Small Business Month in Massachusetts

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Photo: Lt. Governor Karyn Polito kicks off Small Business Month at Clark University in Worcester.  On stage is (l-r) Peter Milano, MOBD Regional Director, and Jay Ash, Secretary of EOHED.

The Baker-Polito Administration officially proclaimed May as Small Business Month in Massachusetts, citing small businesses as “the backbone of the American economy.”

This month, the Executive Office of Housing & Economic Development (EOHED) and Massachusetts Office of Business Development (MOBD) have scheduled ten listening sessions across the Commonwealth to discuss ways in which Massachusetts can encourage economic growth and job creation.  These listening sessions will inform the economic development strategy of the Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development.

Here is a schedule of the listening sessions.

Governor Charlie Baker said that small businesses “account for close to half of our state’s employment and our administration will continue to advance policies and partnerships to support our local economy. We welcome this opportunity to further engage the small business community on ideas to drive new growth and job creation.”

Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito said the contributions of small businesses “extend beyond the number of jobs they create and serve as a backbone of every region, downtown and community in Massachusetts.  We look forward to highlighting existing resources available to small businesses and soliciting further ideas through listening sessions across the state.”

EOHED Secretary Jay Ash said, “We are looking to create continuous engagement with our small business community to collaborate on how to best support this critical sector of the Massachusetts’ economy.”

MOBD Assistant Secretary for Business Development Nam Pham said the listening sessions “give us the opportunity to discuss the complex issues that our small businesses face, from access to capital to navigating state resources. Through conversations with stakeholders and local leaders, we hope to identify the challenges in each region of the Commonwealth and build strategies to expand opportunities for our small businesses.”