This program was designed to provide the local business community in Brockton with better a connection between businesses and providers and one-on-one support. We want this program to be the one-on-one guidance businesses owners need to access all of the bountiful opportunities out there for them to grow in their businesses, while ensuring those providing the opportunities are meeting the needs in the ways they intend and desire. This program is not designed to be the one meeting the business’s needs, rather helping them get to the right organization or opportunity to learn how to long term meet their needs on their own to grow their businesses.

Available Resources at the BRA

Upcoming Business Assistance Events

TBD

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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Funding Opportunities for Women Owned Businesses: This is a list curated by the Business Assistance Manager.
  • Biz-M-Power: The Biz-M-Power crowdfunding matching grant program offers small businesses in Massachusetts financial assistance with their acquisition, expansion, improvement or lease of a facility, purchase or lease of equipment, or with meeting other capital needs for the business. Eligible applicants will be empowered to advance their business with an innovative approach to obtaining capital. Preference shall be given to small businesses owned by low- to moderate-income individuals (LMI), women, minorities, immigrants, non-native English speakers, U.S. military veterans, disabled individuals, members of the LGBTQ+ community, and businesses operating in Massachusetts Gateway Cities.
  • Empower Digital Grant: This grant program provides funding for the needs of Massachusetts-based small businesses owned by socially and economically disadvantaged individuals seeking tools and services to develop their digital capabilities in partnership with a Small Business Technical Assistance (SBTA) provider for up to $5,000.  Additional consideration will be given to businesses owned by women, minorities, immigrants, non-native English speakers, U.S. Military Veterans, disabled individuals, LGBTQ+, low-to-moderate income owners, socially and economically disadvantaged individuals, and businesses operating in Gateway Cities.  
  • New Applicant Grant Program: In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts has made $25,000,000 available to support small businesses negatively impacted by COVID-19 that have not previously received financial relief from MGCC’s COVID-19 Relief Grant Programs. MGCC will administer grants up to $75,000 for eligible small businesses. Application Closes – April 4, 2022 at 11:59pm
  • Inclusive Grant Program: In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts has made $50,000,000 available to support small businesses negatively impacted by COVID-19. This program targets businesses that focus on reaching markets predominantly made up of socially and economically disadvantaged and historically underrepresented groups, underserved markets, and those owned by minorities, women, veterans, disabled individuals, or those that identify as part of the LGBTQ+ community. MGCC will administer grants up to $75,000 for eligible small businesses. Application Closes – April 4, 2022 at 11:59pm

Other Programs

More Resources

Reach out the Business Assistance Manager