Small Business Services

The SBDC provides free one-on-one comprehensive and confidential services focused 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.

The SBDC at Clark University schedules appointments Monday-Friday at 9:30 am, 11:00 am, and 1:30 pm. Initial meetings must take place in person. When you meet with an advisor, please bring any relevant information you may have relating to your business or new venture. Our Start-Up Checklist includes decisions that you should think about before your first appointment. To set up an appointment, please call 508-793-7615.

Areas of assistance include, but are not limited to:

  • Feasibility studies and start-up issues
  • Business plan development
  • 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

The SBDC at Clark University does not provide financing, but our advisors can help you negotiate the financial challenges faced by start-up and expanding businesses by working with banks and other lending organizations.

Outreach Centers

In addition to meeting clients at the SBDC at Clark University, our staff also holds office hours at outreach centers throughout MetroWest and Central Massachusetts. For an advising appointment in these auxiliary locations, please call the outreach center directly, at the number listed below:

Chamber of Commerce/Agency

Address and Telephone

77 Great Road, Acton
978-263-0010

 

860 South Street, Fitchburg
978-353-7600

1671 Worcester Road, Suite 201, Framingham
508-879-5600

210 Main Street, Gardner
978-632-1780

11 Florence Street, Marlborough
508-485-7746

258 Main Street, Suite 306, Milford
508-473-6700

30 Lyman Street, Suite 6, Westborough
508-836-4444

110 Church Street, Whitinsville
508-234-9090

Additional Specialized Support

In addition to our core advising services, the following specialized support is available to SBDC clientele:

Graduate Student-Client Project Teams

This program is a unique partnership between the Clark University Graduate School of Management, the Massachusetts Small Business Development Center Network at Clark University, and local businesses throughout Central Massachusetts.Through this program, small businesses are able to receive help from a group of MBA candidates to work on specific projects as a consulting team. Samples of recent projects include:

  • Strategic plan development
  • Feasibility studies
  • Business plan development
  • Selection and implementation of accounting systems
  • Sales and marketing plans
  • Market research

Massachusetts Export Center

The Massachusetts Export Center has assisted thousands of companies and individuals. Recognizing the need to make export services easily accessible to companies of all sizes, the Massachusetts Export Center was established to serve as the state's one-stop resource for export assistance. The Massachusetts Export Center offers a full range of targeted, customized services to Massachusetts businesses at any stage in the export process. Whether you are a small business just thinking about exporting or an experienced exporter, the Massachusetts Export Center stands ready to help with services suited to your needs! The Massachusetts Export Center, hosted by the University of Massachusetts Amherst, has three offices which are strategically located throughout the state to assist companies on a local level. The Boston office serves as headquarters, with additional offices in New Bedford and Westborough.

Procurement Technical Assistance (PTAC)

Through this program, clients receive an understanding of contracting requirements and the know-how to obtain and successfully perform federal, state, and local government contracts.  Small businesses headquartered in Massachusetts and in business for at least one year can subscribe to a free bid-matching service informing them of bidding opportunities matching their specific product and/or service profiles.

PTAC provides a wide range of assistance, such as guidance on initial registrations and small business certifications, researching procurement histories, small business matchmaking conferences, proposal guidance and review, contract performance issues, and much more.