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June Education Calendar

Pride Month

SBA is proud to support the LGBTQ+ business community.

SBA's Network for LGBTQ+ Businesses aims to bring focus on economic empowerment in the LGBTQ+ business community by providing access to the U.S. Small Business Administration's programs and services.

Business owners can use our local assistance tool to find nearby offices and resources. There, you can get counseling on whether our 8(a) Business Development Program is right for you.

The SBA conducts outreach to be more inclusive of LGBTQ+ business owners, and our staff welcomes and recognizes the importance of greater inclusion at all levels and in all communities.  >More

6/29 MA SBA Virtual Café: LGBTQ+ Pride Month



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


Join the Massachusetts District Office of the SBA and the Massachusetts LGBT Chamber of Commerce for a conversation in celebration of LGBT owned businesses. Resource partners and business owners will share their tips for success.

NEWS RELEASE: Statement by SBA Administrator Guzman in Recognition of Pride Month

Release Date: June 1, 2022               
Release Number: 22-54

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, issued the following statement to highlight the celebration of Pride Month.

“Pride month is a time of celebration for the LGBTQ+ community and their contributions in building a better, stronger economy – and it’s also a reminder of the progress we are still fighting to achieve. Equity is a top priority for me and for the Biden-Harris Administration, and we believe all of America’s entrepreneurs deserve a level playing field, regardless of zip code, race, gender, gender identity, or sexual orientation.  During COVID, we’ve learned how critical equitable access is surviving and thriving, and at the SBA we are working to build better connections to and for the 1.4 million LGBTQ+ owned businesses in communities across this country. LGBTQ+ businesses already generate more than $1.7 trillion dollars in US economic impact and support tens of thousands of jobs – and that number continues to grow. In order to drive even greater economic empowerment of the LGBTQ+ community, we need to connect entrepreneurs to the capital and resources they need to start and grow their businesses, and the SBA is working to do that each day through our district offices, resource partners, our Community Navigators program, and more.”

6/1 SBA Administrator Guzman Visits Lowell Memorial Auditorium to highlight Shuttered Venue Operators Grant

Administrator Guzman visited the City of Lowell for an event with Congresswoman Lori Trahan to highlight vital cultural entities that were awarded the Shuttered Venue Operators Grant and meet with SBIR stakeholders from the innovation community.  

Shuttered Venue

Held at the historic Lowell Memorial Auditorium, an SVOG awardee –  welcome remarks were provided by City of Lowell, Mayor Sokhary Chau, the first Cambodian American Mayor in the United States.  


Regional Administrator Mike Vlacich and District Director Bob Nelson took part in the SBIR Roundtable meeting with local leaders and CEOs from tech companies actively working with federal agencies and SBIR/STTR programs.

Lowell 2Guzman

6/14 Get Ready for Government Contracting

Government Contracting Eligibility

Looking to grow your business through government contracting?  
Your business needs to have a solid foundation…

Understanding the prerequisites required to gain a steadfast footing is the first and most important step in government contracting!

Tuesday, June 14th / 9:00am - 10:00am



How do you know government contracting is right for you?
Have you completed a readiness assessment?
Do you know your competitive advantages?

This webinar will guide you through the essentials needed for a solid start and assist you in determining if your business is ready for government opportunities.

Speakers include:

  • Stanley Grip, Procurement Specialist - MSBDC Procurement Technical Assistance Center
  • Sandra Ledbetter, Government Sales - Massachusetts Small Business Development Center
  • Susan Lourie, Business Opportunity Specialist - U.S. Small Business Administration


6/8 Small Business Clinic at the Enterprise Center

Wednesday, June 8 via Zoom by Appointment Only

The Enterprise Center at SSU, North Shore Alliance for Economic Development, and the Massachusetts Office of Business Development invites you to meet one-on-one with a select group of state leaders to discuss your specific business needs and the state-provided resources that may be available to you:

·     Dan Martiniello, Lender Relations Specialist with the U.S. Small Business Administration in Boston, will provide an overview of the many resources for small businesses. 

·     Maria Nigro Di Stefano, Northeast Regional Director, Massachusetts Office of Business Development/Commonwealth’s Economic Development Incentive Program (EDIP) and other programs that benefit businesses.

This is offered at no cost and is being sponsored in partnership with the Enterprise Center, and the Massachusetts Office of Business Development (MOBD).

