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Lawrence Partnership’s 2018 Annual Meeting!



Join other business and community leaders from Lawrence, Essex County and the Commonwealth of MA as we discuss economic opportunities and successes in our area!

Lunch will be provided


Pacific Mills

300 Canal Street, Bldg 3

Lawrence, MA 01840

As numerous development projects in Lawrence continue to transform the city's historic mill yard, we are thrilled to be hosting our annual event at Pacific Mills! This expansive historic mill is currently undergoing a 3-phase renovation by award-winning developer, Brady Sullivan Properties. The completed project will create a unique mix of commercial and residential space sure to attract an influx of professionals and families to live and work in Lawrence, and serve as a catalyst for the city's future growth.

This new development has also led to Lawrence being chosen as one of MassDevelopment's new districts in its Transformative Development Initiative (TDI), which is focused on leveraging this new investment to spill over into the downtown and spark broader economic opportunities in our city. Don’t miss this chance to get a behind the scenes look at what this investments looks like—and what it will mean for the future of Lawrence.


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  • Niki Tsongas


    2018 Award Recipient
    Congresswoman Niki Tsongas

    Congresswoman Niki Tsongas was the first woman in twenty-five years to serve in Congress from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts; representing the Massachusetts Third District, which spans across portions of Essex, Middlesex and Worcester counties.

    In recognition of the vital role that economic development plays in our local, regional, and statewide destinies, the Lawrence Partnership will present its most prestigious leadership award to Congresswoman Niki Tsongas at our 2018 Annual Meeting on December 4th in Lawrence, MA.  

    The David Tibbetts Economic Impact Award honors leaders who have successfully promoted and implemented innovative economic development strategies. The award has been named for its first recipient, David Tibbetts, a leader who has represented the ideals of this award through his life of service to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.  

    The Lawrence Partnership recognizes Congresswoman Tsongas for her unwavering support and dedication to small business innovation and encouraging the growth of the state-of-the-art manufacturing and technology companies that have become a trademark of the region. 


    Please join us on December 4th to honor Congresswoman Niki Tsongas and celebrate the incredible successes she has helped catalyze throughout our region. 

    David Tibbetts


Congresswoman Niki Tsongas was elected to the United States House of Representatives in a 2007 special election, becoming the first woman in twenty-five years to serve in Congress from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. She represents the Massachusetts Third District, holding the same seat that was held three decades earlier by her late husband, former Congressman, Senator and presidential candidate Paul Tsongas. The Third District spans across portions of Essex, Middlesex and Worcester counties.

The Third District has a proud tradition of military service, and Congresswoman Tsongas honors that tradition, as well as the military family she grew up in, by serving as a senior member of the House Armed Services Committee. In this role, she has championed the fight to combat and prevent sexual assault in the military; authored numerous pieces of legislation that provide modern, cutting-edge resources, to our servicemembers; and worked to support veterans transitioning to civilian life. She has also led the push for modernized body armor and is working to support the unparalleled innovation taking place at Massachusetts military installations. In 2017, she was elected by her peers to serve as the Ranking Member of the largest subcommittee, the Tactical Air and Land Forces Subcommittee.

Congresswoman Tsongas also serves as a senior member of the Natural Resources Committee. In addition, she has made supporting small businesses a priority and encouraging the growth of the state-of-the-art manufacturing and technology companies that have become a trademark of the region.

The Congresswoman has made accessibility a hallmark of her Congressional office. With offices in Lowell, Lawrence and Fitchburg, and office hours in Haverhill and Marlborough, she has worked to make it as easy as possible for residents to connect with her about any issue of concern to them or to get assistance with problems they may have when dealing with federal agencies.


  • KEYNOTE: Aixa Beauchamp

    President, Beauchamp & Associates

    For more than 25 years Aixa Beauchamp has worked in the field of philanthropy in the United States, Europe, and Latin America, helping institutions to strengthen their programs and broaden their impact in disenfranchised communities by crafting and managing programs that cut across many sectors. She began her career in the philanthropic sector as a program officer at the NY Community Trust. As a consultant for the Association of Community Trusts in London, she facilitated dialogue to advance funder relations in diverse communities.

