Small Business Technical Assistance

Grant Program Helps Small Businesses Thrive in the Modern Marketplace

Map of the 4 participating CDC locations in Massachusetts

In November 2014, MBI completed an $800,000 grant program with the state's Community Development Corporations (CDC).  Four CDCs across the Commonwealth provided technical assistance and resources to 77 small businesses and/or nonprofits within their respective regions. The four participating CDCs were:

The CDCs identified small businesses that lacked sufficient resources and helped them use technology to improve their operations, grow their businesses, and thrive in a competitive marketplace. The grants allowed businesses to:

  • Purchase computers, software, networking equipment, and high-speed Internet access;
  • Develop website strategies and build/upgrade websites; and
  • Take computer literacy, social media, website management, and/or specialized equipment/software training.

Program Impacts

We’re delighted to report that the program was successful and had a positive impact on the regions it supported. Grantees demonstrated the positive impact that technology infrastructure and training can have on all sectors of our economy. 

The Bay State Banner publication highlights the MBI's Small Business Technical Assistance Program.