Program offers tips for Island businesses


A program hosted by the Martha’s Vineyard Women’s Network (MVWN) on January 13 will offer tips on starting up, maintaining, and expanding businesses in today’s marketplace.

Scheduled at 7 to 9 am in the Baylies Room of the Old Whaling Church, the breakfast program offers presentations from five funding, corporate structure, and technology experts.

The cost is $15 for MVWN members. The general public is welcome to attend on a first-come, first-served basis, at a cost of $25. For more information and to register, visit

Local business leaders on the program include EduComp owner Pat Gregory, Martha’s Vineyard Savings Bank vice president Timothy Lowe, and Attorney Marcia Mulford Cini of the Cini Miller Law Office.

Other presenters include Laurie Walsh, a commercial loan officer and business assistance manager at the South Eastern Economic Development (SEED) Corporation, and Cliff Robbins, senior business advisor for the Massachusetts Small Business Development Center.

Ms. Walsh will provide financing advice and personal consultation about loan and technical assistance programs from SEED Corporation, a regional nonprofit economic development corporation that finances all types of small businesses in Massachusetts and Rhode Island.

Mr. Robbins, a management professional and educator with experience in marketing, sales, strategic planning and e-commerce, will offer individual advice and guidance for Vineyard business owners.

Ms. Walsh and Mr. Robbins will be available for half-hour, one-on-one sessions with MVWN members after the program from 9 am to 2 pm. Sessions will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Email Nevette Previd at

Founded in 2007, the MVWN provides continuing business education and networking opportunities for more than 70 members, for the purpose of promoting economic development on Martha’s Vineyard. Other 2009 activities planned include a networking event on January 27 and additional monthly programs from February through May.