Small Business Resources

Government Websites

Massachusetts Government Website

www.mass.gov

Doing Business in Massachusetts – Business Portal

Step By Step Guide to Starting a Business

Business Guides To:
Market research and statistics
Counseling and assistance
Funding and financing
Regulations, licenses, and permits
Employer regulations
Tax rules and regulations

Massachusetts Trial Court Libraries Website

The Massachusetts Trial Court Libraries provide a variety of online and book resources for small business owners in Massachusetts.  In Law About…, look under these subject headings:

Corporations
Limited Liability Companies
Small Businesses

Corporations Division:
Secretary of the Commonwealth William Francis Galvin's Office

The Corporations Division examines, files, and maintains forms related to entities doing business in Massachusetts. Limited liability companies, limited liability partnerships, service marks, trademarks, and uniform commercial code (UCC) filings are also made with the Corporations Division.

U.S. Small Business Administration

http://www.sba.gov/
https://www.facebook.com/SBAgov
https://twitter.com/sbagov
http://www.youtube.com/user/sba

The U.S. Small Business Administration provides counseling, loans, loan guarantees, contracts, and other forms of assistance to small businesses. SBA's programs also include financial and federal contract procurement assistance, management assistance, and specialized outreach to women, minorities and armed forces veterans. SBA provides loans to victims of natural disasters and specialized advice and assistance in international trade. In addition to the SBA’s many online training, forms, grants, and other resources, the local SBA office is an excellent resource for any small business starting out in Massachusetts.

The SBA Massachusetts District Office is located in Boston, with a branch office in Springfield. Classes are offered throughout the state. For local information including links to area workshops, mentoring programs, loan providers, and more.

SBA Small Business Development Centers are located throughout the state. The lead center is on the UMass Amherst campus. 

The SCORE Association, supported by SBA, is a nonprofit association of thousands of volunteer business counselors throughout the U.S. and its territories. The Boston office also has Satellite Counseling Branches throughout the area. Use SCORE to find a mentor, sign up for workshops, and access various tools and templates.

Women's Business Centers are designed to assist women in starting and growing small businesses. With offices in Boston, Worcester and Providence, RI, the Center for Women & Enterprise is the local women’s business center. 

Certified Development Companies are nonprofit corporations certified and regulated by the SBA that work with participating lenders to provide financing to small businesses. 

The Veterans Business Outreach Program is designed to provide services such as business training; counseling and mentoring; and referrals for eligible veterans owning or considering starting a small business. The North East Veterans Business Resource Center serves our area.

BusinessUSA

BusinessUSA is a centralized, one-stop platform created by the U.S. Government to make it easier for small business owners to find the information and services that they need. The site features step-by-step “wizards” to guide you through the questions and processes of starting a business and getting financing. It also includes links to resources, training, resource centers, and events.

Free Websites

Entrepreneurship Corner

The Stanford Technology Ventures Program (STVP) Entrepreneurship Corner is a free online archive of entrepreneurship resources for teaching and learning. The site provides access to lectures by leading entrepreneurs and business leaders.

Entrepreneurship Resources

The Harvard Business School Entrepreneurship Resources webpage includes listings of free websites and journal articles, as well as book suggestions

Entrepreneurship.org

The Kauffman Foundation created Entrepreneurship.org as an online resource to help entrepreneurs grow great ideas. The site provides innovative educational tools, informative channels covering the latest issues and insights affecting entrepreneurs, and a popular events section that gives entrepreneurs an opportunity to connect.

Entrepreneur.com

Entrepreneur.com is the website of the magazine Entrepreneur. It provides a wide range of business resources. Click on the menu in the upper-left corner to link to articles on leadership, marketing, starting a business, and more.

Associations

The National Association for the Self-Employed

NASE provides its membership with how-to resources, benefits, legislative advocacy, college scholarships, and more.

The Smaller Business Association of New England

SBANE is a private, not-for-profit association whose membership is made up of CEO’s of small, privately-funded businesses and family-owned businesses located throughout the six New England states. The association provides its members with networking opportunities, programming, health insurance, legislative activities, and more.

The Boston Public Library Kirstein Business Library

The Kirstein Business Library offers career and job hunting information, entrepreneurial resources, assistance to investors, and maintains a variety of business directories and industry statistics. The librarians there are business experts who can help you to find answers to many of your business questions. With a BPL e-card, you can access many of their online resources from home. For more information about the BPL e-card, click here.

Books 

Click here to search the Minuteman Catalog for books on small business and entrepreneurship.

Periodicals 

Click here to search the Minuteman Catalog for business journals and magazines. You will find these items in our Periodicals section. Back issues are kept in the Periodicals Room.

Visit our Reference area for copies of the Massachusetts U.S. Small Business Administration periodical publication, Small Business Resource.

Databases

  • Reference USA
  • Hoovers
  • Business Insights: Essentials
  • General BusinessFile ASAP

Visit our Databases page for descriptions and access.