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We are open for business — virtually
To protect the health and safety of our clients and employees during the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak, Massachusetts Small Business Development Center (MSBDC) advising will be offered virtually until further notice.
We are committed to supporting entrepreneurs during these very challenging times. Staff are working remotely and can be reached via email (best method) or telephone. They are available Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
If you are a new client, please register in order to receive free and confidential business advice from our advisers. Registration is fast, easy, and free, and may be completed online. Or simply email email@example.com for more information.
Disaster Loan Applications
MSBDC advisers can assist businesses with disaster loan applications. The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is offering low-interest federal disaster loans for working capital to Massachusetts small businesses suffering substantial economic injury as a result of COVID-19. Massachusetts businesses are now eligible to apply.
If you are not a client and would like to receive services, please complete our online Request for Counseling form.
COVID-19 Resources for Businesses
- SBA.gov: SBA offers disaster assistance in response to COVID-19.
- Mass.gov: The Massachusetts state website has the latest information on COVID-19.
- America’s SBDC has gathered helpful information and resources on COVID-19.
- MSBDC.org has a dedicated COVID-19 page with helpful resources and articles.
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.
Please register in order to receive free and confidential business advice from our advisors. Registration is fast, easy, and free.
“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