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Upcoming Diversity & Inclusion Events

A photo from MassHousing's 28th Annual Greater Boston Trade Fair

Attendees at MassHousing's 28th Annual Greater Boston Trade Fair.

MassHousing regularly hosts trainings, workshops and other events for minority- and women-owned businesses, general contractors and management companies. If you would like to suggest or request a training or event, please contact email us!

Small Business Capacity Building Workshop

Diverse small businesses are invited to attend the following capacity-building workshops in advance of the Western Mass. Business Engagement & Inclusion Trade Fair:

Marketing for Business Opportunities at MassHousing-Financed Housing Developments

This workshop gives direction on how diverse business owners can market their companies to the opportunities at MassHousing-financed developments in Western Massachusetts. There are currently 40 MassHousing-financed housing developments in Western Mass. that spend $23 million on goods and services. In addition to getting the names, locations and contacts for these developments, suggestions will also be made on how to market specifically to those sites. By the end of the workshop, you will be able to locate opportunities in Western Massachusetts and have ideas on how to strategically approach these business opportunities.

  • Date: Wednesday, October 23, 2019
  • Time: 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
  • Location: UMass Center at Springfield, Tower Square | 1500 Main St. | Springfield, MA 01103
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Access to Credit and Capital

The workshop will provide information on how to gain access to credit and capital, vital assets if you want your business to grow. Various sources of credit and methods of raising capital for new and growing businesses will be discussed. You will learn the necessary courses of action to obtain a commercial loan, working capital loan or line of credit. By the end of the workshop, you will better understand how to approach financial institutions when there is need for capital and credit.

  • Date & Time: TBD
  • Location: UMass Center at Springfield, Tower Square | 1500 Main St. | Springfield, MA 01103
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11th Annual Western Mass. Business Engagement & Inclusion Trade Fair

MassHousing’s commitment to diversity exists at all levels of MassHousing-funded and administered projects and programs. The Western Mass. Business Engagement & Inclusion Trade Fair will feature diverse businesses chosen for the specific procurement needs of general contractors (GCs) and property management companies (MCs). In addition, a matchmaking session, consisting of one-on-one interviews, will be conducted between selected exhibitors and representatives from MCs and GCs based on the contracting needs of those participating MCs and GCs.

  • Date: Thursday, December 12, 2019
  • Time: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Location: Clarion Hotel | 1080 Riverdale Street | West Springfield, MA 01089
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