Small Business Development Center

Business Advising Services

Welcome to the Massachusetts Small Business Development Center Network (MSBDC) Central Regional Office at Clark University We provide one-to-one free comprehensive and confidential services focusing on, business growth and strategies, financing and loan assistance, and strategic analysis. The statewide program has three integrated product lines: Business Advisory Services, Government Contracting and International Trade Services. Services are delivered through a statewide network of skilled professionals supported by a vast network of federal, state, educational and private sector partners. In addition, low cost educational training programs are offered across the state targeted to the needs of small business.

There is an MSBDC advisory or satellite office within 30 minutes of any potential client in the state.

When you meet 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 session. Our Start-up Checklist (PDF) includes decisions that you should think about before your first appointment.

Please complete our MSBDC Request for Counseling (pdf) and bring the form with you for your first appointment.

Areas of assistance include, but are not limited to:

  • Feasibility Studies and Start-up Issues
  • Business Plan Development (Download our Business Plan Outline [PDF])
  • Cash Flow Analysis
  • Marketing and Sales Strategies
  • Financial Plan Development
  • Financing Options and Loan Packaging
  • Buy/Sell and Valuation Assistance
  • Technology and E-commerce Assistance
  • Equity Business Plans

Financing

Having sufficient financial resources to support your business may make the difference between the success and failure of your business. The MSBDC at Clark University 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. A few examples of non-conventional sources are private financing, SBA loan guarantee programs, angel and venture capital. The MSBDC can assist with assembling financial statements, preparing loan applications and securing the best financing options for your business.