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Massachusetts SBA and the New England Chapter of the National Association of Minority Contractors Formalize Partnership to Help Local Businesses

Release Date: 
Monday, March 3, 2014
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Advisory Date: 
Wednesday, March 5, 2014
Advisory Number: 
Malise Sundstrom, 617-565-8417

SPRINGFIELD, MA – The U.S. Small Business Administration’s Massachusetts District Office signed a Strategic Alliance Memorandum (SAM) with the New England Chapter of the National Association of Minority Contractors (NAMC- MA). The strategic partnership between the two organizations was formalized at a special ceremony held at the Scibelli Enterprise Center in Springfield, Massachusetts on February 25, 2014. SBA’s New England Regional Administrator Seth Goodall was in attendance with SBA Massachusetts District Director Robert H. Nelson and provided remarks for the event.


The Mission of the New England Chapter of the National Association of Minority Contractors is to foster and expand mutually beneficial business opportunities between minority construction enterprises, building industry corporations, and government entities.


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 NAMC- MA is a huge milestone for the SBA’s Massachusetts District Office. With the signing of this agreement, SBA will be able to help the small business contracting community across the state by giving local contractors the tools and resources they need to become successful,” stated SBA District Director Bob Nelson. He added, “The SBA has been working hard in recent years to reach out and make resources available to the small business contracting community,  such as free on-demand training for firms applying for the 8(a) Business Development Program. We are delighted to join NAMC- MA in their effort to support this innovative, successful community.”


“The leadership and membership of the NAMC-MA chapter are very excited and optimistic about this partnership with the Massachusetts SBA, as it will provide access to federal government contracting, as well as key tools and resources that will build stronger and more competitive minority-owned construction contractors,” said Michael Jefferson, NAMC- MA Chapter Executive Director.


“We thank the district staff and especially the SBA’s Bob Nelson for reaching out to us to establish a relationship that will provide meaningful opportunities for minority-owned businesses in Massachusetts,” added Lisbon Haughton, NAMC- MA Chapter President.


SBA and NAMC- MA are joined by a common mission; helping small business contractors to succeed and grow in Massachusetts. The signed SAM allows both entities to work closer together to ensure contractors’ interests are adequately addressed in the state of Massachusetts.