SEED Corporation

South Eastern Economic Development (SEED) Corporation is a regional nonprofit economic development corporation with the mission of empowering entrepreneurs, strengthening local economies, and creating jobs by financing all types of small businesses in Massachusetts and Rhode Island. With loan programs ranging from $1,000 micro loans to $5.5 million SBA 504 loans and a long history of assisting small business owners, SEED is a one-stop shop for anyone looking to start-up, grow, or streamline their business.


Under the Micro Loan Program and Small Loan Program, SEED provides loans up to $50,000 and $250,000, respectively. Loans can be made to both start-up and existing businesses, and can be used for working capital, leasehold improvements, machinery and equipment, furniture and fixtures, and refinancing business credit card debt. Rates generally range from 5-6% over a six-year term, with no prepayment penalties for borrowers looking to pay off early.

Decisions on micro and small loans will be made based on several factors including need for the loan, the business’s ability to create or retain jobs, character and management ability of the principals, credit history, global cash flow, and collateral.

SEED also offers complimentary business assistance to all micro loan borrowers as well as prospective clients in the form of monthly workshops, a variety of business planning resources, and post-loan financial consultations.

Under the SBA 504 Program, SEED can provide long term, low fixed interest rates; 90 percent financing for small businesses undertaking real estate or machinery and equipment acquisition; projects ranging from $300,000 to $13.75 million or more. Most small businesses are eligible.  For projects smaller than $300,000, SEED can utilize its small loan programs.

The SBA 504 Program provides a maximum of 40 percent financing of an eligible project. A lending institution selected by the applicant finances 50 percent of the project and takes first position on the equity. The applicant provides the remaining ten percent. The lending institution’s portion is financed at conventional rates and terms.

Services Provided

Economic and Site Development

  • Economic Development
  • Environmental Compliance
  • Lease Review

Buying or Selling a Business

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

Business Planning

  • Business Plan Consulting
  • Feasibility Studies
  • Forming a Business

Financial Resources and Assistance

  • Budget, Financial Statement and Cash Flow Training
  • Government Funding
  • Insurance Requirements
  • Loans (Specialty)
  • Microloans (Specialty)
  • Real Estate Finance (Specialty)
  • Revenue Based Financing (i.e. factoring)

Human Resources, Workforce and Talent

  • Leadership/Professional Development

Internship Programs and Student Services

  • Internship Program

Libraries and Research

  • Business Research Resources
  • Demographic/Census Data

Management Issues

  • Leadership/Professional Development

Marketing and Sales

  • Advertising/Brochure Design
  • Market Plan Development and Training
  • Website Development


  • Formal Mentoring Programs

Starting a Business

  • Business Research Resources
  • Feasibility Studies
  • Forming a Business
  • Startup Business Counseling
  • Startup Classes

Technical Assistance

  • Bookkeeping/Accounting Software Training
  • Coding Schools, Bootcamps, Classes
  • Website Development


  • Bookkeeping/Accounting Software Training
  • Budget, Cash Flow and Financial Statements Training
  • Business Management Training
  • Business Plan Training and Assistance
  • E-Commerce/Internet Marketing
  • Home-Based Business Training
  • Human Resources Training
  • Marketing Plan Training
  • Startup Classes

Accelerators and Incubators

  • Accelerator
  • Incubator

Events and Community Building

  • Hackathon / Startup Week or Weekends
  • Neighborhood Fairs and Festivals
  • Pitch Events
  • Startup Drinks
Contact Information
Jessica Mello
80 Dean Street
Taunton, MA 02726
(508) 822-1020 Ext: 318