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May Education Calendar



For more information and to register, please visit or NATIONAL SMALL BUSINESS WEEK 4-DAY VIRTUAL SUMMIT Registration (

Join us May 2 – May 5, 2022, for the National Small Business Week Virtual Summit hosted by the U.S. Small Business Administration and SCORE.

Attend this free, virtual summit to access critical federal resources, learn new business strategies, meet other business owners and chat with industry experts!  This 4-day, action-packed event will include honoring small businesses around the country, educational sessions, online business resources, and exciting speakers.

"National Small Business Week is a time to honor and celebrate America’s entrepreneurs and innovative startups. This year’s theme, ‘Building a Better America through Entrepreneurship,’ celebrates the resiliency and tenacity of America’s entrepreneurs who are doing their part to power our nation’s historic economic comeback."   - Administrator Isabella Casillas Guzman


SBA Massachusetts Awards Ceremony

When: Thursday, May 5th, 2022
7:30am - 8:30am Registration & Networking
8:30am - 11:00am Awards Ceremony and Presentations

Where: Boston Marriott Newton 2345 Commonwealth Avenue, Newton, MA 02466

LAST CHANCE!  Seats have filled up fast and we are currently over 250 seats reserved.  Let's connect at the Newton Marriott this Thursday for breakfast!



5/4 #NSBW SBA Surety Bonding - Get Ready to Win Contracts!



The Massachusetts District Office will be hosting a presentation on the SBA's Surety Bond Program.

Surety bonds help small businesses win contracts by providing the customer with a guarantee that the work will be completed. Many public and private contracts require surety bonds, which are offered by surety companies.

The SBA guarantees surety bonds for certain surety companies, which allows the companies to offer surety bonds to small businesses that might not meet the criteria for other sureties. Some contracts require surety bonds that cover specific situations. The SBA guarantees surety bonds that cover several major categories of work which include Bid, Payment, Performance, and Ancillary bonds.

This presentation will provide a complete overview about how the SBA Surety Bond Program works.

Program Agenda:

2PM to 2:45PM- SBA Surety Bond Program Overview Presentation

  • Special Guest Speaker:
    Earnest Knott Jr, Area Director of the SBA Office of Surety Guarantees

2:45PM to 3PM- Q&A Session

Upcoming Events

Tuesday 5/3/22 / 9:00am - 10:30am
Google Apps 101

Tuesday 5/3/22 / 10:00am - 11:30am
SMS Marketing 101 - For Local Businesses

Tuesday 5/3/22 / 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Business Planning - The Easier Way

Tuesday 5/3/22 / 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Why & How to Certify Your Business as "Women- Owned" - Eastern MA - Live Webinar

Wednesday 5/4/22 / 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Export Distribution Contracts & Managing Your Distributor Network

Wednesday 5/4/22 / 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Business Foundation - What You Need to Know About Pricing

Wednesday 5/4/22 / 12:00pm - 1:30pm
QuickBooks Boot Camp, Part 3 - CWE Central MA - Live Webinar

Thursday 5/5/22 / 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Tech Talk with Rob @MSBDC

Thursday 5/5/22 / 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Leadership & Creativity

Friday 5/6/22 / 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Entrepreneurship for Veterans

5/6: 7th Annual Woostapreneurs Forum


Friday, May 6th / 8:00am - 12:00pm


The Woostapreneurs Forum intends to connect Greater Worcester to the entrepreneurship ecosystem and business resource providers in central Massachusetts. The conference is designed for existing business owners, budding entrepreneurs, veteran entrepreneurs, millennial entrepreneurs, women-owned businesses, and other underserved entrepreneurs in search of business help. There will be a panel of business success stories, a resource panel discussion, as well as a keynote speaker and the opportunity for attendees to network with resource partners and supporters to learn more about the services they offer.

