Business Development Resources
The Commonwealth of Massachusetts
Please contact the Walpole Office of Community & Economic Development for additional information on any of these agencies and/or specific programs that may be of interest to you and your business.
MOBD is committed to assisting companies who want to locate, expand, grow or maintain a presence in Massachusetts. Through multiple regional offices and various industry specialists, MOBD works with companies and municipalities to help them take advantage of available economic incentive programs. MOBD also assists companies in navigating and accessing the technical, human, financial, training, educational and site-finding resources necessary to expand or locate in Massachusetts.
MSBDC provides one-on-one free, confidential management advising and technical assistance services that focus on business growth, strategic development, financing and loan assistance, as well as marketing and operational analysis. In addition, low cost educational training programs are offered across the state targeted to the needs of small businesses.
MassDevelopment provides the financial tools and real estate expertise needed to stimulate economic growth across the Commonwealth. The agency works with businesses and local officials to address blighted areas, help create jobs, and address overarching issues that impact economic development, such as housing affordability, deficiencies in existing infrastructure and transportation issues.
The Office is an agency within the Commonwealth of Massachusetts that promotes the development of certified minority owned and/or women owned business enterprises (MBE, WBE, M/WBE), and minority and/or women non-profit organizations (M/NPO, W/NPO, M/W/NPO). It does this by facilitating their participation in Massachusetts business and economic development opportunities. Specifically, SDO offers services in certification, enforcement, business assistance and advocacy.
MAED is a private, non-profit partnership of business, industry and government leaders who are dedicated to the economic growth of Massachusetts. The Alliance conducts marketing by providing informational services to companies seeking to expand within or relocate to the Commonwealth. MAED offers a Site-Finder Service, Research & Information Service and Ambassadors Program to companies as they evaluate Massachusetts as a place to locate and grow their business.
As a regional nonprofit economic development corporation, SEED focuses on job creation by financing all types of small businesses in Massachusetts and Rhode Island. SEED operates four different loan programs, which provides funds in the amounts ranging from a $1,000 Micro Loan to a $4 million SBA 504 Loan and also administers a small business technical assistance program.
The Massachusetts Workforce Training Fund is a resource available to businesses and workers to train current and newly hired employees. Enacted in 1998, the fund is supported entirely by Massachusetts employers. Eligibility: Businesses or labor organizations applying for a grant must pay into the fund and be current with their unemployment insurance payments. A valid, current Certificate of Good Standing provided by the MA Dept. of Revenue must be included with your application.
As a state training provider, the Corporate branch of the Center for Corporate Training and Community Education provides low-cost, high-quality training for employees within our service area. They work to fulfill the training and education needs of the workforce in any organization in our region.
The Massachusetts Office of International Trade & Investment (MOITI) works to expand the Massachusetts economy by marketing the state's businesses internationally, through focused export promotion, attracting foreign companies to invest in Massachusetts and handling protocol as it relates to trade and investment.
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