Small Business Resources
Massachusetts Government Website
Massachusetts Trial Court Libraries Website
The Massachusetts Trial Court Libraries provide a variety of online and book resources for small business owners in Massachusetts.
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
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 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.
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.
The Harvard Business School Entrepreneurship Resources webpage includes listings of free websites and journal articles, as well as book suggestions
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 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.
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.
Library Books and Periodicals
Click here to search the Minuteman Catalog for books on small business and entrepreneurship.
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.
- Reference USA (a business directory)
- Business Insights: Essentials (timely news, statistical data, and in-depth reports)
- Gale Virtual Reference Library (business reference books)
- General BusinessFile ASAP (full text from broker research reports, trade publications, newspapers,and journals)
Visit our Databases page for access.