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6/28 Senator Markey Visits the SBA Massachusetts District Office

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Tuesday June 28th, District Director Bob Nelson and Regional Administrator Mike Vlacich welcomed Senator Ed Markey for a visit to the Tip O’Neill Federal Building at the request of the Senator’s office.  Senator Markey wanted to show appreciation for the collaborative partnership in the last few years -- working together to help small business constituents in the region with accessing Covid-relief programs and technical assistance to receive recovery aid.  

Representatives from the SCORE, Center for Women & Enterprise, the SBDC, and SBA staff all joined for the visit.  This meeting also gave Bob the chance to thank and applaud Rakabe Abraham, Regional Director from Senator Markey’s office -- for working with our resource network to help small businesses navigate through the challenges, and also to wish her well on her next chapter in law school at Suffolk University!

NEWS RELEASE: Four Million Hard-Hit Businesses Approved for Nearly $390 Billion in COVID Economic Injury Disaster Loans

SBA delivered an unprecedented level of economic aid to small businesses impacted by the pandemic 

Release Date: June 13, 2022               
Release Number: 22-57

WASHINGTON – As the country continues to transition from a historic economic recovery to stable, steady growth that works for families and small businesses, Administrator Isabella Casillas Guzman, the voice for America’s 32.5 million small businesses in President Biden’s Cabinet, highlighted the impact of the SBA’s COVID Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL). Through the life of the program, the SBA disbursed approximately $390 billion to nearly four million small businesses and nonprofits.

Taken together with the American Rescue Plan-funded programs – the Restaurant Revitalization Fund, the Shuttered Venue Operators Grant, the COVID EIDL Targeted and Supplemental Advance Grants, and the Paycheck Protection Program -- COVID EIDL, which was often used for critical business operations such as making payroll, has helped small businesses power historic economic growth. In the first three quarters of 2021, small businesses with fewer than 50 employees created 1.9 million jobs, the fastest nine-month start in any year on record. This historic level of investment in saving our small business economy has resulted in high marks of trust in the SBA among the American public.

“The SBA has delivered historic economic relief to millions of America’s small businesses through the COVID Economic Injury Disaster Loan program,” said Administrator Guzman. “President Biden believes we can deliver government services and ensure critical relief gets into the hands of those who need it the most with equity, speed, and certainty. We delivered on his vision by revamping the COVID EIDL program to expand the delivery of low-interest, flexible loans to meet the continued needs of small businesses for financial relief so they could recover. At the same time, we enhanced anti-fraud measures to protect taxpayer dollars and ensure that funds benefited those Congress intended to help.  Nearly 90 percent of loans went to small businesses with 10 employees or less, which tend to include the hardest-hit and most underserved populations. The hardworking team members of the SBA and the Biden-Harris Administration will continue to use every tool at their disposal to support small business owners.”

Several small business leaders and members of Congress applauded Administrator Guzman and the Agency’s stewardship of the program. In addition, small business owners that received crucial funding to stay afloat shared their testimonials.

See below for what they’re saying:

Lois Gamerman, COVID EIDL recipient, President and CEO of Soft Stuff Distributors, Inc. in Jessup, Maryland: “Without the great programs and great people of the U.S. Small Business Administration, I might not be in business today. As a specialty foodservice distributor, my company suffered along with every other hospitality and travel-centric business. We lost 85 percent of our business when the country shut down as a response to the pandemic. We furloughed a majority of our 48 employees. With COVID EIDL, we were able to put staff back on payroll, pay down debt, and expand. We now have 52 employees and are on pace to exceed pre-pandemic revenues by 46 percent.”

Willie C. Johnson, COVID EIDL recipient, Owner of WCJ Consultants, LLC, in Baton Rouge, Louisiana: “The pandemic significantly impacted my woman-owned small business. But, because of the funds I received from the SBA’s COVID EIDL, I was able to cover expenses for payroll and rent to help bridge the financial gap from one contract to another to keep my business open as we work to recover from the impact of COVID. In general, it is extremely difficult to find alternative funding sources to COVID EIDL.”

U.S. House Small Business Committee Chairwoman Nydia M. Velázquez (New York-7): “The COVID EIDL program supplied hundreds of billions of dollars in relief to millions of struggling businesses during their time of need. The program, and the tireless efforts of SBA staff to administer it, saved the livelihoods of countless entrepreneurs and helped pave the way for the rapid recovery of our economy. During the Biden Administration, I’ve been proud to work with Administrator Guzman and other leaders at SBA to make substantial improvements to COVID EIDL. I believe that our efforts made the program more secure against fraud, efficient in its operations, and effective in delivering aid to the small businesses that need it. Moving forward, we must continue our rigorous oversight to safeguard the program from fraud and ensure that taxpayer funds are protected.”

