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The Blackstone Valley Chamber of Commerce (BVCC) is pleased to announce that the Small Business Assistance Grant Review Committee recommended the BVCC be awarded a grant of $79,900 for the SBTA Resiliency Grant Program. The Secretary of the Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development has approved this grant per the recommendations of the RFP Review Committee and the Technical Assistance Sub-Committee of the Board of Directors of Mass Growth Capital Corporation (MGCC).

The mission of Massachusetts Growth Capital Corporation is to create and preserve jobs at small businesses, women and minority owned businesses, and to promote economic development in underserved, gateway municipalities and low and moderate income communities. Larry Andrews, Executive Director of MGCC, stated, “Your proposal demonstrated a strong alignment with this goal. We appreciate your organization’s current efforts and willingness to continue to play a vital role in this important work”.

The purpose of the Small Business Resiliency Technical Assistance Grant Program is to ensure that startups and existing businesses continue their path towards recovery in order to ensure future economic and entrepreneurial opportunity throughout the Commonwealth in a post Covid-19 era. The program is designed to complement and enhance traditional public and private small business assistance networks by providing technical assistance or training programs for under-resourced and disadvantaged businesses with 20 or fewer employees. The program seeks to facilitate economic stability and viability for small businesses by helping to improve their ability to navigate business operations in a post Covid-19 era, including ability to secure private and public financing, business grants, and micro-loans.

Jeannie Hebert, President and CEO of the BVCC states, “The BVCC values our long running partnership with MGCC and is honored by their trust and belief in our programs to support small business in the Blackstone Valley and Central Massachusetts. We look forward to utilizing this funding to help empower small businesses to grow and thrive in our region.”

The mission of the Blackstone Valley Chamber of Commerce is to promote the economic vitality of the Blackstone Valley. Meet the needs of the Chamber’s business members, while providing leadership on issues which impact the economy and quality of life in the Valley.

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