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Press Release Baker-Polito Administration Awards $2 Million in Small Business Grants to 40 Organizations

Awards will enable regional non-profits to assist local small businesses and entrepreneurs in underserved communities
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  • Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development

Media Contact for Baker-Polito Administration Awards $2 Million in Small Business Grants to 40 Organizations

Colleen Arons , Communications Director

Lt. Governor Karyn Polito joined more than 40 small business owners, non-profit organizations, business development leaders and local elected officials in downtown Fitchburg to announce $2 million in grants in conjunction with Massachusetts Growth Capital Corporation (MGCC).

FITCHBURGToday, the Baker-Polito Administration and the Massachusetts Growth Capital Corporation (MGCC) announced $2 million in small business grants to more than 40 non-profit organizations across the state. The MGCC Small Business Technical Assistance Grant Program competitive awards aim to expand economic and entrepreneurial opportunities in underserved communities throughout the Commonwealth.

Grants range from $10,000 - $120,000 and enable local organizations to provide individualized business management assistance, financial training, microloans and loan packaging services to small businesses, with a focus on low- to moderate-income, underserved communities and Gateway Cities in Massachusetts.

Small businesses make up the vast majority of companies in the Commonwealth and employ nearly half of all Massachusetts residents, driving regional economies,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “Today’s awards will directly benefit small businesses in underserved communities by providing important technical assistance to entrepreneurs as they grow their businesses.”

Lt. Governor Karyn Polito joined more than 40 small business owners, non-profit organizations, business development leaders and local elected officials in downtown Fitchburg to announce the grants. The celebratory event took place at Strong Style Coffee, a small business that recently benefitted from technical assistance through the Small Business Technical Assistance Grant Program and NewVue Communities.

“The Small Business Technical Assistance Grant Program is one of the many ways our administration has helped support small business owners and entrepreneurs to create economic opportunities,” said Lt. Governor Karyn Polito. The Commonwealth’s small businesses are critical to driving economic activity and creating job opportunities for residents in communities across Massachusetts.”

“Through our series of small business listening sessions in the spring of 2017, we heard from our business community that access to technical assistance and capital continues to be an obstacle for growth,” said Housing and Economic Development Secretary Jay Ash. “As a result we looked at our existing tools for opportunities to enhance our resources, and through investments in technical assistance, co-working spaces, matching grants for businesses in the federal SBIR and Small Business Tech Transfer programs, funding for Community Development Financial Institutions and much more, we are supporting efforts that fuel entrepreneurship and enable small businesses to succeed and grow here in Massachusetts.”

“Small businesses are always the catalyst of our economy; the TA grants from the Commonwealth will strengthen not only our underserved diverse small neighborhood businesses, but will also help build a more vibrant and inclusive community,” said Nam Pham, Assistant Secretary of Business Development and International Trade.

“It is programs like these that help entrepreneurs and their startups get the capital they need to make their venture a success,” said Senator Dean A. Tran. “I look forward to continuing to work with the Baker Administration, my colleagues in the Senate and organizations like MGCC in the next legislative session to build upon our recent success.”

“The Massachusetts Growth Capital Corporation Small Business Technical Assistance Grant Program is great news as it will encourage business ownership opportunities in the City of Fitchburg,” said Fitchburg Mayor Stephen L. DiNatale. “This grant program will assist NewVue to provide crucial technical assistance, training business skills, and access to financing for local small businesses. A program that fosters job creation is extremely important for Fitchburg’s economic growth.”

“Mass Growth Capital’s grants provide technical assistance to many of the small business owners that turn their dreams into reality, creating jobs throughout the Commonwealth,” said Marc Dohan, Executive Director of NewVue Communities. “Those businesses and jobs drive local growth and create great communities to live in and raise a family.”

"These local grantees have a real impact on job creation and economic development across the Commonwealth," said Larry Andrews, President of MGCC.  "We now have an independent, third-party evaluation of the program that confirms the positive impacts as a result of the program in underserved communities. This year’s grants will provide funding for non-profits to inclusively support and strengthen small businesses through managerial assistance, education and access to capital.”