U.S. Senator Jacky Rosen (Nevada): “The economic challenges brought on by the pandemic were devastating for our nation’s small business community and they have been felt particularly hard in Nevada, where 99 percent of businesses are small businesses. I fought to ensure that the U.S. Small Business Administration raised the caps on EIDL loans, providing greater relief to thousands of businesses across my state and making this critical program even more effective at helping small business owners get through COVID.”

U.S. Senator Raphael Warnock (Georgia): “The tenacity of Georgia’s small businesses keeps our state’s economy strong. During the pandemic, Economic Injury Disaster Loans were a lifeline for many Georgia small businesses, offering almost $14 billion in financing within the state to help to keep doors open and Georgians working. I was proud to successfully push to extend the deferment period that will provide additional flexibility for nearly 200,000 Georgia small businesses to repay these loans. I’ll continue advocating on the federal level to ensure Washington is doing all it can to keep our Georgia small businesses moving forward.”

Oklahoma City Mayor David Holt: “When COVID hit, we feared we might descend into a long-term recession or worse.  But the federal assistance administered by the SBA has ultimately helped Oklahoma City recover stronger than ever. In Oklahoma City, we recently set a record for the lowest unemployment on record, while setting new records for sales tax revenues.  Our economy is booming, and that growth ensures our residents have jobs and our government can provide the services people depend on. None of that would have happened without the timely support of these programs.”

Clarence E. Anthony, CEO and Executive Director, National League of Cities: “Small businesses are the backbones of our communities. We’re thankful that through the COVID Economic Injury Disaster Loan program, the SBA was able to deliver approximately $390 billion in economic relief to nearly four million small businesses across the country. Importantly, as a result of the direct lending program, hundreds of thousands of small business owners traditionally excluded from the financial system were able to unlock relief capital when they needed it most.”

Helping Hard-Hit Small Businesses Survive and Thrive

Under the Biden-Harris Administration, Administrator Guzman has made it her top priority to deliver relief quickly and equitably, make COVID EIDL more flexible, and streamline the application process. At the same time, the fraud controls introduced under Administrator Guzman’s leadership have ensured the SBA can fight fraud by identifying and mitigating fraud risks.

Under Administrator Guzman’s leadership, the SBA:

  • Eliminated an Over One Million Applicant Backlog. Eliminating a one million+ applicant backlog and reducing application processing to an average of two-three weeks which is faster than industry timeframes.
  • Instituted Changes to Increase Loan Processing Volumes.  Under streamlined processes, the SBA processed $1 billion of relief to 50,000 small business owners per day at peak stages, dwarfing the processing volumes of the world’s largest financial institutions.
  • Established a 30-Day Exclusivity Window. To ensure the smallest of businesses had additional time to access these funds, the SBA implemented a 30-day exclusivity window for approving and disbursing funds for loans of $500,000 or less, after the cap was increased to $2 million.
  • Increased the COVID EIDL Cap. The SBA lifted the COVID EIDL loan cap to $2 million for eligible applicants. Loan funds can be used for any normal operating expenses and working capital, including payroll, purchasing equipment, and making debt payments.
  • Implemented Deferred Payment Periods. To assist small businesses struggling to make ends meet, the SBA established extended deferred payment periods so small business owners will not have to begin COVID EIDL repayment until 30 months after loan origination.
  • Expanded Eligible Use of Funds. Recognizing the importance of capital flexibility, the SBA made COVID EIDL funds eligible to prepay commercial debt and for payments on federal business debt.
  • Instituted Industry Best Practices to Reduce Fraud. To ensure federal relief dollars reached the small businesses Congress intended to help, the SBA instituted anti-fraud measures, including IRS verified tax returns and checking Treasury’s Do Not Pay List.  Staff review of loans flagged for possible fraud has protected taxpayer dollars and led to the referral of suspected fraud to federal law enforcement authorities.


The SBA remains committed to increasing capital for small businesses, including those in underserved communities. Small business owners still seeking assistance can participate in the Community Advantage loan-guarantee program, the 7(a) and 504 loan programs, or connect with their local SBA field office to get connected to an SBA lender that can best meet their capital needs and/or a Community Navigator to get connected to additional small business resources. For additional information on SBA funding opportunities, please visit




About COVID-19 Economic Injury Disaster Loans 
In response to COVID-19, small business owners, including agricultural businesses and nonprofit organizations in all U.S. states, Washington, D.C., and territories were able to apply for the COVID-19 Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL). The purpose of EIDL is to provide financial assistance for small businesses to meet financial obligations and operating expenses that could have been met had the disaster not occurred. 

