Massachusetts Small Business Support

Starting your own business and running it is much easier if you have someone to help guide your way. Check this list of local resources on the North Shore and in Boston, Massachusetts to help you get started on the right foot.

Workshops, Seminars & Mentors

Attending a workshop or seminar is a great way to grow your knowledge as well as your network. Connecting with a mentor is one more way to rapidly progress in your business. The North Shore and Boston has no shortage of successful CEOs and Entrepreneurs who volunteer their time to advise small business owners on how to achieve their goals. Check out our Calendar of Events, The Enterprise Center, and SCORE for upcoming workshops, seminars, and mentorship programs.

 

Our Calendar of Events

Instead of making you go looking for all the local events, we created a calendar that brings them to you. We can’t promise everything is on there at all times however, so we encourage you to research some of the resources below to effectively plan and grow your business.

Enterprise Center at Salem State University

Whether you are thinking of a business idea, running a small business, or part of a larger business, the Enterprise Center has programs to help you succeed.  They exist to support business.  Check out their programs page to see how you can best utilize their services.

 

S.C.O.R.E. Free Small Business Advice

SCORE is the nation’s largest network of volunteer, expert business mentors, with more than 10,000 volunteers in 300 chapters.As a resource partner of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), SCORE has helped more than 10 million entrepreneurs through mentoring, workshops and educational resources since 1964.

Networking Groups

Visit Your Local Chamber of Commerce for Upcoming Events

Looking to meet and greet other local businesses? Attend a Chamber of Commerce event in your area–they’re a great place to start. You don’t have to be a member to attend, and they love to see new faces. The North Shore and Boston, MA have multiple active chambers including but not limited to:

Peabody Area Chamber of Commerce
Greater Beverly Chamber of Commerce
North Shore Chamber of Commerce
Merrimack Valley Chamber of Commerce
Or check out this directory for the full listing.

 

Other North Shore Networking Groups

The Next Gen Network

Jacqui Richard from Phil Richard Insurance hosts events for socially responsible professionals on the North Shore (Peabody, Danvers, Beverly, Salem, Andover, and surrounding cities) of Massachusetts as well as the Greater Boston Area.

The Next Gen Network is designed for socially conscious professionals who want to expand their business networks through genuine connection, not sales. Our mission is to demonstrate that success not only comes in financial gains, but the ability to make a positive impact in the community. By helping each other grow, we hope to continue to pay that success forward, towards an equitable future where all generations and walks of life can thrive and succeed.

Innovative Business Networking

This group’s mission is to generate business for its members through highly qualified referrals. Independent of national organizations, the membership fee is modest, just sufficient to support meeting costs, development and targeted charities.

 

Creative Collective

Creative Collective is a business program that provides opportunities for small businesses, entrepreneurs, non profits, organizations and individuals that are looking for a more modern and creative approach to business growth and brand awareness.

Our partners benefit from our ability to layer services that reach far beyond traditional marketing and business programs.  Together we share a vision that thriving arts, culture and creative sectors makes the world a better place and support the sustainability of our communities and businesses.

Together we connect creativity, commerce and the community.

North Shore Women in Business

North Shore Women in Business was founded in March 1984 by Linda Morkeski. Linda was looking for a way to develop a network of businesswomen looking for business contacts.The first meeting 33 years ago was attended by 18 business women. Today the organization is one of the top women’s networking organizations in the area with members who are actively involved in operations and activities.

Peabody Area Chamber of Commerce

Since 1931, the Peabody Area Chamber of Commerce has been considered one of the largest, most influential business groups in the area.  It is a voluntary group of business leaders with a vested interest in improving the economic, civic and cultural well being of the area.  We believe that businesses that work together are stronger than those who go it alone. Given the right tools and support, any business can be successful, which is why we focus on advocacy, promotion and community involvement.  The Peabody Area Chamber is a partner with every business and every professional, helping them on the path to success.

Online Resources

Small Business Administration

The U.S. Small Business Administration has delivered millions of loans, loan guarantees, contracts, counseling sessions and other forms of assistance to small businesses.

LinkedIn

The vision of Linkedin is to create economic opportunity for every member of the global workforce through the ongoing development of the world’s first Economic Graph. The mission of LinkedIn is simple: connect the world’s professionals to make them more productive and successful.

Often looked at as just another social media platform, LinkedIn holds the key to your success.

Stay connected with people you meet, and don’t be afraid to ask “2nd degree connections” out for a coffee meeting. For the tech savvy, you can search your current connections and see who they are connected to. Ask them for an introduction to someone you’d like to meet. Post relevant and informative content to show your credibility. There are many ways to bring yourself growth through this platform.

Don’t forget to connect with us!

Search for Local Events:

Meetup

Meetup brings people together in thousands of cities to do more of what they want to do in life. It is organized around one simple idea: when we get together and do the things that matter to us, we’re at our best. And that’s what Meetup does. It brings people together to do, explore, teach and learn the things that help them come alive.

We use Meetup to search and post local networking and community-related events. It’s a great way to branch out from your existing network.

Eventbrite

Similar to Meetup, Eventbrite is the world’s largest event technology platform. They build the technology to allow anyone to create, share, find and attend new things to do that fuel their passions and enrich their lives.

We use Eventbrite alongside Meetup for planning networking events as well as attending them and recommend checking out both.

Client Business Services

We take good care of our clients. As a fellow small business, it’s in our best interest to help you succeed. If you’re looking to foster a relationship and expand your network, we may be able to help you. Whether you want to talk about networking, co-marketing, co-hosting an event, or your insurance needs, reach out to us and we’ll see what we can do.

We’ve built a loyal base of clients and colleagues over the course of 30 years, both first and second generation. If you’re looking for a particular service and don’t know who to go to, you can ask us about our preferred vendors list, we’ll point you in the right direction.

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