These awards build on the Baker-Polito Administration’s efforts to support business growth and create jobs throughout the Commonwealth. In August, Governor Baker signed the administration’s second piece of Economic Development Legislation, An Act Relative to Economic Development in the Commonwealth (H.4732), which authorized more than $1 billion for substantial new funding for municipalities, enhanced existing tools and introduced new strategies for job-readiness efforts. Bill highlights include $250 million in capital authorization for the high-impact MassWorks Infrastructure Program, $12.5 million to provide matching grants for Massachusetts small businesses accepted into the federal Small Business Innovation Research or Small Business Technology Transfer programs, $1.25 million to enable community development financial institutions to leverage significant federal funding to support lending for small businesses in need of capital, the creation of an apprenticeship tax credit program for employers, and a sales tax holiday in 2018.




About Massachusetts Growth Capital Corporation (MGCC):

MGCC is a quasi-public corporation of the Commonwealth that saves and creates jobs at small businesses, including women, immigrant, veteran and minority owned businesses, by providing financial services and managerial assistance.  MGCC also promotes economic development throughout the state, focusing on Gateway Cities and low to moderate income communities.  MGCC works with traditional financial institutions to make challenging loans bankable, working with community development corporations and other non-profits to provide financing for job-producing projects, and assisting a wide range of small businesses find the growth capital they require.  Since inception, it has served over 8,850 small businesses, positively impacted more than 21,200 jobs with customized working capital financing commitments totaling over $120,000,000. For more information, visit the MGCC website at




2018 Awardees


Grant Amount

Awardee Description

African Community Economic Development of New England (ACEDONE) New

Boston (Dorchester)


African Community Economic Development of New England (ACEDONE) is an African-led, grassroots organization focused on educational issues and programs. Founded in 2002, ACEDONE’s mission is to help African refugee and immigrant families in Boston develop into a self-sufficient and vital in Boston by ensuring a quality education for our youth. ACEDONE’s programming focuses on creating the conditions necessary for East African youth to graduate high school and enter college. ACEDONE provide both after school and summer academic enrichment support, leadership development and civic engagement programming for our youth, small businesses, and organizing support for both youth and their parents. To learn more visit:


Boston (Dorchester)


Artmorpheus fosters inclusive creative communities, economic development and innovation by providing underrepresented artists and creative entrepreneurs with resources that help them take their ideas and enterprises to the next level. To learn more visit:

Dorchester Bay Economic Development Corporation

Boston (Dorchester)


Dorchester Bay EDC acts to build a strong, thriving, and diverse community in Boston’s Dorchester neighborhoods. Working closely with neighborhoods, residents, businesses and partners, Dorchester Bay EDC accesses resources to: develop & preserve home ownership and rental housing across income levels; create and sustain economic development opportunities for businesses and individuals; and build community through organizing, civic engagement, and leadership development. Dorchester Bay EDC works collaboratively with residents, businesses, and our many partners to bring about long-lasting positive change to the Dorchester communities. Through their real estate development, community organizing and economic development efforts Dorchester Bay EDC strives to build stronger neighborhoods, empower individuals and foster economic justice and opportunity. To learn more visit:




Interise offers the national MBA StreetWise Program to businesses in the growth phase. Interise has offers education focuses on business strategies to grow and offers one-training during the year. Interise's StreetWise ‘MBA'™ provides small business owners with the business knowledge, management know-how, and the networks needed to grow established small businesses. Interise licenses its Streetwise ‘MBA’™ to partners who deliver it through their own locally branded programs. Interise provides the curriculum, training, quality assurance and evaluation, enabling its partners to effectively and efficiently launch a national program. To learn more visit:

Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corporation

Boston (Jamaica Plain, Roslindale-Egleston Area, Roslindale and Hyde Park)


Founded in 1977, the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corporation (JPNDC) has played a lead role in revitalizing the Jamaica Plain community while maintaining its character as a place where people of modest resources can access economic opportunity. JPNDC promotes equitable development and equal opportunity in Jamaica Plain and adjacent neighborhoods through affordable housing, organizing and economic opportunity initiatives that improve the lives of low-and moderate-income people and create a better community for all. JPNDC has created 670 affordable homes and 248,000 square feet of vibrant commercial space, and economic development programs that have helped thousands of families and business owners increase their income and assets. To learn more visit:

Local Initiative Support Corporation



Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) equips communities with the capital, strategy, and know-how to become places where people can thrive. Working with local leaders, we invest in affordable housing, health, education, public safety and employment – all basic needs that must be tackled so that progress in one area is not undermined by neglect in another. As part of a national organization with deep local roots, LISC Boston is uniquely positioned to share resources, best practices, and innovations with the communities we serve. We provide funding, financing, and technical assistance to community development corporations (CDCs), nonprofit developers, grassroots organizations, as well as policy and advocacy organizations throughout Massachusetts. To learn more visit: 

