State Resources

MassDevelopment provides financial and real estate assistance to businesses in Massachusetts for  blighted areas, job creation, and addressing 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 
(978) 459-6100 Ext. 101 | kgoode@massdevelopment.com 

Massachusetts Office of Business Development (MOBD) is committed to assisting companies who want to locate, expand, or maintain a presence in Massachusetts. MOBD works with companies and municipalities to help them take advantage of available economic incentive programs. They also assist companies in navigating and accessing the technical, human, financial, training, educational and site-finding resources necessary to expand or locate in Massachusetts.

Peter Milano, Senior Regional Director
(978) 970-1193 | peter.milano-sea@state.ma.us

Mass.gov/business brings together information from across the 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 connects businesses to many money-saving services offered by the state at no cost to businesses.

Massachusetts Growth Capital Corporation creates and preserves jobs at small businesses and women and minority owned businesses and promotes 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.

Bob Germino, Senior Loan Officer
(617) 337-2805 | bgermino@massgcc.com

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 for capital formation, minority business assistance, business and industry data, international trade and procurement technical assistance.

Awilda Irizarry, Business Advisor
(978) 542-6343 | airizarry@salemstate.edu

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
(617) 565-5588 | lisa.welch@sba.gov

The Massachusetts Economic Development Incentive Program (EDIP) 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.

Robert Duncan, Senior Program Manager
(617) 717-6927 | rduncan@commcorp.org

Local Resources

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.

Karen Frederick, Executive Director 
(978) 322-8400 | kfrederick@commteam.org

The Burlington Area Chamber of Commerce (BACC) serves businesses in Burlington, Massachusetts, and surrounding communities, and  is the area’s only  business association. Established in 1983, the BACC continues to grow with a membership that includes large and small companies.

Rick Parker, President
(781) 273-2523 | rparker@baccma.org

Billerica Community Alliance, Inc. was 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 civic/community groups that promotes business and economic development and works to improve the quality of life in the town. It is the only local business organization whose focus is solely on Billerica.

Caroline Catlender, Executive Director 
(978) 667-4174 | ccatlender@billerica-alliance.org

The Greater Lowell Chamber of Commerce (GLCC) provides its members with resources, advocacy and information, and  networking and marketing opportunities. GLCC covers the communities of Billerica, Chelmsford, Dracut, Lowell, Tewksbury, Tyngsboro and Westford. Membership with the Chamber includes many free benefits such as mixers and radio and television appearances.

Danielle McFadden, President and CEO 
(978) 459-8154 | dmcfadden@greaterlowellchamber.org

The Lexington Chamber of Commerce promotes and develops a diverse local economy and overall prosperity within the Lexington business community to support an enhanced quality of life for the town.

Executive Director
(781) 862-2480 | director@lexingtonchamber.org

The Bedford Chamber of Commerce advances the economic, industrial, professional, cultural and civic welfare of the Town of Bedford by encouraging the growth of existing industries and businesses while giving assistance to new firms or individuals seeking to locate in the Town of Bedford.

Maureen Sullivan, Executive Director
(781) 275-8503 | bcoc@bedfordchamber.org

The North Suburban Chamber of Commerce (NSCC) is a professionally managed, non-governmental business association that  provides 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.

Jim Murphy, President
(781) 933-3499 | jim@northsuburbanchamber.com

Employment Assistance

SCORE provides confidential business counseling, at no charge to startups and on-going businesses and non-profits.  They assist with business plans, marketing plans, financial plans, cash flow requirements and competitive analysis. 

Burlington Office
(781) 273-2523
Lowell Office
(978) 322-8400 | info@scorenemass.org

Greater Lowell Workforce Investment Board and Career Center assists with various workforce expansion and retention strategies, including accessing grants to upgrade  the skills of current workers for businesses  to retain talent and become more strategically positioned in the competitive marketplace. 

Barbara O’Neil, Director
(978) 937-9816 | oneilb@nmsda.org

Career Center of Lowell provides companies with access to several high-quality employer services and to thousands of job seekers.

Michael McQuaid, Career Center Director
(978) 458-2503 | michael.mcquaid@cclowell.org

The Career Place in Woburn, MAis administered by Middlesex Community College and provides comprehensive career services to area residents, and employment and training resources to local employers. The Career Place offers career counseling, employment workshops, access to job-related research and position listings, and workforce development services for employers that include job-posting, professional development and training, recruitment services, job fairs and more.

Christopher J. Brennan, Executive Director
781-932-5500 | cbrennan@thecareerplace.org