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Amherst
Massachusetts Business and Economic Development Reference Online Center for Knowledge (MassBedrock)
MassBedrock is a service of the University of Massachusetts Amherst Libraries with major funding provided by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC), and offers an online Resource...View details

Amherst
Massachusetts Lodging Association
A trade association representing and promoting the lodging industry in Massachusetts. The web site includes sections on membership, government affairs, education, employment, industry suppliers,...View details

Amherst
University of Massachusetts Amherst Office of Industry Liaison and Economic Development
The Office of Industry Liaison and Economic Development works to grow relationships between industry and the research arm of the University of Massachusetts. Its goal is to broaden and deepen...View details

Barnstable
Cape Cod Commission
Established as a regional planning and regulatory agency to prepare and implement a regional land use policy plan for all of Cape Cod, review and regulate Developments of Regional Impact, and...View details

Beverly
SCORE Counselors to America's Small Business
SCORE mentors provide free & confidential business mentoring through local Chapters or Online Counseling . SCORE helps entrepreneurs develop business plans, explore growth opportunities...View details

Boston
Associated Grant Makers
Serving the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and the premier organization in New England supporting nonprofits engaged in corporate and foundation fundraising, the AGM provides both grantmakers...View details

Boston
Associated Industries of Massachusetts (AIM)
AIM is the voice of 6,400 Massachusetts employers from all industries on legislative and regulatory issues in Boston and Washington, D.C. A.I.M. works on behalf of employers to improve the Massachusetts...View details

Boston
Association of Independent Colleges and Universities in Massachusetts (AICUM)
Represents the 53 independent colleges and universities in Massachusetts, ranging from small, specialized 2-and-4 year colleges to traditional liberal arts colleges to research universities....View details

Boston
Comm-PASS (Commonwealth of Massachusetts' Procurement Access & Solicitation System)
Allows businesses easy access to all of the information necessary to bid on many state contracts. It is a one stop shopping for viewing, downloading, printing and linking to helpful information...View details

Boston
Donahue Institute
Director's Office - Boston University of Massachusetts One Beacon Street, 26th Floor Boston, MA 02108 The Donahue Institute is "the public service, outreach and economic development...View details

Boston
Federal Reserve Bank of Boston
Serves the First Federal Reserve District that includes the six New England states: Connecticut (excluding Fairfield County), Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont. The...View details

Boston
Massachusetts Bankers Association
Represents more than 200 commercial, savings and co-operative banks and savings and loan associations. The site provides membership information, press center resource guides, a calendar of events,...View details

Boston
Massachusetts Board of Bar Overseers
Maintains a register of all lawyers licensed to practice in the Commonwealth. The web site provides access to attorney's datafiles (accessible by name and city) which show whether the lawyer...View details

Boston
Massachusetts Division of Employment and Training (DET)
An agency of the Massachusetts Department of Workforce Development (DLWD), is "committed to providing unemployment insurance, labor exchange, and labor market research services to Massachusetts'...View details

Boston
Massachusetts Electronic Commerce Association
A leading online business resource site that helps companies bridge the gap between traditional and new economy business methods with pragmatic information about the convergence of business and...View details

Boston
Massachusetts Food Association
A membership based nonprofit trade association serving the Massachusetts food distribution industry including all size retailers, food brokers, manufacturers and wholesalers. Representing 95%...View details

Boston
Massachusetts Office of International Trade & Investment
Assists in-state businesses with international interests in harnessing global market opportunities to generate new revenues, create jobs, and encourage the influx of foreign investments in the...View details

Boston
Massachusetts Society of Certified Public Accountants, Inc. (MSCPA)
Provides a searchable "Find A CPA" Directory for the public to search for specialized CPA services from firms throughout Massachusetts. Find tax tips, accounting-related articles in addition...View details

Boston
Massachusetts Software & Internet Council
The mission of the Council is to promote the software and Internet industry; to assist executives in starting, managing and growing their companies; and to help software and Internet companies...View details

Boston
Office of Consumer Affairs & Business Regulation
Charged with educating, informing, and protecting consumers, the Office staffs a Consumer Hotline; investigates consumer problems; publishes brochures, alerts, and reports; and monitors the marketplace...View details

Boston
Retailers Association of Massachusetts (RAM)
RAM represents nearly 1,800 merchants in the Commonwealth. They provide membership information and bulletins, devoted to such matters as retail issues, government affairs, loss prevention, along...View details

Boston
SCORE Counselors to America's Small Business
SCORE mentors provide free & confidential business mentoring through local Chapters or Online Counseling . SCORE helps entrepreneurs develop business plans, explore growth opportunities...View details

Brockton
Brockton 21st Century
A private, non-profit economic development agency that has formed a unique partnership with the City to maintain Brockton's strong business climate. Together, Brockton's public and private sectors...View details