TLE Center for Urban Entrepreneurship (New)

Boston (Roxbury and Dorchester)


The TLE Center for Urban Entrepreneurship’s (TLECFUE) mission is to help local young people learn more about the benefits of entrepreneurship and to provide support for those with a demonstrated interest in becoming the next generation of urban entrepreneurs. TLECFUE offers a twelve-week pre-accelerator program for small business owners and budding entrepreneurs who are in need of market data to finalize a launch or growth plan for their businesses or projects. The program is structured to guide participants through conducting primary and secondary market research to not only validate the need for their offering or project, but also develop a solid business model and pitch presentation from their findings. Upon graduation, they pitch their businesses/projects for cash prizes to support their ventures at a pitch night event in front of a panel of distinguished judges and an engaging audience. They are also referred to a partner accelerator program or business support center with the necessary resources to help them implement their launch/growth plans. To learn more visit:

Transformative Culture Project (Former Epicenter Community)

Boston (Roxbury and Dorchester)


Transformative Culture is the fiscal agency for Accelerate Boston. Accelerate Boston (AB) provides entrepreneurs of color in the creative industries a cohort-based model for learning the foundational business skills to grow their ventures through a rigorous curriculum coupled with entrepreneurial mindset training and networking opportunities. Minority entrepreneurs in the creative industries have specific industry needs currently not being met by other support organizations. Our curriculum focuses on the skills necessary but often lacking in minority entrepreneurs due to social and cultural expectations around employment and the barriers they face related to networking and accessing capital.  77% of AB participants are people of color, 56% are women and 90% under the age of 40.  AB has successfully reached over 85 businesses representing entrepreneurs in some of the hardest to reach communities.  Our accelerator program mirrors the makeup of Boston. To learn more visit: 

Bowdoin Geneva Main Streets (New)

Boston (Dorchester Geneva commercial district)


Bowdoin Geneva Main Streets (BGMS) is a non-profit organization that brings together local businesses, residents, and neighborhood organizations to support our business district and raise its profile by providing technical, financial, and design support. Bowdoin Geneva Main Streets works in one of the most challenged areas of Boston where economic strengthening would have the greatest impact. Its goal is to stabilize, promote, and support small, largely immigrant-owned businesses within a quarter mile radius of the Bowdoin Geneva commercial corridor so that it can thrive as a multi-ethnic, vibrant community. Bowdoin Geneva Main Streets offers practices cultural competency and racial equity. To learn more visit:  

Center for Women and Enterprise

Boston &  Central (Westborough)


Founded in 1995, the mission of the Center for Women & Enterprise (CWE) is to provide opportunities for women entrepreneurs and women in business to increase professional success, personal growth, and financial independence. CWE achieves this mission by providing education, training, technical assistance, and paths to funding to entrepreneurs at every stage of business development. CWE operates five SBA-affiliated Women’s Business Centers in Boston, Massachusetts; Westborough, Massachusetts; Providence, Rhode Island; Nashua, New Hampshire; and Burlington, Vermont. Since its inception CWE has created significant economic impact in Massachusetts.

Blackstone Valley Chamber of Commerce

Central (Blackstone Valley-Towns)


The Blackstone Valley Chamber of Commerce is a leader in the region for economic development, lending and financing that also works to facilitate the implementation of strategies to enhance economic development in Central MA while expanding lending capacity to accommodate the region’s unique industry mix. BVCC encourages the establishment of partnerships between business, government and community; seeks out legislative support and advocacy for regional business initiatives; and serves as a resource for goods and services for business. 

NewVue Communities

Central (22 towns, including cities of Fitchburg, Leominster, Gardner)


NewVue Communities was founded in 1979 in the Cleghorn Neighborhood of Fitchburg to help save jobs in that area. The organization expanded its territory in 1985 to encompass all of Fitchburg and again in 1996 to include its “twin city” of Leominster and changed its name to Twin Cities Community Development Corporation. NewVue Communities uses a holistic approach to stabilizing neighborhoods includes promoting: neighborhood leadership and civic engagement, affordable housing development, homeownership and small business development. In 2015, NewVue Communities partnered with the Greater Gardner Community Development Corporation to expand to serve all of North Central Massachusetts and changed its name to NewVue Communities to better reflect its vision and expanded service territory. NewVue’s service area now consists of North Central Massachusetts, stretching about 40 miles along the Route 2 corridor from Harvard to Athol. This area of the state has a unique identity distinct from the Boston Metro region to the east and Worcester to the south. To learn more visit: 

North Central MA Devel. Corp.

