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iZotope Named One of SBANE’s 2014 New England Innovation Award Finalists 04/03/2014

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iZotope, Inc.The Smaller Business Association of New England (SBANE) recently announced the finalists of its 2014 New England Innovation Awards, an annual award program that recognizes those companies that are potential game changers in their specific markets. Among the finalists is MBBP client iZotope, Inc., an audio technology company developing professional audio software for audio recording, mixing, broadcast, sound design, and mastering. On April 10th at the Henderson House in Weston, the finalists will have one last chance to present to the judging team before the winner(s) are announced at the 2014 New England Innovation Awards Gala Presentation and Dinner on May 7th.

Congratulations iZotope!

To learn more about the New England Innovation Awards, please visit SBANE.

Bob Shea to Moderate SBANE Panel Discussion on Non-Competes 02/07/2014

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Employment Attorney Bob SheaOn March 6th the Smaller Business Association of New England (SBANE) is presenting a program titled Should Employee Non-Competes Be Banned? Business Forum on Proposed Limits to Non-Competes in Massachusetts. Many businesses require employees to sign non-compete agreements as a condition of employment. Some critics, however, believe the use of non-competes has been abused and should be regulated by statute. MBBP Employment Attorney and SBANE Chair, Bob Shea, will moderate a panel discussion that will include a leading sponsor of proposed non-compete legislation, a Patrick administration point person on the non-compete issues, and business executives. The program will give attendees an opportunity to express views and concerns of businesses regarding the proposed limits and to participate in a serious discussion over how the Commonwealth should proceed on this hotly debated issue.

To learn more or to register for this event, please visit SBANE.

If you have questions on non-competes, please feel free to contact Bob directly or visit our Employment Resources page.

Bob Shea Named Chair of SBANE Board of Directors 12/05/2013

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Employment Attorney Bob SheaOn November 4 the Smaller Business Association of New England (SBANE) announced that MBBP Employment Attorney Bob Shea has been elected Chair of its Board of Directors for a two-year term. Bob has served on the Board and Executive Committee at SBANE for several years, most recently as Secretary, and has been very active in supporting SBANE committees, programs and events. Donald Parker, Managing Partner of MBBP, had this to say of Bob’s election:

We are very pleased that Bob Shea has been elected Chair of SBANE’s Board of Directors. We’ve enjoyed a particularly strong relationship with SBANE over the years, starting when we were neighbors at our former address. As soon as he joined MBBP in 2003, Bob immediately became involved in SBANE activities, and his energy, enthusiasm and focus helped cement the connection between our organizations. We have the highest regard for all SBANE does to aid small businesses, from providing a legislative voice to making available practical information about growth and development. We are proud to be a part of their continuing leadership in the business community, and we look forward to assisting Bob in his efforts to carry out SBANE’s mission of innovation, advocacy and education.

Congratulations Bob!

Please visit MBBP for a full press release on Bob’s appointment.

Metamagnetics Winner of SBANE “Profitable Connections Award” and MassVentures “START” Program 11/27/2012

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Metamagnetics, Inc.On October 18th, the Smaller Business Association of New England held its 2012 Annual Meeting at the Westin Hotel in Waltham, MA. As part of the meeting each year, SBANE selects recipients for its “Profitable Connections Award”,  an award given to member companies that successfully collaborated with SBANE in identifying a successful financial or matchmaking solution to a current challenge or opportunity. This year, eleven companies were presented with the award including MBBP client Metamagnetics, Inc., a research and development company focused on developing innovative microwave materials and device solutions in the areas of radar, communication, sensing and other high frequency electromagnetic technologies.

Earlier this year, Metamagnetics was announced as a winner for MassVentures 2012 “START” Program, a $6 million initiative to help growing companies commercialize technologies developed under Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) contracts. As one of ten winners, Metamagnetics was awarded $100,000 and, based on future progress, could possibly receive up to a $500,000 investment after two years. Jerry Bird, President of MassVentures had this to say of the awards:

This year’s winners are a strong indicator of the depth and breadth of innovative technologies coming out of the Commonwealth to support the economy and job growth.

Congratulations Metamagnetics! For more information on the Profitable Connections Award, please see SBANE’s full press release. To learn more about the “START” program, please visit MassVentures.

Xtalic Named One of SBANE’s 2012 New England Innovation Award Winners 05/15/2012

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Mass. High Tech reports on the ten winners of SBANE’s annual New England Innovation Awards held on May 10. Among the winners: MBBP client Xtalic Corporation.

