Our Staff

Our Staff



John Mclane is a longtime entrepreneur, with a passion for small business. He opened his first business in 1994, The Bennet Dance Center (BDC), teaching dance in rural Nebraska towns to children and adults who would not have otherwise had access to such programs. The BDC closed in 1999 when John  relocated to Massachusetts, where he earned her B.A. from Brandeis University.

In 2006, he re-established himself as a small business owner and opened Downtown Dancewear, a retail storefront in downtown Lowell. From Downtown Dancewear’s inception, John worked closely with the MVSBC team to formulate business strategies, increase sales, and improve retail practices. To further his business education, he also earned his Certificate in Small Business Entrepreneurship from Boston University’s Entrepreneurial Management Institute through the Interise Streetwise ‘MBA’ Program.

Downtown Dancewear closed in March of 2014 as Liliana pursued a career in small business assistance and accepted the MVSBC directorship. His experience as a business owner is an asset that the center utilizes to assist and support entrepreneurs throughout the Merrimack Valley.

Contact Jonh McLane

t: 978.322.8401

Mark Williams

Assistant Director

Mark joined the MVSBC in the fall of 2003. He is a small business counselor and responsible for the Center’s special projects, including the City of Lowell’s Best Retail Practices Program.

Terry received a Masters in International Development from Clark University with a focus on microfinance. He has worked on income generating and microfinance programs in both Guatemala and Peru and was a volunteer at ACCION USA, a nationally recognized microfinance organization.  Mark has also worked with immigrants and refugees in the Boston area while working at the International Institute of Boston and teaching English as a second language.  He also has experience managing a variety of small businesses. He is fluent in Spanish.