Starting Your Business

We can serve as your “one-stop” site for business assistance, since we work cooperatively with dozens of local, state, and federal agencies so that no matter what your needs are, we can refer you to the appropriate office and person. We can serve as your “one-stop” site for business assistance, since we work cooperatively with dozens of local, state, and federal agencies so that no matter what your needs are, we can refer you to the appropriate office and person.

The NBEDC team of professionals is ready to provide you with the tools and expert advice needed to take your passion from an idea to a flourishing new business ready for today’s economy.

We can serve as your “one-stop” site for business assistance, since we work cooperatively with dozens of local, state, and federal agencies so that no matter what your needs are, we can refer you to the appropriate office and person.

A Toolbox for Starting your Small Business


Step-by-Step guide to starting a business:

Here you will find a comprehensive 12-step guide to the very basics of starting a business. Most important: Develop a Business Plan. Quick links to useful information to help you to get started.
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Entrepreneurship for All Southcoast:

Have a great idea? Participate in E for All’s pitch contests! Want to be part of a community of entrepreneurs and mentors? Check out E for All. A great opportunity to test your ideas!
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Workshops and Tutorials:

Here you will be connected to the online calendars and video tutorials to 100’s of opportunities to learn: how to start a business, expand a business, prepare financial statements and market a business using social media and email marketing. Meet up with your local, small business community or stay home and log in!
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Massachusetts Small Business Development Center:

Click here to get connected to the MSBDC’s regional office with locations in New Bedford and Fall River. Free, confidential business planning services offered by the region’s experts. Don’t miss out on this opportunity. Call today!
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SCORE:

The volunteers at Score dedicate their time and expertise to the region’s entrepreneurs and start-ups. If you are at the very beginning stages of business planning, the consultants at SCORE are here to help.
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Loan Programs

The New Bedford Economic Development Council has a portfolio of lending products to assist your business needs. Our financing programs include but are not limited to: Entrepreneurial Loan Fund, Fishing Assistance Loan Fund, and a Community Loan Fund. Additionally, we are a Micro-Loan lender for the U.S. Small Business Administration.
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If you have any questions please contact Angela Johnston, Director of Business Development.

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