Meetings take place via Zoom. 

To schedule an appointment call Terry Brancato at (978) 542-2505. 

Upcoming Events

Tuesday 6/7/22 / 10:00am - 12:00pm
Basic Entrepreneurial Workshop: Business Fundamentals

Tuesday 6/7/22 / 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Why & How to Certify Your Business as "Women-Owned" - WBENC - Live Webinar

Tuesday 6/7/22 / 12:00pm - 2:00pm
Armor Up Your Export Docs

Tuesday 6/8/22 / 10:00am - 11:00am
Excel Pivot Tables - Dissecting and Analyzing Your Data

Tuesday 6/8/22 / 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Get Your Financial House in Order! Part 2 - CWE Eastern MA - Live Workshop

Thursday 6/9/22 / 9:00am - 10:30am
Be Profitable Module 3: Market for Profit

Thursday 6/9/22 / 10:00am - 12:00pm
Basic Entrepreneurial Workshop: Understanding Business Financials


6/8 Pathways to City Contracting Opportunity Fair

The Pathways To City Contracting Opportunity Fair will provide a space for the Boston business community to network with procurement liaisons and learn about contracting opportunities from various departments in the city and other local agencies.
(MA District Office will be tabling at this event, join us 4:30pm - 7:30pm)


Boston Contracting


Monday 6/13/22 / 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Basics of Starting Your Business

Tuesday 6/14/22 / 10:00am - 11:00am
Starting & Growing a Business - The SBA Advantage

Tuesday 6/14/22 / 12:00pm - 1:00pm
I'm Certified. Now What? - WBENC - Live Webinar

Tuesday 6/14/22 / 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Herramientas para empezar y crecer a nivel mundial

Tuesday 6/14/22 / 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Steps to Starting a Business - CWE Central MA - Live Webinar

Wednesday 6/15/22 / 10:00am - 11:00am
Commonwealth of Massachusetts (State) Government Contracting

Wednesday 6/15/22 / 9:00am - 12:00pm
Balance Sheets, Income and Profit/Loss Statements: Understanding Business Financials

Wednesday 6/15/22 / 9:00am - 12:00pm
Steps to Starting a Business - CWE Eastern MA - Live Webinar

Wednesday 6/15/22 / 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Get Your Financial House in Order! Part 3 - CWE Eastern MA - Live Workshop

Wednesday 6/15/22 / 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Win Customers With Your Website

Thursday 6/16/22 / 10:00am - 11:00am
Learn the Basics of Google Ads

Thursday 6/16/22 / 10:00am - 11:00am
Stop Selling, Start Storytelling (Part 4)- CWE Eastern MA - Virtual Live

Thursday 6/16/22 / 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Fundamentals of ITAR

Thursday 6/16/22 / 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Starting Your Business


NEWS RELEASE: SBA Administrator Guzman Announces Winners of Inaugural America’s Seed Fund Expo Competition

Release Date: May 23, 2022               
Release Number: 22-53 

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 winners of the SBA’s inaugural America’s Seed Fund Startup Expo 2022, an initiative aimed at highlighting innovative domestic startups and supporting them with resources to scale, grow, and thrive.

“Every day, in communities across America, entrepreneurs are solving our nation’s most pressing challenges from climate change to feeding and healing the world. The SBA is committed to helping ensure that those ideas receive the necessary support from federal programs and innovation ecosystems so that they can commercialize and grow into resilient businesses,” said Administrator Guzman. “With the launch of America's Seed Fund Expo, we will showcase exceptional entrepreneurs who have leveraged federal research and development funding through the SBIR Program in key industries and connect them to resources to advance their game-changing innovations right here in America.”

The winning startup companies that will be presenting at America’s Seed Fund Startup Expo 2022 are:

  • AgTech and Food Security
    • General Probiotics (Saint Paul, MN)
    • Nucleic Sensing Systems (Saint Paul, MN)
    • Shellfish Solutions d/b/a Blue Trace (Castine, ME)
  • Climate and Energy
    • Amorphic Tech (Allentown, PA)
    • FGC Plasma Solutions (Middleton, MA)
    • Hydroplane (Lancaster, CA)
  • National Security and Defense
    • BadVR (Pacoima, CA)
    • Enduralock (Lenexa, KS)
    • PSYONIC (Champaign, IL)
  • Supply Chain Resiliency
    • Chromatic 3D Materials (Golden Valley, MN)
    • Delta Development Team (Tucson, AZ)
    • Re:3D (Houston, TX)

“The giants of future industries so often start as small business startups with big ideas. We know the public and private sectors must work together to nurture these small businesses with big ideas over many years so they may sustain and grow. America’s Seed Fund Startup Expo will lift up big ideas and provide a platform for our national innovation community to support the businesses of tomorrow,” said Bailey DeVries, Associate Administrator, Office of Investment and Innovation.

