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Starting Your Business

Mass.Gov - Doing Business

The Doing Business channel of the Mass.Gov portal provides information in four major categories: Starting a Business in Massachusetts; Taxes, Licensing, and Regulations; Resources to Help You Succeed; and Business with the Government.

The U.S. Small Business Administration

The Small Business Administration is a government agency that provides assistance to small and start-up businesses, including funding, business and technical expertise. Great source of information on how to start a business and business plan writing. It also has a link to government publications, laws and regulations, and business directories.

Financing Your Business

The Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance

This web site gives access to the database of all Federal programs available to different kinds of organizations. It also provides a short summary of each grant program, as well as contact information for Federal agencies that award grants.

The Foundation Center

As the most authoritative source of up-to-date information on private philanthropy in the United States, the Foundation Center provides print, CD-ROM, and online resources to help grant seekers identify appropriate funders and develop targeted proposals.

Massachusetts Development Finance Agency

Mass Development provides financial assistance to companies in Massachusetts.

South Eastern Economic Development Corporation (SEED)

Helps finance all types of small businesses in Southeastern Massachusetts.

Business Assistance

Massachusetts Office of Business Development (MOBD)

The site is especially useful for its online business assistance guide, which covers most everything having to do with business in Massachusetts, including contacts for more information. The MOBD also provides statewide and local data such as New England regional data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics and data about Commonwealth communities and employment information.

Massachusetts Small Business Development Center - Southeastern Region

The Massachusetts Small Business Development Centers' (MSBDC) mission is to engage in individual counseling, training and economic development activities that contribute to the improvement of the economic climate for small businesses in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. This page includes useful links and information about the center serving Southeastern Mass. from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth.

Minority Business Development Agency

The web site has links to publications on financial, business and marketing aspects of small and medium size businesses, as well as capital and industry trends reviews. It also provides some valuable information about access to market and capital.

National Women's Business Council

The National Women’s Business Council (NWBC) is a non-partisan federal advisory council created to serve as an independent source of advice and counsel to the President, Congress, and the U.S. Small Business Administration on economic issues of importance to women business owners. The Council is the government’s only independent voice for women entrepreneurs. Members are prominent women business owners and leaders of women’s business organizations.

UMass Dartmouth Center for Marketing Research

The Center for Marketing Research (CMR) is a University of Massachusetts Dartmouth based Center directed by Chancellor Professor of Marketing, Dr. Nora Ganim Barnes. It is dedicated to facilitating the economic development of the region by providing an affordable, high-quality economic alternative to meeting business needs for research, training, and consulting in any and all aspects of Marketing. The Center has implemented a student based educational model in which marketing students provide local economy support while developing their own complex problem solving and communication skills. CMR Mission - To facilitate the economic development of the region by providing an affordable, high-quality economic alternative to meeting business and not-for-profit needs for marketing research.

SouthCoast Development Partnership

Provides information about the southcoast and its benefits of being a dynamic place for business’s to flourish. They offer links and information on all the resources needed to start a business in the southcoast area.

Southeastern Regional Planning & Economic Development District

The Southeastern Regional Planning and Economic Development District is a non-profit public planning agency. The SRPEDD district includes 27 cities and towns in southeastern Massachusetts. The SRPEDD is involved in developing of the regional economy by researching, providing technical assistance, preparing bylaws and ordinances and programming funds.

UMass Dartmouth Library

The Umass Dartmouth Library’s website allows you to browse any subject and find research on any topic. The website also has information on any services they provide and hours they are open.

Accounting and Taxation Assistance

Guide to Massachusetts Tax and Employer Obligations

This guide contains information for employers on their tax obligations to both the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and to some extent the federal government. It contains explanations, licensing and regulations information, forms and sources on where to find help.


Here you can access useful information regarding the tax rules and regulations for your business. The Small Business section also has helpful links to web sites advising planning and strategy for your start-up.

Massachusetts Department of Revenue Business Information

This is a public service site with information on the tax implications of doing business in Massachusetts. The site includes tax information, business forms, as well as help.

Massachusetts Society of Certified Public Accountants (MSCPA)

Includes a searchable database of Certified Public Accountants in Massachusetts with contact information.

Rhode Island Society of Certified Public Accountants (RISCPA)

Has links to governmental sources, Big Five firms and local CPAs.

Department of Treasury

This PDF presented by the IRS is an Employer's Supplemental Tax Guide. This guide is updated to provide the newest changes. The guide supplies information on wages, sick pay, tax brackets, pensions, and other employee related tax information.

