MassDevelopment provides financial and real estate assistance to businesses in Massachusetts to assist with blighted areas, help create jobs, and address overarching issues that impact economic development. Through bond financing, loans & guarantees, tax credit financing and specialty programs, MassDevelopment provides real estate and equipment financing with higher advance rates and low
interest rates to help for-profit and nonprofit organizations grow.
Ken Goode, Vice President, Business Development
(9780 459-6100 x101
Massachusetts Office of Business Development (MOBD) is
committed to assisting companies who want to locate, expand, or maintain a presence in Massachusetts. Through nine offices and five industry specialists, MOBD works with companies and municipalities to help them take advantage of available economic incentive programs. MOBD also assists companies in navigating and accessing the technical, human, financial, training, educational and site-finding resources necessary to expand or locate in Massachusetts. www.mass.gov/mobd
Peter Milano, Senior Regional Director
Mass.gov/business brings together information from across state
government to one central location, ranging from details on how to start a business and secure necessary licenses or permits, to how to handle tax rules and employer regulations and resources.
Mass BizWorks - mass.gov/bizworks
Connects businesses to many money-saving services offered by the state - all at no cost to businesses
Download the Mass Bizworks Business Resource Guide Here
Massachusetts Growth Capital Corporation – The mission of the
Massachusetts Growth Capital Corporation is to create and preserve jobs at small businesses, women and minority owned businesses, and to promote economic development in underserved, gateway municipalities and low and moderate income communities. MGCC provides a centralized resource at the state level that offers working capital, loan guarantees, and targeted technical assistance to
solve specific financial and operational problems. www.massgcc.com
Bob Germino, Senior Loan Officer
Massachusetts Small Business Development Center
(MSBDC) provides free, confidential, one-on-one management advice, technical assistance and low-cost educational training programs to prospective and existing small businesses throughout the Commonwealth. The MSBDC provides specialized services in the
areas of capital formation, minority business assistance, business and industry data, international trade and procurement technical assistance. sbdc.salemstate.edu
Awilda Irizarry, Business Advisor
Small Business Administration (SBA) is a United States government agency that provides support to entrepreneurs, small businesses and start up companies. SBA loans are made through banks, credit unions and other lenders who partner with the SBA.
The SBA provides a government-backed guarantee on part of the loan. In addition, the agency supports the Small Business Development Centers, Women’s Business Centers, and SCORE, a volunteer mentor corps of retired and experienced business leaders.
Lisa Gonzalez Welch, Business Development Specialist
The Massachusetts Economic Development Incentive Program (EDIP) has been a strong incentive for business development. This program allows municipalities to offer real estate tax incentives on additional tax base growth for business investment and local employment. The State provides a tax credit on corporate
income taxes and an abandoned building tax deduction.
Massachusetts Workforce Training Fund provides resources to
businesses to train current and newly hired employees. Its goal is to help improve employee skills and maintain the economic strength of the Commonwealth’s businesses. This fund provides training grants to Massachusetts employers ranging from $2,000 to $250,000 per application. www.mass.gov/wtfp
Robert Duncan, Senior Program Manager
SCORE provides confidential business counseling, at no charge to startups and on-going businesses and non-profits. They can assist with business plans, marketing plans, financial plans, cash flow requirements and competitive analysis. www.scorenemass.org
Burlington Office (781) 273-2523
Lowell Office (978) 322-8400
Greater Lowell Workforce Investment Board and Career Center
The Greater Lowell Workforce Investment Board can assist with various workforce expansion and retention strategies, including accessing grants aimed at upgrading the skills of current workers, in order to retain talent and become more strategically positioned in the competitive marketplace. www.glwib.org
Barbara O’Neil, Director
Career Center Through the One-Stop Career Center of Lowell, companies have access to a number of high-quality employer services and to thousands of job seekers. www.cclowell.org
Michael McQuaid, Career Center Director
The Career Place is administered by Middlesex Community College, the Career Place in Woburn, MA, provides comprehensive career services to area residents, and employment and training resources to local employers. The Career Place offers career counseling, employment workshops, and access to job-related research and
position listings. Workforce development services for employers include job-posting, professional development and training, recruitment services, job fairs and more. www.thecareerplace.org
Christopher J. Brennan, Executive Director
The Merrimack Valley Small Business Center (MVSBC)
provides entrepreneurs the education, tools and resources needed to launch, sustain, or expand in this region. MVSBC provides small businesses with entrepreneurial training, workshops, one-on-one counseling, business plan assistance, financing counseling, crisis intervention, microloan fund, legal assistance, resource library & more. www.merrimackvalleysmallbusiness.com
Karen Frederick, Executive Director
The Burlington Area Chamber of Commerce (BACC) serves businesses in Burlington, Massachusetts, and surrounding communities, the Burlington Area Chamber of Commerce (BACC) is the area's ONLY business association. Established in 1983, the BACC continues to grow with a membership that includes large and small companies. www.burlingtonchamberofcommerce.org
Rick Parker, President
Billerica Community Alliance, Inc. formed in 2008 by the merger of the Billerica Plan and the Billerica Chamber of Commerce. The Alliance is an organization of local businesses, agencies, and community groups and is the only local business organization whose focus is solely on Billerica. The objectives of the organization are to promote local businesses and economic development as well as
to improve the quality of life within the town and also includes a significant number of small businesses as well as civic and
community groups. www.billerica-alliance.org
Caroline Catlender, Executive Director
The Greater Lowell Chamber of Commerce (GLCC) works to
provide its members with resources, advocacy and information, along with networking and marketing opportunities. GLCC covers the communities of Billerica, Chelmsford, Dracut, Lowell, Tewksbury, Tyngsboro and Westford. There are many free benefits of being a member of the Chamber including mixers, radio and television appearances. www.greaterlowellcc.org
Danielle McFadden, President and CEO
The Lexington Chamber of Commerce aims to promote and develop a diverse local economy and overall prosperity within the Lexington, Massachusetts business community, so as to support an enhanced quality of life for the town and its people.
The Bedford Chamber of Commerce seeks to advance the economic, industrial, professional, cultural and civic welfare of the Town of Bedford. To encourage the growth of existing industries and businesses while giving all proper assistance to new firms or individuals seeking to locate in the Town of Bedford.
Maureen Sullivan, Executive Director
The North Suburban Chamber of Commerce (NSCC) is a professionally managed non-governmental business association dedicated to providing its members with effective business tools and resources that help their businesses become more profitable, visible and community-oriented. The NSCC service area includes the towns of Lexington, Bedford, Burlington and Billerica. www.northsuburbanchamber.com
Jim Murphy, President