Xtalic creates performance breakthroughs using its proprietary Dynamic Nanostructure Control™ to custom tailor unique metal alloys to deliver new levels of performance, reduce use of high cost raw materials and replace toxic or unsafe materials.

Congratulations Xtalic!

Click here to learn more about the Awards and its winners.

NSBA Awards SBANE President Small Business Award 02/07/2012

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On February 2nd the National Small Business Association awarded Bob Baker, friend of the firm and President of the Smaller Business Association of New England (SBANE), the Small Business Technology Council‘s Champion of Small Business Innovation Award. The award recognizes Bob for his contributions to the reauthorization effort of the long-term Small Business Innovation Research bill, which was signed into law by President Obama late last year.

Congratulations Bob!

Bob Shea to Speak at SBANE Human Capital Series Event 12/20/2011

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Employment Attorney Bob SheaOn January 10th the Smaller Business Association of New England (SBANE) is presenting a  2012 Legal Update as part of their Human Capital Series. The event includes discussion led by two employment attorneys, one of whom is MBBP Attorney and SBANE Board member, Bob Shea. Bob will provide information on developments in employment law, including new legislation and court decisions that will affect companies and their HR practices.

To learn more about the event or to register, please visit SBANE.

Bob Shea Testifies at Massachusetts State House 11/07/2011

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Employment Attorney Bob SheaOn November 3rd MBBP Employment Attorney Bob Shea testified before the Massachusetts Legislature’s Joint Committee on Labor & Workforce Development in support of legislation to amend the Massachusetts Independent Contractor Law. Bob, who testified on behalf of the Smaller Business Association of New England, has advised numerous clients and  written articles concerning problems the current law has caused for many businesses in Massachusetts.

Please feel free to contact Bob Shea for any questions regarding the Independent Contractor Law.

SBANE to Host Political Roundtable with Mass State Senator Karen Spilka 02/22/2011

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On March 15, the Smaller Business Association of New England (SBANE) will host a Political Roundtable featuring Massachusetts State Senator, Karen Spilka. Senator Spilka represents MetroWest, one of the most important economic regions in Massachusetts and was appointed Senate Chair of the Joint Committee on Economic Development and Emerging Technologies. Senator Spilka and her staff worked very closely with SBANE on the complete restructuring of the Commonwealth’s delivery system of economic development financial services to small businesses. Karen was the point person in the Senate that lead the initiative to create the Massachusetts Growth Capital Corporation. Under her leadership, the legislature approved a transfer of $15 million and a $20 million bond issue to recapitalize this entity.

The event will take place Tuesday, March 15, 2011 from 8:00 AM- 9:00 AM at the offices of Morse, Barnes-Brown & Pendleton PC in Waltham. For more information, please visit SBANE.

Click here to register for the event or call 781-890-9070.

SBANE to Host Small Business Matching Grant Program Session 12/21/2010

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On January 11th, the Smaller Business Association of New England (SBANE) will host a complimentary informational session by Bradley Rosenblum on the Small Business Matching Grant Program now available Massachusetts Life Sciences Center. Mr. Rosenblum will discuss the $3 million competitive solicitation for applicants of the program, which is targeted at commercialization-ready life sciences companies that have received Phase II or Post Phase II grants from federal agencies.

The event will take place Tuesday, January 11, 2011 from 8:00 AM- 9:30 AM at the offices of Morse, Barnes-Brown & Pendleton PC in Waltham. For more information, please visit SBANE.

Click here to register for the event or call 781-890-9070.

Robert Shea to Speak at SBANE Seminar 01/13/2010

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Employment Attorney Bob SheaIn February, the Smaller Business Association of New England (SBANE) HR Committee is presenting “2010 Legal Update” seminar to bring employers up to speed on recent developments in employment law. This seminar will cover topics such as complying with wage-hour and independent contractor rules, utilizing non-compete, non-solicitation and confidentiality agreements, and modifications to the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”). Three speakers, including MBBP Employment Attorney Robert Shea, will lead the discussion through an interactive format.

The seminar is to be held Thursday, February 11 and runs from 7:30-10:00. To register for the event, please visit SBANE.

For questions regarding Employment Law, please contact Robert Shea.

SBANE’s Robert Baker Interviewed On Tools to Help Small Businesses 01/12/2010

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Smaller Business Association of New EnglandOn January 10, The Boston Globe interviewed Robert Baker, President of MBBP client the Smaller Business Association of New England (SBANE), in regards to small businesses. He discussed the mission of his company and how SBANE can help small companies not just survive but grow despite the troubled economy.

Please see The Boston Globe online for the full article.

Click here to see what SBANE can do for your small business.

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