Who Should Attend: New Businesses I Immigrant Entrepreneurs I Women-Owned I BIPOC-Owned I Veteran-Owned I Millennial-Owned I Budding Entrepreneurs

Co-sponsored by: SBA and Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce

Cosponsorship Authorization # 22-16-C. SBA’s participation in this Cosponsored Activity is not an endorsement of the views, opinions, products or services of any Cosponsor or other person or entity. All SBA programs and services are extended to the public on a nondiscriminatory basis. Reasonable arrangements for persons with disabilities will be made if requested at least two weeks in advance. Contact: Karen Pelletier, Worcester Area Chamber of Commerce, (508) 753-2924 x 229 and Ili Spahiu, SBA, (617) 565-5569 This website is provided as a public service under Cosponsorship Authorization # 22-16-C. It is not an official U.S. government website and may contain links to non-U.S. government information. Inclusion of such links does not constitute or imply an endorsement by SBA. SBA is not responsible for the content, accuracy, relevance, timeliness or completeness of linked information. Please use caution when considering a product, service or opinion offered by a linked website.


Friday 5/9/22 / 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Negotiation Skills for Business Owners and Entrepreneurs Session 1

Friday 5/9/22 / 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Empowered Entrepreneur - Session 5 - CWE Eastern MA - Virtual Live

Tuesday 5/10/22 / 9:00am - 10:30am
Be Profitable Module 1: Tuning Your Operational & Business Model

Tuesday 5/10/22 / 10:00am - 11:30am
Excel Data Management Tools - Get and Stay Organized

Tuesday 5/10/22 / 10:00am - 11:0am
Protect your Passwords with a Password Manager

Tuesday 5/10/22 / 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Negotiation Skills for Business Owners and Entrepreneurs Session 2

Tuesday 5/10/22 / 12:00pm - 1:00pm
I'm Certified. Now What? - WBENC - Live Webinar

Tuesday 5/10/22 / 4:00pm - 5:30pm
How to Cost your Product

Tuesday 5/10/22 / 5:30pm - 7:00pm
Information Session: The Holiday Market at Snowport - CWE EM - Hybrid

Wednesday 5/11/22 / 10:00am - 11:00am
Nuts and Bolts of Federal Government Contracting

Wednesday 5/11/22 / 11:00am - 12:00pm
How to Become Women-Owned Certified with SBA

Wednesday 5/11/22 / 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Steps for Starting a Business for Veterans

Wednesday 5/11/22 / 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Empowered Entrepreneur - Session 2 - CWE Eastern MA - Virtual Live

Thursday 5/12/22 / 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Business Foundation - Legal Issues Facing Business Owners

Thursday 5/12/22 / 9:00am - 10:00am
Get Started Doing Business with the Federal Government

Friday 5/13/22 / 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Major Types Insurance That Businesses Should Have


5/4 FDIC Event: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Matters: Access to Capital in Greater Boston's Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander Communities


Wednesday, May 4th / 1:00pm - 2:30pm



The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, and Federal Reserve Bank of Boston will host a webinar to share information about socio-economic conditions facing low- to moderate-income Asian communities, and solutions to address the underbanked. Many of these communities represent refugees, recent immigrants, and non-English speaking populations that face barriers to accessing capital, traditional banking products, and services that are vital to financial health. Participants will learn about ways to create or expand financial institution/CBO partnerships that can help expand access to capital, and that may receive favorable CRA consideration.

NEWS RELEASE: SBA Administrator Guzman Launches T.H.R.I.V.E, Executive Level Business Training for Entrepreneurs Ready to Maximize their Full Potential

Release Date: April 22, 2022               
Release Number: 22-44 

WASHINGTON – Today, Administrator Isabella Casillas Guzman, head of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and the voice for America’s 32.5 million small businesses in President Biden’s Cabinet, announced the launch of T.H.R.I.V.E. (Train, Hope, Rise, Innovate, Venture, Elevate), a reimagined training program for small business leaders, formerly known as Emerging Leaders.

T.H.R.I.V.E. Emerging Leaders Reimagined initiative will provide up-and-coming small business leaders with tools, knowledge, and access to the best and the brightest minds in economic development to help them accelerate their growth and help them become competitive in an increasingly global economy,” said Administrator Guzman. “The Biden-Harris administration continues to do everything possible to empower small business owners to continue powering our nation’s historic economic growth.”

Local area recruitment for the 2022 training cycle has begun. Small business owners can learn more regarding eligibility, how to apply, program format, and locations by visiting or by contacting their local SBA District Office.

The SBA’s T.H.R.I.V.E. Emerging Leaders Reimagined provides complimentary entrepreneurship education and training for executives of high-performing small businesses. Over six months, this intensive executive entrepreneurship training series includes in-person coaching, self-paced instruction, mentoring, and classroom time. The program allows participants to work with a network of experienced subject matter experts in core business topics like accounting, business strategy, marketing, and human resources customized for the unique needs of small business owners.

