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The following business organizations provide assistance and resources for businesses.  They all hold offices within the Metro South Chamber of Commerce building located at 60 School Street, Brockton.  (Visit the Contact Page for directions).  Call the numbers below to schedule an appointment time.

Brockton Redevelopment Authority (BRA)

Contact: Robert Jenkins | (508) 586-3887 x 1
50 School Street, #2, Brockton, MA 02301

Brockton Redevelopment Authority (BRA) is a quasi-public agency contracted by the City of Brockton, whose main mission is community development and economic revitalization, specifically for the benefit of low- and moderate-income households and areas of Brockton. Visit brocktonredevelopmentauthority.com to learn more.

 

Center for Women & Enterprise (CWE)

Contact: Samilys Rodriguez | (617) 536-0700
Chamber Office Hours: By appointment or visit 44 School Street, Suite 200, Boston, MA 02108

The Center for Women & Enterprise is a nationally known nonprofit organization dedicated to helping people start and grow their businesses. CWE has worked with more than 46,000 Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New Hampshire and Vermont entrepreneurs since 1995. CWE also operates the Veterans Business Outreach Center of New England (VBOC of NE) that focuses on assisting veterans, active duty service members and their families with starting and growing their business. Visit cweonline.org to learn more.

 

Massachusetts Office of Business Development (MOBD)

Contact: Margaret Laforest | (617)939-3097
Contact: Sue Whitaker | (617) 620-1005
Chamber Office Hours: By appointment

The Massachusetts Office of Business Development assists businesses relocating to Massachusetts as well as businesses wishing to expand their current operations, with specific attention being paid to jobs created, jobs retained, and capital invested. Our team provides a highly responsive, central point of contact that facilitates access to resources, expertise, and incentive programs. Visit mass.gov/orgs/massachusetts-office-of-business-development to learn more.

 

Massachusetts Small Business Development Center (MSBDC)

Contact: Jill Beresford | (508) 673-9783 to schedule an appointment.
Chamber Office Hours: By appointment

The Massachusetts Small Business Development Center offers existing and future entrepreneurs free one-on-one expert business advice and training. MSBDC advising generally consists of assistance with business plans, obtaining loan and equity financing, franchising, manufacturing, international trade, high-tech endeavors, contracting, marketing and other growth strategies. For more information visit msbdc.org/semass.

 

Massachusetts Supplier Diversity Office (SDO)

Contact: John Fitzpatrick | (508) 287-9606
Chamber Office Hours: By appointment

SDO is an agency which helps promote the development of Minority Business Enterprises (MBE) and Women Business Enterprises (WBE) business enterprises and non-profit organizations by becoming SDO certified. Certification can be used as a marketing tool to enhance a firm's ability to do business in public markets and with the state government. The Commonwealth of Massachusetts spends more than $4 billion a year doing business with firms. More than $240 million is targeted to SDO certified minority and women businesses. For more information visit mass.gov/supplier-diversity-office.

 

MassDevelopment

Contact: Jay Pateakos | (508) 678-0533
Chamber Office Hours: By appointment

MassDevelopment is a unique organization providing low cost financing for businesses and not-for-profit organizations in Massachusetts for every phase of a development project. We specialize in Massachusetts growth. For more information visit massdevelopment.com.

 

MassHire Greater Brockton Career Center (MassHire GBCC)

Contact: John Murray | (508) 513-3413
34 School Street, Brockton, MA 02301

The MassHire Greater Brockton Career Center is a non-profit MassHire Career Center under charter with the MassHire Greater Brockton Workforce Board and managed by the UMass Donahue Institute.

The MassHire Greater Brockton Career Center is part of a statewide network of MassHire Career Centers that are connected to each other and with the Internet through a secure data network. To visit one of Massachusetts’ other MassHire Career Centers visit the mass.gov website. Many of the MassHire Greater Brockton Career Center’s resources are available electronically and can be accessed by personal computer or mobile device. Visit masshiregbcc.org to learn more.

 

MassHire Greater Brockton Workforce Board (MassHire GBWB)

Contact: Sheila Sullivan-Jardim | (508) 584-3234
34 School Street, Brockton, MA 02301

MassHire Greater Brockton Workforce Board is a business-led, policy-setting board. We convene, collaborate and construct workforce development initiatives in Brockton and 9 surrounding towns. Visit masshiregbwb.org to learn more.

 

Old Colony Planning Council (OCPC)

Contact: Mary Waldron | (508) 583-1833 x 202
70 School Street, Brockton, MA 02301

At Old Colony Planning Council, we assist cities and towns in planning for present and future needs, utilizing our local knowledge, technical expertise, and regional collaboration. Visit ocpcrpa.org to learn more.

Our vision is that communities in the Old Colony region are:

  • Resilient, using social, economic, and environmental resources to respond to, withstand, and recover from adverse situations brought about by natural disasters or economic downturns.
  • Sustainable, the needs of all people and the natural environment are met now without compromising the ability to meet those needs in the future.
  • Equitable, social, economic, and environmental opportunities exist for all.
  • Connected, everyone has accessible, affordable, and sustainable mobility choices.
  • Responsive, planning efforts are inclusive and reflect the diverse needs of all.
  • Collaborative, cooperating regionally to tackle common challenges.

SCORE

Contact: Peter Smith | (508) 587-2673
Chamber Office Hours: By appointment

Southeastern Mass. Score provides free and confidential business counseling tailored to meet the needs of your small business and your personal objectives. Contact SCORE to set-up an appointment to meet with a business counselor to develop your business plan, discuss a new idea or tackle a business problem. SCORE also offers workshops for both start-up entrepreneurs and existing small business owners. A resource partner with the U.S. Small Business Administration, SCORE has helped more than 8.5 million entrepreneurs since 1964. For more information visit sema.score.org.

 

South Shore Economic Development (SEED) Corporation

Contact: Sue Murray | (508) 822-1020
Chamber Office Hours: By appointment or visit 80 Dean Street, Taunton, MA 02780

South Eastern Economic Development (SEED) Corporation is a regional nonprofit economic development corporation with the mission of empowering entrepreneurs, strengthening local economies, and creating jobs by financing all types of small businesses in Massachusetts and Rhode Island. With loan programs ranging from $1,000 micro loans to $5.5 million SBA 504 loans and a long history of assisting small business owners, SEED is a one-stop shop for anyone looking to start-up, grow, or streamline their business. Visit seedcorp.com to learn more.

 

Small Business Administration (SBA)

Contact: Susan Lourie(617) 565-5560
Chamber Office Hours: By appointment

SBA builds and maintains collaborative partnerships with small business stakeholders such as economic development practitioners in Government Organizations, chambers and associations, educational institutions and civic/community organizations. The SBA Advantage Workshop, held the 3rd Thursday of the month at CareerWorks in Brockton, provides information on various SBA programs and services available to prospective or current entrepreneurs who need assistance in starting or expanding their business. For more information visit www.sba.gov.

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