Central (Fitchburg)


The North Central Massachusetts Development Corporation (NCMDC) is a regional economic development organization with a primary focus on non-traditional and alternative lending in Worcester, Middlesex, and Franklin Counties.  NCMDC is a CDFI certificated lender with four lending portfolios including status as an SBA micro-lender and a USDA loan intermediary.  NCMDC is committed to improving the economy through lending, business technical assistance, job creation and retention. 

Quaboag Valley CDC

Central (Ware)


The Quaboag Valley Community Development Corporation (QVCDC) is a private nonprofit 501 (c) (3) corporation that provides community economic development programs and services. Its sister organization, the Quaboag Valley Business Assistance Corporation (QVBAC) is a lending institution. Through the QVCDC a comprehensive array of services are provided to small businesses including loans to microenterprises and job- creating small businesses, individual business technical assistance (TA) and customized training programs/opportunities to about 20 towns in west-central Massachusetts. 

The South Middlesex Opportunity Council (SMOC), Martin Luther King, Jr. Business Empowerment Center

Central (Framingham)


The South Middlesex Opportunity Council (SMOC) is an umbrella organization that works in the community to provide opportunities to enhance self-sufficiency and to create a safety net when short term and/or continuing support are needed. As a multi-service agency, SMOC is in a unique position to provide integrated community-based services recognizing that the lives of individuals and families are complex and that needs are inter-related. As a Community Action Agency, SMOC also seeks to create new opportunities for self-sufficiency through community advocacy on both a local and statewide level. SMOC was founded in 1965 and is certified as a state-wide CDC. SMOC Financial Services (SFS) is built upon the small business TA program that had operated at the Martin Luther King Business Empowerment Center. SFS offers 1:1 TA, microloans, and group education, primarily in Worcester and Framingham, but accessible to entrepreneurs within 20 miles of either office who lack access to another community-based TA provider and/or loan fund.

Southeast Asian Coalition of Central Mass

Central (Worcester)


The Southeast Asian Coalition is a non-profit organization that supports, promotes and advocates for the success of the Southeast Asian of Central Massachusetts into the mainstream society. SEAC was founded in 1999, and provides culturally and linguistically appropriate services and support in the areas of health, education, economic development, housing, civic engagement, and cultural expression to Southeast Asian immigrants in Worcester and environs. This includes Vietnamese, Burmese, Bhutanese, Nepalese, Laotians, and Cambodians, and since 2015 to nearly 3,000 Arabic-speaking immigrants from Iran, Iraq & Syria. Since FY 2015, SEAC has been a recipient of the Small Business Technical Assistance Grant program, a state-funded program administer by Massachusetts Growth Capital Corporation (MGCC).  For FY 2018, SEAC received $30,000 to support their technical assistance program and work with entrepreneurs and local small businesses. To learn more visit:

Ascentria Community Services (new)

Worcester/cover Central and Western


Ascentria is a community-based human service organization that believes everyone has the opportunity to achieve his or her full potential, regardless of background or disadvantage. Ascentria’ Services for Bew Americans program serves refugees, immigrants, asylum seekers, victim of human trafficking, and non-native English speakers to achieve economic stability. The program provides the resources and support people need to obtain employment and economic self-sufficiency. Since 1994, Ascentria has served more than 12,500 refuges through immigration and legal assistance, case management, English, and other services including microenterprise development. To learn more visit: 

Community Teamwork, Merrimack Valley Small  Business Center

Northeastern (Merrimack Valley)


Community Teamwork was established in 1965 as part of President Lyndon B. Johnson’s War on Poverty and the Economic Opportunity Act of 1964. Today, Community Teamwork’s mission is much the same as it was in 1965. As Greater Lowell’s Community Action Agency, they mobilize resources for low-income people, providing opportunities for them to achieve stability, self-sufficiency and a have an active voice and participation in the decisions that affect their lives. 


