Upcoming Event: Opening Doors to Federal Government Contracting


The U.S. Small Business Administration, in partnership with RCAP Solutions Financial Services, the Greater Gardner CDC & Twin Cities CDC is pleased to present:

Opening Doors to Federal Government Contracting

Wednesday, April 23, 2014
9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

RCAP Solutions Boardroom
205 School Street, Gardner

Looking for new markets for your small business’ goods or services?

Consider selling to the federal government by getting certified by the SBA.

Small business certifications are like professional certifications; they document a special capability or status that will help you compete in the marketplace. Unlike permits and licenses, you do not need to obtain certifications to legally operate. However, in order to take advantage of business opportunities, such as government contracts, you may need to obtain some certifications.

Learn about these certifications:

  • Small Disadvantaged Business
  • Women Owned Small Business
  • Veteran and Service Disabled
  • 8(a) Business Development Program
  • HUBZone Program


Norman Eng: (617)565-8510, Norman.Eng@sba.gov

Ray Belanger: (978) 400-0169, rbelanger@twincitiescdc.org

All SBA programs and services are extended to the public on a nondiscriminatory basis.

The Greater Gardner and Twin Cities CDC Small Business Programs are funded in part by CDBG funds provided through the City of Fitchburg and through assistance provided by The Massachusetts Growth Capital Corporation and the United States Department of Agriculture Rural Development

Happy National Small Business Week!

small_businessEvery year since 1963, the President of the United States has issued a proclamation announcing National Small Business Week, which recognizes the critical contributions of America’s entrepreneurs and small business owners.

More than half of Americans either own or work for a small business, and they create about two out of every three new jobs in the U.S. each year.

As part of National Small Business Week, the U.S. Small Business Administration takes the opportunity to highlight the impact of outstanding entrepreneurs, small business owners, and others from all 50 states and U.S. territories.  Every day, they’re working to grow small businesses, create 21st century jobs, drive innovation, and increase America’s global competitiveness. For information about activities and resources available to your small business, please visit www.sba.gov/nsbw/nsbw.

Did you know RCAP Solutions Financial Resources offers small business loans?  Through the SBA Microloan Program, RCAP Solutions offers low interest loans to support small businesses not eligible for loans through traditional resources, primarily in Central Massachusetts. Loans are typically issued for for working capital, machinery, equipment, leasehold improvements, business acquisition, expansion, real estate acquisition, furniture and fixtures.  RCAP Solutions Financial Services is the only certified SBA micro-lender for Worcester County and was named the “Top Microlender of 2011” by the Massachusetts SBA.

For more information on our Small Business Loan Program, please visit our website or contact Ili Spahiu, Small Business Development & Loan Manager at ispahiu@rcapsolutions.org or 978-630-6635.