7/26 Drop-In Day Let's Talk.. Business

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Tuesday, July 26th / 12:00pm 



Are you thinking of starting a business? Do you have questions or are you facing a new challenge with your existing business?

July 26 at noon will be Drop-in Day! Meet with a panel of SCORE experts and your peers to discuss questions and concerns you may have about business ownership.

If you would love to hear how others are handling different business situations, this Drop-in Day is for you!

This will be a casual discussion about topics that you want to discuss relating to being a small business owner. You pick the topics. We help you find the answers.

Panelists on hand to lead our discussion:

Kara Chmielewski - Her skills include Buying & Selling a Business, Entrepreneurship, Franchising, Operations Strategy, Funding: Angel, Venture, Crowd, Other, Storefront retail and Personal Care Service Businesses (Hair, Nails etc.)

Cliff Ustein - His skills include Sales Practice Group, Marketing Practice Group, Startups, M&A experience, Buying & Selling Companies, Budgeting, Career Coach, Sales Coach, Lead generation, Communications, Social Media, Marketing Analytics, E-Commerce, Entrepreneurship, Strategic planning, Organizational assessment, Software, People management

Bill Hulsey - His skills include Protecting and Commercializing Intellectual Property (copyrights, trademarks and patents), Contracts, Federal grants and contracts, Non-profit law and legal advice including governance, bylaws and taxation, General corporate formation and structure, Risk management and insurance, Labor and Employment including Collective Bargaining

Upcoming Events

Monday 7/11/22 / 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Marketing Your Business On TikTok - Central MA - Live Webinar

Tuesday 7/12/22 / 12:00pm - 1:00pm
I'm Certified. Now What? - WBENC - Live Webinar

Tuesday 7/12/22 / 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Video Marketing Strategies That Generate Engagement and Leads

Tuesday 7/12/22 / 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Steps to Start a Business - CWE Central MA - Live Webinar

Tuesday 7/12/22 / 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Basics of Starting Your Business

Wednesday 7/13/22 / 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Sell Online with E-Commerce Tools

Thursday 7/14/22 / 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Ask an Expert - Retail Strategies that Address Supply Chain, Automated Technology, Social Commerce and More

Thursday 7/14/22 / 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Building Business Credit - Part 2 - CWE Eastern MA - Live Workshop

Friday 7/15/22 / 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Steps to Start a Business - CWE Eastern MA - Live Workshop

Monday 7/18/22 / 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Marketing Your Business on Pinterest - Central MA - Live Webinar

Tuesday 7/19/22 / 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Personal Finance for Business Owners Series - Part 1 - Central MA - Live Webinar

Tuesday 7/19/22 / 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Ask an Expert - Solutions to the Challenges of Rural Business Ownership

Tuesday 7/19/22 / 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Starting Your Business

Wednesday 7/20/22 / 10:00am - 12:00pm
How Can Small Businesses Win the War on Talent?

Wednesday 7/20/22 / 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Legal Considerations for New Business Owners - CWE Central MA - Live Webinar

Thursday 7/21/22 / 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Building Business Credit - Part 3 - CWE Eastern MA - Live Event

Thursday 7/21/22 / 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Basics of Starting Your Business

Thursday 7/22/22 / 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Business Plan Basics - CWE Eastern MA - Live Webinar

Tuesday 7/26/22 / 9:00am - 10:00am
GET STARTED-Doing Business with the Federal Government

Wednesday 7/27/22 / 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Personal Finance for Business Owners Series - Part 2 - Central MA - Live Webinar

Wednesday 7/27/22 / 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Small Business Credit - CWE Eastern MA - Virtual Live

Thursday 7/28/22 / 9:00am - 10:30am
SBA 8(a) Business Development Program

Thursday 7/28/22 / 10:00am - 11:00am
Starting & Growing a Business - The SBA Advantage


7/28 Women Supporting Women: Virtual Networking - CWE Central MA


Thursday, July 28th / 11:30am - 12:30pm



As we are all navigating this "new normal," the Center for Women & Enterprise (CWE) is offering a series of networking workshops to help you connect with fellow women small business owners while you also reconnect with yourself. Grab your coffee and come share your challenges and successes with those that can empathize with you. During a time when it's not easy to make new connections, we welcome you to come share your story and listen, and build meaningful relationships during a difficult time. Entrepreneurship can be very lonely and we know that we are better together. Come connect and refuel your tank!


