DEVAL L. PATRICK
TIMOTHY P. MURRAY
STATE PURCHASING AGENT
REGINALD A. NUNNALLY
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In this issue:
• Supplier Diversity Office
• SDO New Employees
• Client Spotlight
• ARRA Technical
• Construction Reform
• DBE SS Program
• SDO November 2010
• Get Connected Events
• Legal Workshop
• BID Opportunities
• Upcoming Events
Supplier Diversity Office (SDO) Focus
On Sept. 27, 2010, President Obama signed into law the Small Business Jobs Act, the most significant piece of small business legislation in over a decade. The new law will
provide critical resources to help small businesses continue to drive economic recovery and create jobs. The new law extends the SBA enhanced loan provisions while offering
billions more in lending support, tax cuts, and other opportunities for entrepreneurs and small business owners. The following is a summary of the Small Business Jobs Act.
1. The New Law Puts More Capital in the Hands of Entrepreneurs and Small Business Owners:
• SBA Enhanced Loan Provisions - $14 billion
more in lending support
• The law extends SBA loan provisions (with
the 90% guarantee and reduced fees) through
Executive Director Dec. 31. The $505 million in subsidy for Jobs Act
loans will support about $14 billion
in overall small business lending. In the first week of the Jobs Act, SBA provided nearly 2,000 loans totaling nearly $1 billion in lending support.
- Higher Loan Limits - significantly increases maximum loan sizes in top loan programs
The law permanently increased 7(a) and 504 limits from $2 million to $5 million (for manufacturers in 504 loan program, up to $5.5 million).
The pilot program (begun 2009) will be extended to 2013. Though the old pilot has expired, the new,
The law permanently increased microloan limits from $35,000 to $50,000, helping larger entrepreneurs with start-up costs and small
business owners in underserved communities.
Alternative Size Standards - more small businesses eligible to get SBA loans
The law expanded the number of small businesses eligible for SBA loans by increasing the alternate size standard to those with less than $15 million in net worth and
$5 million in average net income.
Temporary Enhancements to Help with Working Capital, Commercial Real Estate Refinancing
The law increased the maximum amount of SBA Express loans from $350,000 to $1 million (expires 9/27/2011).
In coming months, the law will allow some small businesses to refinance their owner-occupied commercial real estate mortgages into the 504 loan program (expires 9/27/2012).
Dealer Floor Plan Pilot Extension, Expansion
larger pilot will be implemented in coming months. This will help small businesses owners who sell cars,
RVs, boats, other titleable inventory.
3. • Small Business Intermediary Lending Pilot
• In six to twelve months, the law will provide for funding up to $20 million per year in small business loans
over the next three years for an intermediary-facilitated loan
program targeting small businesses that
need loans up to $200,000.
4. The New Law Strengthens Small Businesses' Ability to Compete for Contracts, Including Recommendations from the President's Task Force on Federal Contracting Opportunities for
The Law Expands Training and Counseling:
Major Investment in Counseling and Training
In coming months, the law will provide $50 million in grants available to Small Business Development Centers.
Equal Treatment across Federal Contracting Programs
The law reaffirms "parity" among federal small-business contracting programs. When awarding contracts that are set-aside for small businesses, contracting officers are
free to choose among businesses owned by women and service-disabled veterans, as well as businesses participating in HUBZone and 8(a) programs.
More Opportunities for Small Businesses
The law will eliminate the "Competitiveness Demonstration" program, which limited opportunities for small contractors in 11 industries where they excel, such as
construction, landscaping and pest control. This will build on the $24 billion small businesses won in these industries in Fiscal Year 2009.
The law will give contracting officers the ability to reserve orders for small business participation on contracts with multiple awards using the Federal Supply
Schedule (GSA Multiple Award Schedule). The law makes it harder for agencies to "bundle" contracts, a practice that makes it more difficult
for small businesses to compete.
Combating Fraud, Waste and Abuse
The law will put in place a legal standing of "presumption of loss" when a business misrepresents its ownership status or size in winning a government contract.
It allows the federal agency to claim a loss on the purchase, allowing those agencies, including the Department of Justice, to vigorously pursue fraudulent firms.
