Minority & Women Owned Business Resources

The organizations below offer resources and services in the following areas:

  • Business counseling
  • Financial assistance
  • Education, language, job and career development
  • Peer to peer networking and professional development

Business Counseling and Financial Assistance

Organization Services & Resources
Franklin County Community Development
324 Wells Street, Greenfield, MA 01301
Phone: (413) 774-7204
- Business counseling
- Direct loan provider
- Commercial kitchen/floor space
Valley Community Development Corporation
256 Pleasant St., Holyoke St. Entrance, Northampton, MA 01060
Phone: (413) 586-5855 Ext. 230
- Business counseling
- Access to community loan funds
ACCION
10 Fawcett Street, Cambridge, MA 02138
Phone: 866-245-0783
- Micro to small business assistance
- Direct loan provider
- International organization
Massachusetts Small Business Development Center 
23 Tillson Farm Road, Amherst, MA 01003
Phone: (413) 545-6301
- Business counseling
- Government contracting advice
- Foreign trade expertise
Small Business Administration
1 Federal Street - Building 101-R
Springfield, MA 01105
Phone: (413) 785-0484
- Business counseling
- Not a direct loan provider
- Offers loan guarantees to lenders
Common Capital
120 Maple Street, Springfield, MA 01103
Phone: (413) 233-1680
- Business counseling
- Direct loan provider
SCORE - Western Massachusetts 
1 Federal Street - Building 101
Springfield, MA 01105
Phone: (413) 785-0314
- Business counseling
- One to one mentoring
- Seminars
- Business plan development

Women Business Owner Support Organizations

Organization Services & Resources
Women Business Owners Alliance of the Pioneer Valley
122 Pleasant Street #107,
Easthampton, MA 01027
- Support women entrepreneurs
- Build business skills through:
    - professional development
    - meetings, seminars and peer to peer networking.
The Center for Women and Enterprise
Central Massachusetts Center - Westborough
69 Milk Street - Suite 217
Westborough, MA 01581
Phone: (508) 363-2300
- Helping people start and grow their businesses
- Worked with more than 37,000 entrepreneurs in New England since 1995
- Variety of racial,ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds