Each loan, grant, and venture capital program is different. Make sure you research all available options to find the one that’s right for your business. Depending on the type of funding you need, what industry you’re in, and other factors, there are several ways you can get financial support.
The federal 504 loan program through the Small Business Administration (SBA) is a versatile option for small businesses. At the state level, MassDevelopment offers a broad range of funding options through its loan programs for Massachusetts businesses.
The Massachusetts Growth Capital Corporation specializes in options for businesses unable to obtain traditional funding.
Research and Development
The Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program funds research and development companies creating technology with commercial potential. The START program is a supplemental financing option for Phase II SBIR companies in Massachusetts.
Similar to the START program, the MassRamp program is an additional funding source for Phase II SBIR companies in the life sciences industry. Early-stage life sciences companies can get funding from the Accelerator Loan Program.
MassVentures is a venture capital investment group that funds early-stage, technology-driven companies.
Clean energy and environment
If you own a business in the environmental industry, there are environmental loan and grant programs available. You can also find a variety of financing options from the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center.
Regional financing options
You may be able to get funding help from regional programs if your business is in a certain area.
- Common Capital provides funding to businesses in Western Massachusetts that are unable to get conventional loans.
- The Quaboag Valley Business Assistance Corporation provides loans to businesses in the region.
- The Franklin County Community Development Corporation finances small business in the region.
Other Specialized Financing Options
You may be able to get funding for specific activities.