Helps Secure over $10 Million for Local Businesses

BOSTON – Recently, State Senator Nick Collins was named Chair of the Senate Committee of Community Development and Small Business for the 192nd General Court of Massachusetts. The Committee is tasked with all matters concerning small business operations, local economies, neighborhood and economic development, and community-based job creation.

“I am honored to be appointed to this important leadership role at such a critical time. As we seek to build back a vibrant, equitable, and accessible economy, our small businesses need our support,” said Senator Collins. “I am excited to get to work with our local partners in Community Development Corporations (CDC’s), affordable housing developments, and Main Street Associations to continue that work of building strong and resilient communities.”

The appointment comes after the Legislature has dedicated hundreds of millions of dollars for grants, resources, and support for small businesses across the Commonwealth. In the last few months, Senator Collins has worked with the Administration to secure over $10 million in small business relief grants across the First Suffolk District alone, providing over 300 businesses in Dorchester, Mattapan, South Boston, and Hyde Park an average of nearly $40,000 each to support the local economy, create quality jobs for residents, and invest in our communities.

On March 4th the Mass Growth Capital Corporation (MGCC) announced another round of COVID-19 business relief grants. “As the consequences of the pandemic continue to be felt, there is considerable adversity in the small business community, especially in communities that have not historically seen significant investment,” said Senator Collins “I plan to continue to advocate for more grant opportunities for our communities and work to position our economy for a robust and equitable recovery.”