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March 30, 2018

North Central development agency becomes SBA community lender

Courtesy Officials got together to mark the North Central Massachusetts Development Corp.'s inclusion in a new lending program. From left: Nam Pham, Massachusetts Assistant Secretary of Business Development and International Trade; State Rep. Natalie Higgins; State Rep. Jennifer Benson; U.S. Rep. Nikki Tsongas; Roy Nascimento, President & CEO of the North Central Massachusetts Chamber and the NCMDC; Wendell Davis, SBA Regional Administrator; Ray Martino, President & CEO of Simonds Corp. and Chairman of the North Central Massachusetts Development Corporation; Robert Nelson, SBA District Director for Massachusetts; Mayor Stephen DiNatale of Fitchburg; U.S. Rep. James McGovern; State Rep. Stephen Hay; and State Rep. Harold P. Naughton.

The North Central Massachusetts Development Corp., has joined a national Small Business Administration lending program giving loans to businesses in underserved communities. 

NCMDC, the lending arm of the North Central Massachusetts Chamber of Commerce, announced Thursday the new designation as a SBA Community Advantage Lender. The Community Advantage Lender Program is aimed at businesses in neighborhoods where median income is at or below 80 percent of the area median, or those primarily employing workers from low- to moderate-income households or census tracts. Businesses established in the past two years and those led by veterans are also included. 

Loans can be used for working capital, machinery, equipment, furniture or refinancing business credit card debt. 

As such a lender, the NCMDC is required to direct 60 percent of its SBA-backed loans to these underserved markets. The SBA provides guarantees of 85 percent for loans up to $150,000 and 75 percent for loans up to $250,000. 

The NCMDC serves 76 communities in Worcester, Middlesex and Franklin counties and has lent around $6 million since its inception in 1996. Roughly half of its existing loans were made to companies in low- to moderate-income census tracts.

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