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The South Eastern Economic Development (SEED) Corporation has been awarded a $1.14 million dollar grant from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts through Mass Growth Capital Corporation (MGCC).  The CDFI Match Grant Program will continue to support lending programs that lower the barriers small businesses face in accessing essential start-up, expansion, and general working capital. These $14.7 million in matching funds are being allocated to 15 non-profits that will administer these loan programs to reach small businesses in their communities.

“To address the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on the Commonwealth’s small businesses and main streets, our Administration put forward the largest relief program in the nation as part of our comprehensive plan for economic recovery,” said Governor Charlie Baker.  “With this new round of funding for technical assistance, access to capital, and digital tools, we are strengthening our support for small businesses and taking another major step toward a return to normal.”
 
“The combination of technical assistance and access to capital is critical to supporting businesses along their path to growth and is also a key part of our strategy for economic recovery,” said Lt. Governor Karyn Polito.  “We are grateful to MGCC for their work to provide vital assistance to small businesses throughout the pandemic.”
 
“These new tools and resources, combined with our Small Business Technical Assistance program, continues our support for small businesses that serve traditionally disadvantaged communities and also suffered disproportionately during the pandemic, and provide them with a path to short-term recovery and long-term success,” said Housing and Economic Development Secretary Mike Kennealy. “By increasing access to essential technical assistance, business education, skills training, and capital, we can help make certain the Commonwealth’s diverse small businesses are a part of the return to normal for our downtowns, main streets and our entire economy.”

“We are honored to receive this grant which will increase SEED’s total capital to $15 million for small loans up to $250,000 and enable SEED to continue meeting the financing needs of start-up and expanding small businesses in underserved markets, and economically distressed areas in Southeastern MA,” stated Susan Murray, SEED’s Executive Director.   “These loans are typically in conjunction with a financing institution to reduce their level of risk, however SEED can also lend independently when traditional financing is not available.  SEED’s terms are more flexible regarding use of funds, repayment, collateral and personal credit scores, however jobs must be created or retained,” explained Murray.

SEED is a non-profit corporation established and certified by SBA in 1982 to assist small businesses in Southeastern MA including the Cape and Islands, Middlesex and Suffolk counties, and the entire state of Rhode Island. Under various loan programs including the SBA Micro Loan and 504 Programs, SEED makes loans from $5,000 to $5 million to assist small businesses grow and create jobs. Over the past 38 years, SEED has made 2,231 loans totaling $400 million, leveraging $825 million in private funds, and assisting in the creation of 13,450 new jobs.

SEED also provides technical assistance to small businesses and works with other economic development organizations, various resource partners through the SBA, and financing institutions in the region to ensure that individuals who are committed to owning and operating a small business can obtain the assistance they need to be successful.

For more information about SEED’s loan programs, and free entrepreneurial workshops, please call 508-822-1020 or visit SEED at www.seedcorp.com.

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SEED Makes 68 Small Business Loans Totaling $17.8 million in 2022

[November 30, 2022]  In 2022, the South Eastern Economic Development (SEED) Corporation made 68 small business loans totaling $17.8 million and assisted in the creation of 398 new jobs. These loans were either made in participation with the region’s financial institutions to meet a financing gap, or as direct loans to small businesses not able to obtain conventional financing.

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[November 18, 2022]  SEED is extremely proud to announce that Lisa Holmes, Senior Vice President, Lending Team Leader, has been named the 2022 CDC Employee of the Year by the National Association of Development Companies (NADCO)! Selected from a pool of candidates nationwide, Lisa is being presented this award for exemplifying exceptional leadership, a strong team mentality, and an expertise in small business lending that has elevated her organization, colleagues, and clients. She was formally recognized this week at NADCO's 2022 conference in Denver, Colorado. 

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Tamarah Bacon Joins SEED Lending Team

[November 17, 2022]  Tamarah Bacon has recently joined SEED Corporation's lending team, as a Vice President and Commercial Loan Officer, and brings with her over 17 years of experience with traditional and non-traditional lending institutions. Tamarah works with clients and banking partners on micro, small, and SBA 504 loans, as well as SBA Community Advantage Loans.

Prior to joining SEED, she was an AVP and Commercial Loan Officer at Coastal1 Credit Union (formerly Pawtucket Credit Union). Tamarah earned her Bachelor of Science from Roger Williams University and her Master of Public Administration from Bridgewater State University.

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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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