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Press Release- Downing Promotes Small Business Grant Opportunity: Department of Business Development Accepting Applications for Technical Assistance Grant
August 28, 2007

Pittsfield- State Senator Benjamin B. Downing (D-Pittsfield) announces that the Massachusetts Department of Business Development is now accepting applications for the Fiscal Year 2008 Small Business Technical Assistance Provider Grant program. 


“Small businesses makes up roughly 86 percent of all Massachusetts firms- it is clear that small businesses are important to the economic vitality of Massachusetts,” states Downing.  “I strongly encourage small businesses in western Massachusetts to look into this opportunity and decide whether technical or training support would be helpful.”


The Massachusetts Department of Business & Technology (DBT), in compliance with section 106 of the 2006 Economic Stimulus Package, is seeking proposals for grants providing technical assistance, one-to-one counseling, and/or training programs to small businesses.  This grant opportunity is open to non-profit community based organizations, community development corporations, and community development finance institutions with 20 or fewer employees in Massachusetts.


This year, DBT has been authorized to grant approximately $830,000 to qualifying organizations throughout the Commonwealth.  This round will be limited to $50,000 per organization and no organization may exceed a total of $75,000 for the FY2008 Small Business Technical Assistance Provider Grant Program. 


The request for proposal is available at: (search for 2008-OSBE-001).  All applications must be submitted by 5 p.m. on Friday, September 14, 2007. 




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