Hyde Jackson Monthly February 24, 2016

We have some exciting announcements to make in this issue of Hyde Jackson Monthly. First, we'll be describing our year-long Community Asset Mapping Project at our upcoming Annual Meeting. And at the meeting, we'll have networking time for you and discussion tables to help us map our neighborhood assets. Come to our Annual Meeting and read below to find out more.

Secondly, we are just beginning our Merchant Growth Development Program to help our retailers strengthen and grow their businesses. If you are a neighborhood merchant, we'll tailor trainings and courses for you.

Stay tuned for more information about these and other great programs in future issues.

Main Street Activities 
2016 Annual Meeting
to Announce Community Asset Mapping Project

Hyde Jackson Square Main Street is excited to announce the launch of our Community Asset Mapping Project at our 2016 Annual Meeting on Tuesday, March 8 from 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm. We encourage everyone with ties to the Hyde & Jackson Squares neighborhood to join us as we report on last year's successes, and facilitate structured discussions to identify our community assets related to our Main Street work in design, promotion, economic development, and organization.

We are hoping that this project will be complementary to the Imagine Boston 2030 initiative which will guide the City of Boston to create the first city-wide master plan in 50 years. (We'll have more of this in future Hyde Jackson Monthlies).

Our Community Asset Mapping Project will be a year-long effort to gather information on positive attributes (people, places, businesses, institutional resources, etc.) that make the neighborhood great. From this strength-based approach (as opposed to a needs-based approach), we will be able to use the information to leverage resources and develop strategies based upon our community's wealth. All of our volunteer committees will be working on this effort so if you want to reach out to others and learn more about the neighborhood as a team, please volunteer with us.

With great appetizers from The Frogmore, plenty of time to converse and network, engaging discussion tables, and the opportunity to learn more about our work, we are sure that you will enjoy our Annual Meeting. Networking and food begin at 5:00 pm, the program starts at 6:00 pm.
So don't delay. RSVP with us at info@hydejacksonsquare.org or at 617-522-3694.

Community Workshop

Plan Columbus Ave./Amory St. to Washington St. Corridor

Saturday, March 5
8:30 am - Open House with refreshments
9:30 am - 12:00 pm - Workshop

PLAN JP/ROX is a City of Boston community visioning and planning process for the area between Washington Street, Columbus Avenue, and Amory Streets in Jamaica Plain and Roxbury. Launched in July 2015, PLAN JP/ROX is crafting a Community Vision to guide future growth in this study area. Prior Community Workshops have explored ideas for improving land use, getting around, development, and job opportunities (as well as people who need them). City Staff will be seeking community feedback on early recommendations and future building scenarios. Click for more information or contact Marie Mercurio at (617) 918-4352.

Workshop will be held at the Anna M. Cole Center in the Bromley/Heath Housing Development. 
Strengthening Our Community
Through Merchant Growth        

Merchant Growth Development Program

Thanks to a successful ArtPlace America grant, the Hyde Square Task Force's Artes Pa'lante project has begun to ignite the neighborhood with arts interventions which will lead to increased economic development in our community. As a partner to this project, Hyde Jackson Square Main Street will be implementing a series of group trainings, business-fortifying networking sessions, courses, and individualized "technical assistance" for merchants in our district.

Business Resource Fair 2013

Our consultant on this project, Michelle Brown-Droese, will be leading the Merchant Growth Development Program (MGDP) to assist our local, storefront businesses take advantage of increased foot traffic and a greater spotlight on the neighborhood. Stay tuned for upcoming networking opportunities and trainings to be announced in this newsletter and elsewhere. MGDP will continue through the end of 2016.

Business Corner

Information and Free Trainings for Our Merchants 
Comcast Business' Innovations 4 Entrepreneurs 2016 Contest

If you had an extra $30,000, how would you use the power of technology to grow your business? Give your most innovative and inspiring answer by March 12, 2016. You could win up to $30,000 plus a private consultation with some of the best minds in the business. Learn more here.

Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses  

Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses is a program for small businesses that links learning to action. Through the program, participants will gain practical skills in topics such as negotiation, marketing, and employee management that can immediately be put into action. In addition, they will receive the tools and professional support they need to develop a strategic and customized business growth plan that will take their company to the next level. Register for an upcoming webinar and contact us at 10ksb@icic.org or 617-238-3028.

Informational Webinar Schedule Date Time
-Monday February 29, 2 pm - 3 pm
-Wednesday , March 9, 2 pm - 3 pm
-Thursday, March 24, 3 pm - 4 pm
-Tuesday, April 5, 2 pm - 3 pm
-Thursday April 14, 3 pm - 4 pm

Applications are due April 20th, 2016.  

2016 ILC Immigrant Entrepreneur of the Year Awards - Call for Nominations

Do you know of an outstanding foreign-born entrepreneur? The International Learning Center (ILC) is soliciting for nominations for its 2016 Immigrant Entrepreneur of the Year Awards. Nominate a business or nominate yourself. More information can be found at www.ilctr.org  . Nominations are due by March 4, 2016.

