John Howard (right), president/CEO for the $1 billion Merrimack Valley Credit Union in Lawrence, Mass., presents a $10,000 donation to David Parker (left), CEO at EforAll. For five years, Merrimack Valley will provide $10,000 each year to the organization’s South Coast region, which focuses on Fall River and New Bedford, Mass. EforAll seeks to accelerate economic and social impact through entrepreneurship in mid-sized cities. Partnering with the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth’s Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship, the organization offers several programs to help community members start and grow businesses, including its Business Accelerator program, a free, one-year program that provides a unique combination of immersive business training, mentorship, access to an extended professional network, and pitch contests to help early-stage entrepreneurs gain valuable exposure and feedback on a business idea.

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