Resources for Minority & Women Owned Businesses

The organizations below offer resources and services in the following areas:

  • Business counseling
  • Financial assistance
  • Education, language, job and career development
  • Peer to peer networking and professional development

Business Counseling and Financial Assistance

OrganizationServices & Resources
Franklin County Community Development
324 Wells Street, Greenfield, MA 01301
Phone: (413) 774-7204
  • Business counseling
  • Direct loan provider
  • Commercial kitchen/floor space
Valley Community Development Corporation
30 Market Street, Northampton, MA 01060
Phone: (413) 586-5855 Ext. 230
  • Business counseling
  • Access to community loan funds
10 Fawcett Street, Cambridge MA 02138
Phone: 866-245-0783

  • Micro to small business assistance
  • Direct loan provider
  • International organization
Small Business Development Center

23 Tillson Farm Road, Amherst MA 01003
Phone: (413) 545-6301
  • Business counseling
  • Government contracting advice
  • Foreign trade expertise
Small Business Administration
1 Federal Street -Building 101-R
Springfield, MA 01105
Phone: (413) 785-0484
  • Business counseling
  • Not a direct loan provider
  • Offers loan guarantees to lenders
Common Capital
120 Maple Street, Springfield MA 01103
Phone: (413) 233-1680
  • Business counseling
  • Direct loan provider
Western Massachusetts

1 Federal Street - Building 101
Springfield, MA 01105
Phone: (413) 785-0314
  • Business counseling
  • One to one mentoring
  • Seminars
  • Business plan development

Community Organizations

Casa Latina

Casa Latina is a Latino-led and Latino focused organization with a mission to promote self-sufficiency and a sense of community among Northampton and Hampshire County Latinos. Casa Latina endeavors to fulfill this commitment by working directly with Latino residents to develop educational access and programming to improve their capabilities

Contact Information:

Casa Latina Website
Open on Monday, Wednesday,Thursday and Friday
Florence Community Center
140 Pine Street, Room 5
Florence, MA 01062
Phone: (413) 586-1569
Email Casa Latina

Women Business Owner Support Organizations

Women Business Owners Alliance of the Pioneer Valley

The Women Business Owners Alliance of the Pioneer Valley works to support women entrepreneurs by helping them build their business skills through professional development, meetings, seminars and peer to peer networking.

Contact Information:

Women Business Owners Alliance of the Pioneer Valley Website
122 Pleasant Street - #107
Easthampton MA 01027

Note: The WBOA web site does not offer a contact name, email or phone but there is a message box on their web site to contact this organization.

The Center for Women and Enterprise

The Center for Women and Enterprise (CWE) is a nationally known nonprofit organization dedicated to helping people start and grow their businesses. CWE has worked with more than 37,000 entrepreneurs in New England since 1995. CWE clients represent a variety of racial,ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds.

Contact Information:

Central Massachusetts Center - Westborough
69 Milk Street - Suite 217
Westborough, MA 01581
Phone: (508) 363-2300