Massachusetts Small Business Development Center Network




Contributing to the economic and entrepreneurial growth in Massachusetts since 1980


openTo protect the health and safety of our clients and employees, until further notice, MSBDC advising will be offered virtually. Staff are working remotely and can be reached via email or telephone. We are committed to supporting entrepreneurs during these very challenging times. If you are not currently a client, please visit our Request for Counseling page at

Visit our dedicated COVID-19 page featuring useful resources, articles and free archived webinar listings at

Massachusetts Updates

Gov. Charlie Baker announces coronavirus reopening plan for Massachusetts.  Click here for details.

Baker-Polito Administration Announces Implementation Of CARES Act Unemployment Benefits For Self-Employed, Gig Economy And Other Workers. Click here for details.

SBA Updates

Jun 18, 2020 - Last Chance to Apply for Paycheck Protection Program Funds: June 30 Deadline!
Time is running out to apply for a Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan to help your small business through the COVID-19 crisis. There is still more than $120 billion available and the June 30 deadline to apply is fast approaching! Click here for details on PPP loan.

May 5, 2020 - If you entered an application for EIDL (Economic Injury Disaster Loan) and have a confirmation number starting with a "2",
 you probably used an older application version. If you have not already done so, please go back into the SBA application and use the streamlined version (link below) to receive a confirmation number the starts with a "3" (even though it says "agricultural" on the application still re-apply). To resubmit your information, go to SBA will match your two applications and keep your application in the queue. Please contact the local MSBDC office to make an appointment with your advisor, or be assigned to an advisor, to help you with the streamlined application.

Interested in learning about financial programs available under the CARES act? Watch our webinar. Click here for details.
The Senate Small Business Committee releases a Guide to the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act
Small businesses already feeling huge drop in demand due to Coronavirus (COVID-19), new study shows. A just released national study found that 69 percent of U.S. small businesses have already experienced a large drop in demand due to the coronavirus pandemic and 60 percent believe demand will continue to decline. Read more.

To protect the health and safety of our clients and employees, until further notice, MSBDC advising will be offered virtually. Staff are working remotely and can be reached via email, telephone or virtual meetings during normal business hours. We are committed to supporting entrepreneurs during these very challenging times.
Keep Calm and Small Business On
MSBDC advisors can assist businesses with disaster loan applications. The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is offering federal disaster loans for working capital to Massachusetts small businesses suffering substantial economic injury as a result of the Coronavirus. Massachusetts businesses are eligible to apply


If you are not a MSBDC client and would like to receive free and confidential services, please complete our online Request for Counseling form at
SBA. gov
- SBA Disaster Assistance in Response to the Coronavirus. Click here to learn more and apply for SBA's disaster loan. Beware of scams and fraud schemes.
- The Massachusetts state website has COVID-19 resources & guidance for businesses and the latest information on COVID-19.
America's SBDC has gathered helpful information and resources on COVID-19. Click here. For federal resources for U.S. small businesses, click here. has a dedicated COVID-19 page with helpful resources, articles and free webinar links. Click here.

survey imageThe MSBDC has partnered with MassINC Polling Group and others to conduct an important statewide survey about how the coronavirus has impacted small businesses in Massachusetts. We're asking for your input to ensure that economic recovery programs and policies are informed by your current needs.

This survey is for small businesses with 500 employees or less. It's available in English, Spanish, Portuguese, Haitian Creole and Mandarin. It should take less than 10 minutes of your time. Your answers will be analyzed together with other responses and will never be used to identify you personally. This survey will be open for a short period of time. Please respond as soon as possible.

Thank you very much for participating in this important initiative. Please feel free to share this survey with other Massachusetts business owners to ensure wide representation. >>Click here to respond to survey!












Successful entrepreneurs continually seek ways to improve the management and operation of their business, often seeking outside advice to help with particular challenges. Studies consistently show that Massachusetts citizens receive a strong return on their investment by utilizing the services of the MSBDC Network. Our clients outperform other businesses in the state in average sales and job growth.

The Massachusetts Small Business Development Center Network is committed to helping your business succeed in Massachusetts. We provide free, confidential, one-to-one business assistance and free or low-cost educational training programs to prospective and existing small businesses throughout the Commonwealth. The MSBDC fosters the start, growth and sustainability of small business by providing high-quality, in-depth advising, training and capital access.

Areas of assistance include, but are not limited to: business plan development, preventure feasibility, cash flow analysis, personnel and organizational issues, conventional and non-conventional financing, marketing, international trade, SBIR and government procurement.

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This is an opportunity to fund technical assistance grants for not-for-profits to
augment advising and training services provided by the Massachusetts SBDC.
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A partnership program with the U.S. Small Business Administration and the Massachusetts Office of Business Development under cooperative agreement SBAHQ20B0022 through the University of Massachusetts Amherst, Isenberg School of Management. SBDCs are a program supported by SBA and extended to the public on a non-discriminatory basis. SBA cannot endorse any products, opinions or services of any external parties or activities. By contacting our office and requesting at least two weeks in advance, every attempt will be made to reasonably accommodate persons with disabilities and those who need translation services.
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Massachusetts Small Business Development Center Network
Tillson House
University of Massachusetts
23 Tillson Farm Road
Amherst, MA 01003
413-545-6301 | Fax 413-545-1273

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