JPNDC Training

Entrepreneurism 101

Do you want to start your own business? Are you a small business owner wanting to improve your finances to stabilize or expand your business? Do you dream of getting up to date with your business bookeeping, accounting, and finances? Do you wish you knew how to better manager the financial health of your business?

To participate in this training you must have completed a Family Financial Skills training or be referred by the JPNDC Small Business Program. For more information please call 617-522-3694.

Wednesdays: May 5 and May 12
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Julia Martin House
90 Bickford Street, Jamaica Plain

SBA Trainings and Resources

Emerging Leaders Initiative

SBA Emerging Leaders Initiative is a federal training initiative that specifically focuses on executives of businesses poised for growth in historically challenged communities. The initiative provides these executives with the organizational framework, resource network, and motivation required to build sustainable businesses and promote the economic development within urban communities. Learn more and to register.

Grow Your Business With SBA's 8A Business Development

This Program is intended for business development purposes to help socially and economically disadvantaged business owners gain a preference for federal contracts, grow their business, and get access to sole source contracts. Learn about certification requirements, program benefits, and application procedures. Register here.

Thursday, February 25
10:00 am - 11:15 am 
10 Causeway Street, Boston

Webinar - Choosing a Retirement Solution for Your Small Business

As part of America Saves Week, the U.S. Department of Labor's Employee Benefits Security Administration, in coordination with the Consumer Federation of America, is holding a webcast for small businesses and their service providers on the retirement savings options and use of direct deposit for saving for retirement. Learn practical information to help compare the employer-based options. The U.S. Department of the Treasury will discuss a new savings option - myRA. The Consumer Federation of America will focus on the use of direct deposit as a way to make saving easier. More information and to register.

Thursday, February 25
2:00 pm - 3:15 pm
SBA Online Trainings 
The Small Business Administration
has many free online trainings that can help you in your business. Click here for a complete list of trainings.    

SCORE Trainings

SBA Workshop: SBA Loan Programs

Are you investigating ways of financing your business? Have you heard about SBA loans but don't know much about them? This free workshop, presented by an SBA Lending Specialist, will explain the SBA loan process and loan programs.  You will learn the benefits to small businesses of an SBA-guaranteed loan, eligibility requirements for SBA loan programs, what SBA loan proceeds can be used for, and basic information about many of the different SBA loan programs. More information and to register.

Thursday February 25, 2016
1:30 pm - 2:30 pm

O'Neill Federal Building
10 Causeway Street, Suite 265, Boston

Learning from Competition

This workshop is presented by the Boston Chapter of SCORE, and led by SCORE Mentor Mike Sandman, who was a managing partner at Fuld & Company, a global consulting firm that helped clients understand their competitors' capabilities and intentions. More information and to register.

Wednesday, March 9
6:00 pm- 8:00 pm

Worker Cambridge
45 Prospect St, Cambridge

Successful Online Marketing: Overview of Digital Marketing Strategies and Concepts

This workshop covers the fundamentals of digital marketing and introduces key channels, concepts, and metrics. Learn how to get started with online marketing and get your head around the technical jargon. This free workshop is co-sponsored by the Boston Chapter of SCORE, Chimaera Labs, and the Cambridge Innovation Center. The presenter is  Dale Bertrand, CEO of Chimaera Labs. More information and to register.

Friday, March 25
10:00 am - 12:00 pm

CIC, Havana Room
1 Broadway, Cambridge

Score Online Trainings

The Service Core of Retired Executives has many online workshops and services. Click here for a list of online workshops.  

Women Entrepreneurs Boston (WeBos)  
The WIN Lab is joining forces with WeBOS to bring you a discussion around raising start-up capital. The three panelists have extensive experience in the funding space. They include Babson's Entrepreneur-in-Residence Smaiyra Million; Brittany Lo, CEO and Founder of Beautini by B.Lo; and Melissa Withers, Managing Director at RevUp. Click to RSVP
Wednesday, March 9 
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

South Station 
745 Atlantic Avenue, Boston  
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This Month's Issue
Main Street Activities
Community Workshop
Merchant Growth Development Program
Business Corner
Main Street Activities

Annual Meeting
Tuesday, March 8
5:00 - 8:00 pm
The Frogmore Restaurant  
365 Centre Street

Tree Maintenance & Community Cleanup  
Saturday, April 16 or April 30
(to be confirmed) 

Other Neighborhood Activities

Jamaica Plain Arts & Culture Meeting
Thursday, February 25
6:00 - 8:00 pm
Youth Development Center
30 Sunnyside Street
Hosted by the Hyde Square Task Force

Saturday, March 5
8:30 am - 12:00 pm
Anna M. Cole Center
10 Lamartine Extension

Jamaica Plain State of Our Neighborhood
Thursday, April 7

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