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Business Financing: Banks – Online Lenders – Crowdfunding – What Works For You?

Thu, Nov 19, 2015 @ 8:00 am - 10:00 am

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Business owners today have many sources of financing to choose from – banks, online lenders, micro-lenders, crowdfunding and more. Come and learn what financing will work best for your business.
Speakers:  Margaret Somer, Senior Business Advisor, MA Small Business Development Centers Patricia Pace, Branch Manager, Eastern Bank Heather Ahearn, Co-owner, Atlantic Saltworks (Semi-finalist, 2014 North of Boston Business Plan Competition) Janet Mahoney, CEO, Arete Rehabilitation  (Semi-finalist, 2014 North of Boston Business Plan Competition)
Sponsored by MA Small Business Development Center
Co-Sponsored by the North Shore Alliance for Economic Development



Margaret Somer

Margaret joined the Massachusetts Small Business Development Center's Northeast Regional Office as its director in October 2005, after four years as director of MSBDC Boston Regional Office & Minority Business Center.

Previously, Margaret worked for 14 years in economic and business development at Massachusetts Community Development Finance Corporation (CDFC) (now MGCC). There she served as External Affairs officer and later, fund manager of the $10 million Urban Initiative Fund. For a short time, she managed a bi-national trade organization and a technology incubator. She has had two home-based businesses, as a professional potter, and later consulted to economic development groups and public agencies. She has participated in the development of new business products and programs, community development initiatives, and public affairs and government relations.

Margaret served as a board member of the Creative Economy Association of the North Shore (CEANS), as well as on Swampscott’s Election Board, Town Meeting and other Committees.

Margaret has a BA from Boston University and an MA from Tufts University. She completed her thesis at Tufts in 1999 on the turnaround of Ireland's economy, the role of the European Union and the country's emerging small business sector.

Margaret Somer

Former Regional Director
MA Small Business Development Center Network

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