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SBA Events Aim to Connect Pittsfield with Biz Resources

Starting or Growing Your Business; and Life after Service
Release Date: 
Friday, September 8, 2017
Release Number: 
Norman Eng 617-565-8510

BOSTON – SBA Massachusetts District Office is delivering a series of events in the City of Pittsfield to raise awareness about small business resources available to the public, especially veterans.

“Through this series of events, we hope to raise awareness about the SBA and connect Pittsfield residents to start and grow their business,” said Robert Nelson, SBA Massachusetts District Director.  “Pittsfield is home to Yummy Treasures, our 2017 Microenterprise of the Year – a shining example of the Bay State’s entrepreneurial spirit.”

  • Business Smart Workshop
    Thursday, September 14th / 9:00am – 9:45amLearn simple steps before starting your business and connect with resources for help with business plan development, legal requirements and more.
  • Government Contracting Can Grow Your Business!
    Thursday, September 14th / 10:00am – 12:00pm
    Learn about how to get started in federal procurement and how to win business by leveraging certifications and free technical assistance.
  • Boots to Business REBOOT
    Wednesday, September 20, 2017 / 9:30am – 4:30pm
    A two-step entrepreneurship training program offered to Veterans of all eras (Service members, including members of the National Guard and Reserves) and their spouses. Curriculum provides a deep dive into exploring business ownership or other self-employment opportunities with a day-long workshop and an 8-week online webinar series.


“Our Business Smart Workshop is a precursor to owning a business, it well help anyone interested in business ownership and even those who have recently started a business,” said Oreste Varela, SBA Springfield Branch Manager.

"For local entrepreneurs looking to start and grow a business, it's a smart investment of time," said Keith Girouard, Berkshire Regional Director for the Massachusetts Small Business Development Center Network.


About the U.S. Small Business Administration:

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) was created in 1953 and since January 13, 2012, has served as a Cabinet-level agency of the federal government to aid, counsel, assist and protect the interests of small business concerns, to preserve free competitive enterprise and to maintain and strengthen the overall economy of our nation.  The SBA helps Americans start, build and grow businesses.  Through an extensive network of field offices and partnerships with public and private organizations, the SBA delivers its services to people throughout the United States, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Guam.  To learn more, visit


About the Berkshire Regional Office of MSBDC:

The Berkshire Regional Office of MSBDC assists more than 200 small businesses annually by providing high-quality, in-depth advising, training and access to capital - contributing to the entrepreneurial growth of small business throughout Berkshire County. The MSBDC Network is a partnership of the U.S. Small Business Administration, the Massachusetts Office of Business Development and a consortium of higher education institutions.  To learn more, visit