Massachusetts Small Business Development Center Network
Northeast Regional Office


Business Services

The Massachusetts Small Business Development Center (MSBDC) Network provides free and confidential, one-to-one business advising, technical assistance and low-cost educational training programs to prospective and existing small businesses. The Northeast Regional Office provides advice to businesses located in the North Shore and Merrimack Valley areas of the state, including all of Essex County.

In addition to office hours at our main office at the Enterprise Center at Salem State University, we also meet with clients at outreach sites locations (i.e. outreach locations) in the area. The MSBDC is designed to effectively service small businesses throughout Massachusetts. Therefore, there is a advising, satellite or outreach office within 30 minutes of any potential client in the state. Click here to see towns served by our office.

 

Advisory Services

A full-time staff of business advisors provide free and confidential assistance to small businesses. We provide assistance to individuals contemplating a business venture, along with new, existing, expanding and troubled businesses. Please note that appointments are required and we cannot accommodate walk-ins.

For your appointment with an advisor, please bring any relevant information you may have on your business or new venture. Preparation for your appointment will help you to maximize the use of the counseling session. Prior to your first appointment with a business advisor, please complete our Request for Counseling and bring completed the form with you to your first appointment. You may type directly on the Request for Counseling from your computer. In order to receive services, all clients are required to sign the Request for Counseling.

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 978-542-6343 or you may complete our online Request for Information form.

Areas of assistance include, but are not limited to:

  • Start-up Business Assistance

  • Business Plan Development

  • Financial Plan Development 

  • Marketing and Sales Strategies

  • SBIR Assistance

  • Cash Flow Analysis

  • Organizational and Personnel Issues

 
PTACThe Northeast Regional Office's services are further augmented by the Procurement Technical Assistance Center. Procurement specialists are dedicated to providing assistance in bidding, managing and performing on government contracts. Much of the advising is performed at the client's firm location, making the technical support delivery available in a timely and cost effective manner. E-commerce, including registering, bidding and performing on-line, in a paperless environment is a vital part of federal contracting. We can connect you with a procurement specialist or you can visit PTAC’s website at www.msbdc.org/ptac. PTAC is a specialty center of the Massachusetts Small Business Development Center Network.

Massachusetts Export CenterThe Massachusetts Export Center helps companies throughout the Commonwealth to achieve success in global markets through a statewide network of international trade professionals by providing targeted, high-impact services for exporters, including counseling, training, research and technical assistance. The Northeast Regional Office can connect you with an international trade advisor, or visit the Massachusetts Export Center's website at www.mass.gov/export. The Massachusetts Export Center is a specialty center of the MSBDC.

 

Training

The Northeast Regional Office conducts low-cost seminars and workshops addressing a wide range of concerns for both start-up and existing businesses. Many of these programs are cosponsored with local chambers of commerce, colleges and universities, community development organizations, banks and trade associations.


Financing

Having sufficient financial resources to support your business may make the difference between the success and failure of your business. The Northeast Regional Office can help you negotiate the financial challenges faced by start-up and expanding businesses. The MSBDC does not provide financing. 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. The MSBDC can assist with assembling financial statements, preparing loan applications and securing the best financing options for your business.

Our office works 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