Women's Business Summit

A full day conference exclusively for women entrepreneurs

You’re invited to join us on Wednesday September 14th at the historic Willowdale Estate for a day filled with stimulating interaction with like-minded women entrepreneurs.

The day will feature successful small business women from our community, covering educational and motivational business topics to include success stories, practical takeaways, engaging roundtable discussions, networking and more!  Also you do not want to miss our special Key Note Speaker - Natalie Madeira Cofield from the Office Of Women's Ownership, U.S. Small Business Administration.

Move your business forward with new found energy & confidence!

Tickets include continental breakfast, gourmet lunch and a networking reception.




Register by July 1 & attend the Special Pre-summit Session!

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SBA MA District Office Events

6/28 Visit with BDC Community Capital Corporation


Tuesday, June 28th – Lead Lender Relations Specialist Ili Spahiu and District Director Bob Nelson met with Karim Hill, President of the newly established CDFI named BDC Community Capital Corporation.  BDCCC is a treasury certified CDFI with a  focus on African American and Hispanic American business owners, and also businesses located in underserved areas throughout the Commonwealth.  Also participating in the meeting were Carol Fleit, EVP and Paul Flynn, President of BDC Capital Corp. the parent organization of BDCCC -- to talk about SBA's changes to our Community Advantage pilot program which streamlines the underwriting and processing of CA loans and has a goal of 60% to businesses in underserved communities, veterans and new businesses. BDC was our first in person visit to the MA SBA District Office since pre Covid.

6/27 Event at Berkshire Innovation Center with Congressman Neal and City of Pittsfield Mayor Tyer


Monday, June 27th, General Dynamic Mission Systems held a small business event focused on DoD contracting.  This daylong event held at the Berkshire Innovation Center was attended by Congressman Richard Neal and also the Mayor of Pittsfield, Linda Tyer.  Springfield Branch Manager, Oreste Varela provided an overview of federal contracting; and Procurement Technical Assistance Center Advisor for Western Massachusetts Grace Otta, provided an overview of PTAC services.  This event was well attended by over 70 small businesses, economic development organizations and many General Dynamic leaders.

6/24 Event with SBA Rhode Island and SEED Corp.

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On Friday June 24, the MA SBA District Office and the RI SBA District Offices participated in Southeastern Economic Development Corporation's (504 CDC/microlender and CA lender) full day lender training event in Middleborough, MA with DD Bob Nelson and DD Mark Hayward sharing welcoming remarks; and MA Lead LRS Ili Spahiu and RI LRS Dan Horowitz delivering the content on 7a.    SBA Microlender and Certified Development Corporation, SEED Corp. presented the 504 portion of the lender training.  This was the first in-person training event held by SEED in several years due to Covid and more than 60 lenders attended including many new and up and coming commercial lenders eager to learn about SBA and our capital programs.    

6/10 Event with the Merrimack Valley Chamber of Commerce

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On June 10th District Director Bob Nelson was the keynote at the Merrimack Valley Chamber of Commerce’s Annual Small Business Recognition Awards Program.  At this year’s celebration, a diversified line up of small businesses and small business champions were recognized by the chamber for their growth, advocacy, resiliency and support of the Merrimack Valley.  Most of the entities recognized received support from SBA’s recovery and traditional loan programs and all shared their thanks to the SBA for what was done to help small businesses to survive the Covid crisis.   This is why we do what we do every day!

NEWS RELEASE: U.S. Small Business Administration Announces Landmark Collaboration with Historically Black Fraternities and Sororities to Address the Wealth Gap Through Black Entrepreneurship

Release Date: June 14, 2022               
Release Number: 22-58 

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, signed a Strategic Alliance Memorandum (SAM)--an authority unique to the SBA among federal agencies--with President Reuben A. Shelton III, Esq., on behalf of the National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC)’s Council of Presidents, comprised of nine historically Black fraternities and sororities, sometimes referred to as the “Divine Nine.”