Community Teamwork’s Finances and Business services connect people to the economic mainstream teaching them how to create and manage household budgets, save money, and live a more vibrant and stable life. Community Teamwork small business development services that include technical assistance such as one-one-one counseling, workshops, and trainings and financial assistance through micro-lending. In term of education through the Merrimack Valley Small Business Center, they offer financial education, asset development, financial counseling, small business development, credit building and repair, free tax preparation, foreclosure prevention and more. It provides To learn more visit:

E for All

Northeastern (Lawrence, Lowell, Lynn,  New Bedford, Holyoke)


Entrepreneurship for All (EforAll) is accelerating economic and social impact through entrepreneurship in mid-sized cities. EforAll believes that the best way to revitalize mid- sized U.S. cities that have fallen into decline, and suffer related high rates of poverty and unemployment, is to fuel the dreams and ambitions of entrepreneurs who live in and near these cities. As well, they believe the offering inclusive entrepreneurship could help creating the pathway out of poverty. At EforAll, has developed an innovative small business/nonprofit accelerator to foster entrepreneurial growth and celebrate entrepreneurship into the local culture using pitch contests and other public events. Prepare entrepreneurs for the many responsibilities they will face, using our year-long accelerator program that starts with a 12-week intensive session. To learn more visit:

Hispanic American Institute, Inc

Northeastern (Chelsea) and Boston


The Hispanic-American Institute is an IRS Section 501(c) (3) non-profit corporation dedicated to promoting social, educational and economic development. The Institute promotes social, educational, and economic development of Hispanic communities in in the continental United States, Puerto Rico, and Latin America. It actively addresses major issues impacting those populations, including access to sound nutrition and wellness, higher education, and economic opportunity. To learn more visit:

Mill Cities Community Investments

Northeastern (Lawrence, Lowell, Merrimack Valley)


Mill Cities Community Investments’ mission is to advance community revitalization and development in the Merrimack Valley by providing appropriate loan programs and technical assistance to low and moderate income communities.  Mill Cities Community Investments specializes in two main services, Small Business Loans and Home Improvement Loans. Mill Cities Community Investments actively engages in helping businesses grow. Mill Cities Community Investments is continuously identifying potential financial resources to establish loan funds to provide capital to small businesses in its target service area. To learn more visit:

North Shore Community Development Coalition

Northeastern (Salem)


North Shore Community Development Coalition was reorganized as a regional community development organization in 2011. As the only regional community development organization serving the North Shore, North Shore CDC is positioned to bring our neighborhood development model to communities throughout our region. Focusing on low-income and distressed neighborhoods, it is committed to transformational, sustainable revitalization in Salem, Peabody, and Beverly. To learn more visit: 

Salem Main Streets (new)

Northeastern (Salem)


Salem Main Streets is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization founded in 2001 by the City of Salem and a coalition of downtown businesses and area residents, and is modeled on the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s National Main Street Program. Salem Main Streets' mission is the continued revitalization of downtown Salem as a vibrant, year-round, retail, dining and cultural destination through business retention, recruitment, and promotion of the downtown district. SMS produces and supports numerous community events and initiatives throughout the year, including the Salem Farmers’ Market, Salem Arts Festival, Salem’s So Sweet, and the October Information booth. To learn more visit:

Community Economic Development Center of South East Mass. 

Southeastern (New Bedford)


The Community Economic Development Center of Southeastern Massachusetts, Inc. (CEDC) was founded in May of 1997 as a Community Development Corporation in the City of New Bedford. CDC’s are vital building blocks for community revitalization through innovative community-based economic development programs and affordable housing targeted to low and moderate income members of local communities. CEDC is no exception, as our efforts have served thousands of area residents left out of the economic mainstream. CEDC fosters economic justice in the local economy through people-centered development.
We connect youth and adults to skill-building opportunities, and resources and we build community networks and collaborations to promote cooperative action for social change. To learn more visit:

New Bedford Economic Development Council

Southeastern (New Bedford)


The mission of the New Bedford Economic Development Council (NBEDC) is to work collaboratively to promote a transparent, business-friendly environment for sustainable job growth and increased private sector investment. The NBEDC continues to actively market the gateway city of New Bedford worldwide, as a top location for business growth and expansion, while remaining committed to assisting local companies and entrepreneurs with their start-up, expansion, and other business concerns. To accomplish this mission, the NBEDC established a strategy in 2007 that is rooted in our balanced and aggressive approach to support existing business, attract emerging industries, communicate a positive message, develop strategic sites, prepare a ready workforce, and capture long-term catalytic opportunities for growth. As a certified CDFI, an SBA Intermediary Microlender and an EDA lender, the NBEDC offers training, technical assistance, and loans to the city’s disadvantaged small businesses and entrepreneurs. To learn more visit:

