Available Resources at the BRA

Upcoming Business Assistance Events

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Available Resources from Our Community Partners

Loans/Funding Programs

  • SBA – 7(a) Loans: SBA’s most common loan program, which includes help for businesses with special requirements
  • SBA – Microloans: Smaller-size loans of up to $50,000 provided through SBA funding intermediaries
  • SBA – 504 Loans: Long-term, fixed rate financing of up to $5 million for major fixed assets
  • SBA – Lender Match: Get matched to potential lenders offering SBA-backed funding
  • SBA – PPP Loan Forgiveness: Borrowers may be eligible for Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan forgiveness
  • Mainvest: Connect with investors in your community and grow your business
  • HarborOne Bank – Success for Small Business (SSB): A program developed to assist small business owners and provide guidance on how to operate a small business successfully
  • Mass Save – Energy Assessments for Small Businesses: The Sponsors of Mass Save offer no-cost virtual or in-person energy assessments to small businesses to identify energy savings opportunities. Take advantage of our limited offer to receive up to 100% off approved measures
  • Invoice2Go: Invoice2Go is offering grants of up to $15,000 and in-kind support to minority-owned businesses. Successful applicants will receive a monetary grant, business development workshops, and the opportunity to join a network of small business owners.  The next application deadline is December 31, 2021.
  • Start Small Think Big:  Start Small Think Big provides FREE legal, finance, and marketing assistance to thousands of small business owners every year. No catch – just a community of people who want to help you, your business and your community to thrive.  If you are interested in either providing or receiving support.
  • The K4 Foundation: The K4 Foundation seeks to assist and support women of color who dream of becoming an entrepreneur or who are new entrepreneurs. They provide small grants ($500) and educational workshops.
  • Emerging Black-Owned Brands on Instacart: If you identify as a Black-owned consumer packaged goods brand on Instacart, apply to participate in their new $1 million advertising initiative.
  • Michael and Susan Dell Foundation: Michael and Susan Dell Foundation funds social enterprises that directly serve or impact children or youth from urban low-income communities in the areas of education, health, and family economic stability (including livelihoods and financial inclusion). These social enterprises may be structured as for-profit or nonprofit entities.
  • 48in48: 48in48 mobilizes marketing and technology volunteers to serve nonprofits by hosting events to build 48 FREE nonprofit websites in 48 hours.  Their next big build event will be on February 4, 2022.  To either volunteer your services or request a website build, you need to register by January 14, 2022. 
  • StartHer Microfund: StartHER is a microfund investing in women and underrepresented founders of all ages, life stages, ethnicities and sexual orientations who strive to make a positive impact on society, healthcare or the environment. They provide funding up to $50,000.  Their Investment Committee meets every six months to consider applications. 
  • Costco Wholesale: Costco Wholesale’s charitable efforts focus on programs supporting children, education, and health and human services in the communities where they do business. They review funding requests on a rolling basis, and organizations are eligible to submit one application per fiscal year.  Organization must be a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and have a focus on supporting children, education, and/or health and human services.
  • Public Welfare Foundation: Public Welfare Foundation awards grants to nonprofits that address racial equity, economic well-being, and fundamental fairness for all. They look for strategic initiatives where their funds can improve lives through policy and system reform.  If interested, you submit a letter of inquiry and then they reply with an invitation to apply for funding.
  • Home Depot: Home Depot Community Impact Grants award up to $5,000 to 501(c)(3) designated organizations and tax-exempt public service agencies in the U.S. that are using the power of volunteers to improve the community.  The final day to submit for a Community Impact Grant will be December 31, 2021. 
  • Best Buy Foundation: Best Buy Foundation is offering in-kind grants of event sponsorships to nonprofit organizations for events that align with the funding source’s charitable giving priorities. Consideration will be given to events in the areas of diversity and inclusion, teens and technology, and public affairs. National events will be given priority over local events.

Other Programs

  • SBA – 7(j) Management and Technical Assistance Program: SBA’s goal is to provide high-quality assistance to eligible businesses to help them be competitive for federal, state, and local government contracts
  • SCORE Mentors: Business Professionals ready to assist you to build your business, from a startup to a multi-million dollar business
  • Mass Save – Energy Assessments for Small Businesses: The Sponsors of Mass Save offer no-cost virtual or in-person energy assessments to small businesses to identify energy savings opportunities. Take advantage of our limited offer to receive up to 100% off approved measures
  • Mass.gov – WorkShare: Learn how to apply for a WorkShare plan and modify a plan that is awaiting approval
  • Mass.gov – The DIA’s Workplace Safety Training Grant: The prevention of occupational injury and illness is in everyone’s best interest
  • Mass.gov – OSHA Consultation: Consultation are available for you to ensure safety in the workplace
  • Work Force Training Fund: Grants ranging from $10,000 to $250,000 are awarded competitively to Massachusetts employers (or a consortium of employers) to train their current and newly hired full-time and part-time employees (i.e., incumbent workers)
  • Work Force Training Fund – Express: The Express Program provides employers fast, simple access to grant-funded training, helping businesses in Massachusetts respond to emerging needs.
  • USHCC & Grubhub Restaurant Small Business Grant Application: The USHCC & Grubhub Restaurant Small Business Grant Program will accept applications from eligible Hispanic-owned restaurants. To qualify for a grant, Hispanic-owned restaurants must satisfy the following requirements: The restaurant must be majority Hispanic-owned and have an active EIN number, have less than 20 full-time employees and have been in operation for at least nine months from the date that they complete the application form. All U.S. markets are eligible to apply including Puerto Rico.  Questions about the application and program should be sent to press@ushcc.com. Wednesday, January 26, 2022 at 11:59 p.m. ET.

More Resources

Reach out the Business Assistance Manager