“This historic alliance between the SBA and the NPHC—the first of its kind for a government agency—will bring SBA’s valuable small business resources into reach for many small businesses and entrepreneurs, furthering the Biden-Harris Administration’s commitment to build equity and close historic wealth gaps that have held back America’s Black entrepreneurs, small business owners and their families and communities for generations,” said Administrator Guzman. “Over the past 18 months, the SBA has made incredible progress reaching more of America’s small businesses, delivering vital resources and support to entrepreneurs who have been historically underinvested in and overlooked—the same people and communities hit hardest by the COVID pandemic. Working alongside partners and allies within the Divine Nine will provide even greater reach for the SBA to better provide the highly entrepreneurial Black community access to networks, financial literacy, technical training, and capital readiness so they can successfully realize their American Dreams of business ownership, create jobs, and advance our economy.”

Announced in the leadup to Juneteenth, this new strategic alliance advances the SBA’s implementation of the Biden-Harris Administration’s commitment to building equity throughout the federal government and across America. Under the new alliance, a unique agreement for a federal government agency, the partnership will focus on increasing financial literacy within traditionally underserved, disadvantaged communities, expanding the Agency’s outreach, and introducing Black entrepreneurs to the SBA’s suite of tools and resources to start and grow their businesses including access to capital, government contracting opportunities and counseling.

Reuben A. Shelton III, Esq., Chairman of the Council of Presidents of the National Pan-Hellenic Council and Grand Polemarch of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.: “The National Pan Hellenic Council and its affiliate organizations are very excited about this opportunity with the U.S. Small Business Administration. This collaboration will give NPHC members critical access to information that will promote small business growth and create jobs in all sectors of our economy.”

Often represented on thousands of university campuses, including Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), with members in leadership roles across civic and business organizations and the faith community, the NPHC boasts over 2.5 million active members and scores of alumni members. Taken together, this group of engaged leaders is a critical ally in helping building trust within key communities and introducing small business owners to critical resources to bolster their business outcomes as we seek to close the wealth gap. The NPHC represents the following organizations:

  • Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.
  • Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.
  • Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.
  • Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.
  • Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
  • Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc.
  • Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.
  • Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc.
  • Iota Phi Theta Fraternity, Inc.


The SBA Has Deepened its Engagement and Support of African American, Black and Historically Disadvantaged Small Business Owners.

In line with the Biden-Harris Administration’s agenda outlined in the recently released SBA Equity Action Plan, the SBA has instituted several major changes to level the playing field for all small businesses, including making impactful reforms to the Community Advantage (CA) Pilot loan program that prioritizes equitable access to capital for low-income borrowers and those from underserved communities, releasing disaggregated data across industries and sectors by race and ethnicity and helping to deliver contracting reforms to bring in new, diverse contractors, and launching the American Rescue Plan’s $100 million Community Navigators program.

In addition, the SBA has expanded the number of Women’s Business Centers (WBCs) it supports to 146 – the largest WBC network in the history of the SBA. Notably, this investment under Administrator Guzman signifies the tripling of WBCs at HBCUs and Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs). Since March 2021, the complete listing of WBCs housed on the campuses of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) now includes:

  • Miles College, Fairfield, Alabama
  • Savannah State University, Savannah, Georgia
  • Morgan State University, Baltimore, Maryland
  • Bowie State University, Bowie, Maryland
  • Jackson State University, Jackson, Mississippi
  • Alcorn State University, Lorman, Mississippi
  • Bennett College, Greensboro, North Carolina
  • Winston-Salem State University, Winston Salem, North Carolina
  • Benedict College, Columbia, South Carolina
  • Virginia Union University, Richmond, Virginia


SBA remains committed to increasing capital for small businesses, including those in underserved communities. This means ensuring entrepreneurs have access to capital, standard and disaster lending programs, and PPP direct forgiveness as well as assistance in  growing their revenues by getting their products online or into global markets and accessing federal contracting opportunities, often by connecting them to one of the Agency’s newly launched Community Navigators, hundreds of Field Offices, or thousands of Resource Partners - including Small Business Development Centers, Women’s Business Centers, SCORE chapters, and Veterans Business Ownership Centers - for mentoring, training, and assistance in navigating government resources.

For additional information on SBA funding opportunities, please visit




About the National Pan-Hellenic Council
The National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC) was founded on May 10, 1930, at Howard University in Washington, DC. The purpose is to foster cooperative actions of its members in dealing with matters of mutual concern. To this end, the NPHC promotes the well-being of its affiliate fraternities and sororities, facilitates the establishment and development of local councils of the NPHC, and provides leadership training for its constituents.


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 7/26/22 / 9:00am - 10:00am
GET STARTED-Doing Business with the Federal Government

Thursday 7/28/22 / 9:00am - 10:30am
SBA 8(a) Business Development Program

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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. 

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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) (

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