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Old Colony Planning Council is the regional Economic Development District. Below is a list of grants, technical assistance resources and partner information for businesses and municipalities.

If you have questions on grants, technical assistance or just need someone to point you in the right direction, contact:

Dottie Fulginiti
Economic Recovery Planner
Email or call 508-272-8105
Joanne Zygmunt
Senior Economic Development & Environmental Planner
Email or call 508-649-3479

Amber Grant
WomensNet carries on that tradition, giving away at least $10,000 every month in Amber Grant money. We've also expanded our grant-giving to include other grants such as our Annual $25,000 Amber Grant. View a full list of Grants here.

National Association for the Self-Employed
You could receive up to $4,000 for your small business through the NASE Growth Grants program. Must be a NASE member. Grants can be used for marketing, advertising, hiring employees, expanding facilities and other specific business needs.

NEW! Grant for Women-Owned Restaurants
Apply today for a $5K Women-Owned Restaurant Grant. Massachusetts Conference for Women and the Massachusetts Restaurant Association have teamed up for the 2nd year to support women-owned restaurants in MA. The 2021 initiative will provide $5,000 grants to more than 60 restaurants.

State Grants/Funding Sources

Community Compact Best Practices Grants
mass.gov/best-practices-program
The FY22 Best Practice program opens on August 15th, 2021 and remain open until available funds are exhausted.

MA Cultural Council Grant Programs
massculturalcouncil.org/
There are several programs with deadlines in November 2021 and through 2022.

Municipal Fiber Grant Program
mass.gov/info-details/about-the-municipal-fiber-grant-program
The application period for the FY22 Municipal Fiber Grant program will run from March 15, 2022 – April 15, 2022.

Massachusetts Growth Capital Corporation (MGCC)
Empower Digital
Beginning in May 2021, $3,800,000 will be made available for a Grant Program for the Development of Digital Capabilities. The Development of Digital Capabilities grant is a match of up to $5,000 awarded to small businesses in Massachusetts. This program provides funding for the needs of small businesses owned by socially and economically disadvantaged individuals seeking tools and services to develop their digital capabilities in partnership with a Small Business Technical Assistance (SBTA) provider.
APPLICATION DUE DATES: Rolling deadline until funding runs out.

Municipal Grant Finder
mass.gov/lists/community-grant-finder

Federal Grants and Funding Sources

US EDA Grants
Investing in America’s Communities includes:

Business Resources

Center for Women & Enterprise
cweonline.org
Numerous online training and workshops for small businesses, particularly women-owned.

Get Konnected
getkonnected.com
Founded by Colette Phillips, Get Konnected! unleashes the power of inclusion, curates cross-cultural business connections, fosters career advancement, and facilitates access to opportunity for women and people of color.

Harbor One Business Planning
Success for Small Business (SSB) Loan Program
Take the online courses 1 - 5 and after successful completion, speak to the bank about a small business line of credit of $5000.

Hispanic-American Institute
Hispanic-American Institute
The Hispanic-American Institute promotes social, educational, and economic development of Hispanic communities in the United States and Latin America. Check their facebook page for ongoing business support workshops.

LISC Digital Growth Accelerator
LISC.org
The LISC Digital Growth Accelerator is a 7-week, post-pandemic boost for businesses. The accelerator program leverages consulting teams and digital tools to empower businesses of color to strengthen their core business, grow their capacity and double their revenue.

Massachusetts Growth Capital Corporation
empoweringsmallbusiness.org
Massachusetts Growth Capital Corporation (MGCC) functions as a one stop resource for debt financing for small businesses.
The purpose of MGCC is to create and preserve jobs at small businesses, inclusive of those owned by women, minorities, immigrants and veterans. MGCC also works to promote economic development throughout the Commonwealth, with special paid attention to business needs in underserved areas, Gateway Cities and low to moderate income communities.

Massachusetts Small Business Development Center Network
MSBDC.org
The MSBDC provides free and confidential one-to-one business advice to prospective and existing small businesses 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.

MassDevelopment
MassDevelopment.com
Lenders. Developers. Job creators. At MassDevelopment, we offer financing and real estate solutions to support companies and nonprofits, increase housing, eliminate blight, and drive economic growth across Massachusetts.

Mass Hire – Greater Brockton Career Center
Mass Hire Greater Brockton
Greater Brockton Career Center helps job seekers and employers connect. They provide career training and business grants and incentives. Special programs for Veterans and Youth.

