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. SBANE 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.

Why Join SBANE?

Educational and Networking Events

SBANE hosts a variety of events, including networking, educational, political roundtables, capital connections, HR, innovation and prime connections that attract small and medium size business owners from across the region. These events are held in a variety of locations to accommodate the geographic diversity of small business community. You’ll expand your professional network, meet SBANE members and add to your base of business contacts. SBANE hosts an average of 4-6 events per month and offers a discount, and in some cases complimentary, tickets to members.

Health Insurance Coverage

SBANE offers group health insurance plans to members through partner organization Health Services Administrators. Health Services Administrators is your one-stop-shop for health, dental, and other employee benefits.

Member Marketplace

The SBANE Member Marketplace provides a forum for members to offer their products and/or services with an incentive, available exclusively to fellow SBANE members. The Member Marketplace also has a “Needs” section for SBANE members to post job openings, products/services needed, etc.

Marketing Opportunities

SBANE will post press releases, news stories and events from any member company on the SBANE website and offers a variety of event sponsorships to maximize exposure. SBANE also offers an exclusive discount on Constant Contact email services to members.

Capital Connections

SBANE has the expertise to identify non-traditional, non-bank capital solutions for the small business owner to finance its growth or sustainability. These non-bank lenders specialize in capital availability, provide an infusion of new working capital and asset-based debt in collaboration with your current lender.


SBANE has a diverse and active committee structure. Committee involvement is an excellent way for our members to become deeply involved with the organization and meet like-minded business owners and CEO’s.

Manufacturing Matching Grant Program

SBANE assists Massachusetts-based manufacturers undergoing a business transition with hiring third part consultants.

Senior Executive Circle

SBANE’s Senior Executive Circle builds teams of other experienced CEO’s from noncompeting businesses who have a fresh perspective to give you direct and honest feedback.

New England Innovation Awards

This award provides lasting recognition of a company’s innovative heritage, which showcases the best companies in our region who possess the most explosive growth potential to expand our economic base.

Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems (IDS) Supplier Matchmaking

SBANE can facilitate an introduction to seek an evaluation from Raytheon as to whether your competencies and capabilities meet Raytheon’s supplier platform.

Legislative Activities

SBANE has no paid lobbyists, is nonpartisan, and supports no candidates, but it exercises considerable political clout through grassroots efforts at both the state and federal levels. SBANE’s volunteer board of directors, supported by reporting committees, sends legislative alerts to members, and each year members meet with their legislators in Washington, D.C. to review current issues affecting their company’s bottom lines.


National Small Business Association

SBANE’s Washington DC-based partner, the National Small Business Association, provides around-the-clock coverage for small business initiatives.


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