ly/wjYY50GftLD 

Illustration of two people and a laptop with the following text, National Mentoring Day, October 27, 2021. The SBA logo is at the bottom.


Thursday 10/14/21 / 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Business Foundation - Business Planning The Simpler Way

Monday 10/18/21 / 2:00pm - 3:30pm
The Effective Elevator Pitch

Tuesday 10/19/21 / 10:00am - 11:30am
Excel: Organizing Data for Analysis - Getting the Insights You Need

Tuesday 10/19/21 / 10:00am - 11:30am
Social Media Made Simple - CWE Central MA - Live Webinar

Wednesday 10/20/21 / 10:00am - 11:30am
Intellectual Property 101

Wednesday 10/20/21 / 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Export Control Update

Wednesday 10/20/21 / 10:00am - 11:00am
Why Your Local Chamber is Important for Your Business

Thursday 10/21/21 / 12:00pm - 1:00pm
How to Land Your First Client, Part 3 - CWE Central MA - Live Workshop

Thursday 10/21/21 / 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Legal Considerations for New Business Owners - CWE Central MA - Live Webinar

Monday 10/25/21 / 10:00am - 11:30am
Kickstart Your Social Media Blueprint with TikTok and IG Reels - CWE Central MA - Live Webinar

Wednesday 10/27/21 / 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Disaster Preparation for Small Business

Thursday 10/28/21 / 9:00am - 10:30am
Transforming Your Product Idea Into A Successful Venture

Thursday 10/28/21 / 11:00am - 12:00pm
Retirement Planning for Small Business Owners

Thursday 10/28/21 / 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Global Business Development in a Pandemic


Free Webinar on OSHA Resources.  Learn more about how OSHA can help your small business and meet the New England OSHA Consultation team.

October 14, 2021  / 11:00m - 12:30pm




SBA resource partners provide business consulting, mentoring and training services.

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



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.