The Massachusetts Small Business Development Center (MSBDC) Network
provides free, confidential, one-to-one management advising,
technical assistance and low-cost educational training programs to
prospective and existing small businesses throughout the
Commonwealth. There is an MSBDC advisory or satellite office located
within 30 minutes of any potential client in the state.
The MSBDC provides specialized services
in the areas of capital formation, minority business assistance,
business and industry data, international trade and procurement
technical assistance which further augment services.
A full-time staff of business advisors, supported by the resources of their host academic institutions, provides free assistance to small businesses. Services are delivered statewide through a network of eight regional centers. Services are not available at the State Office. You may wish to complete our Request for Counseling prior to your first appointment.
Areas of assistance include, but are not limited to:
Business Plan Development
Financial Plan Development
Marketing and Sales Strategies
Cash Flow Analysis
Organizational and Personnel Issues
Government Procurement Assistance
Minority Business Assistance
International Trade Assistance
To better serve the Massachusetts small business community, the MSBDC has offsite business advisory locations (outreach sites) in conjunction with chambers of commerce and economic development entities. In addition to office hours at the regional centers, services are provided at the outreach sites listed below. For most small businesses this means that MSBDC services are no further than 30 minutes away. Appointments are made on a weekly or as needed basis, depending on site. Click here for a listing of the outreach sites.
The MSBDC conducts free and low-cost seminars, workshops, courses and conferences addressing a wide range of concerns for both start-up and existing businesses. Many programs are cosponsored with local chambers of commerce, colleges and universities, community development organizations, banks and trade associations. Please visit our statewide training page for a complete listing of the seminars currently offered by the Massachusetts SBDC offices.