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.

“I’ve had the pleasure of witnessing Angie grow as a lender and ally to small businesses. As she became more involved with SBA lending, we began seeing more of her and it was easy to identify the passion she had for the process,” said SBA District Director Mark S. Hayward. “You could tell that whomever she was working with or whatever loan she was trying to get approved, she was fully invested. She cares about the people she is working with and she believes in them. I think that is something we often overlook in the startup process… having people behind the small business owner who believe in them and believes in what they are trying to achieve. That goes a long way,” he added.

Since joining the lending team in 2012, Angie has closed 278 small business loans for over $16 million, creating 1,204 jobs. Of those loans, 71 were made to Rhode Island small business totaling approximately $4 million and creating 262 jobs. Angie has also led the charge for SEED as an SBA micro lender, with her efforts pushing SEED to the top of the micro lender list culminating in SEED being name the SBA Rhode Island Micro Lender of the Year from 2012 to 2016 and again in 2019.

“Angie’s commitment to working with entrepreneurs and small businesses is evident in everything she does,” said Susan E. Murray, Executive Director of SEED Corporation. “Angie is an advocate for her clients and champions their business financing needs, working tirelessly to prepare them for success. Angie is a strong voice for small business in Rhode Island and Southeastern Massachusetts!”

While lending is her primary focus, it is by no means the only way Laperriere helps the small business community. An active member in the SBA resource partner network, Angie regularly participates in financing panels, lender roundtables, accessing capital workshops and various other small group presentations in conjunction with SBA resource partners like the Small Business Development Center, SCORE, and the Center for Women & Enterprise. In her almost nine years at SEED, Angie has participated in, presented, or taught over 325 educational sessions and assisted over 4,400 entrepreneurs in their quest of small business ownership.

“I nominated Angie for the SBA’s Financial Services Champion Award because she is incredibly hardworking and cares deeply about the people she is assisting to start or grow their businesses,” said Tamarah Bacon, Assistant Vice President of Commercial Banking at Pawtucket Credit Union. “Angie understands the challenges small business owners are facing and works closely with them to ensure that they feel confident as they move forward to realize their dreams of owning a business.”

“It has been very rewarding being able to work with small businesses every day and be part of their success story,” said Laperriere. “I love to hear about what drives them, challenges they face, and providing them with the financing and assistance they need to either get their business off the ground or take it to the next level.  I take pride in my job and helping others succeed and am very fortunate to be able to do what I do,” she added. The pride she takes in her job is evident in the relationships she has built with her clients. These are relationships that do not end with a loan closing, but instead continue with support in all aspects of the business. Afterall, doesn’t every small business deserve a champion?


SBA Re-Opening Paycheck Protection Program

[January 14, 2021]  The program will open to lenders with $1 Billion or less in assets on Friday, January 15, all other lenders will be granted access to the program on Tuesday, January 19.  Business owners should reach out to their local banks and credit unions to take advantage of this program as soon as possible. 

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SBA Announces Interactive Digital Platform for Women-Owned Businesses

[January 13, 2021]  SBA has announced Ascent, an interactive digital platform packed with resources women business owners need to set, and achieve, their business goals. Ascent is designed for the “missing middle” — growth-oriented women entrepreneurs who are beyond the start-up phase and already generating revenue yet looking to grow and scale. Most learning resources for business owners focus on either start-ups or mature businesses. Ascent is here to change that!

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Sector-Specific Relief Grant Program for Massachusetts Businesses Deadline Notice

[January, 2021]  Applications must be submitted by Friday, January 15th! The Commonwealth of Massachusetts has made an additional $668 million available to support businesses through new and existing programs. Massachusetts Growth Capital Corporation (MGCC) will target a portion of these funds to sectors experiencing the most significant economic hardship and a loss of revenue due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Baker-Polito Administration Announces $668 Million Small Business Relief Package

[December 29, 2020]  Last week, the Baker-Polito Administration launched a $668 million program to provide financial assistance to Massachusetts small businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The program in part relies on the pending federal COVID-19 relief bill recently passed by Congress. 

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SEED Corporation Names Winners for 2020 

[December 10, 2020] Jordi Labs, LLC of Mansfield, MA has been selected as this year’s Small Business of the Year. David Emmons of Rockland Trust is this year's Banker of the Year recipient. And Pasquale "Pat" Ciaramella is the 2020 recipient of the Regional Business Advocate of the Year.

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It's Veteran's Small Business Week!

[November 2, 2020] In observance of the U.S. Small Business Administration’s celebration of National Veteran's Small Business Week, SEED is partnering with the SBA to participate on a virtual financing panel for the veteran- and military-owned small business community.  The workshops will provide information on the resources available to help these entrepreneurs start or grow their business.  Follow the link below for the financing panel or visit https://www.sba.gov/national-veterans-small-business-week  for more information on other virtual workshops available near you!

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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. 

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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.

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