Worcester Business Resource Alliance Members are non-profit organizations in the City of Worcester, MA providing low- to no-cost services and programs to entrepreneurs and small business owners to help them start, grow, and succeed. Click on member names to go to each web site.
Center for Women and Enterprise (CWE) – 50 Elm St # 2 Worcester, MA 01609
Provides start-ups and existing business owners the opportunity to become economically self-sufficient and prosperous through entrepreneurship by offering an array of services including educational programs, classes, consulting, and networking opportunities.
City of Worcester Division of Business Assistance - City Hall 4th Floor, 455 Main Street Worcester, MA 01608 (508) 799-1400
The City of Worcester Division of Business Assistance provides a multitude of assistance programs to interested developers, entrepreneurs, and business owners, providing a link between available local, state, and federal incentives and loan programs.
City of Worcester – Workforce Central Career Center- 44 Front Street 6th Floor Worcester, MA 01608 (508) 799 1600
Workforce Central, a ONE-STOP Career Center, provides local businesses the essential services to support their workforce needs, as well as a variety of related resources at no cost.
City of Worcester – Worcester Public Libraries, Main Library – 3 Salem Street Worcester, MA 01608 (508) 799-1655
The Main Library has a floor devoted to small business resources, reference materials, computers, and knowledgeable staff available to discuss launching and growing a small business. Please ask for Paul Pelletier.
Interise provides business development services to a crucial niche in the business community through educational and coaching tools for business owners to succeed.
The StreetWise ‘MBA’™ is an innovative 7-month program designed specifically for small business owners. At the end of the program, participants walk away with an individualized Strategic Growth Action Plan™ outlining the action steps required to achieve their business goals.
LSSNE is a non-profit organization that provides a variety of services including a Micro-enterprise Development Program to train and assist refugees to start or strengthen their own business.
The Martin Luther King, Jr. Business Empowerment Center - 437 Chandler Street Worcester, MA 01609 (508) 756-6330
MLK Jr. BEC helps provide a better quality of life in the underserved community through business development, culturally focused pre-employment training, and business incubation services.
RCAP Solutions – 12 East Worcester Street Worcester, MA 01604
RCAP Solutions Financial Services, Inc. is dedicated to making loans to homeowners and small businesses not eligible for loans through traditional resources. Financial Services lends funds throughout Worcester County for working capital, machinery, equipment, leasehold improvements, business acquisition, expansion, real estate acquisition, furniture and fixtures. Financial Services is a subsidiary of RCAP Solutions, Inc. and is a non-profit corporation, tax exempt as a charitable organization under Section 501(c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Funds are received from SBA, USDA/RD, ADS, and CEDAC.
SCORE - 446 Main Street, Suite 200 Worcester, MA 01608 (508) 753-2929
SCORE is a national nonprofit dedicated to educating entrepreneurs and helping small businesses start, grow, and succeed. SCORE is a resource partner with the U.S. SBA, and its business-experienced mentors have advised small business owners since 1964.
SCORE is a network of over 10,000 volunteers who offer FREE and confidential business advice. SCORE also offers occasional low cost group workshops locally, as well as free online workshops. SCORE’s website provides resources, templates and tools to assist entrepreneurs in developing success plans.
SCORE’s Worcester Chapter currently has approximately 30 volunteers who will meet face-to-face with in-business clients at their sites, or with anyone at one of seven regional Chambers of Commerce, including Worcester’s. Please review the chapter’s website for more details, including how to request an always-free appointment online or by phone.
Small Business Development Center – 125 Woodland Street 1st Floor Worcester, MA 01610 (508) 793-7615
The SBDC provides free and confidential one-to-one management advice and technical assistance to prospective and existing small businesses. Clientele includes start-up, early stage, expanding and troubled businesses.
The Venture Forum - mailing address only: 85 Prescott Street Worcester, MA 01605
The Venture Forum serves entrepreneurs starting and growing technology-based businesses through its monthly lectures and case presentations where attendees can learn and network. The Forum also hosts two annual venture competitions that offer mentoring and cash and inkind prizes. Beginning in September 2013, monthly programs will be held at various universities and other venues throughout the Worcester region.