Grants and Opportunities for Small Businesses
There are a number local and state opportunities that are available to help support, or even launch, a small business. Join Samalid Hogan, Regional Director of the Massachusetts Small Business Development Corporation, for an interactive look at what is available to you. This may be just what you need to bring your business to the next level!
Ms. Samalid M. Hogan is the Regional Director for the Massachusetts Small Business Development Center (MSBDC) Network Western Regional Office. Samalid has over 14 years of experience in Economic Development. Her commitment to serve and her ability to lead is evident in the key roles she has held and partnerships she has built across public, private, and civic sectors to achieve economic development goals for the Pioneer Valley region in Western Massachusetts. Samalid was appointed to the Governor’s Latino Advisory Commission in 2017.
Samalid was born in Puerto Rico and moved to Springfield, Massachusetts in 1996. She has a Bachelors of Arts in Economics from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and a Masters in Business Administration with a concentration in Entrepreneurship and Innovative Practices from Bay Path University in Longmeadow, Massachusetts. She currently resides in Ludlow, Massachusetts, with her husband Mr. Robert Hogan and her 4-yr old daughter, Sophia Hogan.
Prior to working with the MSBDC, Samalid was the Consulting Project Manager for the Holyoke Innovation District (HID) on behalf of MassTech Collaborative and the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission. From 2007 to 2016, she was Senior Project Manager and Brownfields Coordinator at the city of Springfield Office of Planning and Economic Development. From 2004 to 2007, Samalid was the Senior Economic Development and Policy Analyst at the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission. In 2014, Samalid founded CoWork Springfield, the first co-working space established in Springfield, Massachusetts. CoWork Springfield founded to focus on serving women and minority-owned businesses.
Samalid is very committed to community service and serves on several boards of directors including Common Capital and in the Board of Trustees of the New England Public Radio Foundation. She also serves as president of the board of the Minority Business Alliance, and vice president of the National Junior Tennis and Learning of Greater Springfield. Ms. Hogan has also served in the boards of the Young Professional Society of Greater Springfield (2012-2016), the Horace Smith Fund (2013-2015, served as President in 2014), OnBoard (2011-2015), and the Girls Scouts of Western Massachusetts (2007-2009).
Samalid was recognized and awarded the Grinspoon Entrepreneurial Spirit Award in 2017. She was also recognized as a Women Trailblazer and Trendsetter by the Massachusetts Latino Chamber of Commerce in 2016, and was awarded in 2013 the “40 Under 40” Business West award for her leadership and accomplishments.