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Massachusetts SBA and the Boston Chapter of the National Association of Asian American Professionals Formalize Partnership to Help Local Entrepreneurs

Release Date: 
Thursday, October 9, 2014
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Advisory Date: 
Thursday, October 9, 2014
Malise Sundstrom, 617-565-8417

BOSTON, MA – The U.S. Small Business Administration’s Massachusetts District Office signed a Strategic Alliance Memorandum (SAM) with the Boston Chapter of the National Association of Asian American Professionals (NAAAP). The strategic partnership between the two organizations was formalized at a special ceremony held at the Marriott hotel in Cambridge, Massachusetts on Saturday October 4, 2014. SBA’s Massachusetts District Director Robert H. Nelson was in attendance and provided remarks for the event.


The Mission of the Boston Chapter of the National Association of Asian American Professionals is to cultivate, support and promote Asian American leaders through professional development programs, community services engagements, and diverse industry connections.


The SBA, as a part of the U.S. federal government, works to maintain and strengthen the nation's economy by aiding, counseling, assisting and protecting the interests of small businesses and by helping families and businesses recover from national disasters.


“Our partnership with NAAAP is an important milestone for the Massachusetts District Office. With the signing of this agreement, SBA will be able to help new groups of entrepreneurs achieve their goals,” stated SBA District Director Bob Nelson. He added, “The SBA has been working hard in recent years to make resources available through new and dynamic partnerships such as this one. We are delighted to join NAAAP in their efforts to support entrepreneurs.”


"We are very excited to form this strategic partnership with the SBA in promoting the leadership development of Asian American professionals in all fields,” said Eric Lam, President of NAAAP Boston. “Core to our mission in building leaders, NAAAP Boston will be able to help entrepreneurs in the Greater Boston area succeed through leveraging the resources and networks that SBA can offer."


SBA and NAAAP are joined by a common mission; helping entrepreneurs to succeed and grow in Massachusetts. The signed SAM allows both entities to work closer together to ensure entrepreneurs’ interests are adequately addressed in the Greater Boston area.