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Jordi Labs, LLC of Mansfield, MA (pictured below, top right) has been selected as this year’s Small Business of the Year. The company was founded in 1980 by Howard Jordi, and for the past eight years has been run by his son Mark Jordi and longtime family friend Patrick Burke. 

The team of Ph.D scientists at Jordi Labs specializes in providing high-quality analytical chemistry services and came to SEED in 2013 for SBA 504 financing, which allowed the business to purchase their commercial property in Mansfield. Since the completion of the project, Jordi Labs has seen consistent revenue increases, and are currently on track to increase revenue by 22% from 2017 to 2020. With this impressive growth in sales, the company has also increased staff from 22 employees at the time the loan was made to 41 employees.

David Emmons of Rockland Trust (pictured below, left) is this year's Banker of the Year recipient. Dave partnered with SEED on multiple financing projects during Fiscal Year 2020, all of which demonstrate his confidence in the SBA 504 program. His ability to determine which loan programs are the best fit for his customers truly underscores his commitment to strengthening the small business community and is among the reasons he was chosen to receive this award. 

“I am extremely grateful to receive this recognition from SEED," stated David. "Their team of lenders are experts in small business and 504 lending who are always adding value to our customers’ relationship.  I feel confident when discussing with borrowers the benefits of partnering with SEED that they will do everything possible to advocate for our customer amongst their underwriters and the SBA, if necessary.  Working with SEED is a true partnership and I take great honor in receiving this award.” 

Pasquale "Pat" Ciaramella (pictured below, bottom right) is the 2020 recipient of the Regional Business Advocate of the Year. The award is presented every year in memory of Gus Yankopoulus for his involvement in SEED’s early years, and also in appreciation and recognition of his lifetime work to build the region’s economy.  

Pat has served on SEED’s Board of Directors for the past 11 years, and was a SEED member for many years before that. He dedicated 42 years of service to the Old Colony Planning Council, and was named Executive Director in 2011. Pat has made countless contributions to the City of Brockton and the surrounding communities for the advancement of small businesses. 

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SEED to Participate in Spanish-Speaking Micro Lender Panel hosted by Center for Women & Enterprise 

[July 14, 2022]  The Center for Women & Enterprise (Eastern MA office) will be holding a micro lending panel entitled Micro Loans: Capital for Your Business from Local Organizations administered entirely in Spanish. SEED Corporation will sit on the panel along with resource partners from Ascendus, Boston Local Development Corporation, Dorchester Bay Economic Development Corporation, the U.S. Small Business Administration, and Surfside Capital Advisors, all of whom will be delivering information on business lending practices to an audience of Spanish-speaking business owners. 

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SEED Receives $3 Million in American Rescue Plan Funds to Serve Small Businesses in Eastern Massachusetts 

[May 13, 2022]  U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina M. Raimondo announced that the Department’s Economic Development Administration (EDA) is awarding SEED a $3 million grant to capitalize and administer a revolving loan fund. This grant is funded by the American Rescue Plan. This grant will be used to provide gap financing to small, local businesses in Barnstable, Bristol, Dukes, Essex, Nantucket, Norfolk, Plymouth and Suffolk counties as they recover, grow, and create new employment opportunities. This EDA grant will be matched with $750,000 in local funds and is expected to create 100 jobs, retain 150 jobs, and generate $7.5 million in private investment, according to grantee estimates.

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$75 million in New Grants Available for MA Small Businesses

[February 24, 2022]  Governor Baker announced yesterday that the Commonwealth of Massachusetts has made $75,000,000 available to support small businesses negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. These funds will be administered through two different grant programs, the New Applicant Grant Program and the Inclusive Grant Program, are being provided through the Massachusetts Growth Capital Corporation. 

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SEED Names Baldies Pizzeria of Lakeville 2021 Small Business of the Year

[December 23, 2021]  SEED Corporation has selected Baldies Pizzeria of Lakeville, MA as the 2021 recipient of the Small Business of the Year Award. This family-owned and operated restaurant was established in 1998 by owner Mike Mastrangelo and specializes in gourmet brick-oven pizzas, as well as subs, tacos, soups, salads, and a wide variety of other main dishes. They also offer an extensive menu of craft beers (40 to try!), wines, and hard seltzers. 

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SEED Names Chris Cooney of Metro South Chamber of Commerce the 2021 Regional Business Advocate of the Year

[December 21, 2021]  SEED Corporation has selected Chris Cooney of the Metro South Chamber of Commerce as the 2021 recipient of the "Gus Yankopoulos" Regional Business Advocate of the Year Award for his volunteer service to SEED over the last 21 years. Established in 1999 in memory of Gus Yankopoulos, the award is presented annually on a merit basis to an individual who has performed exceptional work on behalf of the region’s economy. For the last 22 years, SEED has presented the winner with a Lucky print by the late local artist Arthur Moniz.

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