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Small Business Connector

Looking to start or grow your business in Lawrence? Connect with these resources to access information, support, mentors and financing.

While access to capital represents the life blood of small businesses looking to grow, good advice and technical support are the muscles and bones that allow those businesses to thrive. The Small Business Connectors—a coalition of organizations convened by the Lawrence Partnership and committed to supporting Lawrence businesses to start, stabilize and grow—provides a breadth of resources to ensure that ours is a great ecosystem for small businesses and entrepreneurs. From legal advice to business planning and accelerator programs, the small business connectors work in close coordination under the guiding principle of the broader Lawrence Partnership: that more can be accomplished working together than in isolation.

Small Business Connector Members

The Lawrence Small Business Coalition is built on the idea that small businesses start, grow and thrive when they are surrounded by a community of support with offerings as diversified as their needs. From business planning to financing, marketing to financial tracking, there is a breadth of expertise among coalition members that far exceeds what any single organization or individual could provide independently.

By working together to schedule, refer, program and align, the Small Business Coalition members are making Lawrence the most friendly for small businesses to work.

Massachusetts Small Business Development Center Network

The SBDC provides free and confidential business advice and free or low-cost business seminars to help you raise capital, start or grow your business in Massachusetts, with services in and around Lawrence. Business advising areas and seminar topics include business plans, business startups, marketing and sales, and financial management.

Northeast Region at Salem State University
Enterprise Center
121 Loring Ave, Suite310
Salem, MA 01970
(978) 542-6343

Mill Cities Community Investments

MCCI helps to start or grow businesses by assisting them in establishing or improving financial systems and records through appropriate and affordable loans.

Kristin Wallace, Commercial Lender
50 Island Street, Entrance B, Suite 103
Lawrence, MA 01840
(978) 258-2772 ext. 16

Northeast Legal Aid

Northeast Legal Aid's Community Development and Entrepreneurship Practice offers free transactional legal services to low income entrepreneurs and small businesses in Northern Middlesex and Essex counties.

Attorney Sumbul Siddiqui
Development and Entrepreneurship Practice
50 Island St, Suite 203A
Lawrence, MA 01840
(978) 880-0670


EforAll Lowell-Lawrence serves English speaking entrepreneurs, top help them move their ideas forward through a cohort based program involving mentors and experts.

Lianna Kushi
60 Island Street
Lawrence, MA 01840
[Weds, Thurs, and by appointment]

(978) 934-6518


EparaTodos Lawrence-Lowell, working entirely in Spanish, helps entrepreneurs and small business owners to succeed with their ideas through a group-based curriculum involving mentors and experts.

Lianna Kushi
60 Island Street
Lawrence, MA 01840
[Weds, Thurs and by appointment]

(978) 934-6518

Merrimack Valley Small Business Center

Community Teamwork's Merrimack Valley Small Business Center (MVSBC) provides entrepreneurs with tools to help them start and grow viable small businesses. Key services include business planning, marketing, financial management, and strategic planning. The MVSBC also provides financial support and credit building services though low-interest microloans up to $50,000.

65 Merrimack Street
Lowell, MA 01852
(978) 654-5673

City of Lawrence Economic Development Office

Services provided by City's Econ. Dev. Office include but are not limited to:
1) Site selection assistance
2) Assistance with City Hall / permitting (zoning, Inspectional Services, Building Inspection, LFD and Electrical Inspection)
3) Assist business owners / managers with outreach for job opportunities
4) Help businesses access federal incentive programs, such as SBA HUBzone

200 Common Street
Lawrence, MA 01840
(978) 620-3015

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