Kirstein Business Library & Innovation Center

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Small Business Resources on the Internet


Federal, State and Local Small Business Resources

Boston Business Resource Guide
Created by the city of Boston’s Office of Business Development to help individuals who wish to start, expand or relocate a business in Boston.

City of Boston, Office of Business Development
The Office of Business Development provides entrepreneurs and existing businesses in Boston’s neighborhoods access to financial and technical resources.

Comm-PASS: Commonwealth Procurement Access & Solicitation System
Database of current business opportunities and contracts out to bid by Massachusetts state departments. Also lists contracts already awarded in the recent past.

SBA Online
Small Business Administration’s website includes information on business development, funding, and other resources to encourage and aid small businesses.

SBA Sizeup
If you are a small business owner, you need to know how your business stacks up with the competition in order to succeed. SizeUp will help you manage and grow your business by benchmarking it against competitors, mapping your customers, competitors and suppliers, and locating the best places to advertise.

Massachusetts Business Resource Team
This site brings together the state agencies Department of Housing & Community Development, Massachusetts Permit Regulatory Office, Department of Business and Technology and the Department of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation into one spot to help businesses with financing, permits, counseling and general information on starting a business in Massachusetts.

Massachusetts Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation License Search Portal.
Boards which grant licenses to and oversee various professions in the Commonwealth. Includes a description of each board, contact information, and recent notices of regulatory changes and disciplinary actions.


Small Business Development – Organizations

Accion USA
Accion USA is a nonprofit organization that provides business loans to self employed individuals who cannot get conventional loans due to the loan size, problems with their credit or lack of credit history. They provide access to loans and other professional services and have a branch in Boston.

Center for Women and Enterprise
As a non-profit organization, we are dedicated to giving all women the opportunity to become economically self-sufficient and prosperous through entrepreneurship.

Economic Justice Project/ Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights under Law of the Boston Bar Association
The Lawyers’ Committee offers “Business Legal Clinics” for entrepreneurs to meet with an experienced business attorney to seek advice on business legal issues that arise in starting a new business or operating an existing one. “Legal workshops” also cover various legal topics entrepreneurs need to know in starting a new business or growing an existing one. To attend a clinic or workshop, and find out about the criteria for receiving legal services, please contact the Lawyers’ Committee at 617-482-1145.


The Boston Chapter of SCORE, with over forty members, both retired and working, have significant experience in the ownership, operation and/or management of both small and large businesses in many fields.  The Boston Chapter of SCORE offers individual free counseling, low-cost workshops, and free team visits to business locations to conduct business reviews. SCORE teams provide counseling designed to assist your business to:

  • Increase the value of a business by growing sales, earnings, and cash flow
  • Identify and solve operating problems
  • Recognize and capitalize on new business opportunities
  • Make needed changes and add new systems
  • Develop business plans
  • Find sources and qualify for needed financing

Small Business Development Center National Information Clearinghouse.
This organization is dedicated to meeting the information needs of the small business community.

UMass Boston SBDC and Minority Business Center
The SBDC provides management counseling and business training to help entrepreneurs seek financing and improve the management and operations of their businesses.


Small Business Resources at Kirstein Business Library & Innovation Center

Small Business resources
Small Business Funding Resources
Bibliography of Venture Capital Resources