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Business Advice & Counseling
There are many sources of advice—including the Chamber of Commerce– for starting a business, growing a business, and even selling a business. Some other helpful resources are:
- Service Corps of Retired Executives (SCORE): SCORE is a free service of the U.S. Small Business Administration. SCORE mentors are a highly skilled group of working and retired business professionals and owners who have enjoyed success over the course of their careers and now want to give back by helping you succeed. You can receive personalized and relevant free and confidential business advice in person, by email or by phone. You can get get practical help creating or updating your business plan. You get the benefit of the volunteers' knowledge, experience and wisdom from many years of working in the trenches of real businesses like yours. Visit the website for SCORE Northeast Mass and schedule an appointment to meet with a mentor.
U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA): The SBA has extensive resources and information available from their websites in English y en español. You can learn about creating a business plan, starting and financing your business, qualifying for government contracting, take online training, and more.
Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights & Economic Justice: While the Lawyers Committee is a private, nonprofit, nonpartisan legal organization that provides pro bono legal representation to victims of discrimination based on race or national origin, it also has an Economic Justice mission which provides resources such as business workshops and legal consultations. Download their Healthy Business Checklist in English and español and sign up
Bunker Hill Community College Student Consultants: Your business or non-profit organization can benefit from the student consultants of Bunker Hill Community College, for little or no cost. To learn more about the program and discuss potential consulting engagements, please contact Alice Murillo, Associate Provost, Chelsea Campus.
If you've exhausted your traditional options (banks & credit unions), you may have success via alternative financing entities:
- Accion: Accion empowers small business owners through access to capital and financial education. With economic opportunity, clients go on to build assets, support their families, create jobs and revitalize their local neighborhoods. It is a non-profit micro-lender, a Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) and a certified lender in the Small Business Administration’s Microloan Program and 7a Program. It offers small business loans ranging from $500 to $250,000. Its business loans are complemented by in-depth guidance, coaching and an entire support system of peers, mentors and resources. Ground-breaking partnerships, free workshops, webinars and online resources give their clients access to best practices, industry knowledge and professional networks. Para Acción en español, haga clic aquí.
- Massachusetts Growth Capital Corporation (MGCC): The Mission of the Massachusetts Growth Capital Corporation is to create and preserve jobs at small businesses, women and minority owned businesses, and to promote economic development in under-served, gateway municipalities and low and moderate income communities. It offers a range of atypical financial products to assist in meeting its mission. MGCC provides a centralized resource at the state level that offers working capital, loan guarantees, and targeted technical assistance to solve specific financial and operational problems. MGCC will provide 50 % of the cost of such assistance while the company being assisted will invest the other 50%.
Metro North Regional Employment Board (REB): Serving 16 communities, including Chelsea, the REB is is a public-private partnership whose mission is to enable area residents to gain the skills to maximize their economic self-sufficiency and provide employers with the workforce they need to effectively compete in the changing world economy. Amongst its many functions, such as overseeing career centers and establishing regional workforce development policy, the REB engages industry and may provide training in the areas of advanced manufacturing, retail, STEM, healthcare, and hospitality.
The Commonwealth Corporation's Workforce Training Fund provides Massachusetts businesses with the resources needed to invest in workforce development, improve employee skills, and maintain the economic
strength, and viability of the Commonwealth’s businesses. Training grants of up to $250,000 are currently available for:
• Lean / Continuous Process
• Adult Basic Education
• Software & IT Skills
• Project Management
• Machine Set-Up & Operation
• Customer Service
• Leadership & Management
• and much more...