“Under Administrator Guzman’s leadership of action and outcomes, we are committed to transforming our learning ecosystem to be timelier and more relevant and meet small businesses where they are right now. We embody this approach with T.H.R.I.V.E. Emerging Leaders Reimagined. With this reimagined curriculum building on our rich history, we will expand access to more small businesses, and more locations and increase accessibility through a virtual component.  We are energized, mobilized and ready to go,” stated SBA Associate Administrator of the Office for Entrepreneurial Development Mark Madrid.

T.H.R.I.V.E.’s reimagined design removes the one-size-fits-all model in exchange for engagement, problem-solving, and peer-to-peer interaction within the cohorts.  In addition, the new format promotes an ecosystem of business connections among business peers, government leaders, and the financial community. As a result, T.H.R.I.V.E., Emerging Leaders Reimagined helps build sustainable and scalable businesses that promote economic development within their communities and the U.S. overall.

Please visit T.H.R.I.V.E. Emerging Leaders Reimagined for eligibility requirements, registration, and training locations. Applications are accepted through May 31, 2022.  


5/11 Export Workshop Series


If you aspire to sell your products and services internationally, this event will help you turn your ambition into action.

Please come and join us every Wednesday from 3:00 pm-4:30 pm EST on May 11, May 18, May 25, June 1, June 8 and June 15, 2022, hosted by New Haven Free Public Library and co-presented by SBA Connecticut District Office and New Haven SCORE Chapter for a series of six export training webinars.

You will meet online with the instructors, the government officials and the representatives from SBA, SCORE, ExIm Bank, SBA delegated lenders, export credit insurance agents, and ELAN attorneys to discuss with you your specific financial needs and technical assistance.

The registration link is:

(Link will work for all 6 sessions)

From the Connecticut District Office

John Xu, CGBP Lender Relations Specialist District International Trade Officer
Connecticut District Office
U.S. Small Business Administration
Tel:  (860) 240-4672 
Cell: (202) 868-1302 Fax: (202) 481-0307

During National Small Business Week, the SBA will hold its NSBW Virtual Summit from May 2-5, 2022, in cosponsorship with SCORE

Attendance is free of charge, but registration is required.

Visit online at National Small Business Week 4-Day Virtual Summit Registration ( to register.  

In a new video, also released today alongside its NSBW events registration opening, the SBA spotlighted the tenacity and contributions of America’s diverse entrepreneurs. They have played an integral role in powering our nation’s historic economic comeback and navigated challenges from various variant waves, supply chain disruptions, and inflation, as we pivot and continue building a better America. The American entrepreneurial spirit has grown stronger – new business applications grew by nearly 30 percent during the pandemic, with  5.4 million applications in 2021 alone.

This year’s NSBW virtual summit will feature access to federal resources, educational workshops, and networking to help our nation’s 32.5 million small businesses pivot, grow, and seize new opportunities. NSBW will offer entrepreneurs across America in rural, suburban, and urban communities tools, information, and access to resources to help them achieve the American dream of business ownership and success.   

The 2022 Small Business Persons of the Year award winners from each state, including the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, will be honored, and the SBA will announce the 2022 National Small Business Person of the Year from among the state winners represented.  

To register for National Small Business Week and for other event information, visit      


About National Small Business Week 
For more than 51 years, the President of the United States has issued a proclamation announcing National Small Business Week, which recognizes the critical contributions of America’s entrepreneurs and small business owners.  More than half of Americans either own or work for a small business, and they create about two out of every three new jobs in the U.S. each year.  As part of National Small Business Week, the U.S. Small Business Administration takes the opportunity to highlight the impact of outstanding entrepreneurs, small business owners, and others from all 50 states and U.S. territories. Every day, they’re working to grow small businesses, create 21st century jobs, drive innovation, and increase America’s global competitiveness. 


