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Join NEDA for a Webinar on Stabilizing & Strengthening Businesses from a panel of local community experts! On Wednesday, July 28, 2021 at 3:00pm (EDT).

Our webinar will be held via Zoom and at its close, all participants are welcome to join us for networking in a Virtual Happy Hour (BYOB!).

Check out this list of breweries, wineries and distilleries in the Northeast that are minority- and women- owned!

This webinar is sponsored by:
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Panelists Include:

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Chris Kluchman, FAICP
Deputy Director, Community Services Division, Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD)

Chris oversees and coordinates programs in the Community Services Division including land use, economic development, and technical assistance functions at the Department of Housing and Community Development. She manages several programs including the Housing Choice Initiative, grants for rural communities and in support of local Planning. Prior to her work for the Commonwealth, she worked for the Town of Westford for 7 years as the Director of Land Use Management and Town Planner. In 2016, Chris was recognized for outstanding contributions to the field of planning as a Fellow of the American Institute of Certified Planners. She worked in Oregon for the first half of her career, including co-founding a planning firm. She and her family live in Acton, MA.

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Anne Ball
Program Director, Maine Downtown Center

Anne became Program Director for the Maine Downtown Center in 2016. She originally joined the Foundation in 2012 as a consultant to coordinate Healthy Maine Streets, a three-year CDC Community Transformation Grant and Grants to Green Maine, a partnership with Maine Community Foundation and Efficiency Maine. Previously Anne was the Cultural and Heritage Tourism Coordinator for DECD and has consulted for many organizations including: Maine Preservation, Maine Humanities Council, Maine State Museum, and private architecture firms and communities. Anne has a BS from St. Lawrence University and an MA in Historic Preservation from Boston University.


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Founder & Principal, Depict Brands

Eileen is the founder and principal of Depict Brands, a Latina-owned business and certified M/WBE. Depict Brands aids small businesses with growth strategies, visual communications, graphic marketing and social media. Ms. Riestra provides one- on-one assistance to business owners enabling them to grow their businesses. Depict Brands has provided technical assistance and training to small businesses through the Boston Main Streets program. Depict Brands focuses on branding development and offers a wide array of design related services that cater to the American and Hispanic Market. In addition to corporate clients, Depict Brands has provided design and marketing services to numerous multicultural businesses and non‐profit organizations in the greater Boston area. Ms. Riestra has a B.F.A. Degree in graphic design from The New England School of Art and Design at Suffolk University and a Certificate in Executive Education from Yale University’s School of Management.