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Technical Assistance/Business Development Resources

The city is fortunate to have a number of high-quality technical resources available to our business owners at little or no-cost.  The following is a listing of those agencies, contact information, and a brief description of their services.  If you are unsure of where to start, contact the Department of Planning and Community Development for assistance.

Local Resources
Enterprise Center, Salem State College
Christine Sullivan, Executive Director
121 Loring Avenue
Salem, MA 01970
The Enterprise Center at Salem State College is both a business incubator where start up small businesses may lease space in the center’s building and virtual center for entrepreneurs through the North Shore at every stage of business development.  The Center helps match business owners with the best advice and resources available, provides programs and conferences, conference facilities and other resources to help owners learn what they need to grow.

Salem State College Small Business Development Center (SBDC)
Margaret Somer, Regional Director
Walter Manninen and Awilda Irizarry, Business Advisors
c/o Enterprise Center
121 Loring Avenue, Suite 310
Salem, MA 01970
The Salem State College SBDC is the northeast Massachusetts counseling center of the Massachusetts Small Business Development Center Network.  the SBDC provides free and confidential business counseling to prospective and existing small businesses and confidential management counseling and free or low-cost business seminars to help business owners raise capital, start or grow your business in Massachusetts.  The SBDC is funded by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts

Salem Chamber of Commerce
Rinus Oosthoek, Executive Director
265 Essex Street
Salem, MA 01970
The Salem Chamber of Commerce serves as the voice for member businesses, representing, advocating, and working to enhance the business environment.

State Resources

MassDevelopment provides the financial tools and real estate expertise needed to stimulate economic growth across the state of Massachusetts. We work with businesses and local officials to address blighted areas, help create jobs, and address overarching issues that impact economic development, such as housing affordability.

The Massachusetts Alliance for Economic Development is a private, non-profit partnership of business, industry leaders, and government dedicated to the economic growth of Massachusetts.

Federal Resources
Salem is home to the to the North Shore Workforce Investment Board which brings together businesses, educational institutions and community organizations to provide opportunities to prepare the workforce now and into the future.  Its Salem Career Center offers a myriad of services and resources for the job seeker and potential employer to the eighteen cities and towns that are served by the Workforce Investment Board.  Phone 978-741-3805.

The SBA offers numerous financing and technical assistance programs to assist small businesses.

For more information or if you need assistance please contact:
City of Salem, Department of Planning and Community Development
120 Washington Street, 3rd Floor
Salem, MA 01970

Salem City Hall 93 Washington Street, Salem, MA 01970
Phone: 978-745-9595
   City Hall Hours of Operation: Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday 8AM - 4PM Thursday 8AM - 7PM Friday 8AM - 12PM
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