The law will hold large prime contractors more accountable to their own subcontracting plans by requiring written justification when plans aren't met and
when small business subcontractors aren't paid on time. This will help eliminate "bait-and-switch" tactics that occur when large primes - after winning the prime
contract - don't follow through with their own plans to give subcontracts to small businesses.
Supplier Diversity Office (SDO) New Employees
The Supplier Diversity Office welcomes Ms. Bonnie Haymon as a Certification Investigator. Recently relocated to Boston, Bonnie is a 2010 graduate of the Loyola University
New Orleans College of Law where she also earned a Certificate in International Law. While at Loyola, Bonnie served as Managing Editor of the Loyola University New Orleans
Journal of Public Interest Law. Bonnie also served as an intern at the Louisiana Supreme Court, working in the chambers of Associate Justice, Jeannette Theriot Knoll. She
is a licensed attorney in the State of Louisiana and intends to sit for the February 2011 Massachusetts Bar Examination.
The Massachusetts Supplier Diversity Office is pleased to announce the addition of Mr. Charles Williams to its certification staff. Mr. Williams is Boston native with over
11 years of litigation, administrative law, and regulatory experience. He currently holds a Bachelor's of Arts degree from the College of Letters at Wesleyan University as
well as a Juris Doctor Degree from Howard University School of Law. His wealth of knowledge and experience will be an added value to the certification staff.
Down Home Delivery and Catering
“Down Home Delivery & Catering provides the best southern style cooking…….Delivered” [Gary Webster]
Established in 2009, Down Home Delivery & Catering is a 100% minority-owned family run business that operates from their new facility at 2 Bowdoin Street in Dorchester, MA.
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The owner, Gary Webster indicates that chefs Daren Payne and Will Webster have 15 years of experience in the food industry and work daily to prepare all traditional soul food
favorites. The company currently has eight employees.
Recently certified with the Massachusetts Supplier Diversity Office on September 30, 2010 as a minority business enterprise (MBE)
and a disadvantaged business enterprise (DBE)
had its Grand Opening on November 16th 2010. There were over 100 people in attendance including State Representative and Chairperson of the Small Business Committee, Linda
Dorcena Forry, City Councilor Charles Yancey, Darryl Smith, Associate Commissioner from the Inspectional Services Department, Andre Porter, Director of the Commonwealths
Small Business and Entrepreneurism Department and Reggie Nunnally, Executive Director of the Massachusetts Supplier Diversity Office. Nunnally commended Mr. Webster and his
family for investing in the business and the community in these difficult economic times. “It’s businesses like this that create the jobs in these challenged neighborhoods
and it’s people like the Webster family that are helping to turn the economy around one job at a time.”
If you would like more information regarding the Down Home Delivery & Catering call (617) 288-0813
General Safety Services, Corp.
General Safety Services Corp, also known as GSS Corp, is a full service commercial exterior Building Maintenance Company best known for its high-rise window cleaning and Fall
Protection services. GSS holds some of the largest window cleaning contracts in the area and prides itself on its ability to manage large projects, such as; Logan International
Airport, the MIT campus, TF Green Airport and Manchester Airport to name a few. 69 Milton Street, Dedham, MA 02026 Phone: (781)381-2835 Fax: (781)381-2951 www.generalsafetyservices.com
Our primary goal is safety, because in our line of work, people's lives are always on the line, hence our well known tag line, "Safety is our middle name." GSS started in 2004
out of sheer frustration over so many needless deaths surrounding the industry. The owner, Nardine Bellew, had a special interest in keeping window cleaners safe because her
son was a high-rise window washer too.
Since the industry was male dominated, and a tough one to boot, Ms Bellew decided to help "level the playing field," by applying for her WBE & DBE Certifications in 2005. While
she cannot directly connect any given contract to the certifications alone, it certainly opened doors that would have been slammed shut otherwise. In today's economic climate
with stimulus money being handed out by the government, they (government) are designating more money be available to small businesses, minority and disadvantaged business
enterprises. Our phone has been ringing off the hook lately by large construction companies looking for us to sub-contract under them. It is these large companies that wouldn't
have considered us in the past but because of our certifications are now seeking to partner with us. SDO's UCP certification investigator, Ms. Wanda Colon, has been very
professional and timely in processing our certification information which insures that our company continues to have that leading edge when in comes to doing business in the male
dominated field of window cleaning.
