Massachusetts Small Business Development Center Network
Southeast Regional Office


Business Services


The Massachusetts Small Business Development Center Network's Southeast Regional Office provides free and confidential business advice to small businesses in southeastern Massachusetts. As a business owner, you have a million decisions to make. You are not alone! We can help with high quality, confidential, no cost business advice. To help us serve you better, please call for an appointment prior to visiting our office. We are sorry, but we cannot accommodate walk-ins. We look forward to meeting with you!

Click here to view the cities and towns serviced by the Southeast Regional Office.

Areas of assistance include, but are not limited to: start-up businesses, business plan development, financial plan development, marketing and sales strategies, cash flow analysis, organizational and personnel issues, government procurement assistance and international trade assistance.

Entrepreneurs and small business owners are invited to meet with a business advisor, for an hour-long session, at one of our outreach centers to discuss anything from new business startups to existing business strategies. Appointments are required and subject to availability.

To schedule a free and confidential session at one of the following locations, please call the MSBDC office at 508-673-9783 ext. 10. Please complete our Request for Counseling and bring the completed form with you to your first appointment. You may type directly on the Request for Counseling from your computer. 


Business Advising Locations:  Brockton, Buzzards Bay, Centerville, Fall River, Mansfield, Martha's Vineyard, Nantucket, New Bedford, Norwood, Plainville, Plymouth, Quincy, Rockland and Taunton.


Business Training

The Southeast Regional Office conducts low-cost seminars and workshops addressing a wide range of concerns for both start-up and existing businesses. Many of these programs are cosponsored with local chambers of commerce, colleges and universities, community development organizations, banks and trade associations. Click here to view the Southeast Regional Office training calendar.

For a full listing of statewide MSBDC seminars, visit


Capital Formation Services

The MSBDC does not have funds to lend or invest, though we assist companies seeking both conventional and unconventional financing sources.

  • State- or federally-assisted programs

  • Quasi-public financing

  • Angel and venture capital

  • Private financing

  • SBA loan guarantee programs

  • Financial institutions


Procurement Technical Assistance

The Procurement Technical Assistance Center can guide you through the maze of the government procurement process and provide you with information on how to become more competitive in the government marketplace. Visit the Procurement Technical Assistance Center's website at


International Trade Assistance

Massachusetts Export CenterThe Massachusetts Export Center offers a wide range of targeted, customized services to Massachusetts businesses at any stage in the export process. These services include: export counseling and technical assistance, international market research and assessment, international business development assistance, export training programs and export publications. An international trade business advisor has an office in New Bedford. Visit the Massachusetts Export Center's website at


Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Assistance

The SBIR program is a highly competitive program that encourages domestic small businesses to engage in Federal Research/Research and Development (R/R&D) that has the potential for commercialization. Through a competitive awards-based program, SBIR enables small businesses to explore their technological potential and provides the incentive to profit from its commercialization. By including qualified small businesses in the nation's R&D arena, high-tech innovation is stimulated and the United States gains entrepreneurial spirit as it meets its specific research and development needs. For further information, visit


Diversity & Inclusion

The MSBDC as a program of the University of Massachusetts Amherst, prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, creed, sex, age, marital status, national origin, mental or physical disability, political belief or affiliation, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, genetic information and any other class of individuals protected from discrimination under state or federal law in any aspect of the access to our services.

By contacting our office at 508-673-9783 and requesting at least two weeks in advance, every attempt will be made to reasonably accommodate persons with disabilities and those who need translation services.