DiZoglio to Unveil Comprehensive Small Business “MassMakers” Bill

State Senator Diana DiZoglio (D-Methuen), who serves as Senate chair of the legislature’s Joint Committee on Community Development and Small Business, will host a State House press conference on Monday, February 24 as she unveils her new bill, Senate Docket 2812, An Act to support MassMakers. DiZoglio will be joined at the podium by Senator Jason Lewis (D-Winchester), Jon Hurst, president of the Retailers Association of Massachusetts (RAM), and others.

This comprehensive legislation aims to assist small businesses by recognizing their unique challenges and providing tools to help them succeed. Among topics addressed will be the establishment of a Massachusetts Main Streets Office, a MassMakers web portal to assist aspiring start-ups and scale-ups, micro-businesses, and the empowerment of our state’s Supplier Diversity Office.

The introduction of the MassMakers Act comes on the heels of listening tours that DiZoglio has hosted over course of this session to hear the concerns of our small business community here in Massachusetts.

“Our small businesses are the economic engines of our communities and essential to job creation and growth,” said DiZoglio. “The MassMakers Act is wide-ranging legislation that will strengthen the vitality, prosperity and diversity of these businesses in Massachusetts, which represent not just the backbone of our economy but also the heart.”

The event is open to the public.

WHO: State Senator Diana DiZoglio and Massachusetts business leaders

WHAT: News conference and individual interview opportunities

WHEN: 12pm; February 24, 2020

WHERE: Massachusetts State House, Room 222

Contact: Diana DiZoglio (978-984-7747)

Haverhill’s Hartell Johnson Honored at State House

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In honor of Black History Month and the Commonwealth’s commemoration of the work of prominent African Americans in Massachusetts, state legislators recently nominated local advocates, community leaders and business members for recognition during Black Excellence on the Hill Day.

Hartell Johnson of Haverhill was nominated by State Senator Diana DiZoglio (D-Methuen) for the occasion, in honor of her work in the Merrimack Valley.

A former vice president and current member of the Greater Haverhill League of Women Voters, Johnson has served on the City of Haverhill Cultural Council and Community Affairs Advisory Boards and, for more than a decade, has worked as a business analyst at Fresenius Medical Care. She was a candidate for Haverhill City Council in 2017 and is on the board of directors at Haverhill’s Zinnia Montessori School.

“Hartell embodies so much of what makes the Merrimack Valley and its communities great,” said DiZoglio. “An unwavering advocate for stronger educational opportunities for students, improved economic development and enhancing cultural affairs, she is a true force for positive change in the City of Haverhill.”