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Mayor Kim Driscoll Announces Free Small Business Technical Assistance Services Program for Salem Businesses

July 31

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An event every week that begins at 12:00 am on Friday, repeating until July 31, 2020

Applications Now Available

Salem Mayor Kim Driscoll today announced that the Enterprise Center at SSU’s Small Business Technical Assistance Services (SBTAS) Program for Salem businesses is now open to receive applications. The Program is designed to help Salem’s small businesses navigate the challenges presented by COVID-19. It is funded by the City of Salem Department of Planning & Community Development and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

The goal of this program is to provide eligible small businesses, located in Salem, MA with expert consulting services over a 3-month period at no cost to the business. Consultant Service areas include:

  • Accounting/Financial Planning
  • Business Consulting
  • Legal Services
  • Marketing & Branding
  • COVID-19 Relief Program Navigation for Federal & State assistance programs (i.e. PPP, CARES ACT etc.)
  • Technology (i.e. working remote/online sales)
  • Workforce Management/Human Resources

As part of the Program, participants will be offered a six-month membership in an Enterprise Center CEO Group. Each CEO group is a confidential and professionally facilitated peer advisory group that meets once a month for 3 hours. Business owners come together to discuss their challenges on an on-going basis, receive feedback from other participating businesses, and identify ongoing solutions for their businesses.

The SBTAS Program, managed by the Enterprise Center at SSU, is part of Salem’s $718,250 Salem Together Assistance & Recovery Toolkit (START) grants. A total of $219,000 was awarded to 51 local small businesses and $502,250 distributed to nonprofits including the Enterprise Center at SSU for this program. The nonprofit grants were awarded to agencies and organizations providing direct assistance or support to families, workers, and seniors suffering due to the pandemic.

“While we are working hard to help our local employers recover and reopen safely, our business community is still struggling to get a footing during this economic crisis,” said Mayor Kim Driscoll. “This program, which will allow local small businesses to partner with the Enterprise Center on technical guidance and assistance, will connect our businesses with expert advice to help them recover and begin to thrive again. I’m grateful to the team at the Enterprise Center for quickly putting together this program and to the City’s economic development staff who made the funding support possible for it to happen.”

The Enterprise Center’s Executive Director Laura Swanson stated “now more than ever the Enterprise Center remains committed to supporting the needs of our small business community as they navigate this unprecedented crisis.”

Salem Businesses that are interested in the SSU’s Small Business Technical Assistance Services (SBTAS) Program can apply through the Enterprise Center’s website at www.enterprisectr.org.


July 31