Developing a Business

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Southborough welcomes you and your new business. The Economic Development Committee has assembled a variety of resources to support start-ups, from small business services and training, to a detailed Permitting Guide for Establishing and Growing Your Business, released in March 2017.

If you are planning to expand or relocate your business to Southborough, we will be glad to help you with your needs. This may include zoning issues, building permits or providing introductions to key business and community leaders.

We encourage you to meet with the Development Coordination Group for help navigating the permitting process. This group consists of various departments and serves to advise project applicants on the permitting process and provides other technical assistance as it pertains to your project.  To coordinate a meeting, please contact Karina Quinn, P.E., Southborough’s Town Planner at the Town House by calling (508) 485-0710 (ext. 3028) or emailing kquinn@southboroughma.com

For applications, rules and regulations, bylaws, etc. please visit the Town’s website at www.southboroughtown.com.

 


Key Resources and Contacts

Massachusetts Office of Business Development

Massachusetts Office of Business Development

John Rainey, Central Regional Director
Phone: 508-793-7615
Email: john.rainey@state.ma.us
Website: www.mass.gov/mobd

Central point of contact that facilitates access to resources, expertise, and incentive programs available in the Commonwealth.


MassDevelopment

MassDevelopment

Kelly Arvidson, Business Development
Central Massachusetts Regional Offices
89 Shrewsbury Street, Worcester, MA 01604
33 Andrews Parkway, Devens, MA 01434
Office: (978) 784-2901
Cell: (978) 580-6952
Fax: (978) 772-0729
Email: karvidson@massdevelopment.com
Website: www.massdevelopment.com

Collaborates with businesses, nonprofits, and local, state, and federal officials and agencies to create jobs, increase the number of housing units, eliminate blight, and address factors limiting economic growth including transportation, energy, and infrastructure deficiencies. MassDevelopment offers a wide range of finance programs and real estate development services, and collaborates with private and public sector developers, businesses, and banks to identify investors and leverage public and private funds to support economic growth.


Massachusetts Alliance for Economic Development

Massachusetts Alliance for Economic Development

101 Walnut Street
Watertown, MA 02472
Phone: (617) 924-4600
Website: www.massecon.com

State’s private sector partner in promoting Massachusetts as the premier choice for business growth.  MassEcon works to ensure that business stays, grows, and thrives in the Commonwealth. Working with public sector partners, MassEcon brings a private sector voice to marketing Massachusetts as a place to do business. With a network of business executives throughout the state – MassEcon provides peer resources for companies considering Massachusetts as an expansion location.

Site Finder Service

MassEcon’s statewide Site Finder Service is an economic development resource for companies seeking a Massachusetts location within which to expand or relocate. MassEcon works cooperatively with real estate brokers, site location consultants, and state, regional, and local economic development officials to enable companies and their exclusive agents to access property information that matches their real estate needs. The service covers all regions of the state and serves a broad range of industry sectors.

Research & Information Service

The Research and Information Service assists companies in conducting research about Massachusetts during the site selection process. Companies can use the service to answer questions about demographics, incentives, workforce, education, industry sectors, or related matters that are relevant to the location or expansion of their business. The service is particularly useful when companies are comparing Massachusetts to other states. Not only data-based, the service also helps link companies with the people and resources on the state, regional, and local levels.


Massachusetts Small Business Development Center

Massachusetts Small Business Business Development Center Network

Central Regional Office – Clark University
950 Main Street
Worcester, MA 01610
Phone: (508) 793-7615
Website: www.clarku.edu

The Massachusetts Small Business Development Center Network’s Central Regional Office is located on the campus of Clark University and provides free and confidential one-to-one management advice and technical assistance to prospective and existing small businesses.

Business advisors will assist clients in developing business plans, marketing plans, financials, cash flows and other areas. Will also act as a common access point for financing, and upon evaluation by our staff, can recommend or even introduce owners to the appropriate federal, state or local financing sources. We also work actively with local banks and the SBA, especially when SBA loan guarantees may be required to finance the venture or expansion. Our clientele includes start-up, early stage, expanding and troubled businesses.


Worcester SCORE

Worcester SCORE
446 Main Street, Suite 200
Worcester, MA 01608
Phone: (508) 753-2929

Boston SCORE
Boston SCORE
10 Causeway Street
Boston, MA 02222
Phone: (617) 565-5591

Southborough residents who are business counselors:

Jack Calkins
(617) 565-5591

Bob Wood
(617) 565-5591

Massachusetts SCORE

The SCORE Association “Counselors to America’s Small Business” is a nonprofit association comprised of 13,000+ volunteer business counselors throughout the U.S. and its territories. SCORE members are trained to serve as counselors advisors and mentors to aspiring entrepreneurs and business owners. These services are offered at no fee, as a community service.


Center for Women & Enterprise

Women’s Business Centers (WBCs) 

Center for Women & Enterprise (CWE) – Worcester
50 Elm Street, 2nd Floor
Worcester, MA 01609
Phone: (508) 453-9206

Center for Women & Enterprise Inc. (CWE) – Boston
24 School Street, Suite 700
Boston, MA 02108
Phone: (617) 536-0257

Women’s Business Centers represent a national network of nearly 100 educational centers throughout the United States and its territories, which are designed to assist women in starting and growing small businesses. WBCs seek to “level the playing field” for women entrepreneurs, who still face unique obstacles in the business world.

