LOWELL – Entrepreneurship for All (EforAll) the nation’s foremost inclusive entrepreneurship program and their Spanish language program, EparaTodos, are stepping up in a big way to support small businesses affected by the gas explosions on September 13, 2018.
EparaTodos has been working with a consortium of partner organizations and cities/towns: City of Lawrence, Town of Andover, Town of North Andover, ACT Lawrence, Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Lawrence Partnership, Mill Cities Community Investments, Massachusetts Small Business Development Center Network, MassDevelopment, Merrimack Valley Small Business Center, Essex County Community Foundation, and Massachusetts Growth Capital Corporation.
EforAll’s program EparaTodos was named the lead organization to conduct outreach to businesses owners who have been impacted by the recent gas explosion in the communities of Lawrence, Andover, and North Andover.
Esther Encarnacion, Outreach Project Manager for this effort says: “We have a team of 10 dedicated individuals who have been working tirelessly to address the needs and concerns of the 840 businesses that have been impacted by this emergency. The outreach team is out in the community, pounding the pavement, and working directly with affected business owners to offer assistance in a number of key areas.”
EparaTodos, in partnership with the Lawrence Partnership and the Essex County Community Foundation, is offering the following services at no cost to affected businesses:
— Marketing assistance: Services include developing marketing plans, and analyzing websites and online presences. EforAll will be hosting a series of social media workshops for business owners to learn how to create an effective social media strategy. RSVP at: firstname.lastname@example.org
— Bookkeeping help: Businesses that have active claims and need assistance compiling the proper paperwork, or those that want to streamline their record-keeping, will have access to a professional bookkeeper who will work directly on site to provide support.
— Accounting technical assistance: Services include support with business registration and business formation, bookkeeping, payroll, profit and loss statements, and tax planning.
— Claims assistance: Businesses can connect directly with Columbia Gas claims staff to speed up claims processes and resolve any issues with the claims process.
— General assistance: EforAll has established a group of volunteers with expertise in a wide range of industries that can answer questions from business owners. The volunteers are experienced in human resources, real estate and other fields.
David Parker, EforAll CEO said: “When so many businesses were impacted by the gas incidents, we knew EforAll had to do something. Some of our very own staff and entrepreneurs have been affected and we see our support services as a way to not only lend a helping hand, but to help businesses contribute to their local economy once again.”
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EforAll believes that the best way to revitalize communities that have fallen into decline, and suffer related high rates of poverty and unemployment, is to fuel the dreams and ambitions of entrepreneurs who live in and near these cities. We believe that they understand their city and its problems better than anyone else and have ideas and solutions with the potential to make their city prosper once again while they create their own pathway out of poverty. www.eforall.org
Emprendimiento para Todos (EparaTodos) – En EparaTodos creemos que la mejor manera de revitalizar estas ciudades que han ido en declive y que sufren tasas elevadas de pobreza y desempleo, es la de incentivar los sueños y ambiciones de emprendedores que viven en estas ciudades y sus alrededores. Creemos que estas personas entienden mejor que nadie sus ciudades y sus problemas, por ende, pueden aportar ideas y soluciones con el potencial de hacerlas prósperas una vez más, mientras van creando su propio camino para salir de la pobreza. Actualmente desarrollamos nuestros programas desde Lawrence, Lowell, y Lynn, MA. www.eparatodos.org