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2017 Business Development Resource Guide

Do you know someone interested in starting a new business or expanding an existing one in Franklin County, but they don’t know where to start?  The 2017 Business Development Resource Guide was created by the Franklin Regional Council of Governments to introduce entrepreneurs to various organizations offering technical assistance, financing, training, and other resources to help make their venture a success. The Guide also includes basic information about Franklin County and the greater region that may be of interest to people developing a business plan.   
 
The Guide was designed to be a quick, useful reference. While there are many organizations, businesses, and private consultants that assist entrepreneurs, we wanted to keep this document a manageable size and an easy first step for people who are not sure where to begin. The Guide is available for download HERE.
 

Massachusetts Small Business Development Center

The Massachusetts Small Business Development Center (MSBDC) Network provides one-to-one free comprehensive and confidential services focusing on, business growth and strategies, financing and loan assistance as well as strategic, marketing and operational analysis. In addition, low cost educational training programs are offered across the state targeted to the needs of small business.

This is achieved through three integrated product lines: Business Advisory Services, Government Contracting, and International Trade Assistance.

http://www.msbdc.org/wmass/

The U.S. Small Business Adminastration

An independent agency of the federal government to aid, counsel, assist and protect the interests of small business concerns, to preserve free competitive enterprise and to maintain and strengthen the overall economy of our nation. The SBA also offers programs designed to meet the needs of underserved communities include Native American Business Development, Veterans Business Development, and Office of Women’s Business Ownership

http://www.sba.gov/

SCORE

SCORE is a nonprofit association dedicated to helping small businesses get off the ground, grow and achieve their goals through education and mentorship. We have been doing this for nearly fifty years.

Because our work is supported by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), and thanks to our network of 11,000+ volunteers, we are able to deliver our services at no charge or at very low cost. Services include mentors, tools/templates, counseling, and workshops.

North East Veterans Business Resource Center

Our mission is to train, mentor, and assist returning military, National Guard and Reserve members, in addition to our nation’s veterans as they start and grow small businesses. The majority of our client base includes minority veterans and our programs specifically address American Wounded Warriors and Disabled Veterans.

Center for Woman & Enterprise

CWE provides opportunities for women entrepreneurs and women in business to increase professional success, personal growth, and financial independence.

http://www.cweonline.org/

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