Massachusetts Small Business Development Center Network
Southeast Regional Office



Daniel Lilly, Small Business Innovation Research Advisor  


Daniel LillyDaniel Lilly joined the Massachusetts Small Business Development Center in October 1999. His experience includes Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) advising, program management and technology sales management to the government and to Fortune 500 businesses.

Dan spent seven years of his career as state director of the Rhode Island Procurement Technical Assistance Center. During that time, Dan was credited with rebuilding that program into one of the most productive in the region. In 1995, Rhode Island Governor Lincoln Almond proclaimed a November day "Dan Lilly Day" to recognize him for consistently exceeding program goals, improving state purchasing practices and implementing strategy. In 1997, Dan received a "Special Recognition Award" from the Association of Government Marketing Assistance Specialists (AGMAS) to acknowledge his efforts and dedication to strengthening the PTAC program on a national level.  

Dan is a member of APTAC, and served as National Legislative Director for the organization from 1995-1998. He is a recipient of the "APTAC Fellow" Lifetime Achievement Award. Dan was co-recipient of the 2019 SBDC Service Center Excellence and Innovation Award for Massachusetts and New England. Dan is a graduate of Fordham University (Bronx, NY) and holds an MBA from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth.

In his free time, Dan can often be found sailing with his wife and son.



Photo courtesy of Jen Osojnicki, Photographer