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Want to know how to start a small business?

Successful entrepreneurs are continually seeking ways to improve the management and operation of their businesses, often seeking outside advice, such as the services of the MSBDC Network, to meet particular challenges. Studies consistently show that Massachusetts citizens receive a strong return on their investment with Small Business Development Center by using these services. Our clients outperform other Massachusetts businesses’ average sales and job growth.

The Small Business Development Center at Clark University is committed to helping your business succeed in Massachusetts. We provide free, confidential, one-on-one business assistance and free or low-cost educational training programs to prospective and existing small businesses throughout the state in order to foster the start, growth, and sustainability of these businesses.


“These are incredibly dedicated people with all the knowledge and direction you will need to get your ideas off the paper napkin and into a viable business plan. The personal attention from walking in the door of this nondescript office in the middle of the campus at Clark University to the friendly support all the way up to the director is unmatched by any other government office.  They offer as much support and guidance as you want through the entire startup process through the pains of growing your business and beyond.  It is a pleasure working with them and I highly recommend you start with this organization as your partner.”

Ric Craig, Hardwick

“This center is an excellent resource for anyone who needs business planning help. Entrepreneurs, small business owners looking to expand, or people thinking of buying a business would benefit from the resources they offer. 
My husband is a former client and I am currently a client. My contact at the SBDC is Leo Sharkey. He has always been very helpful. My situation is complex and requires a lot of his time, but he’s happy to help.
They have area referrals for business attorneys, CPA’S, banks that do small business loans, and insurance brokers. They can also have you meet with a specialist if need be.
Overall, a great asset for the community!”  

Julia M., Worcester


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A partnership program with the U.S. Small Business Administration and the Massachusetts Office of Business Development under cooperative agreement SBAHQ-19-B-0001 through the University of Massachusetts Amherst, Isenberg School of Management. SBDCs are a program supported by SBA and extended to the public on a non-discriminatory basis. SBA cannot endorse any products, opinions or services of any external parties or activities. By contacting our office 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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Small Business Development Center

Office Location
Mailing Address
  • Clark University SBDC
    950 Main Street
    Worcester MA, 01610-1477