Upcoming Events (continued)

Tuesday 5/17/22 / 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Starting Your Business

Tuesday 5/17/22 / 9:00pm - 10:00am
Capabilities Statements - Best of Both Worlds (2-part miniseries)

Wednesday 5/18/22 / 10:00am - 11:00am
SWOT Analysis - A Powerful Management Tool

Wednesday 5/18/22 / 12:00pm - 1:00pm
How SBA Helps Small Businesses Gain Access to Capital

Thursday 5/19/22 / 9:00am - 10:30am
SBA 8(a) Business Development Program

Monday 5/23/22 / 2:00pm - 3:00pm
The Effective Elevator Pitch

Tuesday 5/24/22 / 11:00am - 12:00pm
Soup to Nuts: Ingredients of a Business Plan

Wednesday 5/25/22 / 10:00am - 11:00am
NAICS, PSC, FSC and Forecasts

Thursday 5/26/22 / 10:00am - 11:00am
Supply Chain Management for Your Business

Thursday 5/28/22 / 9:00am - 12:00pm
Basics of Starting Your Business

Thursday 5/26/22 / 9:00am - 10:30am
Be Profitable Module 2: Better Financial Management

Tuesday 5/31/22 / 1:00pm - 2:30pm
How to Find Grant Opportunities for Your Small Business

Tuesday 5/31/22 / 10:00am - 11:30am
How to Open a Business in Massachusetts Legally

Government Contracting and Business Development

Government contracting


Tuesday 5/10/22 / 12:00pm - 1:00pm
I'm Certified. Now What? - WBENC - Live Webinar

Wednesday 5/11/22 / 11:00am - 12:00pm
How to Become Women-Owned Certified with SBA

Tuesday 5/17/22 / 9:00pm - 10:00am
Capabilities Statements - Best of Both Worlds (2-part miniseries)

Thursday 5/19/22 / 9:00am - 10:30am
SBA 8(a) Business Development Program

Wednesday 5/25/22 / 10:00am - 11:00am
NAICS, PSC, FSC and Forecasts

Gov Contracting

Get weekly information on eligibility assistance for HUBZone certification

Members of the HUBZone team answer questions on a weekly basis to help firms navigate the certification process.


Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2-3 p.m. E.T.


Find a local number, or call 208-391-5817 and enter Skype conference ID #278449067

For PDF versions of information about the HUBZone Program and related improvements, select the HUBZone Fact SheetProgram Improvements, and  SBA’s latest FAQs.

Learn How to Apply to Get Certified as an 8(a)BD Small Business

Microsoft Teams 8(a)BD “Straight Talk” meeting Public Access

Members of the 8(a) team answer questions on a monthly basis to help firms navigate the certification process, including program benefits and eligibility requirements for 8(a) certification.


Third Wednesday of each month - 2:00p.m. to 3:00p.m. (ET)


Call 202-765-1264 (Washington, DC) and enter phone conference ID#: 217 121 169



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.

Please check out the 7J training schedules for Stover & Associates, The Catalyst and Bidspeed below. 

Stover & Associates Workshops



Click the “Register for Training” button on the left side navigation pane and check out a complete list of topics offered this month. 


Gabriel Enterprises 7J Training

We wanted to remind you of the free and comprehensive live webcast sessions specifically developed to help educate 8(a) certified small businesses on pursuing and winning contracts with the Federal Government. 

Virtual Learning Environment URL:

The following flyer describes SBA's virtual environment and live training brought to you by SBA’s Office of Business Development through the 7(j) Management and Technical Assistance Program:

NOTE: If the links in this email do not work, you may need to copy and paste the URL into your web browser 

Course descriptions are included in the flyer, and the schedule of upcoming courses is provided below.  

Date | Time (ET)


Target Cohort*

5/11/2022 | 10am - 11am

How to do Business with the Federal Government and Win Contracts as an 8(a) Certified Firm

New 8(a) Participant

5/12/2022 | 2pm - 3pm

FAR and Other Regulations

New 8(a) Participant

5/17/2022 | 2pm - 3pm

Market Research in Federal Procurement

New 8(a) Participant

5/18/2022 | 12pm - 1pm

How to do Business with the Federal Government (Refresher)

Program Years 3-4

5/19/2022 | 11am - 12pm

Marketing & E-Tools: Identifying Opportunities

Program Years 3-4

5/24/2022 | 3pm - 4pm

How to Market to the Federal Government as a "Small Business Concern"

