There are many organizations that partner with the Chamber to assist business, promote economic development, and enhance the region’s quality of life.
Worcester Business Resource Alliance
The Worcester Business Resource Alliance (WBRA) works to create a strong network of resources and other forms of assistance for the Central Massachusetts small business and entrepreneurship community. The network seeks to improve the ease of doing business in Worcester and the region and to stimulate commerce, community development and job growth by helping build sustainable businesses through the widest range of professional tools and services available to the constituents of Central Massachusetts who wish to pursue or are pursuing entrepreneurship. WBRA member organizations provide the training, technical assistance, education, and financial resources required for competitive, viable, and sustainable small businesses in Central Massachusetts.
Associated Industries of Massachusetts (AIM)
AIM is a non profit organization that promotes the well-being of involved businesses and their employees and the prosperity of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts by improving the economic climate, proactively advocating for fair and equitable public policy, providing relevant, reliable information and excellent services.
CONTACT: 508.786.9494, 90 Donald J. Lynch Boulevard, Marlborough, MA 01752, aimnet.org
Center for Women and Enterprise
CWE’s mission is to empower women to become economically self-sufficient and to prosper through business and entrepreneurship. CWE helps women start and grow their own business regardless of their economic status through mentoring, scholarships, and education.
CONTACT: 508-363-2300, 50 Elm St., 2nd Floor, Worcester, MA 01609, cweonline.org
Discover Central Massachusetts
Discover Central Massachusetts provides the foundation necessary to ensure long-term success for Worcester in the meeting, event, and hospitality industries. This organization has been created to re-energize convention and event sales and marketing efforts for the City. As a strategic investment in the hospitality industry, this focused endeavor showcases and sells Worcester as a destination. The market includes meeting and convention planners, event and sports organizers who benefit from a streamlined process for event planners, and most importantly, a definable increase in economic impact for the City.
CONTACT: 508.753.1550, 446 Main Street, Suite 200, Worcester, MA 01608, discovercentralma.org
Higher Education Consortium of Central MA
HECCMA’s mission is to work cooperatively to further the missions of individual member institutions. They serve as a mechanism through which member and partner institutions share resources and cooperate for the benefit of current and potential students, faculty, staff, and the greater community. They promote the role of higher education in the region’s education, economic and cultural vitality. HECCMA’s twelve member colleges and universities offer a diverse set of courses in many academic disciplines, adding to the rich cultural fabric of Worcester and Central Massachusetts. From humanities offerings such as languages, history, and literature, to arts programs such as music performance, visual art, and theatre, to engineering, math, veterinary, medicine, and sciences courses.
CONTACT: 508.755.9400, 11 Norwich Street, Worcester, MA 01608, www.heccma.org
Massachusetts Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MassMEP)
MassMEP provides assistance to small and midsize manufacturers by helping companies to grow and innovate as a Next Generation Manufacturer. They work with manufacturers to realize cost savings, new and retained sales. MEP provides companies with services and access to public and private resources that enhance growth, improve productivity, and expand capacity.
CONTACT: 508.831.7020, 100 Grove Street, Suite 108, Worcester, MA 01605, www.massmep.org
Massachusetts Biomedical Initiatives (MBI)
MBI helps biotech, medical device and pharmaceutical start-ups grow into valuable employers by offering lab space coupled with business development planning. They are dedicated to job creation and innovative healthcare by promoting the growth of start-up biomedical companies. They collaborate with the academic, business and government communities to promote Massachusetts as the world leader in the health sciences industry.
CONTACT: 508.797.4200, 60 Prescott Street, Worcester, MA 01605, massbiomed.org
The Research Bureau
The Regional Research Bureau is a private, non-profit organization that conducts independent, non-partisan research and analysis on public policy issues affecting the greater Worcester region. Their reports present detailed analyses of issues to promote a hospitable climate in which citizens and businesses can live, work, and prosper.
CONTACT: 508.799.7169, 50 Salisbury Street, Worcester, MA 01608, www.wrrb.org
SCORE, Counselors to America’s Small Businesses, is a national volunteer association of business owners, executives, and professionals sponsored by the Small Business Administration. SCORE provides assistance to business at all stages of their life cycle. Counseling is free and confidential.
CONTACT: 508.753.2929, 446 Main Street, Suite 200, Worcester, MA 01608, www.sba.gov/localresources/district/ma
MLK, Jr. Opportunity Center, a division of SMOC
The Martin Luther King, Jr. Business Empowerment Center provides a better quality of life in the inner city through business development, training, and incubation. If you need shared resources in a business environment, employee training or technical assistance to turn your “dream into a reality.”
CONTACT: 508.756.6330, 237 Chandler Street, Worcester, MA 01609, www.mlkj-bec.org
Massachusetts Small Business Development Center (MSBDC)
This network of professionals provides one-to-one free comprehensive and confidential services focusing on, business growth and strategies, financing and loan assistance as well as strategic, marketing and operational analysis. In addition, low cost educational training programs are offered across the state targeted to the needs of small business.
CONTACT: 508-793-7615, Clark University, The Carriage House, 125 Woodland Street, Worcester, MA 01610, www.clarku.edu/offices/sbdc
Worcester Business Development Corporation (WBDC)
WBDC enjoys a long history of successful economic development throughout the region. The development of industrial parks, brownfields sites, cultural venues, and Worcester’s downtown has significantly expanded the regional commercial and industrial tax base, and created thousands of new jobs.
CONTACT: 508.755.5734, 89 Shrewsbury Street, Suite 100 Worcester, MA 01604, www.worcesterbdc.com
The City of Worcester
The City of Worcester is an economic engine for Central Massachusetts and the Commonwealth, actively responding to growth and development changes to create an environment conducive to both business and residential activity. They assist with all elements of development including identifying a site for a business, helping with tax credits, and connecting businesses to financial and technical programs and public/private collaborative efforts in the City.
The Business Assistance Division promotes, develops and expands investment and employment in the city; secures private capital; and administers and coordinates federal, state and local programs involving the preparation of property for real estate development through the remediation or removal of contaminated buildings, soils or substances. They work to create new business and retail opportunities; connect entrepreneurs and property owners with public financing opportunities; and market Worcester’s assets to the region and beyond.
CONTACT: 508.799.1400, City Hall 4th Floor 455 Main Street, Worcester, MA 01608 , email: email@example.com or online: www.worcesterma.gov/development
The Cultural Development Division administers the cultural development agenda and programs of the city; to promote, develop and expand cultural activity in the city; and to execute the programs and administer the affairs of the arts council.
CONTACT: 508.799.1400, City Hall 4th Floor 455 Main Street, Worcester, MA 01608 , www.worcesterma.gov/development/cultural-development