BOSTON – The Small Business Administration (SBA) has named Laurie Driscoll, Vice President of South Eastern Economic Development Corporation, the 2020 Financial Services Champion of the Year for Massachusetts.
Driscoll earned the recognition as an advocate for small businesses, providing technical support and financing expertise to underserved entrepreneurs throughout the Commonwealth.
South Eastern Economic Development Corporation is a regional nonprofit economic development corporation, focusing on job creation. SEED makes micro loans as small as $1,000, SBA 504 Loans up to $5.5 million and provides technical assistance to small businesses.
“Development companies such as SEED play an important role in our lending community as they do not compete with banks but complement them,” said SBA Massachusetts District Director, Robert Nelson. “Laurie through the years has demonstrated a strong ability to work on behalf of small businesses to help them find the right fit for financing their dream and small business goals.”
In addition to her tenure with SEED since 2002, Driscoll has also served her community in a number of roles, including: member of the Economic Development Committee in Lakeville; board director at the Cranberry Country Chamber of Commerce; and member of the Risk Management Association Women’s Affinity Group.
“For the past 18 years, working with small business owners has been both an honor and a privilege,” said Vice President, Laurie Driscoll. “These are the folks who roll up their sleeves daily to provide services, produce products and create jobs in their communities. They are the true life blood of our economy and to help them achieve and support their goals is extremely rewarding.”
Driscoll has also given back through the years by serving on the board and advisory board for Corline Cronan’s Family, Inc., a non-profit charitable organization serving the less fortunate in Greater Taunton; and volunteering at National Mill Dog Rescue in Colorado, a group that saves puppy mill dogs.
The Financial Services Champion of the Year award is presented annually to an economic development practitioner who advocates on behalf of small business interests and helps deliver significant contributions to the small business community. Driscoll was nominated for the award by Nancy Lowd, Senior Advisor at MSBDC.
Driscoll will be honored virtually at the annual SBA Massachusetts Small Business Week Awards event on Wednesday, September 23rd, 2020. Rescheduled from May, National Small Business Week will be a 3-day virtual conference from Tuesday, September 22nd to Thursday, September 24th.