Important Resources

KEY RESOURCES

(with a resource guide at the bottom of the page)

FEDERAL

GUIDE TO STARTING A BUSINESS- BY THE US SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION

The US Small Business Administration has devised a guide to help you plan, launch, manage and grow your business.  It addresses issues ranging from developing a business plan, selecting a business structure to hiring employees and, mastering day-to-day operations and deciding if and when it is time to grow your business.

STATE

MASSACHUSETTS OFFICE OF BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT (MOBD)

The Massachusetts Office of Business Development (MOBD) helps businesses relocating to Massachusetts and businesses wishing to expand their current operations here. Their staff operates in regions across the state, so we are able to provide you with on-the-ground knowledge and viable connections for your business. We work closely with the private and public sectors to coordinate a whole range of resources at your disposal.

MASSACHUSETTS LIFE SCIENCES CENTER

The Massachusetts Life Sciences Center (MLSC) is an economic development and investment agency dedicated to supporting the growth and development of the life sciences in Massachusetts, home to the most verdant and productive life sciences ecosystem in the world. Through public-private funding initiatives, the MLSC supports innovation, research & development, commercialization, and manufacturing activities in the fields of biopharma, medical device, diagnostics, and digital health.

COMMONWEALTH CORPORATION

Commonwealth Corporation is a quasi-public workforce development agency that strengthens the skills of Massachusetts youth and adults by investing in innovative partnerships with industry, education and workforce organizations.  Their primary goals are:

  •  to build regional industry training partnerships that prepare youth and unemployed workers for jobs in demand that lead to higher rates of employment;
  • to upgrade the skills of underemployed workers to meet specific employer skill demands leading to job retention, upgrades and wage gains, and;
  • to increase the share of youth engaged in education and employment pathways preparing them for post-secondary education and careers.

NORTH SHORE INNOVENTURES (non-profit Biotech and Cleantech Incubator)

NSIV’s collaborative business model allows us to provide promising young companies with office space, shared laboratories and equipment, sponsored professional services, successful entrepreneur mentors, and investor advisers. Together we help our member companies refine their business strategies, conserve capital, build strong teams, and achieve development and funding milestones.

MassEcon

MassEcon is a private, not-for-profit entity that brings a private sector voice to marketing Massachusetts as a place to do business. Its leaders served on the Governor’s Economic Development Council, and its Ambassadors – a network of business executives throughout the state – serve as peer resources for companies considering Massachusetts as an expansion location.   Additional services include site finding, research and information, programming and education.

MASSACHUSETTS OFFICE OF TRAVEL AND TOURISM [MOTT]

MOTT promotes Massachusetts as a leisure and business travel destination year round. Our state has a lot to offer both domestic and international visitors, including history, culture, cuisine and outdoor activities.

MASSACHUSETTS FOOD SYSTEM COLLABORATIVE

The Massachusetts Food System Collaborative (MFSC) was created following the completion of the Massachusetts Local Food Action Plan in December 2015. The goals of the Collaborative are to promote, monitor, and facilitate implementation of the Plan. The Collaborative’s work focuses on the four main goals of the Plan:

  • Increase production, sales and consumption of Massachusetts-grown foods.
  • Create jobs and economic opportunity in food, farming and fishing, and improve the wages and skills of food system workers.
  • Protect the land and water needed to produce food, maximize environmental benefits from agriculture and fishing, and ensure food safety.
  • Reduce hunger and food insecurity, increase the availability of healthy food to all residents, and reduce food waste.

REGIONAL

 GREATER BEVERLY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

Greater Beverly Chamber of Commerce represents the business community for the City of Beverly, Massachusetts, and surrounding communities.  Our member businesses participate in a number of activities, programs and events sponsored by the Chamber that help support the business climate and quality of life within our community.  The Chamber utilizes the funds it receives to its best possible advantage by doing business for business through local and state legislative advocacy groups, public relations, and by sponsoring focused business, networking and educational programs, Greater Beverly Chamber is the Voice of Business in Beverly and surrounding communities and is the #1 referral service in the City and surrounding communities.

