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Small Business Resources

We know COVID-19 presents unique challenges for small businesses. We're pulling together resources and tools to help. We will continue to update this list as we learn of new resources available throughout the Commonwealth.

Please be advised, MGCC is not affiliated with any of the listed programs and we are unable to provide one-on-one assistance for these programs.

Financial Relief Programs

Application Opens Application Deadline Program Who Can Apply?
Open Ongoing Boston Local Development Corporation Loan

Small businesses located in the City of Boston, those seeking to relocate, or those creating a new enterprise in the City. The borrower may be a corporation, LLC, partnership, sole proprietor, or in some instances, a realty trust. Spanish translation available.

Learn more and apply here.

Open Ongoing Kiva Crowdfunded Loan

Must be living in the U.S.; Must be at least 18 years old; Must use this loan for business purposes. Spanish translation available.

Learn more and apply here.

Open Ongoing Mainvest Crowdfunded Loan

Brick and mortar businesses, including restaurants, breweries, cafes, yoga, studios and boutiques

Learn more and apply here.


General Resources

Type Date(s) Description & Link
Free Intensive Training Program July-December 2022

T.H.R.I.V.E. Emerging Leaders Reimagined

TRAIN. HOPE. RISE. INNOVATE. VENTURE. ELEVATE (T.H.R.I.V.E.), is the SBA's executive-level training series designed to develop strong leaders and accelerate the growth of high-potential small businesses across the United States. If you are a small business owner with annual revenues of at least $250,000; have been in business for at least three years; have at least one employee, other than self; can commit to completing the full program; and are coachable, consider applying today. Learn more or apply here.

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Coronavirus Communication Toolkit

Find resources from the US Chamber helping as many businesses, families and industries as possible to endure the financial hardships caused by the pandemic and return to work in a safe and sustainable way. Find resources here.

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COVID Relief Coalition

Relief and legal assistance resources for Massachusetts small businesses and nonprofits. Find resources here.

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Free online courses teaching skills to start or grow your business. Available in English and Spanish. Learn more or sign up here.

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Federal Resource Site for U.S. Small Businesses 

View relevant federal agency resources, access the latest news, and search for a Small Business Advisor near you. 

An official federal resource for U.S. small businesses affected by COVID-19, powered by SBA. Find resources here.

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Grow with Google

Training, tools, and resources to help you grow your skills, career, or business. Find resources here.

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MassChallenge Startup Tools

View a brief description about tool startups can use it to succeed in the areas of market research/validation; project management; communications; scheduling; social media; content marketing; sales; training; customer success, and more! Find resources here.

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Merrimack Valley Strong

Merrimack Valley Strong is a pro bono small business recovery and resiliency program. Complete the quick and simple application form for free business support to achieve your goals - no strings attached. Learn more or apply here

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Meta Blueprint (Formerly Facebook Blueprint)

Discover online learning courses, training programs, and certifications that can help you get the most out of Facebook marketing platforms. Learn more or sign up here

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Midnight Oil

Expert business advice delivered weekly. Learn more or sign up here.


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The National Women's Business Council (NWBC)

The NWBC is a non-partisan federal advisory committee serving as an independent source of advice and policy recommendations to the President, the U.S. Congress (to the Committees on Small Business of the Senate and House of Representatives), and to the Administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration (through the Assistant Administrator of the Office of Women’s Business Ownership) on issues of importance to women business owners and entrepreneurs. Find resources here.

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Reopening Signage Resource

Free signage, infographics, printables for reopening. Find resource here.

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Resource Library for Business Dev Program

Variety of learning tools for small businesses. Find resources here.

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SBA Learning Platform

SBA's online learning programs are designed to empower and educate small business owners every step of the way. Find resources here.

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Remote mentoring, workshops, and resources. Find resources here

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SCORE Workshops

Free & low-cost educational workshops that provide valuable information necessary for establishing and managing a successful business. Learn more or sign up here.

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Small Business Strong

Nonprofit organization providing expedited, pro-bono resources to Massachusetts small businesses ranging from access to capital to consulting, business restructuring, growth, digital marketing, and customer engagement plans. Find resources here.

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Tech Goes Home: Small Business Resources

A collection of online tools to help your small business organize, market, and sell with basic tutorials to help. Find resources here

Free Online Curriculum Ongoing

Verizon Small Business Digital Ready (Free Online Curriculum)

Verizon's online curriculum is designed to give small businesses (like yours) the personalized tools to succeed in today's digital world. Learning modules, expert coaching, peer networking, and more! Learn more or sign up here.