Haitian American Business Expo, Inc. (new)

Southeastern, Northeastern, Boston


The Haitian American Business Expo, Inc. (HABE), also known as the U.S. Haitian Chamber of Commerce, Inc. (US Haitian Chamber), is a 501(c) (6) organization located in Randolph, Massachusetts. The organization serves the North Shore, South Shore and Boston Metro regions of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. HABE was founded and incorporated in 2016. HABE’s mission is to promote and assist Haitian American businesses by creating a platform where they can showcase their services to the communities in Massachusetts. To learn more visit:

Coastal Community Capital

Southeastern/Cape Cod





Coastal Community Capital is a division of Cape & Islands Community Development, Inc., a non-profit community development lender serving Massachusetts businesses since 1995 with our commercial lending expertise. Coastal Community Capital is certified by the U.S. Department of the Treasury as a Community Development Financial Institution and by the U.S. Small Business Administration as a Certified Development Corporation. Coastal Community Capital promotes economic development through small business growth, management of the region's small business loan fund, and provides entrepreneurial support through free business counseling and its annual workshop series.  To learn more visit:

Community Development Partnership-Cape CDP

Southeastern/Cape Cod (Eastham)


Cape CDP nurtures a vibrant Lower Cape region by promoting environmental and economic sustainability, expanding opportunities for low-and moderate-income residents, and preserving its unique cultural and historic character. Cape CDP works to strengthen small businesses, from traditional trades to new ventures. Cape CDP provides technical assistance, education, and access to capital to local businesses and supports local fishing and shell-fishing businesses with expertise. To learn more visit:


Statewide (Located in Cambridge)


Accion is the largest nationwide nonprofit lending network in the United States. Accion, East provides fair and flexible loans, connections to business experts, and access to resources and opportunities specifically tailored to each business owner’s unique needs and goals. To learn more visit: 

Carrot Project



The Carrot Project’s vision is to increase significantly the number of successful small farm and food businesses resulting in expanded production of local food in New England and the Hudson Valley. The Carrot Project helps to launch small farm and agricultural businesses and support their growth towards profitability, a crucial factor to business viability. Its work facilitates access to financing and business development. To learn more visit:

Commonwealth Kitchen

Statewide (Boston main target)


CommonWealth Kitchen is a collaborative community, providing shared kitchens combined with business assistance to help aspiring entrepreneurs build great food companies, create jobs, improve healthy food access, and strengthen our regional food economy. CommonWealth Kitchen believes that an equitable and resilient local economy requires closing Boston's growing wealth divide by promoting inclusive entrepreneurship and creating sustainable employment, with a focus on people who have been impacted by racial, social, and economic inequality. CommonWealth Kitchen helps its culinary venture members grow from business idea, through business set-up and permitting, to starting production at our facility, with ongoing education and technical assistance support. To learn more visit:

Greater New England Minority Supplier Development Council/GNEMSDC Massachusetts Advisors (new)

Statewide (Boston main target)


The Greater New England Minority Supplier Development Council (GNEMSDC) advances business opportunities for certified Asian, Black, Hispanic and Native American business enterprises and connects them to corporate members. One of the region’s leading corporate membership organizations, GNEMSDC is an affiliate of the National Minority Supplier Development Council. GNEMSDC was incorporated in 1975 to provide increased procurement and business opportunities for minority businesses of all sizes. Its mission is to expand business opportunities for Minority Business Enterprises (MBEs),  and create mutually beneficial links between Corporate Companies and Minority Business Enterprises. GNEMSDC is one of the 24 regional councils represented across the US territories. GNEMSDC serves the six (6) New England States, which are MA, CT, RI, ME, NH, and VT. To learn more visit: 

Local Enterprise Assistance Fund-LEAF (New)



LEAF is a Massachusetts-based non-profit CDFI with a mission to promote human and economic development by providing financing and technical assistance to cooperatives and social purpose ventures that create and save jobs for low-income people. Since it was founded over 30 years ago, LEAF has invested and leveraged over $112 million, resulting in the creation or retention of over 10,000 jobs. LEAF’s work with small business has given us first-hand knowledge of the capital and resource access gaps that low-income business owners face in MA, and our TA program aims to address these head on. To learn more visit: 

