Community Economic Development Center (CEDC)

One on One Small Business Technical Assistance in English and Spanish.


CEDC works with immigrant-owned, women and small business owners of color to provide practical, tailored hands-on technical assistance to start-up and existing sole proprietors and self employed. CEDC offers services  in Spanish and english to help with licensing and permitting acting as a liaison with the City of New Bedford.  CEDC offers guidance on business planning, operations, public safety sales and income tax assistance and marketing among other topics. CEDC staff  are certified Instructors  and Exam Proctors for ServSafe Certification in Spanish to assist  food-based businesses this required training.  CEDC provides assistance city-wide, but our target area is the  Acushnet Ave. International Marketplace. 

Services Provided

Economic and Site Development

  • Economic Development (Specialty)
  • Lease Review (Specialty)

Buying or Selling a Business

  • Tax Services (Specialty)

Business Planning

  • Forming a Business (Specialty)
  • Market Plan Development (Specialty)

Financial Resources and Assistance

  • Budget, Financial Statement and Cash Flow Training (Specialty)

Internship Programs and Student Services

  • Student Research Projects


  • One-on-One Counseling (Specialty)

Networking and Associations

  • Geographically Based (Specialty)


  • Site Location Assistance (Specialty)

Public Policy and Government Relations

  • City Business Issues
  • Hispanic Business
  • State Business Issues
  • Women’s Business Issues

Starting a Business

  • Forming a Business (Specialty)
  • Registration, Licenses and Permits (Specialty)
  • Site Location (Specialty)
  • Startup Business Counseling (Specialty)

Tax Services

  • Tax Preparation Assistance (Specialty)
  • Tax Registration (Specialty)

Events and Community Building

  • Neighborhood Fairs and Festivals (Specialty)
Contact Information
Ken Rapoza
1285 Acushnet Avenue
New Bedford, MA 02746