Boston Small Businesses Win Funding for Technology Adoption

Monday, January 7, 2013

Grants from the MBI Will Help Promote Broadband Use and Technical Skills

BOSTON --  The Massachusetts Broadband Institute at the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative (MBI) and Dorchester Bay Economic Development Corporation announced today that 12 small businesses will receive grant funding to help incorporate technology into their businesses and technical support to teach them how best to use the technology. 

“These small businesses will now have access to technology and training that was previously beyond their reach,” said Judith Dumont, Director of the MBI.  “The digital economy creates all kinds of new opportunities and markets for small businesses, but only if they know how to incorporate technology into their business plan.”

The funding comes from a federal grant awarded to the MBI by the National Telecommunications and Information Administration.  The MBI created the Small Business Technical Assistance project in collaboration with community development corporations to provide digital literacy training and technical support to small businesses to help them grow and succeed in the digital economy.  

“Dorchester Bay EDC is delighted to be participating with the Massachusetts Broadband Institute to help local small businesses in Boston adopt or expand their internet marketing systems and capabilities,” said Executive Director Jeanne DuBois.  “After 16 years of making small business loans to local businesses and start-ups, Dorchester Bay EDC is thrilled to be adding this important tool (web presence) to its offerings to the small business community, helping businesses strengthen their overall operations, sales, and job creation. "

“Innovation and technology are everywhere in today’s economy, and when small businesses adopt broadband technology, they can grow faster and compete better,” said Pamela Goldberg, CEO of the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative.

Dorchester Bay is one of four CDC’s across the Commonwealth that was selected to participate in the program.  Dorchester Bay received a two year grant for $150,000 from the MBI to select and support small businesses in their service area.  The other three CDC’s are the Pittsfield Economic Revitalization Corporation, the Community Economic Development Corporation of Southeastern Massachusetts and the Quaboag Valley Community Development Corporation.

The 12 small businesses awarded are:

  • Bayside Properties (Real Estate)
  • Blue Dynasty Entertainment (Travel)
  • CWRS Real Estate (Real Estate)
  • Discount Shoes (Retail Shoes)
  • Halisi Day Spa (Day Spa)
  • Island Style Restaurant (Restaurant)
  • K-Zee African Hair Braiding (Hair Salon)
  • Kasko Art - Jean Pierre (African Art Sales)
  • New Market BA (Business Association)
  • Record Company (After School Program)
  • A Sweet Place (Candy Shop)
  • Tremendous Maid (Maid Service)

Dorchester Bay EDC was founded in 1979 by local civic associations to address the problems of economic disinvestment, unemployment, crime, community tensions and the shortage of quality affordable housing undermining Boston's Dorchester neighborhoods. To learn more, visit www.dbedc.org

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