FAQs

Q: Do I need to be a member in order to attend programs?
A: Membership is not required to attend the many programs, however, a discount is provided to our membership.

Q: Do I need to be a member to get health insurance?
A: Membership is not required, however, there is a one-time fee for discounted rates. Contact SBANE at 781-890-9070 orĀ info@sbane.org for more information.

Q: What is the difference between SBANE and a Chamber of Commerce?
A: 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.

Q: What is the difference between SBANE and the SBA?
A: 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.

Q: What is the makeup of the SBANE membership?
A: SBANE has almost 800 member companies located throughout New England, from varying fields such as technology, manufacturing, service (profit and non-profit), and retail/distribution.

Q: How do I get to be an SBANE presenter?
A: 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.

Q: How do I go about networking within SBANE’s membership?
A: There are five to six networking events throughout the year, 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.

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