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Newsletter from the Merrimack Valley Small Business Assistance Center

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Greetings!

Would a small loan to purchase a new piece of equipment or working capital help your business grow? Did you know that the Merrimack Valley Microloan Fund stands ready to assist local businesses by providing a microloan up to $5,000 with a fixed low interest rate to meet your lending needs and help build up your credit at the same time?

Don’t delay! Find out more
http://www.merrimackvalleysmallbusiness.com/services/microloan-fund/

Right Start Graduates Get Together
Pictured from left to right, Terry Williams, Shelagh Casey of Refind, Kim Scalia of Relovable Dog, Olga Saratova of Olga Saratova Photography, Kristin Wallace, Evangeline Bates of Evangeline Interiors, and Paul Hutchinson.
Thanks to important feedback from our Right Start Graduates and other clients, we’ve been busy making changes to our entrepreneurial trainings and can’t wait to launch two new series this fall!
Our Entrepreneurial Boot Campfor Pre-Concept & Start-Up Businesseswill lead entrepreneurs through defining their personal vision & goals and to determining whether their business concept is a feasible business opportunity. At the end of this very hands-on course, participants will have examined their business ideas from every angle and written a business plan, which will help them decide if the business idea is a “go” or a “no go” before making plans to launch the venture. This training will also include support around the technical steps involved in start-up.
Our Financial Tune Up Boot Camp for Start-Up & Existing Businesses will lead entrepreneurs through the basics of financial literacy and will include the important features of a well run business. Entrepreneurs will learn about financial basics, bookkeeping, inventory management & control, taxes, financing, marketing.
Best,

Stacie Hargis
Director

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SMALL BUSINESS WORKSHOPS CALENDAR  
 
CLICK HERE to be taken to our events calendar.

 
Please RSVP for all workshops and trainings. Fees may apply and will be due at time of class. A fee waiver may be requested, please inquire when signing up.The Center reserves the right to cancel or reschedule a workshop or class due to insufficient enrollment or weather.
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Greetings!

2012 was a great year for us here at the MVSBC and we are busily preparing our 2012 Annual Report to share all our successes. Please stay tuned. In the meantime, there are so many opportunities coming up for training, business plan competitions and networking. 
       
Are you interested in starting your own video or media business? Through a partnership with Lowell Telecommunications Corporation, now may be the time! The Videographer Start-up Boost (VSB) is a program designed with you in mind. This four month program will give you all the tools and training you need to envision, plan for, test and launch your own video business – whether it s documentary production company, a social media consulting firm, a wedding video business, or something we haven't event thought of yet. We want to help YOU get there, because we care about creating great media and helping small businesses to grow. The mission of the VSB Program is to gather, train, and support budding video and media entrepreneurs to create more small businesses delivering quality media services to the Merrimack Valley and beyond. Find out more.

Are you a new, emerging or growing company located in the Merrimack Valley?  We are looking for companies to enter the ninth annual North of Boston Business Plan Competition. You can enter to win the following: 

  • 1st Prize - $5,000
  • 2nd Prize - $3,000
  • 3rd Prize - $2,000

We are proud to co-sponsor this competition because we think it's a wonderful opportunity for start-up & growing businesses in the Merrimack Valley to gain funding and visibility. All you need to know about eligibility and rules may be found hereDeadline for plan overview & entry is Friday, February 22, 2013. Let us know how we can help you! 

As a reminder, it's that time of year when everyone is thinking about taxes. Check out this great tax calendar for small business and the self-employed from the IRS here.

Best,

Stacie Hargis
Director
Community Teamwork’s
Merrimack Valley Small Business Center

 


Client Success:

Congratulations to Christina Hamilton, a client we've been working with to open her dream business, Delightful Surprise SweetsChristina has completed the MVSBC's Entrepreneurial Boot Camp, Financial Tune UP Boot Camp & Loan Prep Course. She is also our first Credit Builder Loan recipient. With this loan, she will continue to work towards opening her business over the next few months, so stay tuned as we take the journey with her! 

If you are interested in learning more about our Merrimack Valley Microloan Fund products, please contact Kristin Wallace directly at 978-322-8403 or [email protected]


 



Want to learn more about the MVSBC?
You are invited to:
“Are you READY… to start a small business?”
Tuesday, February 5, 2013 / 6:00pm to 8:00pm
@ the MVSBC  
This workshop will give you a chance to:

  • Find out if starting a business is right for you.
  • Learn about our programs, including the Entrepreneurial Boot Camp, other trainings and the Merrimack Valley Microloan Fund.
  • Mingle and meet other entrepreneurs – get new perspectives about your idea or business!

Please RSVP directly to [email protected].
 

Networking Night
You are invited to:
Join us for our networking nights, the second Tuesdays of each month. 
Tuesday, February 12, 2013 / 6:00pm to 8:00pm
@ the MVSBC  

  • Mingle and meet other entrepreneurs, current clients, future clients – get new perspectives about your idea or business!
  • Each networking event we host, we invite a local, successful small business owner to discuss their experiences and offer suggestions and guidance to you.

Please RSVP directly to [email protected].
 


IN THE NEWS
Congratulations to Ismael Rosado, a client who recently won a grant to install a special art project in Lowell. 

This is a project that aims to strengthen and interpret visually, social problems that affect us in the community. Learn more here about Lowell Cultural Council grants here: http://mass-culture.org/Lowell  


SMALL BUSINESS WORKSHOPS CALENDAR  

Be sure to check out our events calendar to see all the awesome events coming up!
CLICK HERE 

 

The mission of Community Teamwork's 
Merrimack Valley Small Business Center is to provide entrepreneurs from ethnically and economically diverse groups with the education, tools and resources needed to create, sustain or expand viable small businesses.

Location:
88 Middle St., 2nd Floor, Downtown Lowell, 01852
Phone:
978-322-8400
Website:
http://www.merrimackvalleysmallbusiness.com

 

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