Brockton
SCORE Counselors to America's Small Business
SCORE mentors provide free & confidential business mentoring through local Chapters or Online Counseling . SCORE helps entrepreneurs develop business plans, explore growth opportunities...View details

Burlington
Massachusetts Hospital Association
A voluntary, not-for-profit organization comprised of hospitals and health systems, related organizations, and other members with a common interest in promoting the health of the people of the...View details

Cambridge
Massachusetts Biotechnology Council (MBC)
A nonprofit organization that provides services and support for the Massachusetts Biotechnology Industry. The MBC is committed to advancing the development of critical new science, technology...View details

Chicopee
Western Massachusetts Economic Development Council
Works to increase the region's standard of living by attracting and retaining quality jobs, increasing investment and attracting visitors. In order to accomplish its purpose, the EDC collaborates...View details

Fitchburg
Fitchburg Economic Development Office
An ambitious 20-year redevelopment plan has been launched to create over 800 jobs, attract new industrial and residential development, and reclaim the Nashua River as a major economic and recreational...View details

Fitchburg
Montachusett Regional Planning Commission (MRPC)
Working to carry out comprehensive regional planning in the Montachusett area. MRPC is available to provide a wide variety of services to its member communities including economic development...View details

Greenfield
Franklin Regional Council of Governments
A regional municipal services and planning organization based in the upper Connecticut River Valley of Massachusetts. Its members are municipalities, which choose to work together for producing...View details

Hyannis
SCORE Counselors to America's Small Business
SCORE mentors provide free & confidential business mentoring through local Chapters or Online Counseling . SCORE helps entrepreneurs develop business plans, explore growth opportunities...View details

Lawrence
Merrimack Valley Economic Development Council
Created to advance the economic interests of the area. The Council encourages great communication and cooperation between the public and private sectors, and fosters collarborative efforts between...View details

Lexington
Lexington Economic Development
Formed to strengthen the tax base and improve the quality of life for its residents. The Economic Development Officer provides comprehensive services to existing and prospective businesses and...View details

Marblehead
Web Directory
A "central telephone and Web directory system for Massachusetts. It is organized by community and is expandable to county or state." This directory lists all "300,000 community and business addresses...View details

Salem
Salem Partnership
Facilitates collaboration between businesses, non-profit organizations and government agencies in which risks, resources, and skills are shared in projects related to the revitalization and restoration...View details

Springfield
SCORE Counselors to America's Small Business
SCORE mentors provide free & confidential business mentoring through local Chapters or Online Counseling . SCORE helps entrepreneurs develop business plans, explore growth opportunities...View details

State wide
Mass Technology Leadership Council
Mass Technology Leadership Councilwas formed to promote Massachusetts as the best place in the world in which to start and grow information technology companies; conduct IT research and development;...View details

Waltham
Massachusetts Health Data Consortium
Founded in 1978 by the state's major public and private health care organizations to serve as a neutral agency to collect, analyze and disseminate health care information. The Consortium's information...View details

Waltham
Massachusetts High Technology Council
A non-profit, non-partisan corporation whose membership is comprised of respected business leaders of Massachusetts high technology and high-value-added service companies. The primary responsibility...View details

Westborough
Massachusetts Restaurant Association
A membership based agency working on behalf of the food & beverage industry including independent restaurateurs, local, regional and national chains, caterers, volume feeding organizations,...View details

Westborough
Massachusetts Technology Collaborative
An economic development organization established by the state to foster sustainable economic growth by: promoting a better understanding of the forces that shape the state's economy, and by enabling...View details

Worcester
Central Massachusetts Regional Planning Commission (CMRPC)
A planning partnership serving the interests of local government in Central and Southern Worcester County. CMRPC is set up to assist communities in meeting the challenges of future growth....View details

Worcester
SCORE Counselors to America's Small Business
SCORE mentors provide free & confidential business mentoring through local Chapters or Online Counseling . SCORE helps entrepreneurs develop business plans, explore growth opportunities...View details



Statewide and Nationwide Small Business Resource Partners
LOCATION
PROGRAM DESCRIPTION
Statewide
United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO)
Administers the patent and trademark laws as they relate to the granting of patents for utility inventions, designs and plants and the issuing of trademark registrations. The USPTO examines applications...View details

Nationwide
Center for Women's Business Research
Provides research to document the economic and social contributions of women-owned firms, and consulting and public relations services to maximize the benefits of this knowledge....View details

Nationwide
SCORE Counselors to America's Small Business
SCORE offers free, confidential small business advice for anyone looking to start, grow and succeed in business. With a national volunteer network of over 13,000 business mentors and 350 chapters,...View details

Nationwide
United States Census Bureau State & County QuickFacts
Provides census information for each state...View details

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