Massachusetts Small Business Development Center (MSBDC)


About Us

The Massachusetts Small Business Development Center Network's Northeast Regional Office provides free and confidential business assistance to prospective and existing small businesses.

Located at the Enterprise Centera regional business incubator and conference center located at Salem State Universitythe SBDC is a partnership of the U.S. Small Business Administration and the Massachusetts Office of Business Development and is a program of Salem State University.

Certified SBDC business advisors provide services at the SBDC’s office at the Enterprise Center in Salem, and at outreach locations in Amesbury, Billerica, Gloucester, Lawrence, and Peabody. You can make appointments directly through an offsite business outreach site. Click here for a listing of telephone numbers.

Since the beginning of its affiliation with Salem State University in 1992, the Northeast Regional Office has worked with over 15,000 entrepreneurs. During that time, the SBDC has assisted entrepreneurs to raise over $112 million in loans. Advisors work with business owners to help them package loans, develop business plans and financial projections, and assemble other documents required by lenders.

The SBDC works closely with the SBA, bankers and government and non-profit lenders to help connect clients with a wide range of financial resources. Business workshops are offered for free or for a nominal fee, and are held in Beverly, Lawrence and Salem. Many programs are cosponsored with chambers of commerce, banks, local colleges and universities, community development organizations and trade associations.

Business advising and workshop topics cover a wide array of management concerns. They may include business plan development, preventure feasibility, buying or selling a business, financing, cash flow analysis, marketing and personnel issues. Special programs include assistance with international trade, minority business assistance, and state and federal government contracting.

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 978-542-6343 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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