ARRA Technical Assistance Providers
Build knowledge and capacity so companies can successfully bid and compete for contracts. Using a one stop model, the program provides education and training for minority or
women owned businesses to enhance growth and development through best practices, partnerships and training opportunities. World-class training, consultation, business coaching
as well as access to capital will be provided for these businesses.
We are partnering with the following public, non-profit and private sector companies to help deliver these services. Program Participants will receive a business evaluation,
educational services, training; and insight and preparation for upcoming bid opportunities.
Next Street, a Boston-based merchant bank, was founded in 2005 to transform how financing and advisory
services are provided to high-potential urban small businesses and entrepreneurs. We believe that small businesses are the key to our economic prosperity but have been,
and continue to be, underserved by traditional service providers. We have extensive experience working with minority- and women-led businesses and are pleased to be
working with the Supplier Diversity Office as a Technical Assistance Provider. In addition to providing capacity building support, we are uniquely positioned to help small
businesses to successfully compete for state procurement opportunities.
We serve the whole client, offering a full range of financial products and advisory services. Through our four practice areas – Capital, Strategy, Agency, and Talent – we
provide businesses with the customized, flexible financing and services they need to grow and succeed. Our advisory services include strategic growth and business planning;
project and implementation management; full-service marketing solutions; and organizational development and recruiting. Financial products include project finance, term
loans, and working capital.
Tameka B. Moss, Managing Associate, Next Street Talent
To learn more about Next Street, please visit us at www.nextstreet.com.
Massachusetts Latino Chamber of Commerce
MLCC’s trainings, technical assistance, and administrative support are tailored to the local community and the needs of individual diverse constituents seeking
business or economic development assistance. Developing procurement for minority owned business through education , certification process, insurance and bonding
assistance. Developing Contractors one at a time we foster procurement, contracting and employment opportunities in the construction trade industry between women
and minority small businesses with Government and corporate entities.
For further information Please contact:
Madelyn Dones, Office Manager email@example.com
Massachusetts Latino Chamber of Commerce
1655 Main Street, Springfield, MA 01103
Springfield (413) 746-1989
Boston (617) 208-3426
Worcester (508) 598-7081
Holyoke (413) 391-0157
Carlos Gonzales, Executive Director
Darnley Howard is a management and business development consultant with over 15 years of experience in assisting small businesses, and in economic development.
He holds a B.S. in finance and multinational enterprise from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and an M.B.A. in finance and international
business from the Graduate School of Business at the University of Chicago. For the past twelve years Mr. Howard has been president and principal consultant
of Advansa International, a consulting firm which he founded. In that capacity, he provides business plans, financial management solutions and other technical
assistance for emerging businesses throughout greater Boston.
Darnley W. Howard, President/Principal Consultant
135 Pleasant Street, Suite 32,
Arlington, MA 02476-8163
(c) 781/350-0610, (o)781/648-7629 www.advansa.biz
Martin Luther King Jr., Business Empowerment Center
The Micro-Business Development Center (MBDC) is a division of the Martin Luther King Jr., Business Empowerment Center that is located inside the urban core of
Worcester Massachusetts. The purpose of the MBDC is to Empower People to Pursue Their Dreams through entrepreneurship and micro-enterprise. The guiding belief
of the organization since it was founded is that economic development through entrepreneurship remains one of the best and most effective ways to help struggling
communities grow and prosper. Viable small businesses build communities, create wealth and jobs, and help move immigrants and minorities into the opportunities
of mainstream employment.
The Director of the MBDC is Mr. Tom Herald who leads a team of business graduate students from Clark University's Graduate School
of Management and professional
consultants and service providers to provide a one-stop location for information, knowledge, education, training and consultation to assist entrepreneurs who
start, operate, and grow successful businesses. The Center provides world-class training, counseling services, and business coaching as well as access to
capital for micro-businesses to bridge the knowledge gap and empower community builders to realize their dreams and effectively compete in a rapidly evolving
global economy. Every program is designed to provide business owners with a competitive advantage in their market through a myriad of professional services that
would otherwise be unaffordable.
