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:
- Start a business
- Grow a business
- Get a business loan
We empower entrepreneurs to make the right choices and increase chances for success by providing:
- Low-interest loans
- One-on-one counseling
- Needs Assessment
- Goal Setting
- Business Plan Assistance
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.
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.
- Middlesex Community College
- University of Massachusetts Lowell
- City of Lowell
- US Department of Health and Human Services
- US Department of Housing and Urban Development
- US Small Business Administration
- Massachusetts Office of Small Business and Entrepreneurship
- Massachusetts Office of Business Development
- Parker Foundation
- Massachusetts Growth Capital Corporation
- Lowell Five Bank
- Enterprise Bank
- Eastern Bank
- NMTW Community Credit Union
- Jeanne D’Arc Credit Union
- Pentucket Bank
- Washington Savings Bank
- Lowell Development and Financial Corporation
- Boston Private Bank and Trust
- Sovereign Bank
- People’s United
- Jericho Road
- Salem State Business Development Center
- Greater Lowell Chamber of Commerce
- Merrimack Valley Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at UMass Lowell
- And the various instructors who volunteer their time to teach our workshops!
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.