Utilizing a “hub and spoke” model from public health care federal programming, the SBA’s Community Navigator Pilot Program will help level the playing field for Brockton area small businesses, especially our underserved women, people of color, veterans, and low-income communities. The Cape Verdean Association “hubs” will serve as centralized, lead organizations and will incorporate “spokes” to leverage partnerships with deeply trusted community-based organizations to help small businesses navigate government resources and tap into critical resources.

The program established a 3-tiered approach, as follows:

  • Tier 1 represent organizations with a national footprint
  • Tier 2 organizations with statewide and/or regional reach
  • Tier 3 focus in cities or areas 

  • The Greater Brockton Community Navigator program is a Tier 3 and one of only 4 organizations in New England to be a part of this pilot program. We are the only ethnic community-based organization as well. This is a two-year grant!

    It was a competitive process with over 700 applicants across the US.  We are part of the 51 Community Navigators selected to provide coverage across the country with the support of our Spokes. Each hub organization will support a minimum of 5 spokes.

    Our Spokes Are:

    • Metro South Chamber
    • Brockton Redevelopment Authority
    • Haitian Community Partners
    • Brockton Workers Alliance
    • Immigrants Asst. Center, New Bedford
    • The end goal of our partnership is to help establish a small minority business organization in the Greater Brockton, and hopefully we will get that going as soon as we get a bit of a breather from covid. Thus far we have engaged over 80 otherwise involved small minority businesses in the greater Brockton community with others to come! We have been approached by businesses in Rhode Island and Connecticut as well.