Highlighting both the geographic reach and inclusivity of America’s Seed Fund, SBA received submissions for the competition from 34 states and included a diversity of applicants, including:

  • 4 percent HUBZone-owned businesses
  • 27 percent Small Disadvantaged Businesses
  • 28 percent Women-owned Small Businesses
  • 28 percent Minority-owned Small Businesses

Upcoming Events (continued)

Monday 6/20/22 / 2:00pm - 3:00pm
The Effective Elevator Pitch

Tuesday 6/21/22 / 9:00am - 10:30am
GET STARTED - Doing Business with the Federal Government

Wednesday 6/22/22 / 8:00am - 2:00pm
5th United States—United Kingdom Small and Medium Enterprise (SME) Dialogue

Wednesday 6/22/22 / 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Business Plan Basics - CWE Eastern MA - Live Webinar

Wednesday 6/22/22 / 12:00pm - 2:00pm
Tax Filing Requirements for Small Businesses

Thursday 6/23/22 / 9:00am - 12:00pm
Basics of Starting Your Business

Thursday 6/23/22 / 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Certification de Empresas Propiedad de Mujeres (WOSB) - CWE Eastern MA - Live Webinar

Tuesday 6/28/22 / 10:00am - 11:30am
How to Open a Business in Massachusetts Legally

Tuesday 6/28/22 / 9:00am - 10:30am
SBA 8(a) Business Development Program

Thursday 6/30/22 / 9:00am - 10:30am
Health Connector for Business

Welcome to our NEW Women's Business Center Directors at CWE

We want to welcome newly hired directors at the Center for Women & Enterprise in both the Eastern Massachusetts Center and Central Massachusetts Center. 

Racquel Knight will serve as the Director for CWE Central MA and Samilys Rodriguez will serve as the Director for the CWE Eastern MA center in Boston!  Please join us in welcoming them and introducing yourself at one of their events!

Welcome CWE

Government Contracting and Business Development

Government contracting


Tuesday 6/14/22 / 9:00am - 10:30am
GET READY - For Government Contracting

Tuesday 6/21/22 / 9:00am - 10:30am
GET STARTED - Doing Business with the Federal Government

Tuesday 6/28/22 / 9:00am - 10:30am
SBA 8(a) Business Development Program

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 Gabriel Enterprises 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. 

June Calendar

The Catalyst 7J Training

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

To register for events:

All classes are 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm Central unless noted otherwise

Workshop/Event Name



Registration Link

 Many Roads to Funding for your Business – Grants, KIVA, BAM, SBA Loans, Bank Loans, etc 


The Catalyst Team 


Many Roads to Funding Your Business Virtual Workshop (

HR Recruiting 2.0 


Kristina Minyard, HRecruit, LLC 

HR Recruiting for GOVCON - 2.0 (

Female Veteran Event 


The Catalyst 

Details coming soon

Government Contracting 101 


Leigh Christian, Kathleen Whitmire, Joy Parker, and Kevin Hoey 

Government Contracting 101 Virtual Workshop (

DCAA Audit Preparation 


Warren Averitt – Amber Stout & Todd McAdams 


DCAA Audit Preparation Virtual Workshop (

Capabilities Statement Bootcamp 



Leigh Christian - Catalyst 


Capabilities Statement Bootcamp Virtual Workshop (

The Government Pays You, you want to Keep it! Solution – Company Retirement Plans 


Cameron West – Raymond James 

The Government Pays You. You Want to Keep It. Solution – Company Retirement Plans Virtual Workshop (

Data Diving – How to Find Gold in Government Contract Data 


2-4 CST 

Judy Bradt, Summit Insight, LLC 

Data Diving - How to Find the Gold in Federal Contract Data! (

Small Business Certifications 


The Catalyst Team 

Capabilities Statement Bootcamp Virtual Workshop (

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.  

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.