OnPoint Coaching's progressive focus can be summed up in three words, Plan, Evolve, Prosper. The appropriate plan of action when implemented and executed leads to
forward movement or prosperity.
John Lloyd, understands the challenges entrepreneurs/businesses encounter on execution of a plan and helps keep businesses on point by providing the knowledge, tools
and encouragement needed to achieve their objectives. OPC leverages best practice assessments and programs to help businesses maximize their potential, enhance
performance and attain success.
Entrepreneurs must routinely re-focus their efforts. They must develop a clear vision of where they want to go, tap into their key productive talents, delegate tasks
/ projects, learn new skills, and preserve the balance of work and satisfaction that equates to success. As an entrepreneur, I know the road can be difficult, doubtful
and daunting, but it also is exciting, challenging and rewarding! On Point coaching offers a full range of marketing, business development, continuity and strategic plans.
John D. Lloyd,
Hispanic-American Chamber of Greater Boston
The Hispanic-American Chamber of Greater Boston represents businesses, individuals and institutions and is committed to the economic development and success of the
Hispanic business community in Greater Boston.
The Chamber offers timely seminars and networking meetings, business education and assistance programs, government and industry forums, social events and charitable
activities all contribute to making the Chamber a valuable resource for its constituencies.
The Chamber carries out its mission, both independently and in collaboration with partner organizations, by means of services, advocacy, research, and information-sharing.
The Chamber has partnered with SDO and offers business development services and guidance in the greater Boston region. For further information contact.
617.261.4222 Ph | 617.522.0062 Fax
Hispanic-American Chamber of Commerce
406 S. Huntington Ave. | Boston, MA 02130
Nader Acevedo, President
Construction Reform Program
Turner School Construction Management 2010 Graduation
In 2007 The State Office of Minority and Women Business Assistance (SOMWBA) approached Turner Construction in Boston regarding their Turner School
of Construction Management Training program for W/MBEs. Turner Construction is recognized as one of the leading general builders in the U.S. and has
an outstanding track record in the utilization of M/WBEs on its projects. This is largely due to the relationships that have been established through
The Turner School of Construction Management.
The Turner School of Construction Management is championed by Hilton Smith (far right on the above picture), Turner Senior Vice President for Community Affairs. The program has been
uniquely designed to enhance the technical, administrative and managerial skills of minority and women businesses in order to make a profit and build
a reputation for efficiently managing construction projects. This is accomplished through Turner executives and industry partners who volunteer their
time to teach the individual classes.
The first class SOMWBA and Turner partnered on was in 2007. We were lucky enough to be put in contact with Alison Stanton Regional Community Affairs
Director for Turner Boston to coordinate this with. Alison gives new meaning to the saying” It’s not just a job it’s an adventure”. That year The
Turner School of Construction Management graduated 11 M/WBEs and 12 students. The following year with one class under our belt, the 2008 program
graduated 15 firms and 22 students. Following suit, in 2009 the series of classes graduated 17 firms and 23 students. The working relationship
between Turner and SOMWBA was strengthening each year and a synergy was developing.
In the year 2010 things had changed. The State Office of Minority and Women Business Assistance (SOMWBA) name was changed to the Massachusetts Supplier
Diversity Office (MSDO). We had a new Executive Director Reggie Nunnally who brought a new sense of purpose and passion to the agency. When the
time came to send out the invitations to the pool of certified construction M/WBEs the response was almost instantaneous. Within one day 40 requests
to attend the Turner program were received and by the end of the week 74 firms wished to register for the 2010 Turner School of Construction Management.
Unfortunately, due to capacity restrictions we had to turn people away. This had never happened before and the response exceeded anything we had
This large and immediate response shows that the Turner School of Construction Management’s reputation had spread throughout the MSDO M/WBE community,
and that if you attend this program you will leave with tangible results and a network that will help your company grow.
Please contact John Fitzpatrick at 617-973-8647 for more information.
DBE Supportive Services Program
The DBE SS Program is an initiative funded through the U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration and administered
through the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT). The DBE SS Program is administered by SDO and includes the DBE SS Advisory
Board, the Opportunities Database, Get Connected events, Matching Making events, and "Doing Business with MassDOT" brochure. The program
also includes a business development tract which features classroom-style curriculum geared towards the individual business as well as
specialized development. SDO is currently recruiting 15 ready, willing, and able DBEs to participate in the 2010/2011 DBE SS Business
Tract Program. If you are a RWA and are interested in the business tract portion of the program, please contact Brian Ross at 617-973-8574
or Mary Richmond at 617-973-8696.
