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The Massachusetts Small Business Development Center Network is comprised of three collaborate lines of business: business advisory services, government contracting and international trade assistance.


Business Advising

The MSBDC Boston Regional Office & Minority Business Center provides free and confidential business assistance to businesses located in the Greater Boston area. Areas of assistance include, but are not limited to:

     > Start-up Business
     > Business Plan Development
     > Financial Plan Development
     > Marketing and Sales Strategies
     > Cash Flow Analysis
     > Organizational and Personnel Issues

If you are interested in learning more about any of our services or wish to schedule an appointment with a business advisor, please contact our office at 617-287-7750 or you may complete our online Request for Information form.

Prior to your first appointment with a business advisor, you may wish to complete our Request for Counseling* (pdf) and bring the completed form with you to your first appointment. You may type directly on the Request for Counseling from your computer. To determine which MSBDC regional office you should contact to receive services, select the town or city where your business is located by visiting the following web link:

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Training and Seminars

The MSBDC Boston Regional Office & Minority Business Center conducts free seminars and workshops addressing a wide range of concerns for both start-up and existing businesses. Many of these programs are co-sponsored with local chambers of commerce, colleges and universities, community development organizations, banks and trade associations.  

Some workshops include:
     > Business Finance and Accounting Basics
     > Business Law and Contracts
     > Business Strategy Basics
     > Financiando Su Negocio en Tiempos de Crisis (Financing Your Business in Times of Crisis)
     > Getting Started in Business
     > Sales and Marketing Basics  

For a complete list of trainings offered by the MSBDC Boston Regional Office & Minority Business Center, please visit  To view the statewide MSBDC Network training calendar of events, please visit


The MSBDC Boston Regional Office & Minority Business Center can help you negotiate the financial challenges faced by start-up and expanding businesses. We can assist with assembling financial statements, preparing loan applications, and securing the best financing options for your business.  

Our office does not have funds to lend or invest. We work with banks and other lending organizations (both conventional and non-conventional sources) to assist in putting together financial projections, but the actual financing comes from outside sources, such as:  

    > State- or federally-assisted programs
    > Quasi-public financing
    > Angel and venture capital
    > Private financing
    > SBA loan guarantee programs
    > Financial institutions

Procurement Technical Assistance
 MA Procurement Technical Assistance Center

The Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) can guide you through the government procurement process and provide you with information on how to become more competitive in the government marketplace. PTAC can an assist with procurement and EEO officials to find qualified minority vendors who can fill their contract needs, bid requirements and company goals.

The MSBDC Boston Regional Office & Minority Business Center can connect you with a procurement specialist or you can visit PTACís website at

International Trade Assistance

Massachusetts Export Center
The Massachusetts Export Center offers a wide range of targeted, customized services to Massachusetts businesses at any stage in the export process. These services include: export counseling and technical assistance, international market research and assessment, international business development assistance, and a multitude of export training programs and export publications. International trade advisors provide services statewide and are housed in Boston, New Bedford and Westborough.  

The MSBDC Boston Regional Office & Minority Business Center can connect you with an international trade advisor, or visit the Massachusetts Export Center's website at


Diversity & Inclusion

The MSBDC as a program of the University of Massachusetts Amherst, prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, creed, sex, age, marital status, national origin, mental or physical disability, political belief or affiliation, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, genetic information and any other class of individuals protected from discrimination under state or federal law in any aspect of the access to our services.

By contacting our office at 617-287-7750 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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