Small Business Development Committee

Photo of SBDC members at inaugural meeting on 9/17/19. Text: "Small Business Development Committe
Virtual Town Hall Meeting for Sm Biz_(3_20_20)

On March 19th, the Small Business Development Committee hosted a Virtual Town Hall Meeting as a forum in which Brookline businesses and non-profit organizations could share their challenges, concerns, and experiences in facing COVID-19’s impact, as well as receive updates and information from Town staff and elected officials, including Select Board Member Raul Fernandez, Congressman Joe Kennedy, and State Representative Tommy Vitolo. The meeting can be viewed here.


The inaugural members of the Small Business Development Committee were appointed by the Select Board on September 10, 2019 and sworn in on September 17, 2019.

  • Raul Fernandez, Chair
  • Elias Audy
  • Mark Barer
  • Raj Kumar Dhanda
  • Sam Glasgow
  • Talia Glass
  • Melissa Tapper Goldman
  • David Leschinsky
  • Sandy Machado
  • Anne Meyers
  • Debbie G. Miller
  • Annika Sarin
  • Steve Silverman
  • Caitlin Starr, Office of Diversity Inclusion & Community Relations (DICR) Liaison
  • Debbie Raisner Thompson

2020 Meeting Schedule

Unless otherwise noted, Small Business Development Committee meetings will be held from 8:30am-10:30am in Room 111 at Brookline Town Hall, 333 Washington Street, Brookline, MA. Meeting dates are subject to change. Public meeting notices can be found on the Town Calendar:
February 4 July 21
March 3 August 18
March 31 September 15
April 28 October 13
May 26 November 10
June 23 December 8


The Small Business Development Committee will study and recommend methods (including funding requests and sources) to the Select Board to incubate, launch, recruit, and sustain small businesses in Brookline. Special attention will be paid to minority and women-owned businesses. 

The committee will explore potential solutions to rising rents, regulatory restrictions, parking access, commercial displacement, and other headwinds facing small businesses. 

The committee will consider the viability and recommend potential tools including business improvement districts, small business incubators, pop-up shops, co-working spaces, parklets, outdoor seating, galleries, public markets, and other options, as well as the role of the arts and special events in contributing to thriving businesses and communities. 

The committee shall be chaired by a member of the Select Board, and include residents, a representative of the Chamber of Commerce and/or local business associations, small business owners, commercial property owners, a member with expertise in public art programming, and a member with expertise in small business assistance. The Committee will be staffed by the Economic Development & Long-Term Planning Division.

SBDC Subcommittees

Subcommittee Focus Area Subcommittee Members Upcoming Meetings
Commercial Areas Experience
Melissa Tapper Goldman, Chair
Elias Audy
David Leschinsky
Sandy Machado
Debbie Miller
Debbie Raisner Thompson
Regulatory Sam Glasgow, Chair
Mark Barer
Raj Dhanda
Sam Glasgow
Talia Glass
Anne Meyers
Steve Silverman
Women and POC-Owned Businesses Annika Sarin, Chair
Raul Fernandez
Caitlin Starr (DICR staff liaison)

Reference Materials

Small Business Development Committee members will be sharing any important reference materials (reports, articles, etc.) that they come across in their exploration of issues and challenges facing Brookline’s small business community, as well as potential tools and solutions to address those problems, here:

  1. Meredith L. Mooney

    Economic Development & Long-Term Planner
    Phone: 617-264-6478