DBE SS Advisory Board
October - The DBE SS Advisory Board held its inaugural meeting in which all members were introduced. During this meeting the Board voted
to change its schedule and meet on a monthly basis versus quarterly meetings for a more active role in the DBE SS Program. The advisory board
will continue to meet monthly in order to monitor the development of the program as well as offer assistance to overcome obstacles facing DBE's.
All DBE SS Advisory Board meetings have been scheduled for the balance of the DBE SS 2010 - 2011 program season.
November - One major topic that was discussed was bonding. According to the Board, DBEs should look upon bonding as an investment in their
business versus viewing it in terms of a cost. Board member Greg Janey stated that "if you have a $500,000 project and you can bond $50,000
of it, then you should bond it because it increases your bonding capacity for future projects". Board member Michael Peltier agreed that bonding
shows that a DBE is willing to risk something "to get into the game" which could lead to a better relationship with other subs and primes.
The Opportunities Database tallies survey responses from DBEs and Prime Contractors. Scope of work items related to highway construction are listed
for Primes and DBEs to enable SDO in matching Prime Contractors' needs with available DBEs and the DBEs specific items of work. The goal of the
database is to increase DBE participation on federally-funded highway construction. The database will be posted for use by Prime Contractors and
DBEs alike to promote new relationships and business activity. If you have not submitted your survey, please do so or contact Mary Richmond at
DBE SS Advisory Board Members:
|Linda J. Sivieri|| EEO Compliance Officer|| J.F. White Contracting Co.|| 10 Burr Street Framingham, MA 01701|| 617-558-0432|| firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Andres Lopez|| Massachusetts Growth Capital Corporation|| 155 Federal Street Suite 202 Boston, MA 02110|| 617-523-6262|| email@example.com|
|Micheal Peltier|| Manager||M.S. Peltier Insurance Services, LLC||500 Victory Road Suite 255 Quincy, MA 02171|| 617-435-0415|| firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Donald Mitchell|| Executive Director|| Western Mass Development Collaborative|| 281 State Street Springfield, MA 01103|| 413-314-2033|| email@example.com|
|Gregory Janey|| Owner||Janey Construction Management/Consulting|| 236 Huntington Avenue, Suite 417 Boston, MA 02115|| 617-267-6200|| firstname.lastname@example.org|
|John Lozada||Director of Civil Rights||Massachusetts Department of Transportation|| 10 Park Plaza Suite 6620 Boston, MA 02116|| 617-973-7193|| email@example.com|
|David Chandler|| Civil Rights Specialist|| Federal Highway Administration|| 55 Broadway, 10th Floor Cambridge MA 02142|| 617-494-2542|| firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Angela Rudikoff|| Director of Civil Rights - External Operations|| Massachusetts Department of Transportation|| 10 Park Plaza Suite 6620 Boston, MA 02116|| 617-973-7024|| email@example.com|
|Brian Ross|| DBE SS Director|| Supplier Diversity Office|| 10 Park Plaza Suite 3740 Boston, MA 02116|| 617-973-8696|| firstname.lastname@example.org|
SDO October 2010 Activity For State and Federal Certification Program
Newly Certified Businesses
Reminder letters are sent out 30 days prior to the company's certification expiration date. These letters detail the documentation the company is required to submit to
remain in good standing. Certifications are renewed according to the following schedules:
• MBE, WBE, MBE/WBE & NPO'S - Every 2 years -(Biennial renewal)
• DBE - Every year(Annual Review)
State certified businesses will be contacted when their files are going to be reviewed for a 6 year substantive review.
Get Connected Events
Planning Giving: The "Get Connected" knowledge seminars are a series of events geared towards providing technical assistance, access to
resources, and networking opportunities for the SDO's portfolio of clients.
Access to Legal Services is scheduled for Monday, December 13, 2010 at 10:00 A.M. at 10 Park Plaza, Conference Rooms 2 and 3, Boston, MA.
