Small Business Development Center

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. Small businesses are able to receive help from a group of MBA candidates to work on a specific project 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

Contact John Rainey for more information.

Massachusetts Export Center

Through four centers located in Boston, Holyoke, New Bedford and Worcester, the MSBDC’s Massachusetts Export Center provides export counseling, technical assistance, international market research and promotion, as well as training to businesses. Expertise and guidance is provided in the areas of export market assessment and analysis, establishment of export market channels, international business development, export legal and regulatory compliance, export logistics and supply chain management, and global trade banking and finance. The program works collaboratively with the Massachusetts Office of International Trade & Investment, MassDevelopment, the U.S. Department of Commerce and the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Office of International Trade. The Minority Business Center provides services on a targeted basis to the minority community of Greater Boston. The Center is sponsored by the University of Massachusetts Boston.

Procurement Technical Assistance (PTAC)

Client firms 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 (when electronically available) 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. To reach a PTAC business advisor in your area, visit their website and click on the "Find Closest Office" link.

Minority Business Center

The Minority Business Center provides services on a targeted basis to the minority community of Greater Boston. The Center is sponsored by the University of Massachusetts Boston.