SBA’s Office of Women’s Business Ownership (OWBO) oversees the WBC network, which provides entrepreneurs (especially women who are economically or socially disadvantaged) comprehensive training and counseling on a variety of topics in several languages.


Massachusetts Office of Business Development

Massachusetts Department of Workforce Development (Department of Career Services)

Jack Sprince
Phone: (617) 626-5730
Website: http://www.mass.gov/lwd/employment-services/

If you are a “for-profit” employer in Massachusetts, you may be eligible for a federal tax credit through the Work Opportunity Tax Credit Program. The purpose of the program is to help individuals who qualify as members of a target group to get a job (e.g. veteran), and to help employers who hire qualified individuals by giving them a credit on their federal taxes. Credits range from $2,400 to $9,000 per employee hired.

Other grants are available for employers that provide anywhere from $30,000 to $250,000 for workforce training.


United States Department of Agriculture

USDA United States Department of Agriculture

52 Boyden Road
Holden, MA 01520
Phone: (508) 829-4477 ext. 4
Website: http://www.usda.gov/wps/portal/usda/usdahome

The USDA provides support including loans for local businesses to help them thrive and grow, and grants for businesses. Please note that part of Southborough is eligible. Please contact the regional office to learn more about programs and eligibility.


Corridor Nine Area Chamber of Commerce

Corridor Nine Area Chamber of Commerce

30 Lyman Street / P.O. Box 1555
Westborough, MA  01581
Phone: (508) 836-4444
Website: http://www.corridornine.org/index.php

The Corridor Nine Area Chamber of Commerce has become one of the most successful regional business organizations in the Commonwealth. Its mission is to be a dynamic regional business organization striving to promote growth, prosperity, and quality of life for its members and communities.


495/MetroWest Corridor Partnership, Inc.

495/MetroWest Corridor Partnership, Inc.

200 Friberg Parkway
Westborough, MA 01581
Phone: (774) 760-0495
Website: http://www.495partnership.org/

The Partnership, through a unique public-private collaboration with businesses, municipalities, and other stakeholders, is the regional leader for creating an environment that prepares for and cultivates sustainable growth. This is accomplished by coordinating, educating, and advocating for solutions to regional constraints and limited natural resources.

Economic Development – Retain, grow, and attract employers to the region.
Workforce Housing – Advocate for diversified housing stock in all communities for a range of incomes.
Natural Resources – Develop best practices on sustainable water, energy, and natural resources.
Skilled Workforce – Retain and attract a skilled workforce to grow existing and new businesses.
Transportation – Ease the flow of goods and persons within, to, and from the region.
Organizational Sustainability – Increase recognition, financial support, awareness, and credibility of the Partnership.


MetroWest Tourist and Visitor Bureau

MetroWest Tourist & Visitors Bureau

1671 Worcester Road, Suite 301
Framingham, MA 01701
Phone: (508) 361-9881
Website: http://www.metrowestvisitors.org/

As the first Regional Tourism Council devoted solely to MetroWest’s 19 towns, the MetroWest Tourism & Visitors Bureau (MWTVB) shares the countless things to do and see in the 19 municipalities that compose MetroWest.

As a regional economic development initiative, the MWTVB is working not only to attract travelers to the area, but to guide local residents looking for a service, family activity, fantastic meal, cultural experience, getaway, and more. Its mission is to compile all that the region has to offer and then make this compelling information as accessible as possible to a host of audiences. MWTVB’s Mission is to stimulate economic activity in MetroWest by marketing the region’s assets to visitors and residents.


MetroWest Regional Transit Authority

MetroWest Regional Transit Authority (MWRTA)

37 Waverly Street
Framingham, MA 01702
Phone: (508) 935-2222
Website: http://www.mwrta.com/

In 2006 the legislators of the 495/MetroWest delegation were successful in securing the statutory reforms necessary to allow communities served by the MBTA to start a new Regional Transit Authority (RTA) or join an existing RTA. The MWRTA’s mission is to build a public transportation system to deliver convenient and dependable service that enhances mobility, environmental quality and economic vitality in the region.

Member communities: Ashland, Dover, Framingham, Holliston, Hopkinton, Hudson, Marlborough, Natick, Sherborn, Southborough, Sudbury, Wayland, Wellesley, and Weston.


Metropolitan Area Planning Council

Metropolitan Area Planning Council

60 Temple Place
Boston, MA 02111
Phone: (617) 933-0700
Website: http://www.mapc.org/

The Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) is a regional planning agency serving the people who live and work in the 101 cities and towns of Metro Boston. Its mission is to promote smart growth and regional collaboration.

It works toward sound municipal management, sustainable land use, protection of natural resources, efficient and affordable transportation, a diverse housing stock, public safety, economic development, an informed public, and equity and opportunity among people of all backgrounds.

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