Business Resources

Business Resources

  • Central Mass South Chamber of Commerce
    Membership is affordable, and it provides countless opportunities for networking, education, and promotion.
    Contact:
    Alexandra McNitt, Executive Director
    508-347-2761
    alexandra_mcnitt@cmschamber.org

  • SCORE (Service Corps of Retired Executives)
    www.score.org/
    The nation's largest, network of free, expert business mentors. Assistance is provided on business plans, and advice on loan resources.

       Contact:

      Jim Metcalf, Counselor
      508-753-2929
      Jimmet41@yahoo.com

       Robert White, Volunteer
       Robert.White@scorevolunteer.org

  • Quaboag Valley Community Development Corp. & Business Assistance  Corp.(QVCDC) www.qvcdc.com/
    Provides individual consulting, small business loans, computer training, and more. Southbridge is now part of the service area.
    Call: 413-967-3001
  • Workforce Training
    www.MassWorkforceTrngFund - commcorp.org
    The State’s Workforce Training Fund Program provides grants to Massachusetts businesses to train existing and newly hired employees. Use the above link for more information.       Contact:

       Stephen Lavery, General Grant
       (617) 717-6906
       smlavery@commcorp.org

       Leandra Jones, Express Grant)
       617-717-6943
       express@commcorp.org

  • Safety Training
    Mass.gov/Safety Training grant
    The Department of Industrial Accidents (DIA) (through the Office of Safety) awards safety training grants every year to help prevent occupational injury, illness, and death. The awards are capped at $25,000. Use the above link for more information.

       Contact:

       Maria Pesantes, Program Coordinator
       617-727-4900 x7376
       Maria.pesantes@state.ma.us

  • MA Growth Capital Corporation (MGCC)
    www.mcdfc.com/
    This quasi-public entity provides working capital, loan guarantees, and targeted technical assistance to solve specific financial and operational problems. Usual loans range from $100,000-$1M.

       Contact:
       Robert Jones, Sr Loan Officer
       617-337-2811
       rjones@massgcc.com

  • Economic Development Incentive Program (EDIP)
    Mass.gov/EDIP
    This tax incentive program is designed to foster job creation and business investment throughout the State. Companies investing in Massachusetts and creating jobs may be eligible to receive property tax exemptions and state investment tax credits.

       Contact:
       Rosemary Scrivens, Southbridge Econ. Dev. Director
       508-764-5402
       rscrivens@southbridgemass.org

  • MassDevelopment Finance Agency
    www.massdevelopment.com
    This quasi-public agency provides a wide array of financing products for manufacturers and other select business types to help make deals happen that wouldn’t otherwise. This incudes, Industrial Development Bonds, loan guarantees, brownfields assessment and clean-up loans, and more.

       Contact:
       Kelly Arvidson, VP Business Development
       karvidson@massdevelopment.com

Workforce Central, a ONE-STOP Career Center, provides local businesses the essential services to support their workforce needs and a variety of related resources at NO COST, including free job postings on JobQuest https://jobquest.detma.org/JobQuest/Default.aspx.

Business Owners, Human Resource Professionals, Recruiters, and Departmental Hiring Managers can contact  Business Service Representatives to provide personalized services to meet business workforce development needs.

Contact:

Donna Joyce, Business Service Representative

(508)765-6430

donna.joyce@massmail.state.ma.us