MASSACHUSETTS SMALL BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT CENTER NETWORK-NORTHEAST REGION

We provide free, confidential, one-to-one business assistance and free or low-cost educational training programs to prospective and existing small businesses. Business seminars are held at the Enterprise Center in Salem and Northern Essex Community College in Lawrence. The MSBDC fosters the start, growth and sustainability of small business by providing high-quality, in-depth advising, training and capital access.

Areas of assistance include, but are not limited to: business plan development, preventure feasibility, cash flow analysis, personnel and organizational issues, conventional and non-conventional financing, and marketing. In addition, our office works closely with the two MSBDC specialty centers, the Massachusetts Export Center for international trade assistance and the Procurement Technical Assistance Center for government contracting.

SCORE

SCORE provides mentors, plans workshops and events and provides business plan and other templates, guides and helpful tools.

MASSHIRE NORTH SHORE WORKFORCE BOARD

The Board serves as the oversight and policy-making body for federally funded employment and training services in the region. The board also has the broader role of addressing critical labor market issues and developing strategic partnerships with local leaders in economic development, the K-12 and higher education system, government agencies, chambers of commerce, community-based, and labor organizations.

The board charters and oversees a one-stop career center, North Shore Career Center, located in Salem, with a satellite offices throughout the North Shore.

The North Shore Alliance for Economic Development is the economic development engine for a dynamic and evolving regional economy, working to help start-ups and existing businesses alike find the resources they need to thrive right here on the North Shore.  The Alliance also highlights prime development sites within each community in its region.
In addition, the Alliance
  • Advocates for business, connecting with state and regional officials and organizations on behalf of the entire region. 
  • Solve problems, working with individual businesses to resolve specific issues.
  • Makes connections in person, through their website, or through the Enterprise Center.

CEANS is an advocacy organization promoting creative economy development on the North Shore.

NORTH OF BOSTON CONVENTION AND VISITORS BUREAU

The North of Boston Convention and Visitors Bureau, Inc. (NBCVB) is a private, nonprofit, membership based organization responsible for promotion of Essex County as a travel destination. Established by legislation as one of the state’s 16 regional tourism councils, NBCVB is the official liaison between the North of Boston region and the Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism.  The NBCVB is managed by a professional staff.  Its’ overall mission is to develop and implement effective marketing strategies to increase the number of overnight visitors to Massachusetts.

LOCAL

BEVERLY MAIN STREETS

The National Main Street Center is a subsidiary of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. The Center was started in 1980 in response to the rise of suburban shopping malls, which pulled away shoppers and diners from downtown districts that found it hard to compete. The Main Street approach is centered around following a focused, deliberate path to revitalizing or strengthening a downtown, leveraging the district’s unique cultural, educational and historic assets to set it apart. The Main Street model is organized around four points:

  • Economic Vitality (attracting new businesses and development while helping existing businesses thrive)
  • Design (the look and feel of downtown)
  • Promotion (bringing people to the downtown)
  • Organization (building a sustainable organizational structure)

BEVERLY ARTS DISTRICT   [BAD]

The Beverly Arts District [BAD] was launched in 2014 collaboratively with the City of Beverly, Beverly Main Streets and the Montserrat College of Art.  It is a demonstration of our collective commitment to arts and culture and working artists.  A diverse community of talented artists study, open their businesses and hone their crafts here in Beverly.  A “local” artist is defined as one who lives, or works or studies in Beverly.

BAD’s goals are to:

  1. Facilitate collaboration among artists, spaces, businesses and organizations
  2. Create an identity BAD can build on
  3. Offer new opportunities for residents and visitors to create and experience art
  4. Build a support system for artists
  5. Leverage the resources and strengths of the Beverly Main Streets’ program

Any local artist is invited to create an Artist profile and let the world know about you!

 


 

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 Identifying and accessing the many resources available to businesses can be a daunting task for business owners.  So the City of Beverly has compiled a list of organizations on the local, regional, state and federal level that provide all types of assistance from making loans to providing educational seminars, networking opportunities, development of business plans and marketing strategies.  Please review the list which includes links.  If you have any questions contact our Economic Development office at 978-605-2356.