Human Resources Assistance

Commonwealth Corporation

Provides financial and training assistance for employers of the Commonwealth to address workforce issues. Has several programs designed especially for start-up companies.

This excel sheet provides a quick resource and reference guide for labor and employment laws. This guide also comes with additional resources that provide more information on regualtions and laws pertaining to Human Resources.

Massachusetts Division of Employment and Training

Government Agency that deals with all employment issues. Has some useful information about the state's labor force, its occupations and wages.

Department of Labor FLSA

This page in the Department of Labor Website explains the Fair Labor Standards Act and gives information about different employment situations.

Business Planning and Expertise

Business Plans

Contains over 30 examples of business plans categorized by type of company. In addition, there are numerous marketing plans and helpful advice on format and resources.

More business

This site offers articles on starting a business, management, marketing, etc. Great source of sample templates for business plans, confidentiality agreements, and even press releases. Linked to software and book sales, the site is commercial, however, the free information is really helpful in guiding your initial planning.

Small Business Advisor

This site has a comprehensive database of published text, with categories ranging from tax advice to doing business with the government.

New England Groups and Association of Entrepreneurs and Investors

Boston Entrepreneurs Network

The Boston Entrepreneurs' Network provides the New England Inventive and Entrepreneurial Community with the information necessary to transform an abstract idea from concept into a product or service.

Cape Cod Technology Council, Inc.

The Cape Cod Technology Council is an organization of technology companies located on the Cape and surrounding areas. Its purposes include identification of technology business activity on Cape Cod, promotion of local technology businesses, and support of individuals and companies in their efforts to remain on Cape Cod. The site links to the Council's calendar of events, news, directory, listing of Cape jobs in technology, and more.

Service Corps of Retired Executives

The SCORE Association (Service Corps of Retired Executives) is a nonprofit association dedicated to entrepreneur education and the formation, growth and success of small business nationwide. SCORE is a resource partner with the U.S. Small Business Administration.

Smaller Business Association of New England

The Smaller Business Association of New England is a nonprofit organization established to promote and protect small businesses. The area of business includes educational and management programs, small business advocacy and peer resources.

National Groups and Association of Entrepreneurs and Investors

American Entrepreneurs for Economic Growth

The organization is dedicated to uniting innovative, emerging growth businesses across industry lines to promote positive national government action that benefits the investment and entrepreneurial communities and stimulates economic growth. Is located in Virginia, but has a nationwide network of 12,000 entrepreneurs. Good source of networking opportunities.

National Venture Capital Association

This is a trade association that represents the venture capital industry. Has a list of member venture capital companies with the links to their web sites.

Venture Forums in the Area

Smart Start Venture Forum

Through networking forums, educational meetings and conventions, as well as the annual the SmartStart Venture Forum unites emerging technology related companies with investors throughout the East Coast.

MIT Enterprise Forum of Cambridge

The MIT Enterprise Forum of Cambridge is a volunteer, non-profit organization based at MIT whose mission is to promote and strengthen the process of starting and growing innovative and technology-oriented companies by providing services and programs that educate, inform, and support the entrepreneurial community.

The Capital Network

TCN serves professional venture capital funds and corporate investors who are interested in early-stage, high-growth companies. It has a proprietary, computerized matching process (TECNET) to provide introductions between entrepreneurs and private investors.

Worcester Polytechnic Institute Venture Forum

The Venture Forum promotes and serves technology-based entrepreneurial activity throughout New England. As part of the Collaborative for Entrepreneurship & Innovation in the Department of Management at WPI, it serves individuals who are seeking to begin their own technology-based businesses; founders, presidents and senior managers of start-up or early-stage companies senior managers of companies that are restarting or are in transition; and employees leaving large companies due to a reduction in force or to start businesses.

State and Federal Government Agencies in the Area

Fall River Chamber of Commerce

This website provides extensive information and resources on business and industry in the Fall River area. Job banks, resource sites, advertising and business reports are made available on the Fall River Chamber of Commerce website. The website also gives a calendar of events and an overview of the south coast region’s business.

New Bedford Chamber of Commerce

The New Bedford Chamber of Commerce provides chamber upcoming events, member applications, a member directory, location, and community resources. You can join the New Bedford Chamber of Commerce online and get access to the member directory within minutes.