    Aixa has designed and conducted workshops and seminars to maximize giving among Latinos in the U.S. and Latin America. She has partnered with the Coalition for New Philanthropy, collaboration among foundations to promote the practice of sustained, strategic philanthropy among African American, Latino, and Asian American donors. 

    Aixa serves on the Boards for numerous organizations focused on philanthropy and Latino children, youth and families. Aixa has received numerous awards in the philanthropic, community and leadership arenas. She was chosen as one of the 100 Most Influential People in Boston by Boston Magazine. Additionally, she was recently featured in the Financial Times Wealth and Inside Philanthropy publication, and has written articles on Latino philanthropy for Spanish media. She holds a Masters in Public Administration from the Harvard John F. Kennedy School of Government. A native New Yorker of Puerto Rican descent and after living in Europe and Latin America, Aixa now lives in Newton MA with her husband and three boys.

  • Brian Mohika

    Co-Founder & CEO, CathWear

    Brian Mohika, Lawrence High and Northern Essex Community College graduate, Air Force Veteran, Registered Nurse, EforAll participant and now medical innovator, teamed up with longtime friend to create what is known today as CathWear. Seeing the discomfort of kidney and liver patients who now had to wear drainage bags that slid up and down their leg, caused them to sweat and essentially limited some of their fashion choices, Brian invented CathWear as medical underwear designed with a pocket to hold those fluid bags in place and in comfort.

    Having received funding from the Lawrence Venture Loan Fund, support from the Lawrence Partnership in making the connections within the healthcare industry to develop his distribution network, and help in finding a space in Lawrence, Brian Mohika’s story is an example of what can happen in a post-industrial gateway city.

    Brian Mohika is a homegrown entrepreneur who has taken in this help in order to help others. He’s the subject of our next “Why Lawrence?” video and also one of our speakers for the Lawrence Partnership’s Annual Meeting. With a commitment to staying local and having a local impact, we look forward to the continued success of CathWear.



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Join us at our Annual Meeting as we’ll reveal the 4 finalists for the Revolving Test Kitchen (RTK). Try out delicious samples of their food and cast your vote for the Fan Favorite. One of the 4 finalists will move on to become the next resident of the RTK after completing the final phase of the selection process.

Participants in the RTK  have the opportunity to trial their business model, build their capacity, understand their market, and prepare to grow into a permanent location. The program is designed to provide access to free space in prominent café in downtown Lawrence with a high end build out and ample space for storage, prep, and customer space. Beyond free rent, participants receive technical assistance from a number of area partners and personal mentoring from food entrepreneur Sal Lupoli.

Take advantage of our "Why Lawrence?" selfie-booth to give your answer to the question of Why Lawrence?

Mini whiteboards and markers will be provided for you to write-in your answer and snap a photo!

Also at the Annual Meeting, we will be previewing and revealing the next Why Lawrence? video subject!



Caterer: Delish

Delish is a bakery and cafe established by two young entrepreneurs: Deyanira García and Elizabeth Bautista united with the same ideals and desire to excel. They’re available for all your bakery needs, and at the same time they offer delicious desserts, coffee, sandwiches, trays, personalized arrangements, and catering.

They are a true example of what resilience and hard work are all about in our community, as they were affected by the recent gas emergencies just a few months after launching their business last Summer. They are ready to reopen their doors thanks to broader recovery efforts and resources made available to small businesses like them. Thank you Delish for being one of our preferred caterers and provide us with your delicious pastries!

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Caterer: CocoRay's

CocoRay's is a Puerto Rican / Mexican fusion restaurant with the "best tacos in town"! Led by Raymond Gonzalez, CocoRay's started out as a big red food truck that would travel throughout the city and is how Ray first captured many community members' hearts. CocoRay's was the first resident in the RTK and our most recent graduate! Now located on Parker Street, the restaurant has set up a permanent brick'n'motar location and extended the menu to include smoothies, more Boriquen dishes, and much more!

During the Gas Emergency, CocoRay's was forced to close as service was cut to their location for safety purposes. Fortunately, service was restored within a few days, just in time for CocoRay's to come back in style with discounts for those who were affected in South and free meals to those who were in the shelters.


Don’t miss out on this opportunity to be a part of the innovative work of the Lawrence Partnership and the gathering momentum underway in Lawrence by being involved in this event.