Business Assistance Resources

Worcester Area Resources for Entrepreneurs

Exploring what organizations can help you grow your business.


The WorcLab’s space at 44 Portland St., overlooking downtown Worcester.

Worcester has always been a city of innovation. From the launch of the first liquid fuel rocket to the first birth control pill and even the creation of the smiley face icon, Worcester has been home to pioneers in the arts, sciences, and business for generations. The city is proud of that heritage and continues to build on it to this day, with Worcester-area entrepreneurs having access to a wide-ranging ecosystem of support systems that we call incubators and accelerators.

Incubators help startup businesses get the tools they need to start operating self-sufficiently, including access to office space, networks, makerspaces, collaborative workspaces, and more. Accelerators help expand the resources of an already existing business by doing much of the same but focusing more on advising and mentoring. Both incubators and accelerators serve the entrepreneurial community and help make the process easier for people to follow their passions and fulfill important needs in the market.

There’s a reason that the Chamber’s slogan is “Recruit, retain, incubate”. Incubation of entrepreneurial ventures is an integral piece of supporting economic development by ushering in new growth to the community. The Chamber directly assists in incubation efforts through its StartUp Worcester program, a competitive program which rewards winning proposals with office and maker space at the WorcLab downtown as well as a free Chamber membership.

The Chamber plays a part in other incubators besides StartUp Worcester and the WorcLab, including being a partner of Massachusetts Biomedical Initiatives, or MBI. MBI specifically helps as a laboratory accelerator for biomedical startups, building a bridge for scientific startups using business support and affordable lab space so they can enter a booming life sciences sector with significant promise in the Greater Boston and Worcester area.

The Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce works as a convener of these entrepreneur support organizations to strategically align our priorities to build an interconnected ecosystem where entrepreneurs can easily find the support and resources they need regardless of what industry or lifestage their business is in.


Business Assistance Resources

Better Business Bureau of Central New England

Federal bureau responsible for helping small businesses get accredited and legitimized.

400 Grove St., Worcester


City of Worcester Business & Community Development Division

Division under the city’s Office of Economic Development specifically geared towards connecting businesses with communities, funding opportunities, and assistance.

455 Main St., Room 402, Worcester


E Forever (Entrepreneurs Forever)

Peer-to-peer group program that meets monthly to form a support community for entrepreneurs and share resources.



The Central MA office of the Massachusetts Development Finance Agency, which provides grant and loan opportunities and nonprofit/business assistance.

89 Shrewsbury St., Suite 300, Worcester


Massachusetts Growth Capital Corporation (MGCC)

State agency providing grant opportunities and small business assistance, including financial consulting.

529 Main St., Room 201, Charlestown


Massachusetts Office of Business Development (MOBD)

Assists existing businesses in relocating to Massachusetts, or in expanding current operations, through grants and technical assistance.

136 Blackstone St., Floor 5, Boston



A national SBA Resource Partner and nonprofit dedicated to educating entrepreneurs and assisting small businesses through free mentoring services provided by retired executives.

311 Main St., Suite 200, Worcester (Chamber’s office)


Venture Forum

A former project of WPI, Venture Forum is now an independent nonprofit building on two decades of success in training and incubating new businesses.

44 Portland St, 4th Floor, Worcester


Worcester Business Resource Alliance (WBRA)

A monthly meeting of local entrepreneur support organizations, facilitated by the City of Worcester. It is used as a peer-to peer forum to disseminate new information about training opportunities, new incubators, events, resources, and funding opportunities to strengthen the local entrepreneur ecosystem.


Co-Working Spaces

Worcester Idea Lab

Shared workspace, event space, private office leases, and programming. A project of the Worcester Business Development Corporation (WBDC).

20 Franklin St., Worcester


Incubators and Accelerators

Center for Women and Enterprise (CWE)

Provides educational programs, classes, consulting, and networking for entrepreneurs.

69 Milk St., Suite 217, Westborough (Opening Office in Worc


E for All (Entrepreneurs for All)

Incubator specifically designed for assisting startups in Gateway Cities. Programming includes pitch contests, virtual workshops, entrepreneur stories, and a free but competitive one-year business assistance program.


Massachusetts Biomedical Initiatives (MBI)

The region’s incubator for biotech/life sciences startups, providing affordable lab spaces of varying sizes to bridge the gap between startup and funding for biotech companies. The incubator provides space for over 50 startups in several locations across the city, with the main location at Briden Street being located next to WPI’s Gateway Park.

17 Briden St., Worcester



The Digital Games Institute, based at WPI and supported by the state and the US Department of Commerce, provides business assistance and an incubation lab space for startup video game companies.

WPI Innovation Center, 100 Institute Rd., Worcester


QuEST Center at Quinsigamond Community College

A STEM incubator focused on providing training and courses in engineering, technology, and life sciences.

670 W Boylston St., Worcester


Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at Clark University

The SBDC is a SBA Resource Partner that provides a wide array of free and confidential services to small businesses such as plan development, feasibility studies, financial modeling, marketing and sales, technology, international trade, and government consulting.

125 Woodland St., Worcester


South Middlesex Opportunity Council (SMOC)

An incubation space with affordable prices, free use of a business resources library, and microloan financing.

7 Bishop St., Framingham


StartUp Worcester

A partnership between the Chamber, the Venture Forum, and the WorcLab which provides mentorship, business assistance, free memberships, and a sense of community to new businesses of all industries looking for a place to start.

44 Portland St., Floor 4, Worcester


Tech Advisor Network (TAN) at WPI

An incubator providing advising and networking support specifically for WPI alumni entrepreneurs.

100 Institute Rd., Worcester


UMass Medical School’s Office of Business Development & Innovation (BD&I) and the Office of Technology Management (OTM)

Facilitates intellectual property protection, business opportunity development, technology licensing, new enterprise creation, and commercialization activities.

55 Lake Ave. North, Worcester


Worcester Regional Food Hub

Offers an incubating and accelerating space for startup or existing food businesses through a shared commercial kitchen.

25 Francis St., Worcester

Quinsigamond Community College, 670 West Boylston St, Worcester

Worcester Roots

An incubator for startups looking to establish a cooperative business model through training and mentorship.

4 King St., Worcester



The region’s premier incubator and coworking space for innovative entrepreneurs, offering rental office space and a shared workspace in the heart of downtown Worcester.

44 Portland St., Floor 4, Worcester

Manufacturing Accelerators and Marketplaces

Massachusetts Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MassMEP)

Services for scaling manufacturing companies, offering business mentoring and professional resources.

27A Midstate Dr., Auburn



A makerspace offering professional training for wood and metalwork and 3D printing, plus rental bays for makers and artisans.

44 Portland St., Worcester


The WorcShop

A 52,000sq ft makerspace – the largest on the East Coast – with an array of advanced industrial equipment such as 3D printers, laser cutters, design software, and welders dedicated to manufacturing and industrial arts.

11 Hankey St., Leicester


WPI Center for Innovative Manufacturing Solutions

Provides business advice and technical assistance for small- to medium-sized manufacturers with less than 100 employees.

100 Institute Rd., Worcester


Worcester Center for Crafts

A craftsmanship nonprofit with over 150 years of experience and a partnership with Worcester State University, offering public classes in ceramics, metalwork, glasswork, and photography.

25 Sagamore Rd., Worcester