Guard Support News
June/July 2010 Issue
Entrepreneurs' Funding Program
Senator Brown Joins Guard Support In Backing National Guard Entrepreneurs
Guard Support launched the Entrepreneurs' Funding Program (EFP) to provide business planning education and training, seed and
expansion capital, and expert support and advisement to businesses
started by members of the Massachusetts National Guard and/or their
Machado Consulting, an IT services company operated by National Guard member Major Helder Machado, received a $40,000 low-interest loan from Guard Support's Entrepreneurs' Funding Program for an expansion plan that includes hiring a service-disabled Guard veteran.
From left to right: Thomas Kelley, Secretary, Mass. Dept. of Veterans' Services; Michael Finer, Board member, Guard Support of Mass.; Sherry Handel, Executive Director, Guard Support of Mass.; U.S. Senator Scott Brown; Maj. Helder Machado, CEO and President, Machado Consulting; Maj. Gen. Joseph C. Carter, The Adjutant General, Mass. National Guard; and John Kingston, Board member, Guard Support of Mass.
Senator Scott Brown had this to say, "The men and women of the Massachusetts National Guard make great sacrifices to protect and defend our nation, and I congratulate Guard Support of Massachusetts for assisting these brave warriors and their families through programs offering financial support for both the individuals and their small businesses".
We extend a very special thank you to our founding sponsors; Alder Foods Inc., The AMG Foundation, Ascent Ventures, The IEEE Boston Entrepreneurs' Network, Eastern Bank, Goodwin Procter LLC, Odyssey Systems Consulting Group and several individual donors.
Our EFP Education and Training Partners include; the Center for Women and Enterprise, The IEEE Boston Entrepreneurs' Network, The EntreTech Forum, SCORE, and SBA Mass. Small Business Development Centers.
Guard Support also wishes to thank the Entrepreneurs' Funding Review Team members; Manassah Bradley, Kevin Flavin, Sherry Handel, Andrew Paradise and Victoria Sassine.
The U.S. Small Business
Administration recently awarded Guard Support's founder, Nate Dalton with the
2010 Massachusetts Veteran Small Business Champion Award in recognition of the
ongoing work of the Entrepreneurs' Funding Program.