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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 Restaurant Revitalization Fund

Restaurants; food stands, food trucks, food carts; caterers; bars, saloons, lounges, taverns; snack and nonalcoholic beverage bars; licensed facilities or premises of a beverage alcohol producer where the public may taste, sample, or purchase products;

The following must have onsite sales to the public that comprise at least 33% of gross receipts: bakeries, brewpubs, tasting rooms, taprooms, breweries and/or microbreweries, wineries and distilleries, and inns. Application available in Spanish. 

Learn more and register to apply here

Open Ongoing Shuttered Venue Operators Grant

Live venue operators; theatrical producers; live performing arts organization operators; relevant museum operators, zoos and aquariums who meet specific criteria; motion picture theater operators; talent representatives and each business entity owned by an eligible entity that also meets the eligibility requirements.  

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 Black Business Relief Program: The Futures Fund  

Black-owned small business; 600 credit score; annual revenue of $500k/year; 1 year of past financials; 1 year of projected financials; tax and credit history; business assets; and more.

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 Event July 15, 12pm ET

CO Roadmap for Rebuilding: Scaling A Business (1 hour)

Join this discussion to learn how to expand your customer base into new markets and how to use technology to scale your business. 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