Best Small Business Resources in the Worcester Area

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Starting a business is a life-changing experience. Massachusetts has dozens of great resources to help entrepreneurs get started. Our team researched and vetted organizations in the Worcester area and compiled our list of recommended resources in this article.

You can also read our guide to starting a business in Massachusetts.

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Worcester Business Development Corporation

Here are the Principle Service Areas:

  • Business Planning
  • Fundraising
  • Legal Assistance

Description

The WBDC is a development corporation that assists businesses in navigating the various legal issues that come with starting a business, such as construction management, state and local permits, environmental assessment and remediation, etc. They also assist entrepreneurs in creating a business plan and are an SBA 504 Loan lender. 

CONTACT INFORMATION:

89 Shrewsbury St., Suite 300
Worcester, MA 01604
508-755-5734
info@worcesterbdc.com


Center for Women and Enterprise

Here are the Principle Service Areas:

  • Mentoring
  • Business Planning
  • Fundraising
  • Networking

Description

Women's Business Centers are nationwide programs established by the SBA to assist women in starting small businesses. Some of these centers are combined with other local organizations and use that relationship to offer even more services. Each Women's Business Center has counselors who can provide mentorship and assistance with business planning. Women’s Business Centers also provide a network of other businesses, and some have loan programs available

Restrictions

The Women's Business Centers are, as the name implies, meant for women primarily.

CONTACT INFORMATION:

69 Milk Street, Suite 217
Westborough, MA 01581
508-363-2300


Central Regional Office

Here are the Principle Service Areas:

  • Mentoring
  • Business Planning
  • Financial

Offers Free Service

Description

The greatest strength of the SBDC is their free, confidential, 1-on-1 business mentoring for anyone who seeks it. Sometimes in order to be considered for mentoring from one of their professional business advisors, you may have to attend a class/workshop or at least present your business plan. SBDC's are located all throughout the state and you should use the SBDC closest to your location if possible, but you can often transfer to a different location if they do not fit your needs.


Commercial Kitchen Incubator at The Food Hub

Here are the Principle Service Areas:

  • Business Planning
  • Product Development

Description

The Commercial Kitchen Incubator is a new program through the Worcester Regional Food Hub. It is a rentable commercial kitchen alongside a staff of experts who can assist with the creation of new food products and business advice. 

Restrictions

Must be a food-based business.

CONTACT INFORMATION:

474 Boston Turnpike Road
Shrewsbury , MA 01545
508-753-2924


VentureMeets

Here are the Principle Service Areas:

  • Networking

Offers Free Service

Accepts Walks In

Description

VentureMeets is a networking group that brings together both new and experienced entrepreneurs. It is free and open to the public, and would be useful for people who are looking to find someone to learn from or to start a business with. 


Worcester Public Library

Here are the Principle Service Areas:

  • Business Planning
  • Research

Offers Free Service

Accepts Walks In

Description

The Worcester Public Library has two things entrepreneurs will find useful: Databases for market research, and classes and workshops offered through the library. 

Restrictions

Some services require a library card to access. 

CONTACT INFORMATION:

3 Salem Square
Worcester, MA 01608
508-799-1655

HOURS OF OPERATION:

SUN: 1:30 pm - 5:30 pm
MON: 9 am - 5:30 pm
TUE: 9 am - 9 pm
WED: 9 am - 9 pm
THU: 9 am - 5:30 pm
FRI: 9 am - 5:30 pm
SAT: 9 am - 5:30 pm

*Open Sundays seasonally October – April.


Worcester SCORE

Here are the Principle Service Areas:

  • Mentoring
  • Business Planning
  • Sales & Marketing
  • Networking

Offers Free Service

Description

SCORE (Service Corp of Retired Executives) is a leading, nation-wide organization that has assisted millions of entrepreneurs over its 50+ years of operation. SCORE is a resource partner of the SBA that offers access to a network of experienced business leaders who donate time to mentor entrepreneurs and small business owners. They also host free or inexpensive workshops online and at 300 local chapters around the United States. Mentoring can be conducted either in person or remotely and is always free and confidential, no matter how often you take advantage of this service.