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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

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Open Ongoing COVID-19 EIDL

This federal small business loan program supports small businesses' recovery from the COVID-19 disaster's economic impacts by providing accessible and borrower-friendly capital 

Learn more and apply here.

Open November 30, 2023 Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL)

Federal disaster loans for businesses, private non-profits, homeowners, and renters. Use this new mapping tool to help you determine if your business is in a community that qualifies.

Learn more and apply here.

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.

Open Ongoing Reopen Boston Fund

Small businesses that have fewer than 25 employees including the business owner; Have a brick and mortar space in the City of Boston in a commercial space or the business owner lives in the City of Boston and is a mobile business doing business in Boston; Are registered and in good standing with, and operate in, the City of Boston (excluding chain or corporate franchises), and require close physical contact with the public through direct business services (e.g., hair salons, spas, beauty services, retail, food businesses, arts and entertainment, fitness studios, event spaces or bars, childcare). Application instructions available in English, Chinese, Haitian Creole and Spanish. 

Learn more and apply here.

 

General Resources

Type Date(s) Description & Link
Free Online Event October 14, 12-1:30pm ET

SBA Celebrates National Hispanic Heritage Month

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with the SBA online. The event will feature a fireside chat discussing the SBA's efforts to foster Hispanic entrepreneurship and a panel discussion about how Hispanic business owners have successfully pivoted through the pandemic. Learn more or sign up here

Free Virtual Conference October 20-21, 2021

The Big Week for Small Business

Join the US Chamber for interactive workshops, discussions, and advice on today's most pressing small business topics. Get practical advice from experts and other business owners for strategic hiring, effective marketing, scaling your business, modernizing operations, and more. Learn more or sign up 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.  

Free Summit Conference December 8-9, 2021

Third Annual  Transatlantic Business Works Summit

At their June 15 Summit, U.S. and EU leaders reaffirmed the importance of partnership in addressing today’s global challenges—responding to the pandemic, jumpstarting the nascent global economic recovery, addressing climate change, ensuring digital connectivity, and countering China’s anticompetitive practices at home and abroad. With a sufficiently robust agenda, the newly launched U.S.-EU Trade & Technology Council can be an important strategic platform to advance these efforts, enabling Washington and Brussels to maximize opportunities for convergence. Learn more or sign up here.

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Coronavirus Communication Toolkit

Sharable graphics for social media, websites, and other channels. Find resources here.

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DreamBuilder

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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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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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. Find resources here.

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Initiative for a Competitive Inner City (ICIC)

Help with advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion in all forms. Find resources here.

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Interise COVID-19 Resource Center

Carefully curated resource bank of articles and guides designed to help small business owners through these unprecedented times. Find resources here

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Midnight Oil

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

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

COVID-19 Small Business Stabilization Network

The COVID-19 Small Business Stabilization Network is a workforce of community development organizations who are here to support ALL small businesses in their communities.  Search the COVID-19 Small Business Stabilization Network list below by region to find an organization near you.

COVID-19 Small Business Stabilization Network