The Smaller Business Association of New England, Inc. (SBANE), founded in 1938, is a private not-for-profit association of approximately 600 member companies located throughout the six-state region. Learn about SBANE - the Smaller Business Association of New EnglandSBANE was established to provide a legislative voice for small business at the state and federal levels and to make practical information available to help business owners grow their companies. SBANE runs diverse, educational and networking programs each year and has active chapters in Massachusetts and Rhode Island. The membership is characterized by a high degree of participation, reflected in a large and dynamic committee structure, addressing a range of topics from international trade to human resources.

Frequently Asked Questions

Membership is not required to attend the many programs, however, a discount is provided to our membership.

Membership is not required, however, there is a one-time fee for group rates. Contact SBANE at 781-890-9070 or for more information.

HR, Programs, and Breakfast Committees each have developed criteria and it all begins with membership! The talent pool within SBANE is both broad and deep and we look there first.

  • The Breakfast Committee looks for success stories of CEO’s, economic forecasts, political outlooks, and other timely subjects.
  • The HR Committee’s focus is self-evident, but encourages suggestions from the membership-at-large.
  • The Programs Committee uses focus groups, surveys, and actual attendance to project the most relevant content and recruits expertise accordingly.

Prospective speakers are strongly encouraged to become familiar with SBANE by attending programs and using this experience to shape subsequent recommendations.

There are four to six networking events per month, some include a short presentation by a prominent or influential leader within the New England area, and some are strictly networking. Also, networking is an important part of our monthly Breakfast and Cutting Edge Series.

A Chamber of Commerce is more regional in scope and includes all companies, including retail. SBANE membership is throughout the six New England states and our member base is comprised of CEO’s of small, privately-funded businesses or family-owned businesses.

The SBA is the US Small Business Administration, a government agency established in the 1950’s while the Smaller Business Association of New England (SBANE) is a private, not-for-profit association created in 1938.

SBANE has about 600 member companies located throughout New England, from varying fields such as technology, manufacturing, service (profit and non-profit), and retail/distribution.