Merrimack Valley Small Business Technical Assistance Services Program

Overview: The Salem State University Assistance Corporation (the “Enterprise Center”) will select local businesses that meet the eligibility criteria to participate in programs to assist small businesses in navigating the challenges presented by COVID-19 (each a “Program”). Selected participants of each Program will have access to the services described in the applicable Program Description (the “Services”), each at no charge to the selected participants. The Services will be performed by persons or entities identified in the Program Description (the “Providers”).

Eligibility: In order to be eligible to participate in a Program, businesses must meet the eligibility requirements set forth in the applicable Program Description. Enterprise Center Staff will review these eligibility requirements with Program applicants after their application has been submitted.

Limitations: The Enterprise Center, its corporate sponsors, and any Program Partners listed in the Program Description (the “Sponsors”), and their affiliates, and the officers, directors, elected officials, and employees (collectively with the Sponsors, “Released Parties”), and their immediate family members and spouses (regardless of where they reside) and those living in the same household of each (whether or not related) are not eligible to participate. The Programs are subject to all applicable federal, state, and local laws, rules and regulations, and do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, gender or gender identity, familial status, disability, ancestry, age, marital status, public assistance status, sexual orientation, veteran history/military status or genetic information.

How to Participate: Businesses may apply to participate in a Program by submitting an Application Form here: and, if applicable, completing other application requirements listed in the Program Description. Each individual may only apply on behalf of one business. Each business may submit only one Application Form, and must agree to:

each as may be updated from time to time, in order to apply and to participate in the Program.

Once an applicant is determined to be eligible (each a “Participant”), the Enterprise Center will conduct an initial intake assessment to help the Participant prioritize their current needs and review the Services offered by the Program. The Enterprise Center will provide each Participant a budget which can be allocated by the Participant, in consultation with the Enterprise Center, among the available Services (the “Budget”). Determinations of Budget amounts are at the sole discretion of the Enterprise Center and may only be used for the Services provided in connection with the Program. Each Participant must utilize any allocated Budget within three (3) months of the initial intake assessment or such amounts will be forfeited.

Conditions: By applying to participate in the Program, you understand and acknowledge that the Sponsors, Providers and other personnel associated with the Program, are under no obligation to render any advice or service to any Participant. Providers may require Participants to enter into an engagement agreement or other terms with respect to the Services, and the Sponsors shall not be a party to any such agreement. The views expressed by Providers and other personnel associated with the Program are their own and not those of the Sponsors.

By submitting an Application Form, you give your express permission to be contacted by the Sponsors and Providers by telephone, e-mail and/or postal mail for any purpose connected with the Program.

Released Parties are not responsible for lost, incomplete, illegible, late, damaged, inaccurate, misdirected, garbled, or undelivered email; miscommunications, failed computer hardware or software or technical failures; printing, typographical or other errors appearing within the Application Form, Program Terms, Program Description, Terms of Use, or Privacy Policy, in any Program-related advertisements or other materials; or other errors or problems of any kind relating to or in connection with the Program, including, without limitation, errors or problems which may occur in connection with the administration of the Program related to the processing of Application Forms, or the scheduling of any intake meeting, the availability of any Provider, or any injury or damage to Participants’ or any other persons’ computers related to or resulting from uploading or downloading any materials related to the Program. Any such materials are provided solely to facilitate participation in the Program and on an AS IS basis without warranties of any kind.

Limitation of Liability: By applying to participate in the Program, you agree to release, discharge, and hold harmless the Released Parties from any claims, losses, and damages arising out of acts performed in their capacity as a corporate sponsor or a Program Partner and/or the acceptance of any Program benefits. Participants agree that the Program shall be subject to and governed by the substantive laws of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. The forum for any dispute shall be in a court of competent jurisdiction located in Essex County, Massachusetts.

Participants acknowledge that they should not disclose any information that they would consider a trade secret, or any patentable subject matter, in the Application Form or to any Sponsor, Provider, or other personnel associated with the Program without consulting with legal counsel.

Miscellaneous: No transfer, assignment, or substitution of the Program benefits by Participant is allowed, except by Sponsors who may substitute Program benefits in their sole and absolute discretion. Participants are responsible for all income, federal, state and local taxes as well as any other costs or expenses associated with participating in the Program. Non-compliance with any of the foregoing or these Program Terms, the inability to contact a Program applicant within a reasonable time period, or failure of the Participant to participate in the initial intake conference or participate in Program events, may result in ineligibility to participate in the Program.

Sponsors reserve the right, in their sole discretion, to modify, terminate or suspend the Program (or any portion thereof) for any reason.

Trademarks: The Enterprise Center and The Enterprise Center logo are trademarks of Salem State Assistance Corporation. Other company, product, or service names may be trademarks or service marks of others.