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Do you have a great business idea and need advice on getting it off the ground? Are you looking for loan assistance to take your small business to the next level? Are you interested in supporting small business through personal or corporate sponsorship opportunities? Get in touch with us through the form below!

You can also send an email to or visit our office in person. We are located at 88 Middle Street (2nd Floor) in downtown Lowell.


Have a great idea but unsure where to begin?

Are you an existing business looking to expand and grow?

We provide support to entrepreneurs in the Merrimack Valley by providing business development services to:

We empower entrepreneurs to make the right choices and increase chances for success by providing:

We serve Lowell, Lawrence and the rest of the communities within the Merrimack Valley. The Small Business Center is located in Middlesex Community College’s Derby Building at 88 Middle St. on the 2nd Floor in downtown Lowell.

The Merrimack Valley Small Business Center is a program of Community Teamwork working in partnership with University of Massachusetts Lowell, Middlesex Community College, and the City of Lowell.


Mission Statement:
The mission of the Merrimack Valley Small Business Center is to provide entrepreneurs from ethnically and economically diverse groups with the education, tools, and resources needed to create, sustain, and grow viable small businesses and entrepreneurial ventures.

Since the beginning, the Center has provided over 12,000 services to over 3,000 people exploring the possibility of starting a small business, and has helped start over 300 businesses. Our performance highlights the tremendous impact that is possible when society has the vision and willingness to invest in its people. Good ideas like the Center don't just happen; they are the result of vision, creativity, good management, commitment, and resources.  These founding partners brought these attributes and more to the creation of the Center and continue to guide its evolution:

Community Teamwork Inc. - CTI is the community action agency for the Greater Lowell area and has been making a difference in peoples lives through programs such as Head Start, WIC, fuel assistance, housing, workforce development and other programs for over 40 years.

University of Massachusetts Lowell - UMass Lowell is a public university committed to preparing our students for work in the real-world— solving real problems and helping real people— by providing an affordable high quality education.

Middlesex Community College -  MCC is the largest community college in the Massachusetts system with campuses in Bedford and Lowell.  Over 8,000 students a year acquire the education and skills necessary to build successful lives and contribute to the vitality of our economy.

City of Lowell, Division of Planning and Development - DPD is responsible for economic development in the City of Lowell and has been a long term supporter and collaborator with the Center.

We would like to thank the many organizations whose vision, commitment to the public good, and generosity make what we do possible.

Please consider making a donation to CTI's Merrimack Valley Small Business Center so that we can continue to provide quality service to the community.

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