We’re excited to announce the return of the Women’s Small Business Summit, hosted by SCORE RI. This year’s event has gone virtual—and it’s packed with inspiration, insights, and resources for current and aspiring female small business owners.

With three focused events over four weeks, the Summit is purpose-built for busy female entrepreneurs. You can see the full schedule here.

The new virtual format includes:

  • Keynote speech by Secretary of State Nellie Gorbea 
  • Keynote speech and a group exercise by bnourished CEO Katie McDonald
  • Panel discussion with local female movers and shakers
  • Breakout sessions for starting, funding, and growing a business
  • Facilitated, small-group networking sessions

Along with the virtual Summit, SCORE is introducing a new Women’s Small Business Exchange Program, a private community to help female entrepreneurs strengthen their networks throughout the year. 

A full-access Summit pass costs $30; full access plus a 1-year membership in the Exchange Program is $42. All proceeds from the event go to support SCORE’s mentoring program, workshops, and other initiatives.

Click here to learn more and register for the event.

Virtual Workforce Training Fund Free Information Session 

[October 24, 2020] The Massachusetts Workforce Training Fund Program (WTFP) will be holding a virtual informational session with the Commonwealth Corporation to educate and engage with Massachusetts business owners looking to take advantage of the WTFP.

READ MORE

Baker-Polito Administration Announces Partnerships for Recovery with $774 Million Economic Recovery Plan

[October 23, 2020] This week, the Baker-Polito Administration announced a $774 million comprehensive plan to stabilize and grow the Massachusetts economy. The plan focuses on getting people back to work, supporting small businesses, fostering innovation, revitalizing downtowns and ensuring housing stability. Partnerships for Recovery begins today by directing $115 million in new funding to small businesses and Main Streets hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic and for workforce training efforts. Additionally, the Administration is aligning multiple funding sources, both existing and proposed, to appropriately respond to the crisis.

READ MORE

MicroBusiness Grants Available in Foxboro, Medfield and Walpole 

[October 6, 2020] The Towns of Foxboro, Medfield, and Walpole have created a microenterprise grant up to $10,000 for businesses located in their communities. Applications are now being accepted!

READ MORE

Angela Laperriere Named 2020 Rhode Island & New England Financial Services Champion

[October 5, 2020] Without capital, a small business’ journey ends before it even begins. Making sure that journey has a chance to flourish is what Angela Laperriere has been doing since 2011. Angela, better known as Angie, began her career with South Eastern Economic Development Corporation (SEED) as a marketing intern in 2010 prior to finishing her senior year at the University of Tampa.  After graduating in 2011, she was hired full-time as the marketing and business development officer. The position engrossed her in SEED’s lending program which paid dividends when she became involved with the lending side in 2012.

READ MORE

SCORE RI's Annual Women's Small Business Summit

[October 5, 2020] We’re excited to announce the return of the Women’s Small Business Summit, hosted by SCORE RI. This year’s event has gone virtual—and it’s packed with inspiration, insights, and resources for current and aspiring female small business owners. Open this article for a full list of events and registration information!

READ MORE

SEED Client Evans Machine Co. Named Family-Owned Business of the Year 

[September 17, 2020] The Small Business Administration (SBA) has named Evans Machine Co. the 2020 Jeffrey Butland Family Owned Business of the Year for Massachusetts and New England. Evans Machine Co. earned the recognition for contributions to the manufacturing industry and leadership in community service. Based in Brockton, Evans Machine Co. is a precision manufacturing facility involved in product development for several industries, including medical, health, defense, and automotive.

READ MORE

Laurie Driscoll of South Eastern Economic Development Corporation Named Financial Services Champion of the Year 

[September 16, 2020] 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.

READ MORE

SEED Receives Grant from U.S. Department of Commerce Economic Development Administration CARES Act Funding 

[August 28, 2020] The South Eastern Economic Development (SEED) Corporation has been awarded a $3.6 million grant from the Economic Development Administration CARES Act Recovery Assistance Fund under the U.S. Department of Commerce.  This new award is in addition to SEED’s current EDA grant funding of $3 million in support of the growth and development of entrepreneurs and small businesses in the South Eastern Massachusetts region.  Counties covered by these EDA funds include; Barnstable, Bristol, Dukes, Essex, Nantucket, Norfolk, Plymouth and Suffolk. 

READ MORE

SBA Announces First Online VETRN Training Program for Veteran Small Business Owners

[May 29, 2020] The SBA announced the first online VETRN Training Program for veteran small business owners and their immediate family members beginning in August 2020.

This award winning VETRN Streetwise MBA program was created exclusively for veterans to provide them with the skills, resources, mentoring and networking necessary to grow their own small business. The program is free of charge and is open to veterans and family members of established small businesses located in all New England states, New York and New Jersey.

READ MORE

South Eastern Ecomonic Development Corporation home page

80 Dean Street,
Taunton, MA 02780

1-508-822-1020

Business Hours:
Mon-Thu 8am-5pm
Friday 8am-4pm

SBA Lender Certified CDFI US Department of Treasury
SEED Corporation is a certified lender in Massachusetts and Rhode Island.

LinkedIn

SEED Corporation is an equal opportunity lender and business assistance partner.