Secretary of the Commonwealth Southeastern Office

The Southeastern office supplies information about the non-profit and profit corporations doing business in Massachusetts. The website also offers information on election candidates and public records.

Taunton Chamber of Commerce

The Taunton Chamber of Commerce has a variety of information that can accessed directly from the website. City statistics, membership information, religious organizations, community organizations, clubs, function halls, and more can be found in the Taunton Chamber of Commerce website.

Other Useful State Government Links

Corporations Division

The Corporations Division website has information on business entities, trademarks, and uniform commercial codes. It also has online services that include searching the business entity database, downloading corporation forms, filing online, fee schedules, and expediting service fees.

Department of Economic Development

The DED website has all the information needed to start a business. The website includes guides to starting a business and finding a business plan. Everything from financing information to finding resources in a region can be found on this website.

Executive Office of Administration and Finance

Their website allows you to access the Governors budget and contact the EOAF with any questions you have about the financial status of the state. The website also includes administrative bulletins to ensure that state agencies are complying with state and federal laws.

Executive Office of Environmental Affairs

This website gives access to all the environmental initiatives and programs in Massachusetts. You can access any of the offices and agencies within the Executive Office of Environmental Affairs and any press releases or newsletters.

Executive Office of Public Safety

The EOPS website allows anyone to get information on security alerts or public safety issues. The website includes information on the agencies within the EOPS and initiatives they are pursuing. The website also has a section devoted to news and events.

Executive Office of Transportation and Construction

The EOTC has great information on any programs and services that are being implemented in Massachusetts and any current projects that are going on. The website has a business resource center and a travel resource center where you can find information about business’s and traveling in Massachusetts.

House of Representatives & the Senate

This website gives all the information about who is in the House and Senate. It also has information on legislation, laws, committees, legislators, and courts. The website also provides information on the fiscal budget for Massachusetts along with a virtual game on budgeting the Massachusetts debt.

Massachusetts Export Center

The Massachusetts Export Center website offers information on export statistics, export providers, publications, and events that will be held. They announce seminars and new regulations on exporting to keep businesses updated.

Massachusetts Highway Department

The Mass Highway Department website provides any information on the highways and bridges of Massachusetts. The website includes public hearings, press releases, commuting options, links, the Adopt-A-Highway program, MassHighway Recycling, and information aimed towards either business interests or public interests.

Massachusetts Port Authority

The Massport website supplies information on traveling using the airports and seaports. The website also gives information on security alerts and flight information for Logan Airport. It also keeps real time traffic, parking, and weather information for the Logan Airport.

Massachusetts Water Resources Authority (MWRA)

This website gives information on Massachusetts water and sewer systems. From this website people can find information on any news or press releases that have involved the MWRA. The website also has information on their future plans.

Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation

A wealth of information is displayed in this website for consumer affairs and business regulations. Any information on laws or regulations pertaining to business and consumer rights can be found here. Licensing, consumer information, and business regulations can all be found within this website.

Office of the Governor and Lieutenant Governor

The Office of the Governor and Lieutenant Governor website has a wealth of information. It has links to Mitt Romney’s budget plans, budget information, internship details, and interactive media of Romney’s speeches. You can also contact the Governor right from the website and visit an interactive tour of the state house.

State Office of Minority and Women Business Assistance

SOMWBA website offers information and forms for business’s that are owned by woman or minorities. The website also has tips, workshops, and training offers for these business’s. The SOMWBA also provides certification for these businesses.

Seaport Advisory Council

The SAC website has information on all the ports of Massachusetts and gives vital information for each of the ports. Each port has its own page, which outlines its abilities and structure.

Water Pollution Abatement Trust

The website for Water Pollution Abatement Trust supplies information on laws and acts which have been passed for safe drinking water. The website offers banking and lock box services, downloadable retirement forms, and information on the new gift certificate law. You can also download a copy of the comprehensive annual financial Report for 2002.

Other Useful New England Business Links

Common Angels

Common Angels is a Boston-area Angel investing group.

MIT Enterprise Forum

MIT Enterprise Forum Cambridge homepage.

MIT Sloan

Sloan School of Management at MIT

IEEE Boston E-Net

IEEE Boston section's E-Net - Boston Entrepreneur Network.

Bantam Group

Joe Caruso's Bantam Group.

Investor's Circle

Investors' Circle (IC) is a non-profit national network of angel and institutional investors, foundation officers and entrepreneurs who seek to achieve financial, social and environmental returns.


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