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Interview With Helder Machado, president and chief executive officer, Machado Consulting

Read more » April 04, 2015
Machado Consulting was established by Helder Machado in 2001, after the dot-com market crash, as a part-time business. In 2008, Mr. Machado left his full-time job to devote himself fully to his company, which now has 12 employees at its 28 Franklin St. location and revenues in excess of $1 million in 2014. Mr. Machado was born in Portugal and emigrated to Rhode Island when he was 1 year old. He graduated with distinction from WPI and serves as a lieutenant colonel in the Army National Guard.

Going Solo

Read more » February 15, 2014
Veterans are more likely to become entrepreneurs as compared to nonveterans. They account for 9 percent of all nonfarm businesses in the United States, and their businesses employ nearly 5.8 million people, according to the most recent data from the U.S. Census Bureau. Although little to no research segments them out, anecdotal evidence suggests Reserve Component (RC) service members are a unique part of this continuing trend of veteran business owners, and the mark they are making should not go unnoticed.

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Read more » June 25, 2012
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Guard Support Raises $20,000 to Lend Wounded Veteran a Helping Hand

Read more » June 15, 2012
Staff Sgt. Downing lost both his legs to an improvised explosive device in 2008 while serving on his second tour in Afghanistan.

Motel 6 Offers 10% Discount to National Guard Members and Our Supporters

Read more » February 10, 2012
Accor North and Motel 6 have partnered with Guard Support to provide clean, comfortable, affordable lodging in the U.S. and Canada for National Guard members and Guard Support supporters and is offering a 10% discount off the standard daily rate.

Employees at Affiliated Managers Group Sponsor Holiday Gift Project

Read more » January 23, 2012
Employees at Affiliated Managers Group (AMG) based in Beverly, Mass. partnered with Guard Support to provide 50 National Guard families in need throughout the state of Massachusetts with holiday food gift baskets and 159 wrapped gifts for 49 children this past holiday season.

Boston Bruins Foundation Charity Raffle Benefits Guard Support

Read more » December 14, 2011
Here's your chance to win an official Boston Bruins Stanley Cup Championship Ring and help raise money for Guard Support! Raffle tickets are $5 each - deadline to buy tickets is Fri., Dec. 23rd at 6:30pm.

Employer's unite: Grants, programs like Guard Support, push to open doors for veterans

Read more » November 10, 2011
Guard Support was interviewed for the November 4-10, 2011 edition of the Boston Business Journal. Guard Support's "Hire Guard" and "Entrepreneurs' Funding Program" were both featured.

Boston Cares: Letters to National Guard Soldiers and Airmen Project

Read more » October 26, 2011
Guard Support is pleased to announce our new partnership with Boston Cares. Boston Cares will provide enthusiastic volunteers to assist Guard Support with events, programs and projects.

TD Charitable Foundation Contributes to Guard Support FRG Program

Read more » August 29, 2011
The TD Charitable Foundation and TD Bank Financial Group provided a $6,000 contribution to Guard Support's Family Readiness Group grant program. Guard Support is the only organization in Massachusetts that provides start-up and ongoing grant funding for National Guard FRGs.

Highland Street Foundation Awards Guard Support a "Highland Hitters" Grant

Read more » August 28, 2011
The Highland Street Foundation awarded Guard Support with a "Highland Hitters" grant valued at over $5,000 providing 30 National Guard families with free tickets to watch the Boston Red Sox play against Oakland Athletics on August 27, 2011 at Fenway Park.

Operation Cookie Mania: Guard Support Ships 1,850 Boxes of Cookies to Deployed Troops

Read more » April 19, 2011
Guard Support provided a grant on April 6, 2011 to cover the cost to ship 1,850 boxes of donated Girl Scout cookies to deployed Massachusetts National Guard troops serving in Afghanistan and at Camp Atterbury, Indiana.

Eastern Bank Presents "Community Quarterback" Award to Guard Support

Read more » March 23, 2011
On March 23, 2011 at the 7th Annual "Community Quarterback" award ceremony featuring quarterback Doug Flutie, Eastern Bank recognized Guard Support for outstanding community leadership.

Guard Support Benefit Raises $6,500

Read more » February 14, 2011
Guard Support's benefit held on February 12, 2011 in Salem, Mass. was a great success. Thanks to John Walkup for volunteering to organize our event and to all our amazing volunteers and supporters!

