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Resources For Boston-Area Entrepreneurs - October 26, 2020

The Authors & Innovators Business Ideas Festival on October 29-30 is a unique opportunity to take your business knowledge to the next level.  This two-day event is jam-packed with insights, idea exchange, and thoughtful, intelligent conversation. You will learn from business book authors, innovators, and top business minds as we engage in discussions on a variety of topics. More information here.

The EforAll Accelerator Program is a free, one-year program offered twice a year in each of their communities. This program offers a unique combination of immersive business training, mentorship and access to an extended professional network. Anyone with a dream to start or grow a business or nonprofit is encouraged to apply.
Longmont 2021 Winter Accelerator - apply by November 5
Lynn 2021 Winter Accelerator - apply by November 5
Holyoke 2021 Winter Accelerator - apply by November 5

More information here.

MassCEC’s Triple Decker Design Challenge is soliciting proposals from design/build firms, architects, and other qualified applicants to identify replicable and scalable all-electric triple-decker energy retrofit approaches.The program seeks to set a new and scalable standard for transitioning these iconic New England dwellings into high-performing, low-carbon buildings. Proposals are due November 6. More information here.

The ultimate event for the customer engagement world goes virtual for 2020!

On the 10th & 11th November 2020, Call & Contact Centre Virtual brings the same fantastic content directly to you. From the comfort of your home, office or wherever you may be, you will have access to:

  • Watch insightful seminars from marketing experts
  • Engage in live Q&A sessions
  • Explore innovative products and solutions from leading vendors
  • Book one-to-one or group product demonstrations and meetings through video chat
  • Network virtually with industry peers through video chat

The new virtual platform allows you to hand pick the sessions relevant to your business needs and interests to build your personal schedule for the 2 days. Discover the latest innovations, technologies and strategies taking the industry by storm across the 2 unmissable days. More information here.


The Commonwealth of Massachusetts has made $50.8 million in grants available to support small businesses, microenterprises, and their employees, families and communities. Massachusetts Growth Capital Corporation (MGCC) will be administering these funds to businesses experiencing economic hardship and a loss of income due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Preference will also be given to applicants that have not been able to receive aid from other federal programs related to COVID-19. Applications are due November 12. More information here.



During times of crisis, entrepreneurs are needed more than ever. The new Techstars Startup Weekend Silicon Valley Womxn Online on November 13-15 lets you continue building your entrepreneurial community in a safe, innovative environment during the COVID-19 pandemic and safety restrictions. Like the traditional, in-person Techstars Startup Weekend (TSW), the 54-hour online event is designed to provide superior experiential education for technical and non-technical entrepreneurs. During the event attendees pitch ideas, form teams and start companies. These events are very community focused and provide a place for budding entrepreneurs to find co-founders, mentors and momentum for their ideas. More information here.


Eligible Massachusetts businesses of any size may apply for training grants through the Workforce Training Fund’s Express Program. The Express Program offers cash grants to businesses to cover up to 50% of the cost of training employees, up to $3,000 per employee per course. Additional limitations apply. More information here.

BBB Serving E. MA, ME, RI & VT is proud to launch Main St. Matters, a program that will offer emergency grants (does not need to be paid back) in the form of a $1,000 grant award for small businesses (1-20 employees) who have been financially impacted during the COVID-19 pandemic. These businesses must be located in Braintree, Holbrook, Quincy, Randolph, or Stoughton, MA. More information here.