Success Stories

Grants and Technical Assistance available to help Boston small businesses grow

By Norman Eng, Public Affairs Specialist


Small businesses in the City of Boston have a wealth of resources available to help them start and grow.  In addition to support from the SBA resource network – Boston-based business owners can access free trainings, technical assistance and grants from the local government.

As the owner of the building at 1290 Blue Hill Avenue in the Boston neighborhood of Mattapan, Denise O’Marde needed a little assistance and took advantage of available resources to transform her idea into reality.  


Storefront improvement grants available from local government
The big obstacle for O’Marde was updating her building to conform to modern food service standards.  In order to bring the building up to commercial code with the city’s inspectional services department, O’Marde learned that she had to replace all of the plumbing in the... Read More

Coaching and capital from MSBDC and MGCC help businesses grow

By Norman Eng, Public Affairs Specialist


A football player, Jeff McSharry sustained several knee injuries throughout his high school and college playing career.  Friends got him to take yoga classes for his injuries, and that’s when he began realizing the health benefits of yoga.

In 2009, a friend founded KULAE, where McSharry started working as the sales director.  After about six years of building the business and polishing Jeff ‘s skills to eventually take over the business, the founder wanted to exit and sell the business to McSharry so he could focus on other projects. 

MSBDC Business Development Coaching
When McSharry took over as owner of KULAE, he began getting more focused in all aspects of the business and started meeting more regularly with a business mentor he saw speak at a business seminar – Jill Beresford of the Massachusetts Small Business Development Center.... Read More

How PTAC helped Broco Oil land a multi-million dollar contract with the Department of Defense by challenging the SBA’s non-manufacturer rule 

By Norman Eng, Public Affairs Specialist


Robert Brown is a U.S. Navy Seabee veteran who settled back to civilian life working as an oil delivery truck driver.   Shortly after his release from active duty in 2005 – he started working for a local company, then took his Seabee “Can-Do” attitude and launched Broco Oil.

Banks were hesitant to approve him since he was just starting out as a young entrepreneur and he had no collateral to secure a loan.  In 2007 however, Brown was approved for an unsecured $25,000 SBA loan – which he used to purchase an old fuel truck for $7,000 and rented a parking space for $100 a month. 


Procurement Technical Assistance Center & Certification
Brown started building his residential oil delivery portfolio, but kept growing steadily into the commercial and public... Read More

How Renee King Diaz started The Queen’s Cups from her parent’s kitchen

by Norman Eng, Public Affairs Specialist


Millennials in America aren’t as entrepreneurial as one may think.  Young people often have the energy and ideas, but lack the technical experience and financial resources to get new ventures off the ground.  According to a report by the SBA Office of Advocacy – less than 2 percent of Millennials reported self-employment, compared with 7.6 percent for Generation X and 8.3 percent for Baby Boomers[1]. These variances reflect the youth of Millennials and the positive relationship between age and entrepreneurship.

One time-tested blueprint for success has been to start out of your parent’s place – and that’s where Renee King Diaz launched The Queen’s Cups.  After graduating from Worcester State University with a degree in psychology, Diaz was unsure of her next step after school.  Instagram had just become popular and Diaz had been creating all... Read More