Worcester Business Resource Alliance Members are non-profit organizations located in or serving the small businesses and entrepreneurs of the City of Worcester, Massachusetts, providing low- to no-cost services and programs, and funding to help entrepreneurs and small business owners start, grow, and succeed. Click on each member name to go to their respective web site.
Center for Women and Enterprise (CWE) – 50 Elm St # 2, Worcester, MA 01609
(508) 363-2300 (Lori Allen)
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 (Peter Dunn)
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 (Amy Mosher)
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 Library at 3 Salem Street Worcester, MA 01608 (508) 799-1655 (Pingshen Chen)
The Small Business Center at the Worcester Public Library offers online databases, tutorials, onsite SCORE counseling, and “Ask a Librarian” email research by information professionals to individuals with small business and entrepreneurial pursuits. .
INTERISE – serving Worcester and central MA, office located at 197 Portland St #200, Boston, MA 02114 (617) 350-6300 (for central MA, request Christine McNally)
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.
Ascentria Care Alliance – 14 East Worcester St., Suite 300, Worcester, MA 01604, 774.243.3900 (Erin Morrell, Devi Prasad Adhikari, or Emil Farjo)
Ascentria Care Alliance (formerly Lutheran Social Services) 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. Opportunity Center - 437 Chandler Street Worcester, MA 01609 (508) 756-6330 (Robert Thomas)
MLK Jr. Opportunity Center helps provide a better quality of life in the underserved community through business development, culturally focused pre-employment training, and business incubation services. The facility offers business incubation space at affordable prices and offers free use of a business resources library.
The Massachusetts Growth Capital Corporation – serving Worcester, MA. Main office located at 529 Main Street, Schrafft’s Center, Suite 1M10 Charlestown, MA 02129 617-523-6262 x249 (Robert Clark Williams)
The MGCC mission is to create and preserve jobs at small businesses, women and minority owned businesses, and to promote economic development in underserved, gateway municipalities and low and moderate income communities. MGCC provides a centralized resource at the state level that offers working capital, loan guarantees, and targeted technical assistance to solve specific financial and operational problems.
RCAP Solutions – 12 East Worcester Street Worcester, MA 01604 (Ili Spahiu)
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 (Steve Robinson)
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 (Michael Holbrook)
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 is a volunteer organization that serves entrepreneurs starting and/or growing technology-based businesses. It does this through monthly networking events, lectures, start-up case presentations, mentoring, and an annual venture competition with cash and in-kind prizes. Monthly programs are held primarily at Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Worcester, MA, but also at other Worcester campuses. Check their web site, or join their mailing list to receive notices about upcoming programs and opportunities.