Mass MoCa

Statewide (Main target North Adams)


MASS MoCA, located in a 26-building former factory complex in North Adams, is a 501c3 nonprofit that operates the largest contemporary arts center in America, with over 150,000 visitors per year and more than 530,000 square feet of developed space. MASS MoCA is also a nationally acclaimed catalyst and

laboratory for economic development through the creative economy, supporting creative businesses in the region with affordable workspace, downtown arts programming, residencies, and a statewide small business assistance program

(Assets for Artists) for creative micro-entrepreneurs. MASS MoCA’s Assets for Artists program, launched with support from the Massachusetts Cultural Council in 2007, is a nationally recognized model for delivering business assistance to creative entrepreneurs. To learn more visit: 

Third Sector New England, Inc (New Entry Sustainable Farming Project)



Third Sector New England, Inc, dba as TSNE Missionworks is the fiscal sponsor for New Entry Sustainable Farming Project. New Entry’s mission is to improve local and regional food systems by training the next generation of farmers to produce food that is sustainable, nutritious, and culturally-appropriate and  making this food accessible to individuals regardless of age, mobility, ethnicity,

or socio-economic status. In doing this work, TSNE provides critical training, career development, and economic opportunity to new farmers. To learn more visit: and 

Franklin County CDC

Western (located at Greenfield) Covering Franklin county, Hilltown, Valley)


The Franklin County CDC’s mission is to stimulate a more vital rural economy and to expand opportunities for low and moderate-income residents. This collaboration between Franklin County, Valley, and Hilltown CDCs, with the Food Processing Center, will support, strengthen, and magnify the delivery of services to rural small businesses in an efficient, economical and effective way. This project provides services to 61 western towns and cities with population of 229,421, so recipients will compete more effectively. This provides an opportunity to elevate our collaboration with service providers to coordinate a regional message of business assistance to create and retain jobs. To learn more visit:

Nuestras Raíces

Western (Holyoke)


Nuestras Raíces is a grassroots urban agriculture organization based in Holyoke MA. Nuestras Raíces aims to create healthy environments, celebrate “agri-culture,” harness collective energy, and to advance the vision of a just and sustainable future. Nuestras Raíces today has a network of 12 community gardens with over 100 member families, an environmental program that addresses issues affecting the Holyoke community, a Youth Program for inner city youth that gives them the opportunity to organize about food and environmental related topics. It also has a 30 acre inner city farm that focuses on food systems, supports small businesses and local farmers with technical assistance, and with economic development and agriculture. Nuestras Raíces has also been a founding member of the Holyoke Food and Fitness Policy Council, whose goal is to promote community empowerment through social change, and ENERGIA LLC, a socially responsible energy efficiency company that provides energy efficiency upgrades for residential and commercial properties. To learn more visit:

Pittsfield Economic Revitalization Corp. (PERC)

Western (Pittsfield & Berkshire)


Since 1982, Pittsfield Economic Revitalization Corporation (PERC) has offered technical assistance grants and business lending programs to entrepreneurs. It is a private non-profit community development corporation, and its purpose is to assist small businesses and create jobs in Pittsfield and Berkshire County. To learn more visit:

SPARK-Greater Holyoke Chamber (Centennial foundation)

Western (Holyoke)


At SPARK at Holyoke is committed to equipping entrepreneurs and small business owners with the tools and resources they need to be successful. SPARK's goal is to strengthen and grow Holyoke’s economy from within, helping its often-underrepresented residents tap into their potential to create business and social ventures in the city and region. SPARK aims to serve the aspiring entrepreneur through classes, workshops and networking opportunities that support business development. It offers SPARK. Launch, which is a cohort-driven 9-week business accelerator. The Launch program is conducted in the spirit of simplicity and accessibility. They also licensed the curriculum to deliver this proven business modeling program. To learn more about SPARK visit:

Common Capital (new)

Western (Springfield)


Common Capital is a community loan fund and non-profit organization that is committed to a thriving local economy in order to create positive social and community impacts. We align capital and other resources to community needs and opportunities. We accomplish this by providing loans and a range of skill building tools to small businesses and high-impact community projects. To learn more visit: 



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