Mass Hire – South Shore
Mass Hire South Shore
South Shore Career Center helps job seekers and employers connect. They provide career training and business grants and incentives. Special programs for Veterans and Youth.

Massachusetts Office of Business Development
Mass Office of Business Development
The Massachusetts Office of Business Development assists businesses relocating to Massachusetts as well as businesses wishing to expand their current operations, with specific attention being paid to jobs created, jobs retained, and capital invested. Our team provides a highly responsive, central point of contact that facilitates access to resources, expertise, and incentive programs.

SCORE
Score.org
SCORE, the nation’s largest network of volunteer, expert business mentors, is dedicated to helping small businesses get off the ground, grow, and achieve their goals. Since 1964, they have provided education and mentorship to more than 11 million entrepreneurs and deliver most offerings at no cost.

SEED South Eastern Economic Development
SEED Corporation
SEED operates four different loan programs, which provide funds in amounts ranging from $1,000 to $5.5 million. The programs are defined by both the dollar amount and use of the proceeds sought by the borrower – except for the Micro Loan Program, which often provides loans to start-up businesses and those not yet “bankable”.

Small Business Strong
SmallBStrong
Massachusetts women and minority owned small business owners can participate by engaging in one or more of the core elements of Small Business Strong, all free of charge with no strings attached: an online portal, business advisors, and functional specialists.

UMass Amherst’s Massachusetts Small Business Development Center provides free, confidential, one-on-one business assistance and free and low-cost training to prospective and existing small businesses. Schedule a virtual meeting.

US Small Business Administration (SBA)
Small Business Guide
Funding Programs

Chambers of Commerce:

Connect 24 Business Alliance
Connect24BA.com
Connect 24 Business Alliance (C24BA) was formed to increase strength and support for our members and provide more opportunities for our local business community to thrive. (formerly Randolph and Stoughton Chambers of Commerce)

Cranberry Country Chamber of Commerce
CranberryCountry.org
The Cranberry Country Chamber of Commerce represents the towns of Middleboro, Lakeville, Raynham, Bridgewater, Plympton, Halifax, Carver, Wareham, and Rochester.

Easton Chamber of Commerce
Easton-Chamber.com
The Easton Chamber of Commerce mission is to unite, guide and support Easton businesses with the goal of increasing economic opportunities and fostering a healthy business climate.

Metro South Chamber of Commerce
MetroSouthChamber.com
Serves nearly 1,000 member businesses of all sizes from virtually all industries in the communities of Abington, Avon, Bridgewater, Brockton, Canton, East Bridgewater, Easton, Halifax, Hanover, Hanson, Holbrook, Norwell, Randolph, Rockland, Sharon, Stoughton, West Bridgewater, and Whitman.

Pembroke Chamber of Commerce
PembrokeChamber.org
The Pembroke Chamber of Commerce works with all types of businesses and families to improve the living standard for everyone in the town. Pembroke is a great place to work, live, do business and or start a business. Promote your business today on our new website and social media channels. Join our Chamber now!

Plymouth Area Chamber of Commerce
Serves more than 750 members across the lower south shore including Carver, Duxbury, Halifax, Hanson, Kingston, Marshfield, Pembroke, Plymouth, Plympton.

South Shore Chamber of Commerce
SouthShoreChamber.org
Comprised of 1,200 corporations, small to midsize businesses, non-profits, educational institutions, restaurants and sole proprietors.

Tourism:

See Plymouth
SeePlymouth.com
See And Experience all That Plymouth County Has to Offer. Plymouth County offers cranberry farms, beautiful nature walks and more. Within the county is Plymouth, MA, the home of Plymouth Rock, a universal symbol of America. It is where the Mayflower came ashore 400 years ago, bringing with it English pilgrims who helped found the nation. The town and county of Plymouth boasts some of the best whale watching, dining, shopping, and cultural activities in a quaint New England setting, much of it nestled along the seashore. It is a history lover’s paradise, a family friendly atmosphere, and easy walking as you take in breathtaking sunrises.

Tourism and Business Directory – Get the App!
Download free from the Apple Store or Google Play. Each app has business and restaurant listings as well as things to do. Businesses, Restaurants and Non Profits can list for free. For more information email ListMyLocalBusiness@gmail.com

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