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Senator Warren Hosts 2nd Annual Business Matchmaker Event

Michael Prior, Director, Business Development / NGM Programs, MassMEP; Senator Elizabeth Warren; and Tom Andrellos, Project Manager, MassMEP

Senator Elizabeth Warren and the U.S. Small Business Administration, through its American Supplier Initiative, recently hosted the 2nd Annual Massachusetts Business Matchmaker Event at the Sheraton Hotel in Framingham, MA. The primary purpose of the event was to bring resources and small businesses together, matching capabilities with opportunities in the hope that new connections would bring new business.

The event was officially kicked off by Robert Nelson, District Director for the Small Business Administration (SBA), with comments provided by Robert Zarnetske, General Services Administration (GSA) Regional Administrator, Seth Goodall, Regional Administrator for the SBA. Senator Warren also remarked on the importance of matching companies to the right resources so that real progress can be made on many economic fronts. She also stressed the need for continuing events like this so that the Massachusetts business sector can become more aware of and take better advantage of the many resources available to them.

The event was well attended. Over 250 people took advantage of a busy morning agenda which included four workshops that provided advice on  "Making the Perfect Pitch," "Federal and State Certifications Needed for Business Development," "Surety Bonding and Tips for Success," and "Capital for Growing Businesses."

In addition, businesses had the opportunity to talk to many resources that included the Massachusetts Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MassMEP), the Small Business Development Centers (SBDC), the Center For Women and Enterprise (CWE) and many others. Most companies also took advantage of pre-scheduling one-on-one meetings with resources who not only provided business advice, but who listened to what the companies had to offer.

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