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East Boston Chamber of Commerce Launches East Boston Small Business Summit


(BOSTON, June 20, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The East Boston Chamber of Commerce announced today the launch of its first-annual East Boston Small Business Summit - an initiative designed to help connect East Boston's small businesses with opportunities, information and resources to help them grow and prosper. The first event, which will serve as an introduction to the program, will take place Tuesday June 24th, 6pm-8pm, at the Courtyard Marriott Boston
Logan Airport. The evening will begin with an hour of cocktails and networking, followed by an hour of short presentations by a panel of selected speakers, then
a short Q&A session.

This event is free and open to the public.

Panelists include:
Scott Heigelmann - President, East Boston Chamber of Commerce
Attorney Diane J. Modica - Fmr. Boston City Councilor, Head of Mayor's Office of Consumer Affairs and Licensing
Betsy Cowan - Neighborhood Business Manager, City of Boston
Rep. Carlo Basile - MA State Representative
Max Gruner - Executive Director, East Boston Main Streets
Josefina Silva - Vice President, Loan Officer, East Boston Savings Bank
Kate Haggerty - Manager, ICIC, Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Program

Guests will learn about several new inner-city small business programs and will gain access to resources and information about a variety of topics including:

On-site business assistance
Energy efficiency
Licensing and permitting assistance
Business and management education
Mentoring and networking
Access to capital
Internships and the Youth@Work program

"Small businesses are absolutely vital to the economic and cultural prosperity of our neighborhood. East Boston has always been a symbol of opportunity, and because of this, the entrepreneurial spirit will always be alive here. We are
pleased to work with such great partners in our initiative to support and advocate for small business owners in our community." - Scott Heigelmann, President, East Boston Chamber of Commerce

ABOUT THE EAST BOSTON CHAMBER OF COMMERCE:
Since 1962, the mission of the East Boston Chamber of Commerce has been to inspire economic growth in East Boston by strengthening the neighborhood's competitive position and facilitating investments that build capacity, generate prosperity and catalyze the economic vibrancy of City life as a whole.

Source: PR Newswire BOSTON, June 20, 2014
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