Vets Get Job Help

Read more » January 03, 2011
Article featuring Guard Support and our "Hire Guard" and "Entrepreneurs' Funding Program" ran on the front page of the Telegram & Gazette on December 28, 2010.

Post a comment and SixSeeds will donate up to $5 to Guard Support!

Read more » December 27, 2010
SixSeeds will donate $5 for each comment posted in response to their recently published Guard Support article online. To comment, click on the article link below and write your comment in "Comments" section.

Read more » November 02, 2010
Danversbank’s Annual Golf Classic Assists National Guard Members and Families Throughout Massachusetts

Guard Support's Director Receives Award from Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve

Read more » September 23, 2010
The Massachusetts Committee for Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), an agency of the Department of Defense, awarded Guard Support with the prestigious "Seven Seals Award".

Senator Brown Joins Guard Support In Backing National Guard Entrepreneurs

Read more » July 08, 2010
BOSTON, July 8, 2010– In a ceremony at the office of United States Senator Scott Brown, Guard Support of Massachusetts presented its first low-interest business loan to a Worcester company founded by a member of the Massachusetts National Guard.

Guard Support of Massachusetts Named Tournament Beneficiary

Read more » June 30, 2010
Danversbank has chosen Guard Support of Massachusetts as the beneficiary of their annual Charity Golf Classic.

Guard Support's founder, Nate Dalton Receives Award from Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve

Read more » June 22, 2010
The Massachusetts Committee for Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), an agency of the Department of Defense, awarded Guard Support of Massachusetts with the Massachusetts Committee Award for Outstanding Performance. Nate Dalton, Guard Support's founder accepted the award at the Mass. ESGR Annual Awards Dinner held at Hanscom Air Force Base on May 15, 2010.

Guard Support's founder, Nate Dalton wins SBA Award

Read more » June 14, 2010
Nate Dalton wins SBA award for advocacy on behalf of veterans. The Veteran Small Business Champion Award is presented annually to an individual who has fulfilled a commitment to advancing small business opportunities for U.S. Armed Forces veterans.

Guard Support Grants Aid Families of Deployed Troops

Read more » May 19, 2010
Guard Support has awarded four Family Readiness Grants to National Guard units from Brockton, Dorchester, Milford and Pittsfield. The grants will aid each unit's Family Readiness Group, a support network for families of the deployed Massachusetts National Guard troops.

Total grants to Mass. Guard families reach $150,000

Read more » May 13, 2010
Since our inception in mid August of 2007, Guard Support of Massachusetts has made a dramatic impact on helping Guardsmen and their families.

Businessmen stepping up to serve Guard

Read more » March 10, 2010
In the summer of 2007, Nate Dalton was headed for his job as chief operating officer with the Beverly investment firm Affiliated Managers Group, but his Swampscott friend and neighbor Michael Finer was going somewhere else — Iraq.

From Military Service to Entrepreneur

Read more » January 28, 2010
Guard Support's Executive Director, Sherry Handel is a panelist on the "From Military Service to Entrepreneur: A Free Panel Discussion for Service Members and Veterans" to be held on February 22 from 8:30-10:30am in Salem.

National Guard Unit in Feeding Hills Awarded a Family Readiness Group Grant from Guard Support.

Read more » January 07, 2010
Guard Support has awarded a Family Readiness Group start-up grant to the A Company 1-181 Infantry National Guard unit in Feeding Hills, Mass.

Unemployed Veterans Finding Help

Read more » January 03, 2010
Guard Support in Telegram & Gazette on 12/28/10.

Air National Guard Unit in Westfield Awarded a Family Readiness Group Grant from Guard Support

Read more » December 14, 2009
Guard Support has awarded a Family Readiness Group start-up grant to the 104th Fighter Wing Air National Guard unit in Westfield, Mass.

Nate Dalton, Guard Support's founder is profiled in the fall issue of The Record

Read more » November 20, 2009
Nate Dalton, Guard Support's founder is profiled in the "Voices for Veterans" article in the fall issue of The Record, Boston University School of Law's alumni magazine.

Wounded Warriors Unit Receives Grant for Family Readiness Group

Read more » November 19, 2009
Guard Support has awarded a Family Readiness Group start-up grant to the Community Based Warriors Transition Unit – Massachusetts (CBWTU-MA) based in Concord, Mass.

