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ReConvene Series: Finding Resources as a Small Business

October 26, 2021 | 10:00 am | 11:00 am EDT

Join us for a series on how to harness workforce development as an effective employee engagement tool within the world of work.

About ReConvene

The future of the workplace is being reinvented by emerging technologies and new ways of thinking. The future of workforce development must be equally innovative to meet the challenges of the 21st-century economy. ReConvene brings together workforce development, business, and government leaders to share insights, challenges, best practices, and strategies that are redefining the region’s workforce.

It’s time for the Future of Work to be an intentional and meaningful part of your organization. This series is designed to address both strategic and tactical decisions and priorities.

Finding Resources as a Small Business

Discover how the SBA empowers future leaders and helps small businesses succeed.

Almost 30 million small businesses throughout the nation are responsible for creating two out of three net new jobs in the private sector and employing more than half of the nation’s workers. The COVID-19 public health crisis and the ensuing economic crisis have produced numerous challenges for small, micro, and solo businesses throughout the country. It can be challenging to find resources for small businesses, whether they are searching for new capital for operations during these challenging economic times or considering starting a business. 

In order to help small businesses across the country not just endure, but recover on solid footing, the Small Business Administration and Commonwealth Corporation have partnered to provide critical assistance and support. At this event, entrepreneurs and employees alike can prepare for important milestones by receiving guidance on how to begin looking for help and how to take advantage of everything offered.

Meet our Speakers from the SBA

Robert H. Nelson was appointed district director of SBA’s Massachusetts District Office on November 26, 2007. The district office is located in Boston with a branch office in Springfield, Massachusetts.

As district director, Mr. Nelson is responsible for the effective delivery of SBA’s financial and business development programs with a mission to counsel, assist and protect the interest of small businesses statewide in order to maintain and strengthen the economy. He has 25 years of federal service,19 of which have been with the SBA.

Before joining the SBA, Bob spent a number of years with the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC). He also has a number of years of banking experience having been a commercial lender for several New England area banks. He was a Vice President at Shawmut Bank, R.I.

Nancy Gerardi joined the staff of the Massachusetts Small Business Development Center’s Northeast Regional Office in June 2019 as the Regional Director.

Prior to working for the MSBDC Nancy was the proud owner of Gerardi & Associates LLC. G&A, LLC which was comprised of a highly qualified network of individuals who processed real estate transactions throughout Maine, New Hampshire, and Massachusetts. In addition, G&A, LLC offered consulting services for over ten years in multiple facets of business operations and management with a concentration in organizational leadership, project management, information processing; planning, and allocation of resources. Giving clients the ability to manage cross-functional teams and provide guidance that enhanced their performance in a manner that incorporates the organization’s vision and culture. G&A, LLC was a strategic partner for business advising on financial and human resource matters with a focus on financial sustainability and the long-term success of their clients.

Nancy holds a BS from Salem State University and a J.D. from New England School of Law. Her interests are volunteering at her daughters’ school and the local food bank.

Peter Smith worked 37 years in the Flow Control Industry in jobs with increasing responsibility in both sales and operations. He also worked closely with our distributor sales channel. He had full P/L responsibility for our “After Market” franchise which included $750M in annual sales and 1,850 employees across 50 manufacturing locations in both North and Latin America. Specific responsibilities include annual business plans, mergers and acquisitions, supply chain, quality, safety, engineering, process improvement, continuous improvement processes, leadership, financial improvement in EBITDA, primary working capital and cash flow.

Lisa Gonzalez Welch has been employed by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Massachusetts District Office for 30 years.

Ms. Welch is an Economic Development Specialist responsible for managing the Northeast part of the state and the Women’s Business Ownership Representative for Massachusetts. Ms. Welch delivers SBA’s financing, business development and counseling programs to prospective and aspiring entrepreneurs. Duties include working closely with community organizations, lending institutions, local/state government, developing programs and workshop, meeting one on one with clients and being the liaison between the small business entrepreneur and our SBA resource partners/programs.

Nadine Boone is currently Assistant District Director for Business Development while serving as Lead Business Opportunity Specialist and Lead Economic Development Specialist at the SBA -Massachusetts District Office.

She is responsible for management and oversight of the Federal Government Contracting Division and Marketing and Outreach across the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. In 2015 as Lead Lender Relations Specialist for SBA- Massachusetts District Office partnering with local lending institutions that provides access to capital to small businesses, Massachusetts became the #2 lending office in the country out of 68 other District Offices.

Nadine has worked for the U.S. Small Business Administration for 23 years in various positions and has earned a certificate in Federal Government Contracting Level I and a certificate in Commercial Loans for Small Businesses. Nadine Boone graduated from Christopher Newport University in Newport News, VA with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration and Marketing.


October 26, 2021
10:00 am | 11:00 am EDT
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