Massachusetts Small Business Development Center

The MSBDC Network provides free, confidential and comprehensive one-to-one business advising and free educational training programs to prospective and existing small businesses.

About

The Massachusetts Small Business Development Center (MSBDC) fosters the start, growth and sustainability of small business by providing high-quality, in-depth advising, training and capital access.

  • Feasibility studies/startup issues
  • Business plan development
  • Access to capital
  • Financial plan development
  • Cash flow management
  • Marketing & sales strategies
  • Strategic organizational planning
  • Government procurement assistance
  • Export planning, preparation, readiness assessment, compliance
  • Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Grants

Services Provided

Business Planning

  • Business Plan Consulting
  • Identification and Research of Foreign Markets
  • Market Research
  • Market Plan Development
  • Business Succession Planning
  • Forming a Business
  • Diversification
  • Demographic and Census Data
  • Feasibility Studies

Buying or Selling a Business

  • Buying or Selling a Franchise
  • Purchasing or Selling an Existing Business
  • Valuation

Economic and Site Development

  • Lease Review
  • Revitalization
  • Site Location Assistance
  • Environmental Compliance
  • Economic Forecast
  • Economic Development

Events and Community Building

  • Hackathon / Startup Week or Weekends
  • Neighborhood Fairs and Festivals
  • Pitch Events
  • Startup Drinks

Financial Resources and Assistance

  • Loans
  • Venture Capital
  • Trade Show Financial Assistance
  • Technology Grants
  • Revenue Based Financing (i.e. factoring)
  • Real Estate Finance
  • Microloans
  • Matching Funds
  • Budget, Financial Statement and Cash Flow Training
  • Insurance Requirements
  • Grant Funding
  • Government Funding
  • Equity Funding
  • Debt Funding
  • Crowdfunding
  • Bonding
  • Angel Investment
  • Accounting and Bookkeeping

Human Resources, Workforce and Talent

  • Workforce Training
  • Workforce Incentives
  • Retention
  • Recruiting
  • Policies and Templates
  • Leadership/Professional Development
  • Insurance
  • Apprenticeship
  • Industry
  • Hiring and Firing
  • Employee Development

Import and Export Assistance

  • Financial Assistance for Exporting Activities
  • Identification/Research of Foreign Markets
  • Locating Foreign Distributors
  • Networking/Exploring Exporting
  • Trade Education and Training
  • Certification and Licensing

Internship Programs and Student Services

  • Business Degree Program
  • Internship Program
  • Student Marketing Projects
  • Student Research Projects
  • Student Training
  • Youth Entrepreneurship Education

Legal Services

  • Lease Review
  • Patent, Trademark & Copyright Information
  • Patent Seminars
  • Forming a Business
  • Contract Review
  • Employee Relations

Libraries and Research

  • Business Research Resources
  • Demographic/Census Data

Management Issues

  • Human Resources
  • Insurance Requirements
  • Leadership/Professional Development
  • Recruiting Assistance

Manufacturing, High Tech, Life Sciences Development

  • Quality Improvement (Supply Chain, Six Sigma)
  • Technology Transfer
  • Commercialization
  • Manufacturing Development
  • High Tech Development

Marketing and Sales

  • Website Development
  • Student Marketing Projects
  • Market Research
  • Market Plan Development and Training
  • Identification/Research of Foreign Markets
  • E-Commerce/Internet Marketing
  • Feasibility Studies
  • Advertising/Brochure Design
  • Demographics/Census Data
  • Competitive Analysis
  • Award Recognition

Mentoring

  • Formal Mentoring Programs
  • One-on-One Counseling
  • Peer Mentoring

Networking and Associations

  • Demographically Based
  • Geographically Based
  • Home Based
  • Industry Specific
  • International Trade
  • Small Business/General

Operations and Logistics

  • Freight and Distribution
  • Locating Freight Forwarders/Customs Brokers
  • Quality Improvement (Supply Chain, Six Sigma)

Product Development

  • Prototype Development
  • R&D Support
  • Product Design and Development
  • Product Assembly and Packaging
  • Patent Information

Public Policy and Government Relations

  • Small Business Policy
  • Women’s Business Issues
  • State Business Issues
  • African-American Business
  • Native-American Business
  • LGBTQIA Business Issues
  • Hispanic Business
  • City Business Issues

Regulatory Compliance

  • Certification
  • Government Requirements
  • Insurance Requirements
  • International Regulatory Compliance
  • Patent Information
  • Registration, Licenses and Permits
  • Trademark and Copyright Information
  • Bonding

Selling to the Government and Large Corporations

  • Price History
  • Subcontracting Opportunities
  • Selling to Foreign Governments and Businesses
  • Registration Assistance
  • Obtaining Certification
  • Obtaining Government Contracts
  • HUBZone Certification
  • Government and Military Specifications
  • Bid Matching and Preparation
  • Obtaining Corporate Contracts

Space

  • Commercial Kitchen Facilities
  • Conference/Meeting and Event Space
  • Coworking
  • Lease Review Assistance
  • Makerspace / Hackerspace
  • Office Space
  • Retail Space
  • Site Location Assistance

Starting a Business

  • Registration, Licenses and Permits
  • Startup Business Counseling
  • Site Location
  • Startup Classes
  • Home-Based Business Training
  • Feasibility Studies
  • Business Research Resources
  • Forming a Business

Technical Assistance

  • Bookkeeping/Accounting Software Training
  • Coding Schools, Bootcamps, Classes
  • Commercialization
  • Design Services
  • Technology Transfer
  • Virtual Consulting and Online Services
  • Website Development

Training

  • Human Resources Training
  • Startup Classes
  • Online Courses and Videos
  • Marketing Plan Training
  • International Trade Education and Training
  • Bookkeeping/Accounting Software Training
  • Home-Based Business Training
  • E-Commerce/Internet Marketing
  • Business Plan Training and Assistance
  • Business Management Training
  • Budget, Cash Flow and Financial Statements Training
  • Trade Education and Training
Primary Contact
Cliff Robbins
Address
200 Pocasset St.
Fall River, MA 02721