Guard Unit in Concord Awarded a Family Readiness Group Start-up Grant from Guard Support

Read more » October 02, 2009
Guard Support has awarded a Family Readiness Group start-up grant of $500 to the 182nd Medical Company in Concord, Mass.

Chicopee Guard Unit Awarded a Family Readiness Group Start-up Grant from Guard Support

Read more » August 27, 2009
Guard Support has awarded a Family Readiness Group start-up grant of $500 to the Alpha Company 126th BSB in Chicopee, Mass.

The EntreTech Forum Announces Sponsorship for Guard Support

Read more » August 20, 2009
Beginning on September 15th with the first event of The EntreTech Forum for the 2009-2010 Season, active members of the Massachusetts National Guard will receive FREE admission for the forthcoming 2009-2010 season of The EntreTech Forum.

Guard Support Announces Support to the 747th Military Police Company

Read more » August 11, 2009
Guard Support of Massachusetts (GSMA) has awarded a $2,300 grant to the 747th Military Police Company to help cover transportation costs for unit members while on four day leave prior to deployment.

Massachusetts National Guard Engineering Units Receive $1,000 in Family Readiness Group Grants from Guard Support

Read more » August 03, 2009
Guard Support has awarded two engineering units of the Massachusetts National Guard with a total of $1,000 in Family Readiness Group grants.

Goodwin Procter Helps Alumnus Nate Dalton Establish Guard Support

Read more » July 24, 2009
In the summer of 2007, Goodwin Procter alumnus, Nate Dalton learned that his neighbor, Michael Finer, a Lieutenant Colonel in the Massachusetts National Guard, was going to Iraq for a year. In talking with Michael, Nate learned about the various challenges that soldiers face to ensure that their homes and businesses run smoothly while their away. As federal and state infrastructure seemed insufficient, Nate quickly realized that additional resources were needed to address these problems. As a result, Nate's idea for Guard Support was born.

Boston Entrepreneurs' Network Announces Contributions to the Guard Support Entrepreneurial Effort

Read more » July 06, 2009
The Boston Entrepreneurs' Network (Boston ENET) has announced its contributions to the Guard Support of Massachusetts organization. The ENET contributions will help Guard Support in its efforts to provide funds for members of the Massachusetts National Guard seeking to launch companies or expand their existing businesses.

Guard Support Receives Contribution from Ascent Venture Partners

Read more » July 01, 2009
Guard Support of Massachusetts announced that it received a contribution from Ascent Venture Partners at Ascent’s annual investor meeting on June 30, 2009.

Guard Support Launches Facebook Page

Read more » June 15, 2009
Guard Support has launched a new Facebook page. Guard Support's friends and supporters can follow us on Facebook, one of the most popular and fastest-growing social networking sites.

Guard Support Announces Family Readiness Group Grant Awards to National Guard Units

Read more » May 27, 2009
Guard Support has awarded $2,000 in Family Readiness Group grants to three Massachusetts National Guard units.

Guard Support Announces New Executive Director

Read more » December 01, 2008
Guard Support of Massachusetts is pleased to announce the appointment of Sherry Handel as Executive Director. Sherry is Guard Support’s first Executive Director, as well its first employee.

WAAF Rocks - Beef Rewards from Shaw's

Read more » September 02, 2008
Thanks to America's proud beef producers, Shaw's and WAAF - Guard Support will receive $1 for every pound of beef purchased at Shaw's supermarkets.

Karaoke with Larry Izzo and the New England Patriots

Read more » June 04, 2008
Guard Support was one of the institutions selected to receive proceeds from Larry Izzo's "Karaoke with Larry Izzo and the New England Patriots - A benefit for our Troops and their families."

Initial fundraising campaign kicks off with great momentum

Read more » April 08, 2008
As of April 8th, Guard Support received a total of $213,000 in contributions.

At the end of January, a mere four weeks into the campaign, Guard Support had raised over $110,000 in contributions with another $150,000 declared as matching funds for future donations.

Total grants to families reach over $85,000

Read more » November 20, 2007
From our inception in mid August of 2007, Guard Support has already made an impact.

Guard Support welcomes troops home at Foxboro

Read more » November 11, 2007
A Veteran's Day Weekend event sponsored by Guard Support and the New England Patriots.

Guard Support arrives in Iraq

Read more » September 25, 2007
Lt. Michael Finer, one of our board members and a key inspiration for Guard Support, reports in from Iraq.

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