The Massachusetts Small Business Development Centers (MSBDC) Network provides one-to-one free comprehensive and confidential services focusing on, business growth and strategies, financing and loan assistance and strategic analysis .The statewide program has three integrated product lines: Business Advisory Services, Government Contracting and International Trade Assistance. Services are delivered through a statewide network of skilled professionals supported by a vast network of federal, state, educational and private sector partners. In addition, low cost educational training programs are offered across the state targeted to the needs of small business.
MSBDC is a partnership of the United States Small Business Administration ( SBA ), the Massachusetts Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development ( EOHED ) and a consortium of institutions of higher education led by the Isenberg School of Management at the University of Massachusetts/Amherst and includes Clark University, Salem State College, University of Massachusetts/Boston and University of Massachusetts/Dartmouth.
The MSBDC's six regional business advisory centers, Massachusetts Export Center, and Procurement Technical Assistance Center are designed to effectively service small businesses throughout the state. There is an MSBDC regional, specialty, or satellite office located within 30 minutes of any potential client in the state.
Types of Assistance
- Business Advisory Services are delivered by skilled business professionals housed at six regional centers in Pittsfield, Springfield, Worcester, Salem, Fall River and Boston. Services are augmented by two statewide specialty centers, the Massachusetts Export Center and the Procurement Technical Assistance Center.
- Training is provided by MSBDC which conducts seminars, workshops, courses, and conferences addressing a wide range of business issues. Many of these programs are co-sponsored with local chambers of commerce, colleges and universities, community development organizations, and trade associations. For a current listing check online .
- Massachusetts Export Center offers services through four centers located across the state in Boston, Holyoke, New Bedford and Worcester. Massachusetts Export Center provides export counseling, technical assistance, international market research and promotion, as well as training to businesses. Expertise and guidance is provided in the areas of export market assessment and analysis, establishment of export market channels, international business development, export legal and regulatory compliance, export logistics and supply chain management, and global trade banking and finance.
The program works collaboratively with the Mass Office of International Trade & Investment (MOITI), MassDevelopment, the U.S. Department of Commerce and the U.S. Small Business Administration Office of International Trade.
- Minority Business Center (MBC) provides services on a targeted basis to the minority community of Greater Boston. MBC is sponsored by UMASS/Boston.
- Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) provides client firms with opportunities to receive an understanding of contracting requirements and the know-how to obtain and successfully perform federal, state and local government contracts. Small businesses headquartered in Massachusetts and in business for at least 1 year, can subscribe to a free bid-matching service informing them of bidding opportunities (when electronically available) matching their specific product and/or service profiles. The PTAC provides a wide range of assistance - such as: initial registrations, small business certifications, researching procurement histories, small business matchmaking conferences, proposal preparations for GSA, SBIR, contract performance issues and much more. To reach your closest PTAC advisor .
- Economic Development service is conducted through Massachusetts Small Business Development Centers ( MSBDC ) which assists local groups and communities in developing programs for small business creation, expansion, and retention.
MSBDC is required to serve only those businesses that meet the size standards defined by the U.S. Small Business Administration. These classifications have been set individually for different industries. In addition, a business must be independently owned and operated, have its principal place of business located in Massachusetts, cannot be dominant in its field of operations, and must not be a corporation that is a member of an affiliated group. Interested parties should call their nearest regional office for clarification.
University of Massachusetts
23 Tillson Farm Road
Amherst, MA 01003-9346
Berkshire Regional Office
33 Dunham Mall, Suite 103
Pittsfield, MA 01201
Central Regional Office
950 Main Street
Worcester, MA 01610
Massachusetts Export Center
State Transportation Building
10 Park Plaza, Suite 3730
Boston, MA 02116
Procurement Technical Assistance Center
23 Tillson Farm Road
Universityof Massachusetts Amherst
Amherst, MA 01003-9346
Northeast Regional Office
Salem State University
121 Loring Avenue, Suite 310
Salem, MA 01970
Southeast Regional Office
200 Pocasset Street
Fall River, MA 02721
Boston Regional Office & Minority Business Center
University of Massachusetts Boston
100 Morrissey Boulevard
Wheatley Hall, 3rd Floor, Suite 154-10
Boston, MA 02125
Western Regional Office
Business Growth Center
1 Federal Street, Building 101
Springfield, MA 01105