The topics will be: Hiring New Employees - How to avoid common pitfalls that can lead to liability; Independent Contractors - The criteria used
to determine whether a worker is an independent contractor or an employee; Employee Handbooks - What to consider before creating or revising your
employee handbook; and Federal Contractor Workplace Notices - What notices are required and how they should be posted.
To attend "Get Connected: Access to Legal Services" -
Upcoming "Get Connected" events are:
Access to MassDOT January 14, 2011, 10:00 A.M.
Access to Financial Understanding February 22, 2011, 10:00 A.M.
Access to Sales and Marketing March 14, 2011, 10:00 A.M.
Free Legal workshop (2 hours) for small businesses, this is part of SDO's business development and technical assistance resources. All companies may sign-up for the legal
workshop. (This is not a pre-certification session.)
PUBLIC FACILITIES DEPARTMENT (PFD) Request for Qualifications (RFQ)
We strongly encourage you to go to www.comm-pass.com to learn about other bid opportunities throughout the Commonwealth.
ADVERTISEMENT CITY OF BOSTON
Project Title: Central Maintenance Truck Wash
Project #: 6972
Project Location: 400 Frontage Road
Boston, MA 02118
For information specific to this particular RFQ, please
contact PFD's Bid Counter at 617-635-4809
SDO Office Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
You are cordially invited to attend the grand opening of the Massachusetts Supplier Diversity Office (SDO), Formerly SOMWBA, in its satellite location
inside the Metro South Chamber of Commerce building.
Supplier Diversity Office (SDO)Pre-Certification Workshop
The SDO requires all interested businesses to attend this session in order to apply for certification as a Minority, Women, or Disadvantaged Business Enterprise.
This session will run for approximately two hours. It will also include information about the regulations, qualifications, process, and other information needed
to begin the certification process. This session will include information from the Supplier Diversity Program (formerly AMP) detailing the process to take advantage
of upcoming opportunities for certified MBE/WBE’s.
December 14, 2010 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Brockton
January 19, 2010 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Worcester
What your business should know before April 15th?
Tax Update for small business 4 PM
Topics include health care, depreciation rules, work opportunity credit, renewable energy incentives, the importance of proper books and records
ASK A CPA, CERTIFIEDPUBLICACCOUNTANT at 5 PM
Free, ½ hour consulting sessions at 5 pm, to help with your accounting, tax and business needs; this is limited to the first 20 businesses who register.
When: Tuesday, Jan 11, 2011 4-6 pm
Location: Transportation Building, Conference Room 1&2, 10 Park Plaza, Boston, MA 02111
Call Kara Kieran: 617.303.2413 for questions on the program
or John F. Fioriti: 617-973-8573
Supplier Diversity Program (SDP) Workshop
For complete details about SDP training and registration instructions please go to the
SDP Program and Services page.
|How to Submit an Effective SDP Plan Training
Thursday, December 21, 2011 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
The McCormack Building, One Ashburton Place, 10th Floor, Boston, MA 02108
SDP Advanced Vendor Training
Tuesday, January 25, 2011 9:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
1 Beacon Street, 29th Floor MassHousing Conference Room Boston, MA
The Massachusetts Small Business Development Center
The Massachusetts Small Business Development Center Northeast Regional Office conducts free or low-cost
workshops addressing a wide range of concerns for both start-up and existing businesses. Many of these
programs are cosponsored with local chambers of commerce, colleges and universities, community development
organizations, trade associations, banks and corporate sponsors.
REGISTER Online, email@example.com or phone 978-542-6343. Please remember to include your contact information including email and phone.
First Native American License Plate campaign by One Native Nation Foundation needs your help to make this a reality.
The 4 sacred directions on the plate represent North (White), South (Red), East (Yellow) and West (Black).
The term "First Nations" is indicative of all aboriginal people of "Turtle Island" (aka North America). As I dug in and learned the process,
I soon realized that I have a tremendous opportunity to change some young, aspiring Native American students lives in the form of a scholarship.
The One Native Nation Foundation, Inc. is the sister company to One Native Nation LLC (which is MBE certified).
To Sign up for the First Native American plate
Supplier Diversity Office
10 Park Plaza, Suite 3740
Boston, MA 02116