Entrepreneur Program Blog / Massachusetts Gubernatorial Candidates Connect with EforAll Entrepreneurs
Last week, two Massachusetts gubernatorial candidates made stops on their campaign trails to meet with EforAll’s entrepreneurs to hear how the Commonwealth can give ventures a better chance of success. On Wednesday, September 8th, Independent candidate Jeff McCormick stopped by EforAll’s office in Lowell to hear from EforAll Finalists Danaris Mazara of Sweet Grace Heavenly Cakes, Greg Page of Merrimack Analysis Group, and Mai Libman of Savione. There were some great ideas that came out of the conversation including how the $500 filing fee to start an LLC can be a deterrent for potential entrepreneurs to start up their own venture.
On Friday, September 10th Democratic Candidate Martha Coakley (currently Massachusetts Attorney General) visited the Everett Mills in Lawrence to engage in a roundtable discussion with over 15 EforAll Finalists. Attorney General Coakley heard from from Finalists such as Veronica Chapman of My Crowning Jewel who talked about the value of mentorship in the EforAll Accelerator and how the recent $150K grant from the Commonwealth/Mass Tech Collaborative will help enhance the organization’s mentorship program. EforAll Finalist Floyd Greenwood of Alphamatician suggested that small businesses should have better representation in Beacon Hill and that policy reflect their interests in addition to corporations. Before the meeting wrapped up, Attorney General Coakley assigned our EforAll Finalists “homework” to put together a list of all of their recommendations and send it to her team.
Special thanks to both candidates for coming out Lowell and Lawrence and learning about the impact of Entrepreneurship for All!
*Note: EforAll is not endorsing any of the Massachusetts gubernatorial candidates*