Program Years 8-9

6/7/2022 | 1pm - 2pm

Networking, Capturing & Leveraging

Program Years 5-7

6/8/2022 | 3pm - 4pm

Bids and Proposals

New 8(a) Participant

6/14/2022 | 10am - 11am

FAR and Other Regulations

New 8(a) Participant

6/15/2022 | 11am - 12pm

How to Market to the Federal Government as a "Small Business Concern"

Program Years 8-9

6/16/2022 | 1pm - 2pm

Teaming and Mentor Protege Programs

Program Years 8-9

6/21/2022 | 11am - 12pm

Capabilities Statements and Briefings

New 8(a) Participant

6/22/2022 | 4pm - 5pm

How to do Business with the Federal Government and Win Contracts as an 8(a) Certified Firm

New 8(a) Participant

We hope you will join us in our workshops this month!  For more information:  or call 256-509-1580

To register for events:

*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.

Training topics vary based on number of years in the 8(a) BD Program, enabling participants to fully grasp core competencies necessary to succeed at various stages of company maturity.  The training courses will be mandatory for 8(a) firms in the first year of program participation and optional in later years (the optional courses are encouraged for firms that have not been awarded a federal contract).

For questions regarding registrations, training certificates, or anything else pertaining to this training, please email the Gabriel Enterprises team at


Apply now to CWE’s Spanish-Language Programs!

Are you looking to grow an existing business? Do you have a business idea and want to know how to develop it?

, in collaboration with Surfside Capital Advisors, as its technical assistance provider, have the pleasure to announce the launch of Spanish-language programming



These programs are for all who want to have a successful business, regardless of the stage you are in formation, start-up, growth, development, or expansion

Program- 10 Weeks to Create Your Business Plan

Aimed at potential business owners who are defining or beginning to formalize their business and need the support of expert consultants to develop their strategic business plan.

What benefits do the programs offer?

→     Develop a business plan supported by CWE Surfside Capital Advisors consultants.

→     CWE-sponsored subscription to LivePlan, an online, interactive tool to help you write your business plan.

→     Option to continue with personalized consulting to address a specific area of your project or access capital (the business plan must be completed)

Program - One to One Strategic Business Consulting

This program is aimed at all business owners who want to: increase sales, stabilize cash flow, improve their finances, digitalize processes, develop digital marketing strategies, or prepare to obtain access to capital, among other needs.

What benefits does the program offer?

→     Personalized consulting focused on solving or developing a critical element of your business.

→     Immediate execution of the strategies with the resources that your business has today: people, equipment, system, and capital

→     Flexible hours adapted to your own schedule.

To learn more about the programs visit and register at CWE  

The program is free for all participants. Applications are open now!




¡Inscríbase en los programas de CWE en español!

¿Tienes un negocio y necesitas estrategias para crecer tu empresa? ¿Tienes una idea de negocio y quieres saber cómo desarrollarla?


CWE, en colaboración con Surfside Capital Advisors, tiene el placer de anunciar el lanzamiento de los programas en español:



Ambos programas, completamente gratuitos, están dirigidos a las todas las mujeres que tienen como meta un negocio exitoso, sin importar la etapa en la que se encuentre.

Programa- 10 Semanas para crear su Plan de Negocios

Dirigido a potenciales dueñas de negocio que están definiendo o comenzando a formalizar su empresa y necesitan el apoyo de consultores expertos para desarrollar su plan estratégico de negocios.

¿Qué beneficios ofrecen los programas?

  • Desarrollo de un plan de negocios con el apoyo de los consultores expertos.
  • Suscripción a LivePlan, una herramienta interactiva que lo ayudará a crear su plan.
  • Opción de continuar con asesorías personalizadas para atender un área de su plan.

Programa - Uno a Uno Asesorías Estratégicas de Negocio

Dirigido a las dueñas de negocio que quieren ejecutar acciones para: aumentar las ventas, estabilizar el flujo de efectivo, mejorar sus finanzas, estrategias de marketing digital, tener acceso a capital, entre otros.

¿Qué beneficios ofrece el programa?

  • Consultorías personalizadas enfocadas en resolver solventar o desarrollar elementos críticos de su negocio.
  • Ejecución inmediata con los recursos que hoy tiene disponible: personas, equipos, sistemas y capital.
  • Horario flexible y adaptado a su tiempo.

Para conocer más acerca de los programas y aplicar visite


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.

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



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)



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
Veterans Business Outreach Center (VBOC) (

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.