Important Topics for Minority and Women-Owned Businesses

Variety of topics and resources of interest to Minority and Women-Owned Businesses-Please note this document does include live links to resources.  

Workshops to prepare for becoming a Certified Minority or Women-owned business  in Massachusetts

US Department of Commerce's Minority Business Development Agency- Check out their video "Get Money:  The Comeback Edition" which describes opportunities to access capital.

North Shore Diversity Catalog-                                                                                                                                           The City of Salem is now accepting applications for inclusion in the 2022(!) Catalog update.  To those of you who participated in the 2021 Catalog, you will be able to review your entry and if the information remains accurate, you will be able to skip the questionnaire.  If you have changes you would like to see or if you are new to the catalog, you must complete the questionnaire in its entirety.


Click here to access the questionnaire:

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Registration will be open until February 1, 2022.

The May 2021 issue of the North Shore Diversity Catalog lists self-identified minority and women-owned businesses (MWOB) in Beverly and several other North Shore Communities.   For the purposes of this catalog MWOB was defined as businesses in the greater North Shore region  with at least 51% of the ownership team falling under at least one of the following categories: immigrant-owned, women-owned, minority-owned, service-disabled veteran-owned, veteran-owned, lesbian gay bisexual or transgendered (LGBTQIA) owned, disability-owned business enterprise.  Please see link below.

Working with the City of Beverly's Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion-                                                                 The City of Beverly's Planning and Economic Development team is working with the City of Beverly's Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Abu Toppin, to bring together  the owners of local minority and women-owned businesses to better understand and respond to their needs and to facilitate networking and the growth of a mutual support system.  If you would like to reach out to Abu directly his email address is and his direct phone line is 978-605-2340.

US Small Business Administration Announces Awards to Organizations Supporting Native American Entrepreneurs                                                                                                            The following seven awardees represent a geographically diverse group of providers spanning various tribal nations, communities, and industries. They will focus on narrowing the gap in business development services provided by the SBA to Native American firms. The awardees are: