WHO DOES WHAT? SEE THE WBRA RESOURCE MATRIX TO FIND OUT:
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- or 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.
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 Hall 4th Floor, 455 Main Street Worcester, MA 01608 (508) 799-1400 x242 (Peter Dunn)
The City of Worcester Division of Business Assistance provides a multitude of programs to interested developers, entrepreneurs, and business owners, providing a link between available local, state, and federal incentives and loan programs. Staff also offer technical assistance for new and existing businesses who are navigating the different municipal departments and processes.
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.
Main Branch – 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.
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.
11 Shattuck St., Worcester, MA 01605 (774) 243-3100 (Erin Morrell, Devi 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.
237 Chandler Street, Worcester, MA 01609 (508) 756-6330 (Heidi Eagles)
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 Williams) x254 (Bob Jones)
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.
89 Shrewsbury Street, Suite 300, Worcester, MA 01604 (508) 792-7506 (Jon Golnik, Regional Director)
The mission of the Massachusetts Office of Business Development (MOBD) is to strengthen the economy and increase job growth throughout Massachusetts by providing to businesses that are seeking to expand or locate in the Commonwealth a highly responsive, central point of contact that facilitates access to resources, expertise, and incentive programs available in the Commonwealth.
12 East Worcester Street, Worcester, MA 01604 (978) 630-6635 (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.
446 Main Street, Suite 200, Worcester, MA 01608 (508) 753-2929 (Dan Ekberg)
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.
The Carriage House, 125 Woodland Street, Worcester, MA 01610
The SBDC provides free and confidential assistance to startups, early stage ventures, and established firms seeking strategic advice and assistance with business planning, marketing, business development, product development, access to capital, acquisitions, turnaround situations, succession planning and other aspects of running a small business. The SBDC also offers seminars and workshops to help entrepreneurs develop the skills required to successfully launch and grow their business. Topics include financial management, sales and marketing, strategy and special topics such as social and mobile marketing.
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.
The Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce is the largest chamber in New England with more than 2,300 member businesses and organizations. The Chamber recruits businesses to the area, works to retain current businesses, and incubates new businesses. The Chamber is a partner in a new initiative to retain and support entrepreneurial students and recent graduates from area colleges, called StartUp Worcester. The Chamber offers more than 200 events each year including networking opportunities, seminars, roundtables, and conferences. Most events are open to non-members. Browse their website, or join their mailing list to receive notices about upcoming programs and opportunities.
WBRA AFFILIATE ORGANIZATIONS:
Massachusetts Biomedical Initiatives
60 Prescott Street, Worcester MA 01605
MBI is a private, independent economic development organization that serves as a catalyst for life science and healthcare innovation. We help start biomedical companies and create jobs within the Biotechnology, Medical Device, Informatics, and Biomanufacturing industry by providing secure, clean bench and sink surface, staff trained and fully licensed laboratory space for usage by “seed stage” companies. Building and maintaining collaborative affiliations and partnerships are essential to our success.
Massachusetts Manufacturing Extension Partnership
100 Grove Street, Suite 108, Worcester MA 01605
MassMEP is a collaborative center comprised of government, business, and academic partners dedicated to helping Massachusetts manufacturers meet the challenges of competing in an ever-changing economy. MassMEP provides Massachusetts manufacturers with the resources they need to prepare for success in today’s advanced manufacturing environment. With real-world experience and expertise, MassMEP partners have the unique ability to help manufacturers identify, analyze, and overcome strategic, operational, and workforce challenges that may be blocking their path to growth and success.
95 Prescott Street, Worcester MA 01605
Housed in a reclaimed mill building in the Gateway Park neighborhood of Worcester, Running Start is a co-working incubator space conveniently located near Union Station, Downtown and a growing population of retail and dining establishments. The workspace is constantly evolving to deliver the amenities and environment that its co-working members want.
VentureMeets is a networking event based out of Worcester, MA that focuses on connecting entrepreneurs, business professionals, students and people who are looking to start a business. VentureMeets helps entrepreneurs in the area share knowledge, stay up to date on emerging strategies, and build a strong and supportive business network in the Metro-West area.
Worcester Local First
1102 Pleasant Street, Suite 840, Worcester MA 01602
Worcester Local First is a non-profit association of local, independent businesses. Its mission is to connect consumers and businesses to create a stronger local economy and make Worcester a more vibrant, diverse, and sustainable community.
Worcester Business Development Corporation
89 Shrewsbury Street, Suite 200, Worcester MA 01604
In the spirit of civic responsibility, the WBDC was established to serve as a innovative and leading force in the economic development of the City of Worcester and the region, expanding the tax base through the creation and promotion of employment opportunities, while assisting in the development and growth of business and industry.