8:30 - 9:00           
Registration and Coffee

9:00 - 9:30    

Introductory Address: The Role of Microbusiness in Metropolitan Economies

Paul Harrington, Associate Director, Northeastern University Center for Labor Market Studies

9:45 - 11:30            
Morning Panel: Microbusiness and Development in the Great Recession

This panel will discuss the impact of the current economic recession on Boston's microbusinesses.  By elaborating a range of development goals that microbusinesses can serve, the panelists will consider why it is important to support microbusinesses in the city.

Moderator: Rashmi Dyal-Chand
, Professor, Northeastern University School of Law
Alvaro Lima
, Director of Research, Boston Redevelopment Authority
Stephen Adams, Board Chair, Martin Luther King, Jr. Business Empowerment Center and Board Member, Common Cause Massachusetts
Commentator: Ana Hammock, Program Director, New England and Internet Lending, ACCION USA
Commentator: Sarah Lamitie, Vice President & CRA Associate, Boston Private Bank and Trust Company

11:45 - 1:00
Lunch and Breakout Discussion

Facilitator: Shane Black-Macken, Research Fellow, Northeastern University School of Law

1:15 - 2:30

Afternoon Panel: Microbusiness Going Forward: What Can We Expect?

This panel will examine different ways to quantify and evaluate the contributions of nontraditional entrepreneurs.  What can we reasonably expect these entrepreneurs to contribute to Boston's economy and communities in the future?

Moderator: Steve Winter, Senior Project Director, Metropolitan Area Planning Commission
Paul Watanabe, Director, Institute for Asian American Studies and Associate Professor of Political Science, University of Massachusetts Boston
Cristo Banda, Director of Neighborhood Lending Programs, Dorchester Bay Economic Development Corporation
Rafael Carbonell, Deputy Director, Office of Business Development, Department of Neighborhood Development, City of Boston

2:30 - 3:00

Future Directions

Facilitator: Jim Rowan, Professor, Northeastern University School of Law

Panelist Biographies (download)

Background Reading
Barth, Yago & Zeidman, Stumbling Blocks to Entrepreneurship in Low-and Moderate-Income Communities

Scott Shane, Why Encouraging More People to Become Entrepreneurs is Bad Public Policy (Prize Lecture in column on far right).


The Raytheon Amphitheater is located in Egan Hall at 120 Forsyth St., adjacent to the Ruggles MBTA station. (Building 60 on the map link page). The university website also offers detailed directions and parking information.

For more information, contact research fellow Shane Black-Macken at