The Massachusetts Small Business Development Center (MSBDC) Network provides one-to-one free comprehensive and confidential services focusing on, business growth and strategies, financing and loan assistance as well as strategic, marketing and operational analysis. In addition, low cost educational training programs are offered across the state targeted to the needs of small business.
This is achieved through three integrated product lines:
Services are delivered through a statewide network of skilled professionals supported by a vast network of federal, state, educational and private sector partners. With eight regional and specialty offices and over 50 outreach locations across the state, services are available within 30-minutes of most potential clients in the state.
A full-time staff of business advisors, supported by the
resources of their host academic institutions, provides free business assistance
to small businesses. Services are delivered statewide through a network of eight
centers located in Boston, Fall River, Pittsfield, Salem, Springfield and
Worcester as well as two statewide specialty resources—the
Massachusetts Export Center and the Procurement Technical Assistance Center
(services are not available at the State Office).
The MSBDC conducts free and low-cost seminars, workshops, courses and
conferences addressing a wide range of concerns for both startup and existing
The MSBDC places great importance on monitoring and measuring the quality and economic impact of the services that we provide. Below are measures that we have in place to ensure that we are focusing on our mission and delivering the best service possible to small businesses in Massachusetts.
The MSBDC is built on partnerships, including the U.S. Small Business Administration, the Department of Defense, the Massachusetts Office of Business Development, higher educational institutions (University of Massachusetts Amherst, University of Massachusetts Boston, Clark University and Salem State University), as well as private organizations, economic development groups and local chambers of commerce.
The MSBDC is a statewide organization with eight advisory centers located throughout Massachusetts. In addition, MSBDC business advisors deliver services through numerous outreach sites, including chambers of commerce, community development corporations and economic development organizations.
What is the impact of the budget
contributed by the Commonwealth to the
* Figures based on the results of a survey
conducted by Dr. James Chrisman on the impact of MSBDC
Why are MSBDC services so important to the economy?
State revenues are dependent upon sales, income and employment taxes paid by small businesses.
The MSBDC assists startup and existing businesses to manage cash flow, bolster revenue streams, and increase sales and employment which contribute to the economic growth and stability of the Commonwealth.
The Massachusetts Small Business Development Center fosters the start, growth
and sustainability of small business by providing high-quality, in-depth
advising, training and capital access.