Business Assistance Resources

Resources, training and consulting is available to residents, business owners and entrepreneurs.
Cooperative Development Institute
The Cooperative Development Institute (CDI) is the Northeast’s nonprofit center for cooperative business education, training and technical assistance. CDI's mission is to increase economic opportunities and benefits for people in the Northeast by fostering the growth and success of all types of cooperative enterprises. 

CDI is committed to building sustainable rural and urban communities where people work together to meet their needs, have access to quality jobs, affordable products and services, and share ownership of essential resources. The organization provides education, training and technical assistance to existing and start-up cooperatively-structured enterprises in all business sectors: food, housing, energy, agriculture, arts, health, forestry, fisheries, retail, service and more.

International Franchise Association
The International Franchise Association (IFA), founded in 1960, is a membership organization of franchises, franchisees and suppliers. IFA is dedicated to providing a one-stop shopping experience for franchise information.

National Collegiate Inventors & Innovators Alliance
The National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance (NCIIA) fosters invention, innovation, and entrepreneurship in higher education as a way of creating innovative, commercially viable, and socially beneficial businesses and employment opportunities in the United States. The NCIIA works with colleges and collegiate innovators and entrepreneurs offering business planning, grants, and educational programming.

UMass Entrepreneurship Initiative
UM Entrepreneurship Initiative offers entrepreneurial training and assistance to under-graduate and graduate innovators and entrepreneurs including competitions and grants.

Valley Venture Mentors
Valley Venture Mentors is a mentorship accelerator program that brings a handful of carefully selected companies in close contact with dozens of mentors through structured monthly events. Companies receive a fire-hose of advice over the course of six months. Mentors get an exciting, engaging monthly event where they can meet fellow veteran business executives and young ventures worthy of assistance. Mentors and entrepreneurs also gain something else: a venue where they can quickly and efficiently “speed date” to find the right mentor/entrepreneur match.

Select USA
President Obama has created Select USA to provide information about business investment in the United States. This website provides information about business and educational achievement levels in the USA, financial incentives, and industry clusters.

Startup America Partnership
The Startup America Partnership is a private organization working to help young companies succeed by bringing together some of the country’s most successful organizations to provide valuable resources to young companies with high growth potential. 

Partnership resources and assistance include talent, services, expertise, customers and capital. The Partnership has created regional networks to identify and help accelerate entrepreneurial ecosystems across the country.