Announcing Catalyze Lawrence

We are excited to announce that Mill Cities Community Investments (MCCI) in alliance with three partner organizations—EParaTodos, TLE Center for Urban Entrepreneurship, and Family Services of the Merrimack Valley—was awarded a Community Empowerment and Reinvestment Grant from the Baker-Polito Administration’s Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development (click here to read the press release).

Catalyze Lawrence is focused on small business development in Lawrence and supports a wide range of business owners, including BIPOC, low-income, historically disadvantaged or underrepresented, and/or formerly incarcerated individuals, with business stages ranging from aspiring entrepreneurs to established businesses. Through this partnership, entrepreneurs in Lawrence seeking to start or sustain a business have access to the highest quality support, no matter their starting point. Key offerings of each partner include:

Mill Cities Community Investments: Ongoing highly culturally and linguistically competent technical assistance and training (e.g., QuickBooks, credit building) in support of access to capital, as well as a host of flexible, low-cost small business loan options. For more information, contact Aaron Lackman at 978-254-1427 or

EparaTodos Lawrence: 12-week Business Accelerator program for Spanish-speaking early-stage entrepreneurs, complemented by ongoing mentoring and access to capital (via pitch contests) and networks. For more information, contact Adriana Acosta, Program Manager, at or 978-242-7277.

TLE CFUE4-module (up to one year) Business Exploration and Start-Up training program tailored to low-income, previously incarcerated, or court-involved individuals interested in starting a beauty career or business. For more information, contact Tricia D. Young, MBA, Founder & Executive Director at 401-615-4613 or

Family Services of the Merrimack ValleyWrap-around support services, including parenting classes, case management, and referrals for participants in TLEFCUE’s cohort. For more information, visit

The partner organizations of Catalyze Lawrence serve hundreds of businesses in Lawrence and across the Merrimack Valley; bringing these organizations together through a unified partnership multiplies our impact and provides Lawrence-based entrepreneurs and business owners with a menu of small business development options that meet them where they are in their entrepreneurship journey. Please spread the word and direct aspiring and current Lawrence-based entrepreneurs to

For general program information, contact Alexandra Nova,

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