Massachusetts Small Business Development Center Network
Southeast Regional Office


About Us


Winner of the SBA 2018 Small Business Development Center for Excellence and Innovation!

The Southeast Regional Office is an advising center of the Massachusetts Small Business Development Center (MSBDC) Network and it is part of the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Utilizing the resources of the University of Massachusetts system makes the MSBDC an excellent source of reference for the region's business community.

The MSBDC's Southeast Regional Office was created in 1982 to pool resources of federal, state and local government, academic institutions, and the private sector to provide small businesses with management and educational programs. The office serves all of southeastern Massachusetts, including Cape Cod and the Islands, along with the Greater Boston area.

Our mission is accomplished through our staff which includes business advisors Melinda Ailes [bio], Jill Beresford [bio], Nancy Lowd [bio], Clifford Robbins [bio], along with outside consultants Manassah Bradley and  Lawrence Nannis [bio], all of whom have a broad range of business knowledge. In addition, each specializes in certain areas of expertise such as: business and financial plan development, marketing and sales advising, financial analysis and business retention. We also offer training seminars and assistance to companies seeking unconventional financing. Our client services coordinator is Anne Fenton [bio] and our administrative assistant is Alison Moriarty [bio].

Additionally, our office works closely with Procurement Technical Assistance Center and government sales advisor Daniel Lilly [bio] and Nancy Lowd [bio] of the Massachusetts Export Center's regional office located in New Bedford. Nancy is also a senior business advisor for the Southeast Regional Office.

Our team based approach allows the business advisors to coordinate and combine their skills and abilities to fulfill the client's needs. Free and confidential business advisory services are available to either preventure or existing businesses.

To receive free and confidential business assistance, please complete our online Request for Information with the button below.


Click here to learn more about our services by listening to an audio interview from the "Voice of Business" on WSAR 1480AM (30 minutes)


Southeast Regional Office staff receiving award at the May 2018 SBA Awards Luncheon
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Left to right: Alison Moriarty, Jill Beresford, Anne Fenton, Nancy Lowd, Wendell Davis (SBA Regional Administrator for Region I), Melinda Ailes, Karyn Polito (Lieutenant Governor of Massachusetts), Cliff Robbins, Bob Nelson (SBA Massachusetts District Director)

Southeast Office Staff