Massachusetts Small Business Development Center Network

 

Business Services

  

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.
 

Business Advising 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:


     Start-up Businesses
     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

 
Outreach Sites

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.
 

Training

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.